17 Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parties, Bar Crawls, and Events

Your guide to a festive weekend.

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Your guide to Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day events. Photograph by shironosov/Getty Images

While the St. Patrick’s Day parade went down last weekend, the actual holiday is still ahead of us. Which means, yep, we’ve got another weekend to fill with festivities. If you’re ready to rally, here are some suggestions for places you can put on green and party this weekend. I know I’ll be wearing green — my mom always calls to make sure.

CRAWL

The St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl is a tradition as old as U2. You get a special t-shirt or headpiece or wristband and you meander around town enjoying cheap drinks. Ready to go? We found four throng-based events going on this weekend. They’re all kind of… samey? Is that okay to say? All pub crawls look alike to me. But one has the audacity to call itself “official.” That’s bold.

PARTY

Of course, you don’t actually need to wander around from place to place. Pretty much any bar in town would love for you to drop by and settle in for awhile. There are plenty of musical options, too. With the possible exception of the one at the Annenberg, you can probably have a drink or two while you’re at it.

WATCH

Or maybe you’re looking for something a little quieter, a Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day celebration without any drinking. A movie, perhaps? Well, the pickings are slim but they’re still pickings. And all the pickings are at the same place.

Leprechaun
Jennifer Aniston and Warwick Davis star in The Luck of the Irish… Just Ran Out! It’s easy to make fun of this 1993 horror flick, but let’s take a moment to count our blessings. If Leprechaun had come out in the 2000s it would’ve been an intentionally silly, CGI-heavy SyFy type deal, not the start of an amusing multi-part franchise that includes Leprechaun in the Hood. Not to mention Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood.
Saturday, 7-9 p.m., $5, South Street Cinema, 327 South St.

St. Patrick’s Day Double Feature
Return to South Street’s little, lovable theater for some holiday appropriate fair that doesn’t involve murder. I think. First, there’s High Spirits, Neil Jordan’s 1988 haunted house comedy starring Darryl Hannah, Peter O’Toole, Steve Guttenberg, and so on. Then comes The Commitments, a heartwarming drama-comedy from 1991 about a soul band in Dublin, Ireland. Stars Glen Hansard, Colm Meaney, Andrea Corr, etc.
Sunday, 4 & 7 p.m., $5, South Street Cinema, 327 South St.