Looking for a reason to party now the holiday season’s over? Well then you defs need to add this one to your cal ASAP, because Paddyfest is coming to Brisbane, and we predict some serious shenanigans. Officially the biggest St Patrick’s Day festival to ever be held in Brissie, trust us when we say, it’s going to be lit.
Like any good Irish celebration, Paddyfest boasts an impressive line-up of both local and international acts, from pipe bands and Irish dancers, to U2 cover bands. After sell-out gigs at the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, Ukulele Death Squad will show you what a ukulele really sounds like (think ACDC but with ukuleles) and stand-up comedian, Jimeoin, will be the headline, bringing his best new material to keep you laughing into the wee hours of the morning.
If you’re not already convinced (seriously, how could you not be?) then Paddyfest’s delicious eats and bottomless supply of drinks should change your mind. There’ll be loads of pop-up bars offering all sorts of bevvies to get you into the Irish spirit, and a whole heap of food trucks like Mac From Way Back, IndiMex and Diddly Dee which will be full to the brim with all the best Irish classics. If you’re really hungry, don’t miss the wing-eating challenge for your chance to score some sweet Paddy’s Day merch. Unlimited wings for three minutes? Sign. Us. Up.
Unlike other festivals, this one won’t break the bank. For only 10 bucks, you’ll get access to the festival grounds as well as all the drool-worthy food trucks, pop up bars and live entertainment. If you’re feeling fancy, treat yourself to a VIP ticket for 65 bucks, which gives you exclusive access to rooftop bars plus a free drink on arrival (now that’s what we call Irish hospitality). General tickets will be $20 on the day, so make sure you buy now to save some moolah (all the more change to spend on a ridiculous green outfit, right?). Plus, pre-purchasers go in the draw to win a trip to Ireland–so what are you waiting for?
What: Paddyfest St Patrick’s Day Festival
When: Saturday 17 March, 11am-10pm
Where: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Ascot
Cost: $10 for general admission online tickets, $20 for general admission on the day, $65 for VIP pass. Grab tickets here.
Image credit: Brisbane Racing Club