St. Patrick's Day in Boston

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2017 in New England's Most Irish City

St. Patrick's Day in Boston - Irish Pubs
••• Irish pubs are popular places to be on St. Patrick's Day in Boston. © 2014 Kim Knox Beckius

If you can't get to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, Boston may be your next best bet!

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday in 2017, and the city has festivities planned leading up to and during the holiday week. St. Patrick's Day draws more than 600,000 visitors to Boston--a city with a long-standing Irish tradition. Boston held America's first St. Patrick's Day celebration in 1737, and the city still boasts one of the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parades, plus more Irish pubs than any other place in the USA.

Here's a sampling of some scheduled St. Patrick's Day events in Boston:

Beer and Irish Rock and Roll

Head to the Harpoon Brewery in Boston for the Harpoon St. Patrick's Festival March 3-4, 2017 featuring food vendors selling corned beef and more, a cash bar (you'll want to try new limited release  Harpoon The Craic) and live Irish and rock and roll bands from the Boston area including U2 cover band Joshua Tree. Then, on Sunday, March 5, you can join revelers at the sixth annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash and jump into Boston Harbor to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

A Little Bit of Ireland

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Reagle Players as they present A Little Bit of Ireland March 11-12 at the Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham. Buy tickets online, or call 781-891-5600.

St. Patrick's Day at the JFK Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, may well be the most famous Irish American in history.

March is a perfect time to visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A special exhibit currently on view, Young Jack, looks at the president's childhood, education and war heroism. On Saturday, March 11, the JFK Library hosts a performance of "Themselves - An Immigrant's Story" about a young 19th-century Irish woman's journey to America.

 This free performance is for families with children 5 and up, and attendees must pre-register by completing this online form. For more information, call 617-514-1600 or toll-free, 866-JFK-1960.

Irish Punk

Boston's own Irish-punk group, the​ ​Dropkick Murphys, take over the​ House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston for a series of 6 p.m. shows on March 15, 16 and 17. There's also a 8 p.m. show on Saturday, March 18.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston

Join the 600,000 to 1 million people who'll turn out for this year's 116th St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017, beginning at the MBTA station on West Broadway and ending in Andrew Square. Your best bet for viewing the parade is to stake out a spot anywhere along Broadway--get there early. The two-and-a-half-hour parade features floats and dozens of marching bands and pipe bands from Ireland and across the United States. For more information, call 844-4ST-PATS (844-478-7287).

Other Parades in Massachusetts

St. Patrick's Day parades are also held in these Massachusetts cities and towns: Abington (March 19), Lawrence (March 11), Scituate (March 19), Walpole (March 17), Worcester (March 12) and Holyoke (March 19), as well as in Yarmouth on Cape Cod (March 4).

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has details.

Wear Your Green

Wear your green on Wednesday night, March 15, as the Boston Celtics take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the TD Garden or on Monday, March 20, when Boston's team plays the Washington Wizards. Find tickets.

Irish Cultural Centre St. Patrick's Celebration

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England holds a St. Patrick's Day Celebration featuring Irish music, dance, and food including corned beef and cabbage all day on Friday, March 17. An admission fee of $20 includes dinner and all entertainment. For more information, call 781-821-8291.

Irish Film Festival

In Boston after St. Patrick's Day? Celebrate the city's Irish heritage at the 17th Annual Boston ​Irish Film Festival, which runs March 23-26, 2017.

Did You Know...

Boston has its own 20-site Irish Heritage Trail.

It was first described in a book titled Guide to the New England Irish by Michael P. Quinlin, Colette Minogue Quinlin and Colene M. Minogue, which is now out of print. Maps are available at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau's Boston Common Visitor Center and at the Prudential Center Visitor Information Center.

So you wanna know where you can find corned beef and cabbage in Boston?

Durgin Park near Faneuil Hall is known for its traditional New England Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinners. Call 617-227-2038 for a serving schedule. ​The Burren Pub in Somerville is another ideal place to dine out on St. Patrick's Day. On March 17, they're hosting a St. Patrick's Day Dinner Show with four settings, and there are afternoon seatings on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, as well. Tickets are just $25 including a meal of traditional Irish favorites. Gayot has more ideas for ​​St. Patrick's Day dining in Boston.

Cook Up Your Own Irish Feast

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has a round-up of more ​Irish Exhibits and Events in Massachusetts throughout the month of March. And while you're driving around in Boston, tune in WROL Irish Hit Parade Radio ​at 950 AM on your dial.

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