It’s that wonderful, boisterous time of year again. It’s that time when we all remember that distant Irish cousin or that long forgotten great-grandmother from County Clare. It’s that time when the rivers run green, not with envy but with the joy of a proper Guinness and a touch of luck.
After two years of St. Patrick’s Day events going virtual, getting canceled, and taking breaks, 2022 brings us beloved draws like the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a multi-day Dropkick Murphys stint at House of Blues, and Brian O’Donovan’s St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn. Here’s our list of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, with everything from traditional Irish music and food to bar crawls and road races. Please visit each event’s website for information regarding mask and vaccine policies, and note that times and dates are subject to change.
A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELTIC SOJOURN Clonakilty native and longtime WGBH host Brian O’Donovan tours the state for five nights of Irish music and dance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Rockport, Worcester, New Bedford, Somerville, and Beverly, and virtually via streaming platform Mandolin. This year’s revue features artists Keith Murphy, Ye Vagabonds, Ship in the Clouds, Dominique Dodge, and Ashley Smith-Wallace, among others. March 16-20, showtimes vary. Prices vary, in-person and virtual. celticsojournlive.com
ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL VARIETY DINNER SHOW Catch a variety show of traditional Irish music, stories, and dancing with performances from several artists, including Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello, who own the Burren, the Davis Square pub hosting the event. Included with the show is a traditional Irish meal with your choice of corned beef and cabbage or Guinness beef stew with soda bread, plus Burren Shamrock Cake for dessert. March 17, 9 a.m. $25. 247 Elm St., Somerville. 24hourconcerts.showare.com
THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTRE PRESENTS A VIRTUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY Tune in to stream Irish dance performances from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance and the Irish Cultural Centre Set Dancers with music from Aoife Griffin and David Healy. Plus, see a demonstration of how to make brown soda bread and hear remarks from Irish Consul General to New England Laoise Moore, all from the comfort of your own home. March 17, 10 a.m. Free, virtual. irishculture.org
DROPKICK MURPHYS ST. PATRICK’S DAY 2022 TOUR AT HOUSE OF BLUES This classic Boston band is shipping up to House of Blues this St. Patrick’s Day for three nights of live shows. Catch all the latest hits from their newest record, “Turn Up That Dial.” March 17-19, 6 p.m. Tickets start at $42.50. 15 Lansdowne St. houseofblues.com
HOLYOKE ST. PATRICK’S ROAD RACE Run, don’t walk, or walk, don’t run, during this day of 2-mile walks and 10K runs, plus, a concert from the Mummers string band. It’s a 45-year-old Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day tradition! March 19, 9 a.m. Entry fees start at $20. 143 Maple St., Holyoke. holyokestpatricksroadrace.org
SOUTH BOSTON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Coming off of a two-year break, the century-old South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to run from Broadway Station to Farragut Road. While St. Patrick takes center stage, the parade also commemorates Evacuation Day, marking the day that the British army retreated from Boston in 1776. March 20, 1 p.m. Free. South Boston. southbostonparade.org
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