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. The tours run from Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18, 2012, starting at 12:30 p.m. daily at the Boston Common Visitor Center at 147 Tremont Street in Downtown Boston. Cost of the tour is $15 per adult, $8 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under five. The 75 minute walking tour by an experienced tour guide covers 13 of the 20 stops along the way (sites 1-13 on the map). 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.
Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 17 – South Boston’s one and only official St. Patrick’s Day Parade brought to you by the Allied War Veteran’s Council.
St. Patrick’s Day at Grafton Street – March 17 – 1230 Mass Ave, Cambridge . An Irish institution offering plenty of Guinness and traditional Irish fare.
Irish Village – March 15 – 224 Market St., Brighton – You can listen to Irish Bagpipers from 7:00-8:00pm and get a perfectly poured pint of Guinness from bartender and Irishman Kieran McWilliam, who has been pouring Guinness at Boston’s original Irish pub for more than 20 years.
St. Patrick’s Day Jazz at the Inn
– March 17
March 13 – Senior Lunch, Bill & Bo Winiker Celebrate St. Patty’s
March 15-Dinner Theatre: “Finnegan’s Wake”
March 17-Traditinal music, Stoney Batter Band
33 North Main Street, Sherborn
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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 17 - 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 17 – 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 – March 17 – 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.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel
– March 17
– Sea Crest Beach Hotel invites guests to mark their calendars for a St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the Cape that will have them feeling the luck of the Irish. On Saturday, March 17 guests can enjoy an overnight stay for two with rates starting at $159 (taxes and gratuities included), and St. Patrick’s Day dinner at Red’s Restaurant and Lounge with live entertainment.
350 Quaker Road, North Falmouth
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Irish Dance Lessons – March 17 Saint Patrick’s Day party.
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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Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade and Road Race – Parade: March 17 Road Race: March 16
Delaney House in Holyoke - March 16 Shamrock The House Up the rebels! Irish rockers The Rising are taking over the Delaney House ballroom for a raucous St. Paddy’s Day party. Dig into an Irish buffet as the Guinness and Jameson flows at the bar. It’s the best Road Race afterparty in town. Reserved seating for groups of 10.