Break out the green, Philadelphia. This week, the city embraces its Irish heritage for St. Patrick’s Day.
Whether your St. Patrick’s Day dream is drinking pints of Irish beer with friends or watching the St. Patrick’s Day parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, there’s sure to be an event for you.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday, but the weekend leading up to the holiday — and the actual holiday, too — are full of festive events for revelers of all ages.
Grab your green garb this weekend and head out in the name of St. Patrick.
Our picks for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, below.
Arts and Attractions
• St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Beginning at noon on Sunday, March 16, the streets of Center City welcome thousands of folks sporting green outfits, four leaf clover accessories and Irish flags for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade kicks off at 16th and JFK Boulevard and makes its way toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Along the route, enjoy live music and performances until the parade ends at 4 p.m. Click here to check out the parade route.
• South Street Headhouse District’s Inaugural Irish Festival: For the first time ever, the South Street Headhouse District celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with an alfresco festival under the Shambles between Lombard and Pine streets on 2nd Street which will be closed to vehicular traffic. On Sunday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., folks are invited out for traditional Irish dance performances, Irish eats, live music and lots of Irish beer and cocktails. The festival is open to folks of all ages and entry is just $5 per person for general admission and free for folks under the age of 15 and for those that marched in the St. Paddy’s Day parade.
• Celtic Nights at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts: A night of Celtic music and Irish step dancing takes over the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts as Celtic Nights hits the stage on Saturday, March 15. Watch accomplished Irish performers celebrate their heritage through song and dance. Tickets start at just $20 and are available online.
• The Leprechaun Run: On Sunday, March 16 the annual Leprechaun Run takes over the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while raising funds for a good cause as all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Walk-up registration is available on the day of the event and prior to the event online. The run consists of two races — a five mile run and a two mile walk. The Leprechaun Run is set to begin at 9 a.m.
• The Irish Memorial: Penn’s Landing’s Irish Memorial has planned its annual commemoration on Monday, March 17 at 11 a.m. which is slated to include mass, dancing and Irish music. The memorial, located at Front and Chestnut streets, commemorates the millions of Irish who suffered during the Irish Potato Famine and honors the Irish-Americans who immigrated to America.
• James Joyce & Irish Authors at The Rosenbach Museum and Library: For $5 a person after admission, explore the Rosenbach Museum and Library’s extensive collection of novels by James Joyce and other Irish authors while learning about modern day connections. Advance registration is recommended. Call 215-732-1600 ext. 100 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve your spot.
• St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza at Tin Angel: On Saturday, March 15 at 10 p.m., Old City’s Tin Angel brings the house down with a performance by Don McCloskey for its St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza. Dance in your seats to McCloskey’s mix of music — folk, rock, pop and world music elements combined into multifaceted catchy tunes. Tickets are just $12 a pop and are available online.
• Penns Woods Winery: Celebrating both St. Patrick’s Day and the Barrels on the Brandywine event, Penns Woods Winery serves up green wine (yes, green) on March 15 and 16. Also sample local cheese, new wines, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and more.
Food and Drink
• McGillin’s Olde Ale House: McGillin’s, the city’s oldest pub, honors St. Patrick with a slew of festivities that one would expect at a blowout St. Patrick’s Day bash. For an entry fee of $2 on Monday, March 17, look forward to specials on Irish beer, food, cocktails and tons of green-clad guests. Plus, on St. Paddy’s Day, McGillin’s is slated to open at 10 a.m. Take note, McGillin’s was recently named one of the five best bars to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the country by the Huffington Post.
• Tullamore D.E.W. Tasting Dinner at Supper: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early on Thursday, March 13 as Supper hosts a Tullamore D.E.W. Tasting Dinner complete with three Irish-inspired courses prepared by chef Mitch Prensky. Sip the limited-edition Phoenix whiskey along with a number of other variations selected by Kevin Pigott, the Philadelphia brand ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey. Dinner rings in at $40 per person. Reservations are required, call 215-592-8180 to secure your spot at the table.
More happenings, below.
• Jazz Brunch at Jerry’s Bar: Jerry’s Bar, a relatively-new Northern Liberties haunt, dishes out brunch with a side of jazz for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, pair your eggs Benedict with live jazz, which is usually exclusive to Sundays at Jerry’s Bar.
• The Piazza at Schmidt’s: The Piazza at Schmidt’s hosts a blowout bash on Saturday, March 15 for all St. Patrick’s Day revelers. Bars including Kings Oak, PYT and Gunner’s Run are slated to provide attendees with discounted beer, Jameson, Irish car bombs and more. Those participating in the Piazza bar crawl must purchase a pre-sale general admission ticket for $5 or a VIP pre-sale ticket for $15, click here to buy your ticket.
• Fado: Taking off of work on St. Patrick’s Day? This one’s for you. Fado opens its doors at 7 a.m. for breakfast — pints and pancakes. Then, beginning at 2 p.m., for a cover charge of $10 per person, groove to live music and sip Guinness upon Guinness.
• City Tap House: St. Patrick’s Day at City Tap House means $4 Sly Fox draughts, special beer cocktails and plenty of Irish fare to boot — think corned beef and cabbage. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17 take advantage of the deals.
• Shake Shack: Both the University City and Center City Shake Shack locations celebrate the holiday deliciously as they serve up Irish Fries Are Smiling, french fries topped with horseradish cream, scallions and crispy applewood-smoked bacon. Fries are $4 a pop and will be available from March 14 to 17.
• Xfinity Live: The bars housed within Xfinity Live raise a pint to St. Patrick’s Day with live music, a DJ, aerialists, a pot of gold balloon drop and much more. The festivities are slated to begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday night, March 15.
• Howl at the Moon: Beginning at noon on Saturday, March 15, Howl at the Moon, one of Center City’s dueling piano bars, opens its doors to those ready to do some St. Paddy’s Day celebrating. Dance and sing along to the dueling piano tunes while enjoying green beer, Irish car bombs and drink specials until 7 p.m.
• Bridget Foy’s: All weekend, Bridget Foy’s is a hub for St. Paddy’s Day festivities. From March 14 to 17, the restaurant salutes St. Patrick with Irish food and drink deals — think Irish Whiskey tasting flights, corned beef and cabbage and Guinness beef stew. Then, on Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m., head over for live Irish music in addition to the menu specials.
• Kildare’s Manayunk: All weekend, and month for that matter, Kildare’s Manayunk presents St. Patrick’s Day-centric celebrations. On Saturday, March 15, satisfy your sweet tooth with a free Guinness cupcake (but only for the first 100 guests!), on Sunday, March 16 enjoy $9.99 Irish entrees all day and a free Irish breakfast during the first half of the Manchester United vs. Liverpool Game. The festivities end on Monday, March 17 with drink discounts first thing in the morning — $3 Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp and Magners pints from 8 to 10 a.m.
• Shiprock Pop-Up at Garage: For those looking for a tamer St. Patrick’s Day venue, head to Garage in East Passyunk for a solid selection of canned beer, games like skeeball and pool and a Shiprock pop-up set to take over the food cart. Shiprock is set to serve Frybread and Navajo tacos beginning at 6 p.m. While this isn’t a St. Patrick’s Day party per se, it’s bound to be a good time.