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New Jersey may not be the first place that comes to mind for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but the Garden State offers plenty of ways to experience the luck of the Irish. After the parades and before the pub crawls, celebrate through song with one of these eight local performances.
March 7: A live band of pipes, fiddles, flutes accordions, banjos and whistles accompanies Irish step dancers for this two-hour performance packed with songs, culture and costumes from pre-Celtic times with a modern-day twist.
7 pm; $35. Grunin Center, Toms River.
March 8: The Celtic Angels celebrate Irish heritage with song, singing stirring songs of Ireland and performing precise dances.
7 pm; $39–$59. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
March 12: This high-energy performance, by one of today’s leading traditional Irish ensembles, blends ancient Irish musical traditions with modern sounds.
7:30 pm; $35-$45. Grunin Center, Toms River.
March 15: An evening of exhilarating folk songs and lively Irish tunes from six-time Grammy award–winning trio The Chieftains.
7 pm; $39–$69. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark.
March 17: Take a journey to Ireland without ever leaving your seat. The Celtic Women transport audiences with uplifting Irish anthems.
8 pm; $49–$99. State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick.
March 17: Four lads take the audience through Irish folk tradition with classic ballads, pub tunes and original songs with instruments aplenty.
7:30 pm; $59–$69. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark.
March 17: Enjoy an Irish meal—corned beef, cabbage and potatoes—with the traditional Irish and folk music of Karan Casey.
7:30 pm; $35.50 plus $20 for dinner (optional). Hopewell Theater, Hopewell.
March 17: Eileen Ivers pushes the boundaries of fiddling tradition with a fresh, powerful performance that connects culture and stories with the universal language of music—and features the new band Universal Roots.
7:30 pm; $30–$40. South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange.