Freepoint Hotel St. Patrick's Day 2020
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day this March in Cambridge and Boston
We can think of no place in the US that embodies the Irish traditions and culture like Boston; after all, as much as 23 percent of Boston's population claims Irish ancestry. Whether you have Irish pride coursing through your veins or you just want a reason to enjoy a pint of Guinness there is no better place to enjoy the rip-roaring fun of St. Patrick's Day then in Boston and Cambridge. Here are some things to do if you're here in March for the festivities,
Experience the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston
The neighborhood of South Boston is quintessentially Irish, which means that it's not too surprising that Boston's famous St. Patrick's Day Parade would take place here. This parade welcomes up to a million spectators each year who are ready to show their love for all things Irish. On Sunday, March 15th don some green (so you don't get pinched!) and head to South Boston for the parade, which starts at 1pm.
From amazing floats to live bagpipes and brass marching bands, this is a surefire way to get you in the spirit. Check out the parade route
ahead of time to stake out your prime parade-viewing spot before someone else does.
Sample Boston's Local Brew
Of course Boston's very own Harpoon Brewery
, nestled right on the waterfront, would throw its own St. Patrick's Day shindig. This two-day beer festival, happening Friday and Saturday, March 6th-7th will be doling out their popular Harpoon and UFO beers, while beer lovers will also find delicious foods and handmade pretzels, as well as live music from Celtic-style bands. Come rain or shine, this brewery will be slinging drinks, so grab your tickets and enjoy a free brewski.
Enjoy a Live Irish Music Cruise at the Harbor
Listen to songs of the Emerald isle performed by the Boston-based Irish Band, Slainte, while cruising along the Boston Harbor on this relaxing 90-minute tour. Check out stunning views of the city's skyline while dancing, singing and enjoying some delicious Irish-influenced food and drinks (whiskey anyone?). This is a great way to change up your typical festivities of hunkering down in a pub. You can also choose to cruise the day away with Northern Lights
, which offers St. Patrick's Day lunch and brunch cruises, as well. Enjoy some Irish libations, a traditional lunch and listen to live music while escaping the crowds.
Run the St. Patrick's Day Road Race
Some people celebrate by enjoying a drink. Other people celebrate by noshing on some traditional delicacies. If your idea of celebrating involves lacing up your sneakers and going for a run then you may want to sign up for the annual St. Patrick's Day 5K Road Race
, happening on Sunday, March 15th at 11am. This race has been a city tradition since 1940, so get ready to put on your green workout gear and head out for a celebratory run before wandering over to the parade. Register online to be part of the St. Patrick's Day Road Race where they say you "come for the run, but stay for the fun"!
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Franklin Park Zoo
If you've brought the whole family to Cambridge for some St. Patrick's Day festivities New England-style, the Franklin Park Zoo
is hosting its own all-ages celebration on Saturday, March 14th from 10:30am-1:30pm. Test your knowledge about fruit bats, tigers and other wildlife with expert zookeepers, spark some creativity at the arts and crafts corner, and watch the animals consume delicious green-themed treats in keeping with the holiday spirit.
Wander the Irish Heritage Trail
If you're looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by getting to know more about Boston's rich Irish history then the holiday wouldn't be complete without exploring the city's famed Irish Heritage Trail. Check out this map, and plan your self-guided tour (or book a guided tour
) through downtown Boston and the city's Back Bay neighborhood where you'll check out 20 historical sites including Boston City Hall, the Boston Massacre Memorial and Fenway Park. Learn about the city's cool Irish-American culture and heritage while also getting your daily steps in.
Irish Film Festival
If you've had enough frivolity the last couple of days you may be looking for a more low-key way to spend the days post-St. Patrick's Day. From Friday-Sunday, March 19th-22nd, Somerville Theater at Davis Square hosts the annual Irish Film Festival. Now in its 20th year, this film festival has also been voted one of the "Top Twenty Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by Movie Maker Magazine. Right now they are even offering a promo code on their three-day, all-access pass. Check out their website
to learn more.
Get in the Spirit with Traditional Irish Foods and Spirits in Cambridge
What is a celebration without food? If you're looking for a cozy pub to grab a pint or some delicious pub grub, these Cambridge, MA, Irish pubs will be dishing out everything from Guinness and whiskey cocktails to hearty Irish breakfasts. Don't be surprised if these pubs also offer some traditional entertainment and music.
Warm your chilled bones with some delicious Guinness beef stew at The Druid, kick back with a craft beer or signature whiskey cocktail at Old Magoun's Saloon or listen to traditional Irish tunes at The Burren (named one of the "21 Best Irish Pubs in America" by Thrillist).
Kick Off the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations By Booking Your Next Cambridge Vacation
Let the luck o' the Irish follow you to Cambridge, MA. With cozy pubs, delicious restaurants and easy access to all the St. Patrick's Day frivolity that Boston and Cambridge have to offer, March is the perfect time to plan your next trip. While you may not find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Freepoint Hotel Cambridge can help you save on your next getaway with these special offers