Experience the Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Boston

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The Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Boston

St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is a dazzling display of Irish pride. With our deep Irish roots, we love to show off our Eire heritage any chance we get, but St. Paddy’s is when we truly go all out. While the annual Southie parade steals the show, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate this March 17. Whether you want to indulge in St. Patrick’s Day specials or simply relax at one of the best beer bars in Boston, we’ve got you covered. Just remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

1. Head to Southie for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This epic parade takes over the streets of South Boston once a year. You can expect massive crowds, all-day drinking, and a glimpse into Irish-American history. If you don’t have a friend who lives along the route, find a spot on the hills of Medal of Honor Park to catch all the action. This parade is the perfect way to kick off a day of bar-hopping and celebrating our city’s rich Irish heritage.

2. See the Dropkick Murphys Play at MGM Music Hall and House of Blues

Boston’s very own Celtic punk rock group, the Dropkick Murphys, will be performing five concerts in town during the week of St. Patrick’s Day. Catch their first show at Citizens House of Blues Boston on March 14, and the remaining shows at MGM Music Hall on March 15-17 (two shows on St. Paddy’s Day itself). Grab your tickets to witness their electrifying live performance or tune in to the livestream of their Live From Boston concert at 9pm on March 17.

3. Dig into Some Authentic (and not-so-authentic) Irish Food

After all that partying and pint-sipping, you’ll need to refuel. Take a break between rounds and treat yourself to a mouthwatering selection of menu specials offered by local restaurants in celebration of St. Paddy’s. Whether you’re craving classic corned beef and cabbage or adventurous shepherd’s pie wontons, these dishes will satisfy your hunger and get you ready for another round of drinks.

4. Listen to Live Music (and Drink) at an Irish Pub

In Boston, Irish pubs are a dime a dozen, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. These lively establishments will be buzzing with activity from the crack of dawn, serving up endless pints of beer. But it’s not just about the drinks – these pubs also feature traditional live music that will keep you entertained throughout the day. Some places may require ticket purchases in advance, so be sure to check and secure your spot. And if you’re heading to a pub with general admission, arrive early to beat the crowds.

5. Take a Stroll on the Irish Heritage Trail

Explore Boston’s rich Irish history by walking along the Irish Heritage Trail, a three-mile journey that passes by 20 historically significant sites. This tour highlights the contributions of local Irish-Americans, both famous (like JFK) and infamous (such as James Curley, the inspiration for The Last Hurrah). If you have more time, consider visiting some of the 50 Irish landmarks scattered throughout the state, which are conveniently marked on a map available at Boston’s visitor centers.

6. Savor Some Irish Whiskey

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a glass of Irish whiskey? Boston is home to bars offering a wide selection of this delicious elixir. Raise a toast on March 17 and enjoy the smooth flavors of Irish whiskey, without having to deal with overly rowdy crowds.

St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is an unforgettable experience. Whether you join the parade in Southie, catch a Dropkick Murphys concert, indulge in Irish cuisine, enjoy live music at an Irish pub, explore the Irish Heritage Trail, or savor a glass of Irish whiskey, you’re sure to make lasting memories. Plan your day wisely and get ready to embrace the spirit of the Emerald Isle in the heart of Boston.

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