Top 12 best St. Patrick's Day events in New York City

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New York City is one of the best (if not the best!) place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day outside of Ireland.  This is because there are so many fun St. Patrick’s Day events going on around NYC.  We’re going to tell you about twelve of the best.  These take place either on St. Patrick’s Day or leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

1. New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

One of the greatest and longest traditions in New York City is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The first parade took palce on March 17, 1762.  Yes, you read that right – before the Declaration of Independence was even signed.

It will take place this year on Saturday, March 16th, at 11:00 AM.  It starts on 5th Avenue at 44th Street and ends on 5th Avenue at 79th Street.  You can find out more information here.

2. St. Patrick’s Day Party Cruise

Enjoy both St. Patrick’s Day and being in New York City with this St. Patrick’s Day Cruise.  You’ll get to see sail around Manhattan while enjoying wonderful views of iconic sights like the Statue of Liberty, the New York skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Battery Park.  You also get to enjoy the holiday with classic Irish beer and special St. Patty’s themed cocktails at the bar.  There’s also a DJ and dancing.

3. St. Patrick’s Day Boat Party Yacht Cruise

Another way to enjoy the holiday on the sea is with this St Patrick’s Day Boat Party Yacht Cruise.  You’ll enjoy classic NYC nightlife with partying, drinking, and dancing with the beautiful New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty sights in the background.

4. Ferrytale of New York A Saint Patrick’s Afternoon Booze Cruise

This is an afternoon booze cruise that takes place on St. Patty’s Day itself.  This cruise will depart from Skyport Marina at East 23rd Street & FDR Drive.  You can book the cruise here.

5. Kiss Me, I’m Irish! NYC St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl

Look for some fun on land?  Then take part in the Kiss Me, I’m Irish! NYC St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl!  Admission gets you a wristband that entitles you to drink specials and a waived cover fee for top NYC venues like:

  • DROM
  • AWOL
  • Bar 13
  • Bobby’s Night Out
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Kelly’s Sports Bar
  • Kingston Hall
  • The Laurels
  • Mamas
  • Offside
  • One and One
  • The Skinny

You can get your ticket here.

6. Lower East Side Saint Patrick’s Bar Crawl

Another great NYC St. Patty’s Day pub crawl is the Lower East Side New York Saint Patrick’s Bar Crawl.  This bar crawl gets you free entry and drink specials into top Lower East Side venues.  You can purchase a ticket for this bar crawl here.

7. Bleecker Street Block Party

Enjoy partying at some of the best pubs, bars, taverns, and saloons in Greenwich Village at the Bleecker Street Block Party.  You get waived entry fees and drink specials during this bar crawl, too.  You can purchase a pub crawl ticket here.

8. St Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Party

Looking for something a bit different from bar crawls and yacht parties?  Then try a St Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Party!  It follows a St. Patrick’s Day story.  You will put on your metaphoric detective hat and help the group solve a mystery.  In the process, you could make new friends.  Food and drink are available.

It takes place at Pando Park on Park Avenue.  You can book a ticket for the experience here.

9. Bayville Adventure Park Haunted St. Patrick’s Day House

If a murder mystery isn’t dark enough for you, then try the St. Patrick’s Day haunted house at Bayville Adventure Park.  Hey, Halloween doesn’t have to corner the market on spooky holiday events!  You can find a discounted ticket for the event here.

10. All St. Paddy’s Comedy

Perhaps comedy is more your thing than horror.  Then check out All St. Paddy’s Comedy – The Stand-Up Comedy Night for the Shamrock Season.  It takes place at the at Triad Theater.  The show features some of the hottest East Coast up-and-coming comedians.  You may have seen these comedians on America’s Got Talent, Netflix, or MTV.

Purchase a ticket for the comedy show here.

11. Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Shamrockin’ Singles Party

So you know how I said some of these were before St. Patrick’s Day?  That’s the case with this Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Shamrockin’ Singles Party.  This party takes place the night before St. Patrick’s Day.  It is a great opportunity to meet new people and make new connections.  All with the curated St. Patrick’s Day Party playlist, you’ll find yourself getting in that St. Patty’s Day mood.

12. St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Decorating

Treat your sweet tooth while celebrating this festive holiday all at the same time.  You’ll learn cookie decorating techniques from an instructor while you decorate six pre-baked cookies.  All cookies have a St. Patrick’s Day theme.  You’ll also get to make royal icing from scratch and learn piping, flooding, and more.

This takes place at The Bistro at Courtyard Marriott in the NYC suburb of Edgewater, New Jersey.  You can book this experience here.

Other Fun St. Patty’s Day Events

Well, apparently, I lied.  I couldn’t just stop at 12.  There are a few other events I think you might want to check out: