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Photograph: Brett CarlsenMarch 17, St. Patrick's Day Parade

The best St. Patrick’s Day events in NYC

Here are the best St. Paddy's Day events NYC has to offer, featuring parades, green beer, walking tours and Irish dancing.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Shaye Weaver
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Shaye Weaver

They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, which is all the more reason to celebrate! From the annual St. Paddy's Day parades across the boroughs to pub crawls and live music, the Big Apple is alive with joyful festivities splashed in green. If partying isn't your scene, there's still plenty to do like checking out a fascinating new photo exhibit and participating in Sober St. Patrick's Day activities. Either way, grab your green attire, belt your favorite Irish songs and bust out a limerick—St. Patrick’s Day in NYC is going to be a blast this year!

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Best St. Patrick’s Day events in NYC

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

Step back in time and explore the city’s organized crime history with this Saturday evening walking tour. The tour visits the streets and establishments where infamous Irish gang members once reigned supreme and did their dirty deeds.

As the tour guide puts it: "Although the onetime Irish enclave of Hell’s Kitchen has become an upscale foodie mecca, most of the places where the gangs lived, killed, and in some cases, dismembered their victims, are still standing. And we think that’s kinda cool."

At Hartley's in Brooklyn, it feels like St. Patrick's Day every day. Irish-born owners Danny Grace and Michael O’Sullivan opened Hartley’s in 2015. Full of Irish authenticity, you'll find proper pints of Guinness and other traditional Irish comforts.

The venue hosts a weekly live traditional Irish music set led by local talent Matt Stapleton every Monday at 8pm. The session includes rotating Irish musicians each week—and sometimes guests even join in. The session on Monday, March 13 is expected to be the best and most festive of the year to kick off the holiday week.

While you're listening to the music, order some items from the new menu like sausage from The Meat Hook butcher shop in Brooklyn and a daily baked Irish soda.

If you miss the Monday show, you can also check out Stapleton's music on Wednesdays at Grace's, also run by the Irish duo. It's located in Manhattan and offers Guinness Stew and a Full Irish Breakfast all day.

  • Bars

Glugging down pints of Guinness shouldn't be reserved solely for St. Patrick's Day, but we understand the craving will be strong on March 17. After the infamous parade, bask in the Celtic atmosphere at some of the city's best traditional Gaelic taverns. Our list of Irish pubs offer combo of cocktails, some of the best beer in the city and plenty of Irish coffees inspired by the Emerald Isle. Toast to drinking like the Irish! 

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