Ah March, the month that comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.  This month can be an unpredictable end to winter and start of spring but one thing is for sure, it’s the month in which Philadelphians will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style!  Whether you are Irish or not it’s pretty much a guarantee that if you want to you can have a ton of fun celebrating this holiday.  Here is what is going on in Philly for St. Patty’s Day 2017.

Parade
The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade was founded in 1771 making it the 2nd oldest Parade of any kind in the USA. Grab the family to celebrate together and this year don’t forget to set your clocks to spring ahead so you don’t miss any of the action.  If being outside in the elements doesn’t appeal to you this is the first year you can watch the parade on TV!  It will air live on Fox 29 and be re-aired on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2017 on Fox 29 at noon. For more information on the Parade click here to visit the website!

When: Sunday March 12, 2017 (Daylight Savings), Noon-3pm
Where: New Parade Route for 2017. Starting point JFK Blvd between 16th and 17th Streets heading down Market Street towards Penn’s Landing

Bar Crawls

Most Philadelphians prefer not to remember St. Patrick’s Day and spend it and the weekends surrounding it enjoying the many libations our city has to offer.  One of the best ways to do this is to visit not one but many bars around the city.

Erin Express
The official Erin Express is a St. Patty’s Day tradition in Philadelphia that spans over 30 years.  Over 10 busses will be looping around 15 bars throughout the city giving you a fuzzy tour filled with St. Patrick’s Day themed fun.  The busses are free, just show up at a participating bar and when you are ready to move on hop on a bus that will rotate about every 15 minutes. Don’t forget to wear your green and cash is helpful for quick service at the bars!  Click here to see participating locations!

When: March 4th and 11th 2017 from 9am-6pm
Where: Start at any of the participating locations

Northeast Philly Shamrock Shuttle
It goes without saying that if you are planning to participate in a bar crawl this St. Patrick’s Day, it’s best to stay as close to home as possible.  If home for you is Philadelphia’s Northeast section the Erin Express has you covered.  10 busses will make a continuous loop around 10 NE Philly bars. Wristbands are $6 and include bus transportation and great drink specials.  Don’t forget your ID! Click here to see participating locations!

When: March 4th and 11th 2pm-8pm
Where: Start at any of the participating locations

Irish Stroll
Barcrawls.com is back in Philly for the Irish Stroll click here for more information and a list of participating bars.  Tickets start at $10 and include exclusive drink specials and cover-free admission at participating locations.

When: March 11th 2017 12pm-2am and March 17th 6pm-2am
Where: Fox & Hound

Erin Express Center City Plus Running of the Micks
This year Erin Express and Running of the Micks joins forces! The buses are FREE and the tickets start at $15 which gets you the drink specials, live bands, and “RUN” up the Art Musuem steps. the bars have indoor and outdoor areas. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

When: March 4th and 11th 2017
Where: 3/4: The Field House 1150 Filbert Street and 3/11: Monarch next to the Piazza/Schmidt Commons.

Bar and Restaurant Events
If staying in one place to party is more your speed many bars and restaurants in Philadelphia are offering great specials and events to celebrate your Irish side!

Fado Irish Pub
3 Days to party and enjoy life music, food, sports, and dancing at Fado Irish Pub’s 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

When: March 4th & 11th-open at 7 AM live music starts at 3pm, DJ at 10pm, March 17th- open at 7am
live music starts at 2pm, DJ starts at 10pm
Where: Fado Irish Pub 1500 Locust Street

Currans Irish Inn
Enjoy an after St. Patty’s Day Parade Party at Curran’s Irish Inn in the Tacony section of Northeast Philly.  Featuring live music and Irish food and drink speicals.

When: March 12th 2016 after the parade
Where: Curran’s Irish Inn 6900 State Road

Oh! Shea’s
Enjoy Corn Beef and Cabbage specials at Oh! Shea’s.

When: March 17th, 2017
Where: Oh! Shea’s 1907 Sansom St.

Other Ways to Celebrate
Leprechaun Run
Celebrating it’s 32st year the Leprechaun run is a 5 mile race and 2 mile fun run/walk benefitting Special Olympics PA.

When: March 11th 2017 race starts at 7:30am
Where: MLK Drive by the Art Museum

Irish Memorial Annual Wreath Laying
Honor the holiday by attending the 11th annual wreath laying at the Irish Memorial.

When: March 17th 2017 11am
Where: Irish Memorial at Front and Chestnut Streets