Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit as early as this weekend

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BOSTON—Boston is already gearing up to celebrate its favorite holiday – St. Patrick’s Day!

Celtic music (Wikimedia)

Celtic music (Wikimedia)

Whether you’re looking for a pub-crawl, some Irish music, a parade, or a little bit of everything, we’ve got the best of what Boston has to offer.

Get a head start with the Irish Pub Challenge on March 5. This pub crawl will take you to over 30 pubs in the Boston area. With raffles, auctions, and team events, this is a surefire way to get into the St. Paddy’s spirit!

If you’re looking for something more low-key, from March 10 through 13, the Irish Film Festival is showing films made by Irish filmmakers at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square. This year features the film, “Garage,” by Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson.

Pub Crawls, Saturday, March 12

Starting at 10 a.m. on March 12, you can head over to The Greatest Bar for their Leprechaun Lap.

Boston’s Leprecrawl takes you to up to ten bars in Boston. Tickets can be bought online for $22.09. Hurry, or they might disappear like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

The Saint Paddy’s Pub Crawl in Faneuil Hall is offering three dates for celebrating Ireland’s patron saint – Saturday, March 12, Thursday, March 17, and Saturday, March 19.


If you’re looking for a classic way to celebrate, the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is happening on March 20, starting at 1 p.m. starting at the Broadway station. Check out the parade’s route here.


If Celtic music is your bag, get yourself some tickets to “A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn,” with Brian O’Donovan. You may have listened to O’Donovan’s Celtic Sojourn radio program on WGBH – now you can hear some of your favorite music, live! Show dates and locations are:

March 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester

March 18, 8 p.m. at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford

March 19 at 3 and 8 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, in Cambridge

March 20 at 3 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, in Cambridge


If you’re looking for a little bit of all things Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, the Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston might just do the trick. Their show, “A Little Bit of Ireland,” features Irish music, folk dancing, and some “comic blarney.” The show runs from March 12–13 in Waltham.