Everybody is a little bit Irish this time of year. Whether you are looking to shop, see a parade, have a bite to eat or walk the Irish Heritage Trail, you’ll have a lot to choose from in Massachusetts. Don’t forget to check out our events calendar as well for more fun things to do across the state.
Irish Heritage Trail – Explore Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods as you experience nearly 300 years of Irish history. The tour begins at the Rose Kennedy Garden near the waterfront and ends at Fenway Park, which was built 100 years ago by Irish immigrant Charles E. Logue. In total, they have compiled more than 70 Irish landmarks throughout Massachusetts. The Boston Irish Tourism Association is offering guided walking tours of Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll discover the Irish role in the Revolutionary War, learn about the 19th century Famine generation and the Irish part in the Civil War. And you’ll discover famous and infamous politicians – from Curley and White to Collin and the Kennedys – who put their indelible stamp on the history of the city and the nation.
Irish Famine Memorial – Visit this memorial park, built by Boston’s Irish Community to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine. This $1 million memorial is located on Boston’s Freedom Trail and visited annually by over three million people.
The Black Rose – Located in the historic Faneuil Hall area of Boston, this Irish pub is celebrating its 35th birthday this year. With its authentic décor, live music seven nights a week, hearty food featuring traditional selections such as fish n’ chips, stews and corned beef, and of course, an endless supply Guinness, it’s no wonder this pub was awarded the ‘Best of Boston’ Irish Pub award!
The Burren – Named after a great rocky expanse in Ireland’s County Clare, The Burren is a Somerville favorite where people gather to enjoy a good drink, live traditional Irish music and the comfort of good company. As the name suggests, this pub captures the mythical nature of Ireland’s landscape with old world feel. Enjoy classic dishes such as Guinness beef stew, shepherd’s pie and bangers & mash while listening to the sounds of the Celtic.
St. Patrick’s Day at Grafton Street – Cambridge . An Irish institution offering plenty of Guinness and traditional Irish fare.
St. Patrick’s Day Jazz at the Inn – Senior Lunch, Bill & Bo Winiker Celebrate St. Patty’s , Dinner Theatre: “Finnegan’s Wake”, traditional music, Stoney Batter Band 33 North Main Street, Sherborn
Dropkick Murphys – March 13-16 – After a year-long world tour, Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys return home for a string of St. Patrick’s Day concerts at House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston
Franklin Park & Stone Zoos – March 16 – Visit Franklin Park and Stone Zoos on Sunday, March 16 and watch as animals receive green-themed enrichment items
Patriot Place 4th annual Irish Festival – March 16, 11:00AM- 5:30PM – All ages. Free. Live bands, Irish step dancers, family activities and more
Erin Go Beehive – March 17, 5:00PM – 1:00AM – The Beehive will present its 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities in partnership with the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA). St. Patrick’s Day at The Beehive includes an evening of authentic entertainment including a live performance from Boston-based Katie McD, Irish-inspired drinks, à la carte food specials from Executive Chef Marc Orfaly
St. Patrick’s Celebration at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
The celebration will feature performances by two of the best Irish step dancing groups in the region, the O’Shea Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance and the O’Dwyer School of Irish Dancing. Rooted in Irish tradition, the O’Shea Chaplin Academy was established in Ireland in 1954 and came to the Boston area in the 1960s. The Academy teaches traditional and contemporary Irish dance. The group has performed at the State House, Boston’s First Night and for the President of Ireland. The O’Dwyer School of Irish Dancing is a premier Irish dancing school in Hyde Park that celebrates culture and tradition “one step at a time.”
NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration –
– Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas! Traditional corn beef & cabbage dinner, Comedy show, and DJ & Dancing following the show. 6:30pm dinner; 7:30pm show. $35 per person for dinner & show.
Colonial Hall @ Rockafellas
231 Essex Street, Salem
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SOUTH OF BOSTON
Maritime & Irish Mossing Museum – Set in the 1739 residence of Capt. Benjamin James on the Driftway, Scituate’s Maritime & Irish Mossing Museum stands out on the South Shore of Massachusetts as one of those true “gems” of local history. Currently, the museum holds six growing and changing exhibits, each with a descriptive video.
Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 16 - Attracting more than 15,000 people from the South Shore and Cape Cod, this popular parade takes place on Sunday, March 18. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Gates Middle School on Parrish Road and ends at Scituate Harbor.
Town of Abington St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 16 – This event invites all – Irish or not – to celebrate cultural history. The parade beings at 1 p.m. in Abington Center at what is appropriately titled St. Patrick’s Square.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Cove – Our destroyer, USS JOSEPH P. KENNEDY JR., was named for the eldest brother of John F. Kennedy, former president and proud member of a prominent Irish-American family. Spend the day aboard KENNEDY and search for the bright green shamrocks painted on her steel. Enjoy scavenger hunts and free prizes. Battleship Cove Five Water Street, Fall River 508-678-1100
St. Patrick’s Day Road Race – March 16, 8:30 am Registration opens; 10:00 am Race Start. This 4 mile charity road race starts at McGreal’s Tavern, 690 Main Street, Norwell. Registration is $20-$25 with proceeds going to area charities.
McGuiggan’s Pub Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – With the Maureen Haley Irish Step Dancers performing after 7pm followed by the Brockton Firefighters Pipes and Drums group. Vocalist Mike Kostas will be performing all evening. 596 Washington Street, Whitman
Dinner Theater Series – Finnegan’s Wake
– March 16
– The beloved Tim Finnegan has passed away and the grieving widow invites you to a real Irish wake with plenty of food, drink and laughter. This interactive, Celtic comedy is filled with tender ballads, rowdy reels and hilarious eulogies. Held in the elegant Governor Carver Room. $59.99pp complete includes Buffet Dinner and Live Performance. Overnight packages are available.
John Carver Inn & Spa
25 Summer Street, Plymouth
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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS
Cape Cod Irish Village
– Experience the spirit and sprightly charm of Ireland at one of Cape Cod’s favorite destinations, The Irish Village. Established in 1976 by Noel Henry and family, the Village offers comfortable guest rooms, a restaurant, along with an Irish Pub featuring traditional Irish entertainment.
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Fiddler’s Green – Worcester – St. Patrick’s Day Festivities.
Green Day St. Patty’s Celebration at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area – March 17 Lift tickets for $17 for wearing GREEN (Green clothing must be outerwear and visible while skiing (Snowpants, jackets, sweatshirts etc.) Also by Thinking GREEN, Carpooling, or driving Hybrid. Live music in Coppertop from 4-6pm. Princeton
St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn – March 14-16 – 9th annual Celtic Sojourn concert, presented by WGBH radio host Brian O’Donovan, returns with another all-star cast of musicians, singers and dancers to the Hanover Theater in Worcester
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Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade and Road Race – Parade: March 23 Road Race: March 22
Delaney House in Holyoke – March 17 - Irish music and dinner.
Family Shamrock Tea
There is an old Irish saying, “Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.” However, the Luck of the Irish will be with you when you arrive at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with musician Ted Soulos and a specially prepared Shamrock Tea. The event will take place on Sunday, March 16, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Soulos, a veteran of local Irish musical events, will play the Irish flute and whistle. The Ventfort Hall’s Tea Committee has gone all out with such treats as Celtic Cream Tea and Leprechaun Lemonade with Lime, Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef Sandwiches on Rye, Cucumber Sandwiches, Avocado & Bacon Sandwiches, Pistachio Cake, Green Shamrock Cookies and other pastries. The mansion will be appropriately decked out for a Bit of the Decorative Brogue.