Get the shamrocks ready, because Paddy’s Day is just around the corner. Yes, it’s that time of the year again!  

Even better, it’s a long weekend, giving you all the more reasons to plan your St Patrick’s weekend in advance. Well, lucky for you, we’ve made a list of things to do in Cork to make the most of your weekend!.

1. The Parade in Cork City

With around 50,000 spectators expected to line the main streets of Cork City, this year’s Parade will kick off at 1 pm, with the theme being ‘Pure Imagination’ Be ready for a lineup of amazing floats, marching bands, dance performances, joyful and colourful community spirits, parading through Cork’s main streets.

Make sure to get into the city in plenty of time to get a good viewing point as it’s going to be busy.

If you want to avoid Cork City, there are many smaller parades to enjoy in Cork towns such as Ballincollig and Midleton.

2. Head Outdoors

Looking for activities to do during the St. Patrick’s weekend, head outdoors for some adventure. Zipit Forest Adventures, just 15 minutes from Cork City in Farran Woods involves 3 hours of treetop fun, including swinging and climbing obstacles and of course, what Zipit is most famous for, ziplining, suitable for anyone over 7 years of age. Open throughout the St. Patrick’s weekend, make the best memories with your friends and family!

After your adventure, you can grab a coffee, go for a walk around Farran Woods, and go deer or bird watching. Because what better season to go for a stroll than spring? 

Make sure you pre-book your tickets at to avoid last-minute disappointments.

3. Enjoy Cork’s Culinary Delights

The ‘food capital of Ireland’, Cork’s cuisine will leave you wanting more! With an endless list of fantastic restaurants in and around Cork City, you won’t be too far from a delicious dish. Check out the infamous English Market for some of Cork’s best ingredients or the relatively new Marina Market, where some of Cork’s best food providers offer takeaway options to enjoy as you stroll through the city or in the trendy setting of the market itself. Check all the food and drink options in Cork here:

4. Explore West Cork 

A road trip around West Cork tops many bucket lists. Why not try it for yourself? Take in some of Ireland’s best beaches, towns and attractions as you travel West.

Check out Discover Ireland’s blog post here:

What are you waiting for? Start planning already to explore the Irish culture in its truest forms in Cork, this St. Patrick’s weekend!