Tap into your inner Irishman with a variety of jolly and festive St. Patty’s Day events in NYC. New York is renowned for hosting memorable celebrations and activities that bring culture and tradition to life with annual parades, whiskey brewing events, inspiring folklores, and lively Irish music. Perfect for families, young couples or group outings, Saint Patrick’s Day in New York holds true to Irish heritage, reminding us about historical values and leaving something for all individuals to enjoy. Become one with history and have fun participating in these St. Patrick’s Day Events in 2018.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Grab your bagpipes and fasten your knickers when you head to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade is one of the most significant events in March rallying hundreds to the occasion. Wave your Irish flags high at this all-day affair as the emerald green marching band treks up Fifth Street delighting your eyes and ears with music, Irish tap-dancers, shamrock floats and leprechaun costumes.
Visit Irish Pubs on the Parade Route
The St. Patty’s Parade spans dozens of blocks passing festive pubs and restaurants selling green beer and authentic Irish food. Before the celebration, get situated at one of these bars like Merrion Square or Ryan’s Daughter all along the parade route and get your share of holiday pints and Irish jigs.
- Ryan’s Daughter– This bar screams modern-day Ireland with its contemporary replications of Irish culture decorated with wood panels, bricks walls, and oak barrel tables. Enjoy singing, dancing and delicious holiday food. Not the singing type? No worries, there are games for all to enjoy like skeeball, darts, and pool.
- Doc Watson– Bagpipe players- If you enjoy home-style cooking, Doc Watson offers a plentiful selection of Irish bites like beef stew or a traditional breakfast, black and white pudding, sausage and more. This bar couples the perfect pairing of pub and grub. Delight in craft beers and homeland favorites.
The Oldest Tavern in NYC
Go back in time with beers and breweries at McSorley’s Old Ale House. Dating back more than 160 years, Abraham Lincoln himself once enjoyed a pint in this establishment. McSorley’s has roots as the oldest tavern in the city. Even before opening hours, people form lines down the block to get a taste of dark or light ale– the only two beers sold at this pub. They have sawdust flooring and history- patched walls for those who enjoy an old-school touch. Stop by McSorley’s for some aged beer after the parade.
Visit Irish New York
Take a stroll to the Lower East Side and explore Little Ireland. Irish immigrants were the first wave of settlers in New York City, carrying more Irish natives in a single neighborhood than the land of Dublin! The Big Onion tours, displays historic monuments, landmarks, and tales about the great victories and hardships Irish residents faced in the 1800s. On this tour, you will see the first Catholic churches, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Five Points, and more.
Visit the Irish Arts Center
If you are keen on exhibits, theatrical performances, films, and music, head to the Irish Arts Center this St. Patty’s Day. On a daily basis, this institute has literature giveaways, theater classes, and workshops for all members. This holiday, the center will open its doors to the public for a day of family fun, face painting, dance lessons, and language sampling for kids and adults to enjoy. Enrich your minds with Irish culture at this annual extravaganza.
Blow an Irish Beer Mug
Indulge in the fruits of your labor when you create your Irish Beer Mug at the Brooklyn Glass. Here you will get a hands-on tutorial for stein-sculpting, as you and your instructor mold green pints under 2100 degrees Fahrenheit. This session requires no experience. All are welcome to try this annual class and take a sip of beer out of the “hottest” glass in the city.