St. Patrick’s Day is almost here in Philadelphia, and you know what that means: it’s time to start planning your holiday. But this year, you shouldn’t just indulge on your favorite watering hole’s drink specials or wear green to commemorate the holiday. Instead, celebrate Irish culture and experience a new way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with any of these events near Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Following the 9:15 am mass at St. Patrick’s Church on 20th and Locust Streets on March 13 will be the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia. It will commence and will step off on 16th Street and JFK Boulevard. It will then travel up the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This year’s parade will feature performances as well as other live entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. The overall theme of this event will be “St. Patrick, Bless the Heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising.” On top of that, the Grand Marshall will be Paul Doris.
This is one of the biggest events in the community for the holiday. So if you’re looking to attend, be sure to get to the parade route and settle into your ideal viewing spot early.
St. Patrick’s Day WineFest Philadelphia at Oaks
On March 12 and March 13, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA will be home to the St. Patrick’s Day WineFest Philadelphia at Oaks. At this event, local wineries will come together so that you can sample and purchase some of the area’s finest wines. Tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day WineFest Philadelphia at Oaks will cost $25 for one day and $40 for two days. They’re available online now!
Sober St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia
Sober St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphiawill be held on Sunday March 13 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY. This is an alcoholic-free family-friendly event that will celebrate Irish culture with live music from artists like The Yanks. There will also be performances from local groups like the McDade Cara School of Irish Dance. Tickets for Sober St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia are now available online, and if you’re looking to learn more about the event, check out its official Facebook or Twitter.
The31st annual Leprechaun Run will take place on March 12 at 9 am. The 5-mile race and 2-mile fun run starts at MLK Drive by the Art Museum and will make its way around the city. You can register online or on the day of the race to participate. It’ll cost $35 to be a part of the 5-mile race and $25 to be part of the 2-mile fun run. Proceeds for this event will benefit Special Olympics Philadelphia and thousands of athletes in the city.
St. Patrick’s Day near Philadelphia is a time to celebrate Irish culture and have fun with the entire community. So if you’re from Philadelphia, Lansdale or Doylestown, be sure check out any of these St. Patrick’s Day events!