While many St. Patrick’s Day festivities tend to focus on green beer, pub crawls and other adult activities, there are plenty of fun events that the entire family can enjoy together. With parades, plays, live music and more, lads and lassies of all ages can be Irish for the weekend in Philadelphia.
4th Annual Newtown Irish Festival
Green Parrot Restaurant Pub & Patio
240 N. Sycamore St.
Newtown, PA 18940
Date: March 14-17, 2014
The 4th Annual Newtown Irish Festival will take place at the Green Parrot from March 14 through 17. At this weekend-long event, the party lasts from day to night with plenty for guests of all ages to enjoy. Bring the kids for lunch and enjoy Green Parrot’s standard menu along with a few Irish pub fare specials. After you grab a bite to eat, head out to the event tent where performances from local bands and Irish dancers will have the whole family clapping and dancing. For a complete schedule of performances, see the Green Parrot event page.
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108 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA 19002
Date: March 15 and 17, 2014
Small theater company Family Stages returns to the historic Ambler Theater for a special show in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Celtic folk tale, Legend of Finn McCool, will be performed Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. and Monday, March 17 at 10 a.m. Leprechauns young and old will enjoy this spirited rendition of the story of Finn and the grumpy giant, the flame-breathing goblin and the Castle Tara. Tickets for the hour-long live show cost $12 per person. Seniors (over 60 years) and grandparents can purchase tickets for $10, and children under the age of 3 are free.
4501 Woodhaven Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Date: March 17, 2014
A full-service restaurant, sports bar and Irish pub all in one, Katie O’Donnell’s is located by the Franklin Mills Mall. For the fourth year, this Northeast Philly spot will welcome adults and kids alike for all-day entertainment. With live music both inside and outside on the heated patio, families can enjoy performances from local Irish dancers, Mummers, bagpipers, drum corps, Gallagher Brothers Band and more. Face painting and a moon bounce will provide plenty of entertainment for the kids. And, of course, there will be Irish specials such as shepherd’s pie, Guinness stew, corned beef, cabbage and ham.
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100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
For an event that the little ones are sure to love, visit Sesame Place in Bucks County. Families are invited to celebrate with Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they sing and dance during the St. Patrick’s Day Dine. The buffet lunch will be held on Saturday, March 15 with reservations at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Tickets are available at $27 for adults or $17 for children ages two – nine. Children under the age of two are free. Festive attire is encouraged. Parking is free, and park admission is not required.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date: March 16, 2014
The second oldest parade in the country, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia dates back to 1771. With approximately 20,000 participants, the event is Philly’s largest parade. Families gather along the Parkway to watch dance groups, marching bands, Irish associations and youth groups (more than 150 groups all together!) march on by. The 244th Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 16.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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