When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, Boston really knows how to celebrate the holiday in style. Here is a look at a few of the events taking place for St. Patrick’s Day in Boston in 2016.
Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival
Harpoon Brewery will be hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Festival on March 4th and 5th. Each year, the brewery kicks off the holiday a bit early with corned beef and cabbage, live music provided by local Irish and rock bands and special beer offerings. Not only will there be a variety of vendors selling of food at the event, but Harpoon Beer Hall pretzels will also be available for purchase, as will be Harpoon Boston Irish Stout.
No RSVP is required to attend the event. Rather, you simply pay a $25 (cash only) cover charge at the door. The cover charge includes entrance to the festival, a souvenir pint glass and your first beer. Additional beer tickets may be purchased inside the festival. Friday’s event will take place from 5:30 to 11:00 pm, while Saturday’s event will take place from 1:00 until 7:00 pm.
Harpoon Brewery is located at 306 Northern Avenue on the South Boston Waterfront. The Red Line/South Station is the nearest T Station, with a free shuttle offered from the South Station next to the Federal Reserve Building. There is no parking at the brewery available for the festival. All festival-goers must be 21-years-old or older with an ID. Designated drivers should visit the Customer Service booth after arriving at the festival in order to receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages throughout the evening.
A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn
WGBH radio will once again host its 11th annual A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan, with performances taking place every day from March 17th through the 20th. First produced in 2004, these concerts offer a wide range of new and familiar musicians celebrating the holiday in genuine Irish style.
This year’s event will be offered at three different locations. On March 17th, the show will occur at Hanover Theatre in Worcester at 7:30 pm. On the 18th, the show will take place at Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford at 8:00 pm. March 19th and 20th performances will take place at Sanders Theatre in Harvard University in Cambridge, with performances offered at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm on the 19th and at 3:00 pm on the 20th. Tickets range in price from $20 to $40.
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Parade
The annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Parade provided by the Allied War Veteran’s Council will take place on March 20. Listed at the second largest parade in the country, the South Boston St. Patrick’s Parade is broadcasted on live television and viewed in-person by 600,000 to 1 million people every year. The parade commemorates March 17, 1776, which was the day British soldiers left Boston after seeing a line of 55 cannons as well a hollowed-out logs made to look like cannons at Dorchester Heights. The password for safe passage was “St. Patrick.” This day, referred to as Evacuation Day, was first celebrated in 1901 and is still held in remembrance of that day. Major George F.H. Murray of the Ninth Regiment of the Army was the first chief marshal of the parade, while the first gay groups were allowed to march in the parade last year. The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade will start at 1:00 pm at the Broadway Station.