St. Patrick’s Day In Philadelphia — A Guide To Parades, Food And Drink Specials, Tours, Shows And More

Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Philadelphia celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with everything from a parade and food specials to fun-filled parties and history lessons.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Break out the shamrock green and get ready to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland — Saint Patrick, of course — with St. Patrick’s Day festivities all around town.

Philadelphia restaurants, museums and attractions mark the St. Patrick’s Day holiday on March 17 and beyond with a wide variety of Irish-themed events — from the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Irish fries at Shake Shack.

With St. Patrick’s Day on a Tuesday this year, the events start this weekend and run through the week.

Read on for our guide to St. Patrick’s Day happenings in Philadelphia.

St. Patrick’s Day Food Specials at Shake Shack

March 13-17. All three Philadelphia-area Shake Shacks are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with two special menu items — When Irish Fries Are Smiling and a mint chocolate custard. The Irish-inspired fries are topped with horseradish cream, scallions and applewood smoked bacon. For dessert, Shake Shack is serving up a Mast Brothers mint chocolate ice cream. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Nick’s Roast Beef

March 13-17. Nick’s Roast Beef in Old City is dishing a variety of Irish eats and drinks in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day. Stop by for corned beef and cabbage, beer specials, Bailey’s cheesecake and more. MORE INFO

Lafferty’s Wake at Society Hill Playhouse

Select Dates Through April 12. The Society Hill Playhouse takes Irish culture to the stage with Lafferty’s Wake, a show about the wake of an man at a local Irish pub. The interactive show calls on comedic characters, Irish songs and more. Tickets are $35 each. MORE INFO

Leprechaun Run

Saturday, March 14. Exercise while honoring St. Patrick as the Leprechaun Run returns. The five-mile run, or two-mile walk, raises funds for Special Olympics Philadelphia. The race starts at 9 a.m. (and the walk starts shortly after) at the bottom of the Art Museum steps and the course follows MLK Drive. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day at Xfinity Live

Saturday, March 14. Beginning at 3 p.m., Xfinity Live invites revelers down to South Philly for live music, drink specials, games and more. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day Drink Special at Jet Wine Bar

March 14-15. Jet Wine Bar is pouring a special cocktail in commemoration of St. Paddy’s Day during its weekend brunch. Pair your food with the Jet Toddy, an Irish take on the classic Hot Toddy. MORE INFO

Irish Memorial
On St. Paddy’s Day, head to the Irish Memorial for Mass, music and more to honor the Irish immigrants who made the trek to America. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

St. Patrick’s Day at Bridget Foy’s

March 14-17. Bridget Foy’s, a staple on South Street, is serving up a variety of food and drink specials in commemoration of the leprechaun. Stop by for everything from whiskey flights and corned beef and cabbage to live music and special Irish drafts. MORE INFO

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St. Patrick’s Day Music Festival at Mad River

Saturday, March 14. Enjoy drink specials and live music all day as Mad River hosts Mad Paddy’s Day, an indoor and outdoor party on March 14. MORE INFO

McPatty’s Day at McFadden’s

Saturday, March 14. Groove to live music and sip a variety of drinks at McFadden’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The indoor-outdoor festivities even span to the next door bar, Johnny Utah’s. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday, March 15. 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 noon at 16th and JFK Boulevard and makes its up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Along the route, enjoy live music and performances until the parade ends at 4 p.m. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day Tour, Toasts and Tastes at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Sunday, March 15. Laurel Hill Cemetery honors its Irish residents with a special tour and reception on March 15. Learn about the accomplishments of the Irish souls of Laurel Hill and attend a reception after the guided tour, which comes complete with beer and Irish eats. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. MORE INFO

Bridget Foy's
Bars and restaurants in the city raise their glass to St. Patrick’s Day with food and drink specials, including Bridget Foy’s (shown here). (Photo courtesy Bridget Foy’s)

James Joyce and Irish Authors at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

Sunday, March 15. For $5 per person after admission, explore the Rosenbach Museum and Library’s extensive collection of novels by James Joyce and other Irish authors. Take a look at rare books while learning the connection between the classic Irish authors and modern day society. Advance registration is recommended. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Memorial

Tuesday, March 17. At 11 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, folks are invited to the Irish Memorial for a Mass, Irish music and Irish dance. The day’s events honor the Irish folks who immigrated to America. The memorial is located at 100 S. Front Street. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day at Sbraga

Tuesday, March 17. Beginning at 7 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Sbraga is plating a number of Irish specialities at its chef’s counter. Fill up on colcannon, corned beef, Irish sticky toffee pudding and more. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day at Howl at the Moon

Tuesday, March 17. Groove to live piano tunes while sipping green drinks, Irish car bombs and more at Howl at the Moon’s St. Paddy’s Day party. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day at Fado

Tuesday, March 17. Start the party at 8 a.m. with Fado’s pints and pancakes breakfast. Following breakfast, live music and plenty of Irish drinks round out the day. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day at McGillin’s Olde Ale House

Tuesday, March 17. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t official without some revelry at McGillin’s Olde Ale House, the oldest Irish bars in the city. On St. Paddy’s Day, head out for food, drinks, music and more. Plus, the bar will open an hour early — at 10 a.m. — for maximum revelry. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day at Taproom on 19th

Tuesday, March 17. Taproom on 19th combines St. Paddy’s Day and taco Tuesday for $2 Irish-inspired tacos all day and night long. Enjoy corned beef tacos, cabbage and cheese tacos and more. Pair your fare with $5 Irish Car Bombs and $5 Irish brews. MORE INFO

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at McGillin’s, the oldest Irish bar in the city.

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