10 St. Patrick's Day Party Entertainment Ideas

From bagpipers to Irish dancers to bartenders, and more.
Brittany Anderson

Brittany Anderson


When you think of a St. Patrick's Day party, you picture big celebrations, parades, Irish music, green foods, four leaf clovers, and over-the-top fun. From music to food and drinks to activities for the kids, you’ll want to make sure your St. Patrick’s Day party entertainment ideas are top o’ the line.   

Whether your planning an in-person or virtual St. Patrick’s Day party this March 17th, you’re in luck—these vendors and entertainers are available for both types of event. If you’re ready to throw the most epic party ever this year, you’ll need to consider some of these St. Patrick’s Day party entertainment ideas.


Here are the10 Best St. Patrick’s Day party entertainment ideas:


Find a Bagpiper for a St. Patrick's Day PartyPhoto: Markus Gebauer/Shutterstock.com

Is there anything more classic for St. Patrick’s Day party entertainment than a traditional bagpiper? Hire a bagpiper to stop by and kickstart your party with a performance of Galway Bay to set the Irish mood.

Find a Bagpiper

Irish Band

A must for any St. Patrick’s Day party—you can’t go wrong when you hire a traditional Irish cover band to play the tunes of U2 and The Cranberries. 

Find an Irish Band


St. Patrick's Day Party BartenderPhoto: Impact Photography/Shutterstock.com

We all know any good St. Paddy’s Day party calls for Guiness and Irish car bombs. While party planning this year, include a bartender to handle the cocktails (and mocktails for little guests) and turn your party into a classic Irish pub.

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Celtic Band

Celtic bands combine the music from different genres like Irish, folk, Scottish, and even some rock. If you’re planning an adults-only St. Paddy’s party, hire a Celtic band to rock out to the tunes of Horslips.

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Irish Dancer

Irish Dancers for St. Patrick's Day PartyPhoto: RozenskiP/Shutterstock.com

Move over Lord of the Dance! You’ll be amazed at the truly fancy footwork of an Irish dancer. These entertainers will have everyone up and dancing and can even teach some steps throughout the party.

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Photo Booth

While everyone is decked out in green, a photo booth will capture the essence of the holiday combined with the silliness of this St. Patrick’s Day activity. A photo booth is fun for adults and kids alike and the prints can double as a party favor too.

Find a Photo Booth

Face Painter

Face Painting for St. Patrick's Day PartyPhoto: Sergei Bachlakov/Shutterstock.com

Who says face painting is just for kids? Whether it’s a pot of gold or a shamrock, party guests of all ages will love a little face paint to match the St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Find a Face Painter


Corned beef and cabbage is a staple when it comes to St. Paddy’s Day recipes. Hire a caterer or food truck to handle the creative foods you need to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day.

Find a Caterer


DJ for St. Patrick's Day PartyPhoto: Olena Yakobchuk/Shutterstock.com

When you’re really looking to get the party started, a DJ is the way to go. A DJ will mix the beats between your average party songs and famous St. Patrick’s Day songs from Dropkick Murphys, The Pogues, and The Dubliners.

Find a DJ

Irish Singer

For a smaller, more low-key shamrock soiree, an Irish singer might be just the St. Patrick’s Day party entertainment you’re looking for.

Find an Irish Singer


St. Patrick's Day Party HarpistPhoto: Papuchalka - kaelaimages

If you’re hosting a more subdued and sophisticated St. Patrick’s Day celebration, a harpist may be more fitting. Some harpists even specialize in Celtic music which will be right on trend for this March 17 theme day.

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Find more St. Patrick’s Day party ideas on The Bash.

Published on 2/13/2024