St Patrick's Festival

Luton St Patrick’s Festival celebrates the patron saint of Ireland and takes place in the days leading up to the actual feast day of 17th March. 

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Luton St Patrick's Festival is organised by Luton Irish Forum and a team of brilliant volunteers!

First held in Luton in 2000, the Festival is now a leading attraction in the Luton cultural calendar, bringing Irish music, dance and drama to the streets and entertainment venues of Luton. 

The Parade, held on the Sunday, attracted thousands of spectators before Covid - and we want to make 2022 just as great! A choice of Festival events showcase the very best of Irish music, song and dance with artists and groups, including national and international Champions, from both sides of the Irish Sea 

Luton St Patrick’s Festival makes Irish heritage accessible to everyone through a variety of events, the majority of which are free to attend.

- Luton St Patrick’s Festival Guide
- School workshops
- Community events
- Choir rehearsals
- Sean O’Riada Irish (sung) Mass
- Parade
- St Patrick’s Day Celebrations with live music and dance in multiple locations
- Market and Family Area on Parade Day
- G.A.A. Blitz

Read Festival Guide 2022 here


St Patrick’s Children’s Craft Session

Bring your little ones and have fun together making your own St Patrick’s headband, hanging shamrocks, decorations and more.

St Patrick’s GAA Blitz

youngsters playing Gaelic Football

  • Saturday 12th March
  • 1:00-3:00pm
  • St Joseph’s playing fields, Gardenia Avenue, Luton, LU3 2NS
  • FREE

An afternoon of Gaelic Football featuring youth teams from St Dympna’s GFC Luton GAA and Luton GAA St Vincent’s GFC plus the women’s team Claddagh Gaels LGFC.

Thank you to O’Kane Irish Foods for donating snacks and soft drinks for the players.

St Patrick’s Parade Day - Sunday 13th March

Sean O’Riada Mass

  • Sunday 13th March
  • 9:30am
  • Our Lady Help of Christians RC Church, Castle Street, LU1 3AG

Start the day with the traditional celebration of Mass, including hymns in Gaelic sung by Luton Irish Forum Choir.

St Patrick’s Parade

parade compilation

  • Sunday 13th March
  • 12:00pm Parade leaves Luton Irish Forum, LU2 0ES, walking to Market Hill, LU1 2AF
  • FREE

Grab yourself a choice viewing location to watch one of the Festival highlights! The Parade is a family-friendly and colourful procession of Irish and local community groups, marching bands and a few favourite characters!

The Parade travels along Hitchin Road, turning right onto Station Road, along Station Road to Mill Street, left onto Guildford Street and right onto Bridge Street. At the end of Bridge Street, the parade will turn left onto New Bedford Road, continue onto Manchester Street, into Upper George Street (where the floats will stop) and to finish on Market Hill at 12:45am.

Outdoor Stage

John McNicholl and Tracey McAuley

  • Sunday 13th March
  • 10:30am-3:15pm
  • Market Hill, LU1 2AF
  • FREE

Award-winning vocals, country singing and Irish Dancing.

10:30am: MC Gerry Byrne, DJ and host of Irish Radio

11:00am: Traditional Irish Music Session with Brian Burke & friends

12:50pm: Cillian McGoldrick, Irish Dancing World Championship finalist, Under-11s

1:00pm: Tracey McAuley, Award winning vocalist, backed by John McNicholl’s Band

1:40pm: John McNicholl & Band, Irish World and Hot Country Award winner

2:40pm: Special Festival performance from the two country stars singing together

The Mall Indoor Stage

Irish dancers

  • Sunday 13th March
  • 10:30am-3:30pm
  • Smith’s Square, The Mall Shopping Centre
  • FREE

Olivia in denim dressA showcase of Irish Dancing with amazing footwork and high leaps plus beautiful vocals and great music.

10:30am: MC Jim Carway, DJ and host of Luton Irish Live Show, Diverse FM

11:00am: Young@Heart choir

11:30am: The Walshe Academy of Irish Dancing

12:00pm: Olivia Lynn, Country Pop by Luton’s very own 16-year-old highly talented singer and recording artist

12:25pm: Murphy Flaherty School of Irish Dancing

12:55pm: Luton Ukimaniacs, Luton’s very popular Ukulele Band

1:20pm:  Finbarr Conway Academy of Irish Dancing

1:50pm:  Cardinal Newman High School Steel Pan group

2:15pm:  The Tiersha Academy of Irish Dancing

2:45pm:  Galway/Sligo Trad Group, traditional Irish music and dancing

St Patrick’s After Party

Missing the Ferry

  • Sunday 13th March
  • 3:00-8:00pm
  • The Hat Factory 65-67 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY
  • FREE

Trad, Celtic, Folk- and Punk-Rock.

Factory Floor

3:00pm: DJ Matt Speight from The Irish Show on L&D Radio

4:00-5:30pm: Missing The Ferry, Irish folk-punk party band

6:30-7:30pm: Neck, the very best of London Irish PhyscoCeildh



3:00-4:00pm: Trad Session, traditional Irish and Gaelic music in an informal session

5:30-6:30pm: Galway/ Sligo Trad Group, traditional Irish music and dancing

St Patrick’s Day Afternoon Celebration

  • Thursday 17th March
  • 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Celtic Club, Chobham Street, Luton LU1 3BS
  • Tickets £6. Available from Luton Irish Forum and Celtic Club.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with an afternoon of music, dance and great entertainment!

11.00am: Eamon’s Country Sounds

11.00-11.50am: Trad Session

12.00-1.10pmCrosskeys, Irish Country Music

1.20-2.15pmTwirley Chassie, Drag Entertainer

2.25-2.45pm: Finbarr Conway Academy of Irish Dancing

  • N.B. Programmes may be subject to change.

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