Every year on March 17, the Irish and Irish-at-heart around the world celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious holiday has become a festive day full of eating, drinking and revelry. Here in New Jersey, St. Patrick’s Day is honored with parades, festivals and tons of Irish-themed events. While some love to kick back at their favorite Irish Pub, families with small kids might be looking for other options.
Check out these great spots hosting family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebrations all month long, where both kids and their parents can don their best green and have some good old Irish fun!
The Run O’ The Mill 5K
Where: 63 Halstead Street, Clinton
When: March 10 at 8:00 am
Details: Burn off a few calories before digging into that corned beef and cabbage by running in Clinton’s Run O’ The Mill 5K road race. Founded by hometown Olympian Julie Culley, the race is a popular St. Patrick’s Day tradition and community celebration for many families. Sign up online to participate or gather along the route to cheer on the racers!
More info: Visit www.therunothemill5k.com
Shamrock Festival & St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Where: Laurita Winery, 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt
When: March 10 & 11 and March 17 & 18; 11:30 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays and 11:30 am to 7:00 pm on Sundays
Price: $5 per person
Details: Whether you’re Irish or just look good in green, head to Laurita Winery to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Winery will be hosting their Shamrock Festival on March 10 & 11 and their St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 17 & 18. Bring your family and friends for an exciting weekend featuring toe-tapping Irish Music, great food and delicious wine. The Laurita Marketplace will be serving up delicious Irish fare including corned beef & cabbage and Guinness Beef Stew.
More info: Visit lauritawinery.com or call 609-752-0200
St. Patrick’s Day Treats
Where: Young Chefs Academy, 712 Ginesi Drive, Morganville
When: March 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Price: $50 for two family members (children must be accompanied by an adult), $15 per additional family member
Details: Tired of eating the same old corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread? Get some new ideas at this fun St. Patrick’s Day cooking class at the Young Chefs Academy. Along with traditional Irish soda bread, kids will make Dublin coddle and Boxty potato griddle cakes. Registration must be completed in advance.
More info: Visit marlboronj.youngchefsacademy.com or call 732-536-7777
Kids St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Shannon Rose Irish Pub
Where: 1200 New Jersey 17, Ramsey; 98 Kingsland Road, Clifton
When: March 10 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Price: Admission is free, food is an additional charge.
Details: This kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day party features plenty of Irish fun including music, face-painting, treasure for the kids and a Leprechaun costume contest. Parents can enjoy some classic Irish food and drinks while the kids celebrate. Space is limited, so make a reservation.
More info: Visit theshannonrose.com or call 201-962-7602 (Ramsey) or 973-284-0200 (Clifton).
Irish Night with Live Music & Step Dancers
Where: Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mills Road, Waretown
When: March 24 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
Price: $5 for adults and $1 for children
Details: Enjoy this festive celebration at Albert Music Hall, featuring music, dance and fun for the whole family. The performance includes a variety of live entertainment, including Irish step dancers. Musical guests include the Church Street Revival Irish Band, the Hard Road Travelers and the River Drivers Irish Band.
More info: Visit www.alberthall.org or call 609-971-1593
St. Patrick’s Day Skate
Where: Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center, 7th Avenue & Clifton Avenue, Newark
When: March 17 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Price: $10 admission, $4 skate rental
Details: Take the whole family out for a celebratory skate at Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center! For just $10 admission, it’s an unbeatable St. Patrick’s Day activity. The rink also features a café, with a menu full of kid-friendly options, as well as an arcade stocked with the latest games. So, grab your green and your St. Patrick’s Day paraphernalia and celebrate in style (and on skates!) this year!
More info: Visit www.unitedskates.com or call 973-482-8900