About our Festival

About the Melbourne St. Patrick's Day Festival


St. Patrick's Festival, St. Kilda (The Festival) respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land, the people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land.

The festival is to be an Australian Irish live music cultural institution. St. Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St. Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in countries with people of Irish descent. This event is only fitting to be celebrated within St. Patrick due to predominantly Irish living and residing within the City of Port Phillip municipality.

It is a unique community-based celebration renowned for presenting the finest contemporary Irish music from around the world to St. Patrick. Now in its fourth year, the festival continues to be one of its kind.

Each year, the festival draws more visitors to St. Patrick. Two and even three generations of families join friends and fellow community members to experience the music and culture of international, national, and local acts. They come together to dance and to enjoy food and children's activities – and the magical ambience of the festival.

The festival was founded in 2018 and held in O'Donnell Gardens. The festival prides itself in the development of Victorian live music artists, audiences on a regional, national, and international level.

Festival Goals

  • - To diversify the cultural scene within Melbourne by creating festive events
  • - To contribute to the development of a culture of inclusion and sharing in our community
  • - To increase the size of the event every year and grow its audience and participation
  • - To continue our relationships with key partners and funding and continuously grow the festival to diversity and inclusiveness


To create unforgettable experiences and encounters with a unique blend of Irish and Australian culture set in a municipality that is steeped in a diverse community.


St. Patrick's Festival, St. Kilda committee organises this event for the community in order to be part of a global celebration of Irish Culture through live music, Irish traditional performances, games, cuisines and beverages, the festival gives the audience a little taste of Ireland right in the heart of St. Patrick.


Artisitic Excellence

Presenting a diverse range of exceptional contemporary live music artists and providing audiences with engaging opportunities to discover inspiring new music.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

Creating accessible and welcoming environment, free of discrimination, and pledging to treat all people with respect and dignity.

Enivronmental Sustainability

Caring and respect for our beautiful space, aiming to minimise our impact on the environment, and inspiring our community through progressive initiatives.

Social Justice

Connecting community-minded people who are committed to a fair and equitable society and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement.