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 at Assembly Row – Assembly Row in Somerville is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration that includes great deals and entertainment, including live Irish Music from Erin’s Guild at American Fresh Brewhouse on Friday, March 18. It also will give visitors a chance to claim a “pot of gold,” or, in this case, one of five exciting packages featuring everything from food and entertainment to shopping and pampering.
NORTH OF BOSTON
SOUTH OF BOSTON
St. Patrick’s Day at the Cove – The 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
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
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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.
Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Old Sturbridge Village
St. Patrick’s Day events will be in full swing at Old Sturbridge Village March 12-13. The daytime “Celtic Celebration” will feature Irish music, food, step dancing, and stories. Irish musicians will explain the difference between jigs and reels and tell of the Irish experience through song. Museum exhibits and historians will explain what caused the wave of Irish immigration in the 19th century and talk about what life was like for Irish families after they arrived in America. Return at 6:00 p.m. on March 12 for our Full Gael Celtic Concert, tickets are not included with daytime admission.
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.
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Delaney House in Holyoke – March 17 - Irish music and dinner.
St. Patrick’s Festivities at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round – In honor of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race, the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round invites the public to wear festive green attire and receive a 1/2 price ride ($1) on Saturday, March 19 from 12 to 4 PM.