Get your Irish on at these three New York City area events!
Satin Paddy’s Day PubCrawl: There are plenty of holidays around the year that have us hitting the bar and partying all day long, but once March rolls around, everyone’s ready for St. Patrick’s Day! New York City is one of the top destinations in the country for all things St. Patrick’s Day, but this year it’s only going to be even bigger as the producers of the world’s largest PubCrawls put together yet another colossal event in the Big Apple – the official St. Patrick’s Day New York City Pub Crawl! After they managed to get together over 5,000 guests for a Halloween pub crawl that’s still being talked about, the sky’s the limit for this year’s official St. Patrick’s Day PubCrawl! There’s no denying that New York City has one of the absolute best bar scenes in the country, and on a day like this, with an event like this, it’s the best way to find out what it’s all about. March 13-17. Times and locations vary.
Celtic Appalachia: The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, roll up your sleeves for an evening of hootin’, hollerin’, pickin’, strummin’, and foot-stompin’ revelry with over 15 world musicians, singers, and dancers genre-jumping through the jigs, reels, and harmonies of Ireland, America, and West Africa, led by legendary musician, folklorist and National Heritage Award-winner Mick Moloney. Featuring some of the most formidable and respected old-time musicians in West Virginia, the Bing Brothers Band will showcase their hard-driving brand of string music. With over 30 years’ experience, their sound has been recognized and rewarded with many honors over the years, and represents Appalachia’s thriving musical heritage. Collaborating with the beloved Green Fields of America-one of the best-known and longest running Irish American groups-the Bing Brothers Band will share the stage with San Francisco based singer/songwriter/guitarist Kyle Alden, best known for his award-winning folk music settings of W.B. Yeats’ poetry, and Cheick Hamala Diabate, a griot (storyteller) and master of the West African precursor to the banjo. Fans can expect solo performances, fiddlin’ and bowin’, and rousing stompers, and haunting ballads. Infusing the best Irish traditional music influences on old time American, country and bluegrass music, the evening is the perfect setting to celebrate a musical tradition that knows no boundaries. March 14.
Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center: This St. Patrick’s weekend explore and engage in a free day of Irish arts and culture at the Irish Arts Center. Learn to play the tin whistle, speak Irish with our talented instructors, discover Ireland’s diaspora through a life-size bead maze, enjoy all new art-making workshops including a fairy costume station with Teaching Artists, practice your football skills with Manhattan Gaels, sip Barry’s tea with friends old and new, and end the day with a faery dance party with DJ Púca. For all ages. Presented in association with PAL William J. Duncan Center and Children’s Museum of the Arts. Sunday, March 15, noon – 4 p.m.