The 15 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts!

At around 20 percent, Boston has the most concentrated Irish population of any city in America. When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, Massachusetts does it big. I mean, really big. Whether you’re among a crowd of one million at Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, rocking out with the Dropkick Murphys, or sipping on a few brews with your buddies at a local tavern, you’ll be able to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day virtually anywhere in the Bay State, but here are our 15 favorite spots.  

1. Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade, Worcester, MA

More of a family-friendly parade than some of its beer-infused counterparts, the Worcester County St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become a staple for many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade Committee is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to a safe, family-oriented parade.” 

2. Dropkick Murphys Concert, Boston, MA

The Dropkick Murphys have become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, and they’re treating fans to concerts in celebration. The Celtic rock band has an annual “St. Pat’s Tour,” and even has an entire album dedicated to the day, titled “Live on St. Patrick’s Day from Boston, MA.” Keep an eye out for their tour schedule around the holiday. 

3. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Notable radio host Brian O’Donovan hosts top musicians for A St. Patrick’s Day Sojourn at Sanders Theatre. The venue is located on the Harvard University campus. Come out and listen to traditional Irish tunes. 

4. Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Holyoke, MA

Since its inception in 1952, the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a fun community celebration. Floats, bagpipes, U.S. veterans, and more comprise this fun family event.

5. Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA

A two-day St. Patrick’s Day festival will take place at Harpoon Brewery. Irish music and beer samples—as well as non-alcoholic treats for designated drivers—make for a fun celebration.

6. The Irish Riviera, Scituate, MA

Dubbed “The Irish Riviera,” the Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the third largest in Massachusetts. Featuring bands like the Big Nazo Band, Boston Crusaders Senior Drum & Bugle Corp and more, children and adults alike will love this exciting event.

7. Irish Film Festival, Boston, MA

Boston residents know that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations go on for days. In fact, the city’s Irish Film Festival takes place just a few days after the actual holiday. Enjoy four days of films that focus on Ireland and its culture.

8. Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Springfield, MA

For old-fashioned fun—and the crowning of a lovely Colleen—check out the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade and associated events. While it’s an event that brings its city together, more outsiders visit to attend the events each year.

9. Flynn’s Irish Pub, Sagamore, MA

Serving up the best corned beef and cabbage, as voted by several surveys, Flynn’s Irish Pub is the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the food, the brew, and the traditionally rowdy atmosphere.

10. Marshfield St. Patrick’s Day 5K, Marshfield, MA

The annual Marshfield St. Patrick’s Day 5K is an event that really brings the community together. Prizes are awarded and all proceeds benefit the Marshfield Education Foundation. Runners are awarded with free shirts upon registration. 

11. Olde Magoun’s Saloon, Somerville, MA

Enjoy craft beer and authentic Irish cuisine at Olde Magoun’s Saloon in Somerville. Is there any better way to let your Irish show? The bar and grill even has its own selection of small batch whiskeys.

12. Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Road Race, Holyoke, MA

Considered a precursor to the Boston Marathon, the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Road Race is a thrilling event for participants and spectators alike. Between the 7,000 runners and the thousands of onlookers who line the route, the enthusiasm is hard to beat.

13. A Little Bit of Ireland, Waltham, MA

Visit the Reagle Music Theatre just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy A Little Bit of Ireland. You’ll hear Irish tenors, tap your toes along with some Riverdance numbers, and even laugh at some Irish comedy.

14. Wellesley Symphony Orchestra St. Patrick’s Day Concert, Wellesley Hills, MA

Victor Herbert’s Irish Rhapsody comes to life at the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra St. Patrick’s Day Concert. Come early and bring the family. Kids can check out orchestra instruments ahead of the concert.

15. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Boston, MA

Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is among the biggest in the entire country. It attracts an average of one million spectators each year. In addition to the bands and floats, the crowds are very interesting to watch, as they tend to include some very colorful characters. This is the ultimate celebration. 

Whether you enjoy a rowdy St. Patrick’s Day celebration or something a bit more soothing, you’ll find something that fits the bill in Massachusetts. Just remember, if you drink green beer, bring a designated driver along for the fun.

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