Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day

A free day of Irish arts and culture for all!


FREE 4 Hours

Sun, Mar 11, 2018



Box Office


Phone hours:
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


Irish Arts Center and PAL William J. Duncan Center


Bring the whole family and engage in a free day of Irish arts and culture for all! Enjoy authentic music and dance performances while sampling some of the 40+ adult and children's classes on offer throughout the season. Visitors can learn the basics of Irish language or a new dance step, get their face painted, create art with children's crafts, or simply relax with a cup of tea and experience a taste of Ireland's rich culture.

For all ages!

“Show your love for Ireland's national holiday by stopping by Irish Arts Center's annual extravaganza…an Irish favorite for kids and parents.”
Time Out New York


Irish Arts Center Donaghy Theatre
12-1:25pm  IAC Student Showcase & Ceili Band Performance
1:30-2pm  Best of Irish Film Institute's Family Festival Shorts 
2:15-3pm  The Lost Brothers (Folk Duo from Ireland) 
3:05-4pm  Pop-Up Gaeltacht — Irish Language Shorts with English Subtitles Curated by Siobhan Kavanagh — Celebrating the Year of the Irish Language

Irish Arts Center Gallery
12-2pm  Enjoy Tea, Coffee, and Soda Bread 
12:30 & 2:30pm  Cooking Demonstration: How to Make Soda Bread 
2pm  Exhibit Tours: "John Minihan: Beckett and His World," a Photographic Exhibition Featuring John Minihan’s Iconic Portraits of Samuel Beckett and the artists He Inspired. 

Police Athletic League (PAL) Gym
(entrance right next door)
12-4pm  Irish Arts and Crafts  
1-3pm  Irish Instrument Petting Zoo (try out the fiddle, tin whistle, or bodhrán drum)
1-4pm  Face Painting

Police Athletic League Performance Space
(in the gym)
12:15-1pm  Tin Whistle, Bodhrán, and Fiddle Demonstrations  
1-1:45pm  Performance and Dance Lesson by Niall O’Leary School of Dance
2-2:30pm  Jump Rope Skipping Games and Rhymes of Ireland
2:30-3pm  Ceili Band Performance
3-4pm  Ceili Dance Lesson, Dance, and Music (social dance for all ages) 

Police Athletic League Education Room
(walk through the gym and turn left)
Sample classes open to all levels!
1pm  Irish Language Sample Class (adults)
1:30pm  Irish Language for Kids Sample Class (kids)
2pm  Tin Whistle Sample Class (all ages, tin whistles available for purchase)
2:30pm  Bodhrán Drum Sample Class (all ages)
3pm Theater for Kids Sample Class (kids)

Schedule subject to change.



Funding for St. Patrick’s Open Day is also provided by CIE Tours International, the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation. 

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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