St. Patrick’s Day in Boston guide

Get in the spirit, don some green and get ready for St. Patrick’s Day in Boston

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016, NYC, Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5th and 6th aves, midtown, New York City
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

UPDATE: The St. Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled due to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus. Other events on this list may be affected—if you’re unsure, please call ahead to confirm.

Every March, countless corners of Boston turn into little shamrock-packed cities, filled with festively-decorated bars and scores of locals—Irish and non-Irish alike—looking to party like theyre in Dublin. Sport your finest shamrock and deck yourself in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Boston-style, at these epic parties and events, including the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the one-and-only Southie.

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When is St. Patrick’s Day in Boston?

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

What is St. Patrick’s Day in Boston?

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17, the date marked by the death of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most celebrated patron saint. The festivities surrounding this date specifically commemorate Saint Patrick, and the subsequent arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

Where is the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

The parade takes place in South Boston on March 15 at 1pm. It starts at West Broadway and Dorchester Ave, continues along West Broadway to East Broadway, then turns and heads back west, ending on Dorchester Ave.

Things to do on St. Patrick’s Day in Boston

The best St. Patrick’s Day events in Boston
Things to do

The best St. Patrick’s Day events in Boston

From lively parties and fun gatherings to dining specials, here are the best things to do around town

Guide to the St Patrick’s Day Parade
Things to do

Guide to the St Patrick’s Day Parade

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Boston’s best Irish pubs
Bars

Boston’s best Irish pubs

Celebrate all things green at one of the many authentic Irish pubs around the area

The best Boston beer bars
Bars

The best Boston beer bars

The area’s best beer bars will be packed with green-clad revelers

The oldest bars in Boston
Bars

The oldest bars in Boston

Enjoy the holiday in historic environs at one of Boston’s oldest bars

The best cocktail bars in Boston
Bars

The best cocktail bars in Boston

For a more sophisticated—yet no less boozy—option, check out Boston’s best cocktail bars