7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in and Around Philly

Our Saturday-through-Tuesday guide to getting your Irish on in Philly.


Starting this weekend, Philly will be decked in green. Here is a list of Saint Patrick’s Day festivities taking place in and around the city. Perhaps our blarney will help you to channel your inner Irish.

The Leprechaun Run
Strap on your laces to help raise a pot of gold in the 30th annual Leprechaun Run. St. Patrick’s Day weekend will kick off with a 5-mile run or 2-mile walk down Broad Street. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes. Those interested in racing can register here. Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., West River Drive, starting near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Philadelphia Official St. Patty’s Bar Crawl
Pace yourself, for you’re liable to get Sham-rocked at Philadelphia’s Official St. Paddy’s Bar Crawl. BarCrawls.com is offering special deals for those wishing to test their luck bar-hopping across the city. A wristband, cup, and map with participating bars and best drink specials as well as St. Paddy swag will be given out at registration venues. Saturday, March 14th, noon to 2 a.m. and Tuesday, March 17th, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., for price and locations, click here

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Philly’s Gaelic community will rally behind pipers sporting manly kilts at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s a city tradition that has been celebrated since before the birth of our nation, and gains more marchers every year. Some VIP’s joining the lineup will include Bishop John Mcinty, Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania Mike Stack, Congressman Bob Brady and many more. Honor The Patron Saint of Ireland while step dancing to Celtic music. Sunday, March 15th, noon, 16th Street and JFK Boulevard.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day
You don’t always need a pint of Guinness in your hand to have a good time on St. Paddy’s day. WHYY’s Ed Cunningham will be the Master of Ceremonies at a kid-friendly St. Paddy’s party, following the big parade. Musical appearances will be made by accordion champion John Whelan, traditional musicians Converse Crew, fiddle champion Dylan Foley and more. This festival will have the whole family up out of their seats, river dancing the day away. Sunday March 15th, 4 p.m., $15, Dorrance H Hamilton Public Media Commons.

Judge Jimmy Lynn’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast
Ireland’s most famous patron saint will be celebrated at the top of the mornin’ this year. A traditional Irish feast will be served at The Plough & the Stars for Judge Jimmy Lynn’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. In addition to a complete Irish breakfast, the event will feature music, Irish dancing, as well as song and poem recitations. Tuesday, March 17th, 7:30 am to noon, The Plough & the Stars, 123 Chestnut Street.

Jamison Celtic Rock at Paddy Whacks
South Street will give a hundred-thousand welcomes to one of the hottest bands on the east coast. Jamison will take the stage at Paddy Whack to perform a dynamic mixture of rock, reggae, and modern pop while still repping its Irish roots. Come rock out and sip on frosty Irish brews until late into the evening. Tuesday, March 17th, 2 p.m.- 6 p.m., Paddy Whacks, 150 South Street.

McHugh’s School of Irish Dancers
Capering their way across the region, these young dancers will captivate and entertain. Starting this weekend, McHugh performance troops will appear at local restaurants, clubs, nursing homes, schools and community centers, all in honor of St. Patrick. The marathon will end at Duffer Restaurant in Glen Mills. Tuesday, March 17th at 7 p.m., performance times and locations here.