For many, Saint Patrick’s Day is for drinking green beer and hanging with friends. But you can also learn about Irish culture, Irish music, and build memories with friends and family. If you’re looking for something different this year? Try one of the following:
Dinner at The Raven’s Nest – Walpole, MA
A family-friendly pub with weekly “Irish Seisuns” on Sundays. That means Live Irish Music! Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by stopping by on March 16th for live music and some traditional pub grub with an upscale twist! Pizzas, burgers and a limited Kids Menu will be certain to satisfy everyone, while traditional dishes like Shepherd’s Pie and Fish and Chips bring a taste of Ireland to Walpole!
Celtic Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge, MA
Irish music, Irish food, step dancing and a chance to hear about Irish immigration in the 19th century. If your family has any Irish background, this may be the perfect chance to learn more about your heritage. Plan to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Western MA and enjoy colonial New England AND a bit o’ the green!
Live Irish music at Main Streets Market – Concord, MA
Live music almost every night of the week makes this a perfect stop to get a taste of Irish. Try pizza, salads, soup, paninis and daily specials, then sit back and enjoy live music in downtown Concord. The quality of performers is always great, and the warmth and genuine friendliness of the place will bring you back again!
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – South Boston, MA
Organized by the Allied War Veteran’s Council, the parade in “Southie” never fails to carry South Boston’s deep Irish spirit through bands, dancers, and many supporting organizations. It’s the second largest in the country with up to 1 Million people watching from the sidewalks! Starting at 1 PM on Sunday, March 16th, check the website for viewing locations. Deck yourself and your kids in the greenest outfits you can find, and take to the streets of South Boston to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Irish Heritage Trail – Boston, MA and surrounding communities
In Boston? Why not explore the many sites of the Irish Heritage Trail? It offers 20 sites in downtown Boston and the Back Bay, as well as 50 other landmarks scattered throughout the state. You’ll visit such sites as the Rose Kennedy Garden, Fenway Park, and the Boston Irish Famine Memorial in the city, and without too much of a drive you can also find Bunker Hill, the JFK Presidential Library, Hibernian Hall and more. For those studying immigration, or learning about their own family’s history, it’s a great way to bring the entire topic to life.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone’s a little Irish. Why not learn a bit more about what that means?