Bagpipes, corned beef and Irish dancing in N.W. Philly

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and while that may mean kegs and eggs to some, it’s also a chance to celebrate the Irish culture in a family-friendly way.

Whether it’s listening to bagpipes down the block, watching a school’s Irish dance performance or simply wearing your best shade of green, Northwest Philadelphia has plenty of options for you. Check out what’s going on in your neighborhood, today and over the weekend:


St. Patty’s Tour and Toast at Laurel Hill

When: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery – 3822 Ridge Ave. in East Falls

What: Laurel Hill celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with “In heaven there is no beer… that is why we drink here: St. Patrick’s Day Tour and Toast” which explores and honors the heritage and accomplishments of some of the cemetery’s Irish souls. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $22 for members and $20 for students. Advance registration is required. Buy your tickets here

Contact: 215-228-8817


Lunch and Irish dancing at Journey’s Way

When: 12 p.m.

Where: Journey’s Way – 403 Rector St. in Roxborough

What: Join the center for a bit of blarney which kicks off with a corned beef and cabbage meal followed by a performance by the Coyle School of Irish Dancers. Tickets are $3.

Contact: (215) 487-1750


Church of St. Alban St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

When: Saturday Mar. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Church of St. Alban 6769 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough

What: Ham, cabbage, fun and fellowship at the annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner. The event is free but donations are gladly accepted.

Contact: (215) 482-2627


Face painting and Shamrock tattoos at The Bayou

When: All day today

Where: The Bayou – 4245 Main St. in Manayunk

What: Stop into the Bayou anytime on St. Patrick’s Day and get your face painted all sorts of Irish and load up on shamrock tattoos.

Contact: (215) 482-2560


Mass, food and music at the Irish Center

When: 12:30 p.m.

Where: Commodore Barry Club – 6815 Emlen St. in Mt. Airy

What: Join the club as it celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in the traditional manner with Mass at 12:30 p.m. followed by food and music in the Fireside room.

Contact: (215) 843-8051


Breakfast and bagpipes at Kildare’s

When: 7 a.m.

Where: Kildares Irish Pub – 4417 Main St. in Manayunk

What: The restaurant opens early for a day filled with breakfast, bagpipes and Irish bands. VIP passes are $20.

Contact: (215)-482-7242


St. Patty’s Day specials at Manayunk Brewery 

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Manayunk Brewery – 4120 Main St. in Manayunk

What: Celebrate with traditional Irish dinner specials, drink specials including $2.75 mugs and live acoustic music.

Contact: (215) 482-8220


Celebrate St. Patty’s with emerald lighting in the Center City

When: Tonight

Where: Avenue of the Arts

What: Head into Center City tonight to see an emerald hue cast on a dozen historic buildings along the Avenue of the Arts. The Center City District has created year-round special lighting for these buildings, but today, they will shine like smiling Irish eyes.


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