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5 Ways to Safely Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Boston This Year

Ariane Vigna | March 11, 2021 | Culture Food & Drink Lifestyle

St Patrick's Day in Boston 2021

Looking forward to your favorite Irish holiday? We’ve got you covered!

Everyone knows Bostonians love to throw a gigantic, annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebrate with exuberant concerts. As most of us wait for our vaccine shots, things will be a bit different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to party safely.

Whether you're ready for a holiday run, dinner and music, or want to explore the city’s Irish heritage, here are 5 activities to make this St. Patrick’s Day one to remember. You may just bump into a leprechaun on the way.

See also: 8 Ways to Safely Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in NYC This Year

Watch (or Run) the St Patrick's Day Road Race in South Boston

230 West 6th St. / Website

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade may be cancelled, but the Day 5k Road Race isn’t. Head to South Boston to meet the runners — unless you register early to be one of them. The first 600 runners to register will be wearing long-sleeved race shirts designed by one of the race’s sponsors, the Dropkick Murphys. The race, which has taken place every year since 1940, starts and ends at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club at 230 West 6th St. in South Boston, and follows a 5K (3.1 mile) course.

Grab dinner and watch an Irish concert at the Black Rose

160 State St. / Website

Located near the historic Faneuil Hall, the Black Rose is famous for delicious Irish specialties and nightly music. The Irish pub and restaurant will present an Irish concert on a big screen to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and you don’t want to miss it. Pints of Guinness are poured by staff with authentic brogues. Take advantage of the traditional cuisine, from sausage rolls to clam chowder, potato skins, Shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew. There’s truly something for everyone. Be sure to make reservations and grab a ticket (redeemable for its value in food, beverages, and merch), as tickets will be required.

Treat yourself to a pint and house-made Irish specialties at Harpoon Brewery's St Patrick's Day Festival

306 Northern Ave. / Website

In pre-pandemic times, Harpoon Brewery hosted a two-day beer festival for St. Patrick's. They usually offer a selection of Harpoon and UFO beers, food and live music from Joshua Tree and Dicey Riley, among others. This year, Harpoon put together some at-home celebration options with food specials and Fest Kits available for delivery or pick-up, depending on where you live. House-made traditional foods from sausage rolls to stout beef stew, meat pies, bangers and mash, and Irish soda bread are just a drive away. The Fest Kit includes a limited edition St. Patrick’s Day branded hat and pin glass, along with a Harpoon pretzel baked fresh in the kitchen with Ale Mustard and a 16 oz. four-pack of beer ((Harpoon IPA, Big League, Celtic Red and Mike’s Pastry Cannoli Stout). Make your reservation online.

See also: 11 Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day In Chicago

Explore the Irish Heritage Trail


Looking to celebrate with more than just a pint? Explore the Irish Heritage Trail to walk in the footsteps of Irish immigrants and their descendants. The trail recounts 200 years of Irish history in Boston, from Commodore John Barry to President John F. Kennedy. Most stops along the Trail — statues, monuments and buildings — are outdoors, so you’ll get a chance to enjoy the sunny weather while celebrating the contributions of Irish Bostonians. The trail begins at the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden in the North End and stretches across more than three miles downtown through Back Bay until it ends at Fenway Park.

Learn to Make Guinness Beef Stew

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Chef Diane Henderiks will lead a virtual cooking class, helping you and your family or friends to make a delicious and authentic Guinness Beef Stew, with fun engagement and helpful tips every step of the way. The live event will be held March 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and hosted by virtual cooking lesson platform 100 Pleats. The lesson is $49.99 per screen (not per person), making for a great pod or family activity. Register ahead of time online to receive ingredeitn and kitchen equipment details.

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