St. Patrick’s Day is almost here – and while for many that means a good ol’ pub crawl, green beer and all, there are plenty more ways to celebrate the holiday. With Joie de Vivre Hotels across the country, we put together a list of our favorite St. Patty’s events and activities from coast to coast:
San Francisco: The 165th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and parade hit San Francisco on Saturday, March 12th this year. As the West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating important history and culture, it’s going to be a big one with over 100,000 attendees! The parade starts at 11:30 am on the corner of Market and 2nd Street and runs to Civic Center where the (free) festival takes place from 10 am to 5 pm.
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If you’re looking for an alternative to the regular pub crawl scene on the actual night of St. Patty’s, then head to the California Academy of Sciences for their special Green Nightlife evening! This 21+ event will have green beer, Irish coffees and whiskey around the museum as well as lucky charm crafts, corned beef and hash from Bel Campo Meat Co., and exhibits in the rainforest, aquarium, and Project Lab!
Image Courtesy of California Academy of Sciences by Tim Williamson
Need a place to stay? Hotel Carlton is right in the middle of all the fun and is featuring a special “Go Green” package with accommodations, parking, and a festive welcome amenity.
Washington DC: The Nation’s capitol is as good a place as any to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, March 13. The parade starts at noon, and will proceed down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W. with over 100 marching bands, military units, dance schools, floats and a variety of other groups and organizations participate in the St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington DC each year.
On Thursday, March 17th, head over to Rí Rá Georgetown where the party starts early: the restaurant opens at 7am for a traditional Irish breakfast amidst a statue of St. Patrick himself and the festivities continue throughout the day with live Irish dancers, bagpipe players and more performances by Irish musical acts.
Rest your weary head and feet at the Liaison Capitol Hill after a full day’s celebration.
Miami: While Miami isn’t the first place you think of when you hear St. Patty’s Day, it’s a town that certainly knows how to celebrate. So head to Miami Beach’s oldest and only brew-pub, The Abbey Brewing Company: the secret spot for locals that has developed a reputation for having a remarkable selection of house recipes. Plus, it’s open until 5 a.m.
On the other hand: if you’re looking to avoid the scene, you can always hide out in a cabana at The Hall South Beach and order the corned beef hash from Sunny’s!
Silicon Valley: San Jose’s Santana Row is definitely the place to be in Silicon Valley on St. Patrick’s day: head to Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant for their annual Saint Patrick’s Day Party on Thursday, March 17th for traditional Irish food, green beer, and family-friendly events with live music like face painting on the patio.
If you feel like celebrating the green holiday on the golf greens, San Jose Muni is hosting its 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day tournament. Entry fee covers greens fee, golf cart, tee prize, range balls, drink ticket and a corned beef and cabbage dinner following the tournament.
Chicago: Each year, the Chicago River is dyed green before the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade creating quite the spectacle (but don’t worry: the dye is fish-friendly, and the river returns to its usual murky shade by nighttime). Arrive early on Saturday March 12th (it begins at 9 am) to get a good view – we recommend along the Michigan Avenue bridge’s east side, the Columbus Drive bridge’s west side or Wacker Drive (upper or lower) between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.
Photo courtesy of Max Talbot-Minkin via Flickr
After watching the Chicago River go green, head right over to River Roast and enjoy Irish-themed specials like braised corned beef cabbage and bacon or shepherd’s pie with braised lamb.
For Thursday: the beloved Sauced Night Market falls on St. Patrick’s Day this month, so the evening’s food and drink will be especially festive. Expect Maddy’s Dumpling House, Cookies & Carnitas, the Radler, and Wandering Foods. There might not be any green beer, but you can order up drinks from Marz and Revolution to celebrate the holiday.
Stay at The Talbott Hotel, just blocks from all the action.