Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is an annually celebrated event that marks the death date of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. This holiday has been observed since the early seventeenth century and is certainly celebrated right here in Boston. Many Irish immigrated to the Eastern ports of America and Boston became home to a large Irish community. In Boston, St. Patrick’s Day brings out the Irish in all of us and the holiday is widely celebrated with lots of drinking, eating and partying!
We have compiled a list of the Top 10 Ways to Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Boston this year. Because the holiday falls on weekday, we will be celebrating throughout the weekend leading right up until the 17th!
1. South Boston parade
Did you know that South Boston St. Patrick’s Parade is the second largest parade in the country? Every year it is viewed by at least 600 000 persons and brings up to one million people to South Boston.
Even though this year the route will be shortened because of the snow, it is still Boston’s traditional and historical way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
On March 15 at 1pm, the parade will start at Broadway Station on West Broadway. It will head down East Broadway and end at Farragut Road.
You can find some information about the parade on its official Website.
2. Eat in an Irish Restaurant
Feeling like eating some traditional Irish specialties like Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie or fish and chips? The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together a listing of restaurants serving Irish specialties exclusively for the holiday!
You might want to make a reservation to avoid a long waiting time though…
3. Explore the Irish Cultural Centre
Even though there is an admission fee it is definitely worth it and a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Find more information on their official Website.
4. A little bit of Ireland
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Reagle Players as they present A Little Bit of Ireland , a heartfelt homage to Ireland on March 14-15 at the Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham. With a cast of more than 100 artists and a live orchestra, this production is one of the largest Irish shows in New England.
They also have group rates so go with a crowd!
Find more information and book your ticket on their official Website.
5 . Official St Patrick’s Day PubCrawl Boston
Everybody knows, that, St. Patrick’s day is the ideal holiday to go a bar to celebrate. Boston is home to countless amazing Irish bars serving traditional beers and food. But what if you didn’t have to pick one bar out of the amazing boston Pub scene? By participating to the world largest Pub Crawl you could benefit from many drink and food specials from some of Boston best pubs!
Over 10 venues are participating to this year’s PubCrawl, including Hard Rock Cafe, Clarke’s, Howl at the Moon, Mija Cantina, Wild Rover, The Vault, Sissy K’s, The Times Irish, Durgin Park, Koy, and more!
Find more information and buy your ticket on their official Website.
6. The Irish Heritage Trail
Every March the Boston Irish Tourism Association provides guided walks of the Irish Heritage Trail. Discover over 200 years of Irish history in Boston from Commodore John Barry to President John F. Kennedy. Make the most of St. Patrick’s Day and walk in the footsteps of the Irish-American artists and heroes of Boston from the 1700’s to today!
7. St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn
The popular holiday concert series returns for its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn. For the past nine years, A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn concerts have introduced a wide range of new and familiar musicians like Brian O’Donovan, Mick McCauley or Keith Murphy to audiences eager to celebrate the holiday in true Irish style.
Find more information here.
8. Cheer on the Boston Celtic’s!
Wear your green and show your support for Boston’s sport teams on Friday night, March 13, as the Boston Celtics take on the Orlando Magic at the TD Garden or on Monday, March 16, when Boston’s team plays the Philadelphia 76ers.
Find tickets here.
9. Visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
John F. Kennedy, 35th president, may well be the most famous Irish American. This holiday may be the perfect time to visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. . On Saturday, March 14, the JFK Library will host a performance by the Irish Balladeers celebrating traditional stories and dances with authentic Irish instruments!
This free performance is for families with children 5 and up and attendees must pre-register by completing this online form.
10. Rock and roll
The Massachusetts based Celtic-Punk punk group, the Dropkick Murphys, well known internationally and featured in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” will be in the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston for a series of shows on March 12, 13, 14 and 15.
Who said punk was dead?