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Info on 2017 coming soon

Below is a list of the acts and activities that we have locked in.

We are still finalising the festival lineup and order of events.  When finalised we'll post it on this page.  This should help you to get the most from the day.




We've got a great line up of music acts this year showcasing a broad spectrum of styles and genres but all with an Irish heritage. 

This year we've also introduced the 'Session Tent'.  This tent is dedicated to traditional Irish music and we invite you, members of the public to join in on a Traditional Irish Music session if you so wish.

Scroll down for the final line-up, order of events &  Festival map       

Some of the acts from last years festival.  We will update the webpage soon to reflect the 2017 performers and entertainers.


Live Music:


Irish Dancing:

Three Melbourne Schools of Irish Dancing 

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann - Set Dancing

Food Vendors

A selection of vendors

Kids Activities

Lots of activities including facepainting, dancing and kids races

Session Tent:

Session Music and guest speakers





'Rhythm Kitchen are an acoustic father+son covers act with an extensive repertoire spanning hits of the 60s-today in the genres of rock, country, folk, Celtic, soul and blues hits.' 

Saoirse: A popular Melbourne based Celtic Folk band of accomplished musicians. They play traditional favourites and original material. Winners of the 2013 Australian Celtic Music award for best folk album and best song; “Music Evermore”

Click here for more information on Saoirse.

Van Morrison Tribute 

The headline act was a big hit last year return in a more intimate four piece set up.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann:- Traditional Irish Music and Dancing done the traditional way.


This is a new addition to the festival.  The tent caters for smaller more intimate acts and affords the festival goers the opportunity to experience and enjoy a traditional Irish music 'session'.  We invite you, members of the public to join in on one of the Traditional Irish Music sessions.  We would ask that you follow the guidlines that will be displayed on the day so as to give everyone a fair go.   


Newport Fiddle Folk Club. 
They're based in Newport, they're a collective of musicians and folk enthusiasts who play folk inspired music. They played last year and were well recieved by the crowd.  Click here to find out more about them.


Another crowd favourite, Irish Dancers from the following dancing schools;


  • Kilmurray School of Irish dancing 

  • Mulcahy School of Irish Dancing

  • Christine Ayres School of Irish Dancing

  • The Mebourne Academy of Irish Dancing


Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann - Set Dancing



Kids races - There are numerous races for different age groups. Sign up on the day

Sporting activities - from Garyowen GAA and St. Kilda Celts Soccer club  

Toddlers tent - a tent for the toddlers

Petting Zoo - cute animals, cute kids and I don't mean the children.  



Always a hit with the kids.

Twinkle Toes
Street entertainer extraordinaire.  A big hit over the years and looking forward to watching him sprinkle his magic over the course of the day.

Staint Patrick himself


Timetable & Map of 2016 Saint Patrick's Day Festival


The Melbourne Irish Festival would like to thank Yarra Council and we ask you to keep Edinburgh Gardens beautiful by using the bins provided and tidying up after youself.  

Patrons have been very respectful in the past and we hope that this will be the case this year.  Thank you.

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