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, you can have a ton of fun celebrating this holiday. Here is what is going on in Philly for St. Paddy’s Day 2019.


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, 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 on Fox 29 at noon. For more information on the Parade click here to visit the website!

When: Sunday March 10 (Daylight Savings), Noon-3 p.m.
Where: Starting point JFK Blvd between 16th and 17th Streets heading down Market Street towards Penn’s Landing

Bar Crawls

Erin Express

The official Erin Express is a Philly tradition that spans over 30 years.  Over 10 buses will be looping around 15 bars throughout the city giving you a fuzzy tour filled with St. Patrick’s Day themed fun.  The buses 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 9th and 16th 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Start at any of the participating locations

Northeast Philly Erin Express

If home for you is Philadelphia’s Northeast section, this Erin Express has you covered.  Ten buses 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 9th and 16th 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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 16th from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Participating locations

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

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


Saturday, March 9th – Radio Neon at 2:30 p.m. and 52 Pickup at 6 p.m., no cover, 21+ after 12 p.m.

Sunday, March 10th – Live music, no cover.

Saturday, March 16th – Bogside Rogues at 2:30 p.m., 52 Pickup at 6 p.m., $5 cover from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., $10 cover from 4 p.m., 21+ after 12 p.m.

Sunday, March 17th – Radio Neon at 2:30 p.m., Lima Bean Riot at 6 p.m., no cover, 21+ after 12 p.m.

Where: Fado Irish Pub 1500 Locust Street

Curran’s Irish Inn

Curran’s starts celebrating the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day with two days of fun!


March 9th – Paddypalooza – live music, crafts, vendors and moonbouce

March 10th – Post parade party with live music by Shot of Southern on the heated patio, $6 ham, cabbage and pint Guinness
Where: Curran’s Irish Inn 6900 State Road

Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe

Local charity Camp Jamison invites the community to join in early St. Patrick’s Day festivities on March 16th at Maggie’s Waterfront Café. The event will raise funds for this year’s camp experience.

The “Raising of the Green Beef & Beer” will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, St. Patrick’s Day themed games, and plenty of good food and drink. Covert Pop will be performing with a special guest percussionist. Purchase tickets in advance for $32, or buy at the door for $42. Read more about the event here.

When: March 16th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: 9242 North Delaware Avenue

Other Ways to Celebrate

Leprechaun Run

Celebrating its 34th year, the Leprechaun Run includes a 7-mile race, 5-mile race and 2-mile fun run/walk benefiting Special Olympics PA.

When: March 9th race starts at 7:30am
Where: MLK Drive by the Art Museum

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