It’s that time of the year again when the bars are filled with crowds donning their best green clothes and making claims to their Irish heritage. Bostonians will be celebrating all over on March 17th, so you don’t want to miss out on the fun. Between the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and fun pub events, there’s no chance of you being bored. You’re sure to have lots of “craic” this weekend as you enjoy the festivities:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 19, 2017 

South Boston, otherwise known as “Southie” to locals, has been hosting the annual Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 1737 and this year is no different. Starting at the Broadway T station on the Red Line, the parade is sure to be filled with lots of cheer, excitement, and Irish pride. If you’re looking to fit in with the crowd and get in the spirit, make sure to wear green and don’t forget to bring a camera to capture all of the fun. More information South Boston, MA

Dropkick Murphys Concert March 15-17, 2017 

Head over to the House of Blues on St. Patrick’s Weekend to hear Boston’s favorite Celtic punk group, Dropkick Murphys. The group is beloved by Boston for hits like “Shipping Up To Boston” and “Tessie” and they’re sure to play your favorites. The band always gets excited about performing back in their hometown, so this is one show that you won’t want to miss. More information Boston, MA

St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race March 19, 2017 

If you’re looking to get a quick workout in before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Southie or just want to cheer on the runners, check out the St. Patrick’s Day 5K. The race has been a tradition since 1940 and will be hosting 1,750 runners. Sponsorship money and donations raised will support youth programs for the South Boston Boys and Girls Club and a live concert by the Rad Youth Rock Band will be performed before the race, which begins at 11AM. You’ll also get a Nift card when you pick up your bib number, so be on the lookout for that! The 5K is sure to be a blast and is a great way to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit before the parade later in the day. More information Boston, MA

Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen March 17, 2017 

Blackmoor Bar and Kitchen, our partner in Charlestown, will be serving traditional Irish dinners all weekend and will open at 10AM to ring in St. Patrick’s Day. The food includes Full Irish Breakfast, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Irish Boiled Bacon Dinner, all of which are sure to be delicious since Blackmoor never fails to satisfy. There also will be no cover charge on St. Patrick’s Day, so you can spend that money on a Guinness for yourself instead. More information Charlestown, MA

 

Boston Irish Film Festival March 23-27, 2017 

You don’t have to stop celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture just because March 17th passes – go to The Boston Irish Film Festival to feel like you’re in the Emerald Isle. The Boston Irish Film Festival draws in more than 3,000 fans every year who love to appreciate Irish heritage and is celebrating its 17th year this year. Featuring movies that focus on Ireland, Irish culture, and what it means to be Irish in the 21st century, this festival will give you an authentic look on Ireland’s history and traditions. The tickets are $10 a film or $85 for a pass for the entire four-day festival. In all, about 30 premiers, features, shorts, and documentaries will be shown, making it a festival that is sure to be rich with Irish pride. More information Somerville, MA

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn March 18, 2017 

This year marks the twelfth annual St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn presented by WGBH. The live music show is perfect for an engaging and lively day celebrating Irish culture. The event will be held in the historic and beautiful Sanders Theater on Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge. The show will be headlined by The Karan Casey Band and Liz Carroll, two renowned artists in Irish music, alongside emerging stars Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul. The Miller Family dancers will also take the stage for Irish step dancing in this much-anticipated show, so be prepared for incredible talent, an exciting atmosphere, and an appreciation for all things Irish. More information Cambridge, MA

St. Patrick’s Week at Lansdowne Pub March 16-19, 2017 

Lansdowne Pub keeps the Irish spirit alive year round, so it’s the perfect place to spend your St. Paddy’s Day. The Irish pub will have live music all week and on the 17th, there will be an all-day celebration starting at 10AM. The Guinness will be flowing and the pub will be serving authentic Irish food. We recommend getting the Bangers and Mash and, if you get there on the early side, the Irish Scrambler. Grab your friends and get ready to ring in St. Patrick’s Day the right way in a place full of Irish heritage and culture. More information Boston, MA

Polka Dog Bakery Pup Crawl March 17, 2017 

Who says that your pooch can’t be a part of the St. Patrick’s Day fun? Polka Dog Bakery is hosting its first ever Pup Crawl at all of its locations from 12PM-6PM to let your furry friends celebrate with you. Each location will have different puppy pub spots filled with yummy dog treats and drinks and will include snacks and drinks for the owners to have some fun themselves. Your pup will definitely appreciate being able to showcase their Irish pride. More information Boston, MA; Jamaica Plain, MA; Chestnut Hill, MA; Lynnfield, MA

Pier Pressure Green Electric Party Cruise March 18, 2017 

2 DJs + 4 decks + 2 floors of music = 1 amazing yacht party. The Pier Pressure Green Electric Party Cruise is the biggest yacht party on the east coast on St. Patrick’s Weekend and over 500 guests will be sailing around the Boston Harbor to celebrate the holiday. DJ Big O and DJ Sensation will make sure you and your friends have the best time as you dance the night away during the party from 11PM-2AM. The only dress code is to wear green, so make sure you wear your most festive clothing and get ready for a fun night. More information Boston, MA

St. Patrick’s Day at Faneuil Hall Marketplace March 17, 2017 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all day at Faneuil Hall starting at 10AM. The marketplace will be filled with live entertainment, such as Irish tunes played by high-spirited bands and authentic Irish step dancing. Once you want to move on to pubs and restaurants, you’ll be in the perfect area to find some green beer or a Guinness. Faneuil Hall is always a fun place to be, but the energy is sure to be amplified on the 17th. More information Boston, MA