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.
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.
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
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.
Feel free to add your own neighborhood events in the comment section below.