13 St. Patrick’s Day Events to Help You Get Your Irish On

Go green during March with these fun St. Patrick's Day-themed events.

We may not dye a river emerald like Chicago or hold a four-day festival like Dublin, but there are plenty of ways to go green in Jersey. Throughout March, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the state with performances, festivals and even a kilt run.

Irish band Caladh Nua come to Monmouth University

Photo by Michael Meade

Caladh Nua
A band with roots in the Southern Counties of Ireland, Caladh Nua is comprised of five musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments including the banjo, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, tin whistle and button accordion. The band performs traditional Irish music with contemporary flair.
March 9; 7:30 pm
Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University

The Irish Tenors
Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan—The Irish Tenors—have been touring together since 1998. They are known for covering songs in many genres including “My Heart Will Go On,” “Danny Boy,” “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Fields Of Athenry.”
March 10; 8 pm
Bergen PAC, Englewood

The Tartan Terrors
Centenary Stage Company prepares for the Celtic invasion of the Tartan Terrors.  Wielding pipes and fiddles, the Tartan Terrors’s high-energy performance mixes traditional folklore, dance and humor.
March 11; 8 pm
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, Hackettstown

The Shannon Rose Kids’ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Bring your littlest leprechauns to the Clifton and Ramsey pubs for a family-friendly event including a scavenger hunt, Irish music, face painting and a leprechaun costume contest. From March 1- 31 each restaurant will offer a foods of Ireland menu.
March 11; 11 am – 2 pm
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, Clifton and Ramsey
Reserve your spot

Wonders of the Celtic Sky Live Star Talk
Join a planetarium presenter for an in-depth tour of the current sky over New Jersey. Also, learn about the St. Patrick’s Celtic Sky and what the ancient Celtic people are believed to have seen when they looked at the same constellations we see today.
March 11, 18 & 25
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, Toms River

The Five Irish Tenors come to Mayo PAC.

Photo courtesy of Mayo PAC

Five Irish Tenors
On their first North American tour, the Five Irish Tenors bring wit and their operatic style to the Garden State. Starring David Martin, Aaron Crawley, Ciarán Kelly, Alan Leech and George Hutton, this concert features beloved Irish songs.
March 11, 12 & 14
State Theatre, New Brunswick; Kean Stage, Union; Mayo PAC, Morristown

Red Mill Museum Village St. Patrick’s Day
After the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick parade in Clinton, head to the museum for a family-oriented Saint Patrick’s Day event. Enjoy crafts, games, a leprechaun trail scavenger hunt, live blacksmith demonstrations and Irish folk music by The Young Fiddlers from Hunterdon Musical Arts.
March 12; 3:30-5:30 pm
Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton
$10 per family.

Allaire Village Historical Reenactment & St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Tensions rise in Allaire Village as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. The Irish immigrants are facing opposition from the English and French workers who don’t appreciate that only the Irish are given the day off from work. There will be reenactments in the chapel at 12 pm and 2 pm.
March 12; 11 am- 4 pm
Historic Village at Allaire, Farmingdale

Skylands Stadium St. Patrick’s Day Comedy Night
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a sidesplitting, three-act comedy show and Irish-inspired dinner and drinks at Skylands Stadium. Dig into the Irish buffet including favorites like shepherd’s pie, soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and cheddar potatoes. Then, laugh out loud with comedians Doug Karpf, Joe Bronzi and Johnny “Gemini” Lombardi.
March 17; 7 pm
Skylands Stadium Event Center, Augusta
$50 -$55 for dinner and show

Shamrock & Shillelagh Fest
The fest features U2 tribute act The Unforgettable Fire, New Jersey Celtic punk rock band The Skels and DJ Patty O’Furniture. Asbury Park comedian and musician Taylor Allen hosts the festivities. Come hungry for an Irish buffet featuring classic dishes prepared by The Anchor’s Bend. Fans of Irish spirits can enjoy the Jameson Lounge and Guinness Beer Garden.
March 18; 3 pm- 9 pm
Asbury Park Convention Hall

The Irish band Danu comes to the Newton Theatre.

Photo by Kelly Davidson

Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is a high-energy Irish ensemble. Their concert mixes ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Danú’s players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals take audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland.
March 19; 7 pm
Newton Theatre, Newton

Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular
Led by former Lord of the Dance performer Justin Boros, the cast features 20 skilled Irish dancers and musicians. The world-renowned dance troupe performs lightning fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft shoe jigs to an orchestral soundtrack.
March 24; 8 pm
Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College, Toms River

Bar A Kilt Run & Walk 2017
Grab a team, don a kilt and raise money for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Belmar and Lake Como. The two-mile walk/run is followed by a buffet and entertainment from the Snakes, a New Jersey Irish band.
March 25; 11 am
Bar Anticipation, Lake Como
$30 -$35


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  1. Ann Marie Grutta

    You forgot Bali Haunis at PJ Sweeney’s in Brick