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How to celebrate without a beer glass or a green T-shirt in sight

By Allison Volpe

If you're looking for something to do on St. Patty's Day ? Sunday, March 17th ? aside from indulging in a few too many pints, we have the perfect list of events for you. Aside from the iconic parade up Fifth Avenue on Saturday, there are plenty of events throughout the city that celebrate Irish culture and heritage, and you won't find them all in pubs. Though we won't blame you for ducking into one to get a pour of Guinness.

Sober St. Patrick's Day

Saturday, March 16th

Regis H.S at 60 East 85th Street

3-6 p.m.


This is the ultimate alternative St. Patrick's Day experience. This alcohol-free party will include world-class musicians and dancers, and light food and soft drinks will be served. This is a great event to experience a traditional St. Patrick's Day for your entire family. For tickets visit:

Tour of Little Ireland

Saturday, March 16th

Meet in front of St. Paul's Chapel on Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Streets

11 a.m. Cost $20, reservations are not required

Here is a tour to help you get in touch with your Irish roots. You will explore what was formerly the "Little Ireland" district of the Lower East Side. Find out why St. Patty's Day is more popular here than in Ireland and visit the city's first Catholic Church.

Little Ireland and Little Italy History and Tasting Tour

Saturday, March 16th

1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Sunday March 17th

12:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

$27 per person

For reservations and location, call: 212-465-3331

If you're of a mixed background, partake in a celebration of both St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Day. This tour includes Irish heritage sites, and important Italian landmarks- such as the birthplace of Cardinal Hayes. At the end of the tour, enjoy samplings of the most delicious foods Little Italy has to offer.

Irish Arts Center Open House

Sunday, March 17th

553 West 51st Street

12-5 p.m.


This is an event to completely immerse yourself in all things Irish. Enjoy performances from the NYC Harp Orchestra, films, crafts, and workshops.

If you would like to participate in a less family-friendly event, and rock-out with your fellow music-lovers; check out these concerts:

Dropkick Murphys

March 12th and 13th

Terminal 5, 610 W 56th Street

7:30 p.m.


The Music of the Pogues with Streams of Whiskey

Saturday, March 16th

B.B King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W 42nd Street

4:00 p.m.


You can find tickets for both events at

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