March 17th is fast approaching, and you know what that means: Boston is about to become a sea of green clothing. In Boston, we’re not only celebrating St Patrick’s Day, but also Evacuation Day, which is when the Siege of Boston by the British ended in 1776. So check out the best ways to celebrate these holidays down below!
The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston returns this Sunday. This year, the parade will be held on Sunday, March 19th starting at 1 PM. It will start at Broadway T Station and will continue down Broadway, concluding at Andrew Square!
2. Enjoy the special festivities at Faneuil Hall
For those looking for a St. Patrick’s Day destination outside the parade route, stop by Ned Devine’s at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. On March 17, Ned Devine’s is offering Irish specials, live Irish music, and Irish Step Dancers + Bag Pipers!
If you need a holiday0friendly outfit, look no further than Irish Eyes at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Irish Eyes is the go-to spot for Irish clothing, giftware, jewelry, and much more. From four leaf clover hats, green sweaters, Claddagh rings, and festive scarves, Irish Eyes has everything you need for the weekend.
3. Try an anti-alcohol experience
If you prefer a sober St. Patrick’s Day, Abbie Romanul, Mocktail Expert and Founder of Raising the Bar, a delicious zero-proof mixology subscription service, has a few of the best destinations to get a mocktail below:
- Drink, Fort Point: any zero-proof beverage
- Oleana, Inman Square: Pear & Cardamom spritz
- Sarma, Somerville: any zero-proof beverage
- Woods Hill Pier 4: Toucan Sam mocktail (combines Giffard nonalcoholic aperitif, molasses, roasted pineapple soda & lime)
4. Dropkick Murphys St. Patricks Day concert
Boston’s most famous Celtic punk rock group always returns home for a St. Paddy’s concert, and this year is no exceptions. Catch them on tour at the new MGM Music Hall in Fenway March 16-18 and at the House of Blues on March 19th.
6. Hop aboard a Saint Patrick’s Day Brunch Cruise
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than all-aboard? Hop on the Northern Lights yacht and enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast as you cruise around the Boston Harbor. With rashers, black pupping, and of course some Irish coffee, you’ll start your day on a high note. Cruises run March 18 and 19.
Lookout Farm is putting the ‘green’ in greenhouse this St. Patrick’s Day with a night full of festivities. On Friday, March 17, the Greenhouse will open with a St. Patrick’s Day themed gingerbread house decorating party and from 6-8 PM enjoy live music from Justin Klosek!
The Burren Backroom is hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day Irish variety show with traditional music, stories and dancing. You’ll even get a traditional Irish meal with corned beef and cabbage, followed by Shamrock Cake.
As for music, you’ll hear Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello, traditional Irish musicians who also happen to own the pub. As one of Boston’s best Irish pubs, it’s the place to be this Friday. Shows will run every 2 hours from 9am, with the dinner shows starting at 5 and 7 PM.
Find The Burren at 247 Elm Street in Davis Square in Somerville, MA.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy brought back its the “Lights in the Necklace” experience to brighten the bridges and parks of this iconic string of parks in Boston. Running until March 31, the lights will be shining bright green on Saint Patricks Day. It’s the perfect dreamy lighting for your walks and photo ops for the holiday!
10. Enjoy the annual free St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast
The annual breakfast, hosted by Senator Nick Collins who will be joined by Governor Maura Healy, returns just before the Southie parade on March 19. It will follow the same format as this month’s earlier International Women’s Day breakfast.
The entire Boston community is welcome to join the Senator and Governor for breakfast from 9 AM until 12 PM. The parade will follow after at 1 PM.
Find the breakfast on Sunday, March 19 at the Ironworkers Local 7 Union Hall in Southie; 195 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston