May the road rise to meet you this St. Patrick’s Day! You know what they say, “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day” and NorthDelaWHEREHappening has your 2016 Happening Guide to celebrate Irish heritage in the First State. Luck is in the air this month — green beer, Celtic parades and music, traditional Irish cuisine, and more dominate activities! Here are some of our favorite picks for the leprechauns small and big. Bookmark this page, we are sure to add a few new along the way. It’s yer Lucky Day!
St. Patrick’s Day Guide
Saturday March 12th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join the Catechism Kids and the Sisters of St. Francis for the Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day Parade and group celebration! A bus will take attendees from Porky Oliver to the Wilmington parade. A post parade celebration will be held at the Ed Oliver Golf Club immediately following the parade (~1:30 p.m.) and will benefit the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. All ages are welcome. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 for children under 14. The ticket includes food, two drink vouchers, and live music.
Saturday March 12th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Join the annual Wilmington Turners Irish Festival featuring live music, Irish dancers, transportation to and from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Wilmington, kids games and crafts, food, and beverages. All inclusive admission costs $15 per person ages 15+, $10 ages 4-14, 3 and under FREE.
Saturday March 12th at noon
Green fun for all ages! The Irish Culture Club of Delaware’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Wilmington. The St. Patrick’s Day Post-Parade Hooley will be in a roped-off parking lot at 14th & King Street. The Society will be selling commemorative mugs for $15 each. Unlimited beer mug refills will be available thru out the afternoon until 4 p.m. Visit here for more information.
Saturday March 12th at 7 p.m.
Join the party on the 26th annual St. Paddy’s Day loop! It’s Delaware’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party! 15 Clubs. $10 Cover. Free shuttle. See more, visit Shamrock Shuttle.
Sunday March 13th at noon
The Smyrna-Clayton St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at St. Polycarps Catholic Church at 12 p.m. Come join the fun!
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LOCAL IRISH PUBS TO CHECK OUT…
Chelsea Tavern and Ernest & Scott Taproom
Market Street will be alive for the downtown St. Paddy’s celebrations and sister taverns Chelsea and Ernest & Scott will take care of your Irish-lovin’ needs. There will be Shamrock Shuttle drink specials and a free bus will take you to other Loop stops! Visit Chelsea Tavern and Ernest & Scott Taproom for more information.
Catherine Rooney’s Wilmington
Catherine Rooney’s is your St. Patrick’s Headquarters in Trolley Square. The bar/restaurant will be opening at 9 a.m. and will have live entertainment from noon to close on March 12 (Loop Night) and March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). There will be food and drink specials, so don’t miss out! For information, visit Catherine Rooney’s.
Gallucio’s will be serving traditional Irish fare on Loop Day (March 12) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). There will be corned beef, cabbage, Guiness stew, and more! For information on what Irish goodness is coming out of the kitchen and from behind the bar, visit Gallucio’s.
Get your Irish on at Brandywine Hundred’s favorite neighborhood tavern! The Irish food menu starts on March 1st and includes Irish stew, corned beef & cabbage, and more. There will also be drink specials on Irish beers and whiskeys. Go to Stanley’s Tavern for more information.
Murph’s Irish Pub
Try the Irish food specials and wash your meal down with one of the great drink specials. To find out more, visit Murph’s Irish Pub.
Logan House is well known for being the spot in Trolley Square for post-parade and Loop revelry on Saturday March 12th. The bands start at 2 p.m. with Chapel Street Junction followed by Keltic Rock Warrior (6:30 p.m.), and POWERi (10 p.m.). On March 17th, LoHo will be celebrating St. Patrick with live music by the Sherwood Brothers Trio (5 p.m.) and Just Another Band (9 p.m.). See more at Kelly’s Logan House.
Celebrate St. Patrick from March 10-17 at Kid Shelleen’s in Wilmington! There will be Irish-themed specials and entertainment. Enjoy a Daytime Brunch and Seafood Festival at Kid’s on Saturday March 12. Bryan Bortnick will also be performing starting at 9:30 p.m. The McHugh School of Irish Dancers will perform at 6 p.m. on March 14th. For more on the Irish food, music, and dancing happening in the restaurant, visit Kid Shelleen’s.
The Wilmington and Newark locations of Grotto Pizza will be celebrating St. Patrick on Saturday March 12th. There will be green beer and other drink specials plus prizes! Both locations will be opening at 10 a.m. to accommodate your celebration of this most famous Irish saint. Visit Grotto’s for more information.
Did you know that Little Italy likes to celebrate Irish saints just like the rest of us? Dead Presidents will be the “Official Hot Spot” for 2016 celebrations of St. Patrick. The pub is part of the City Loop (March 12) plus it will be hosting a night of traditional Irish music and dinner (March 16). DP will be hoppin’ on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) too. For information, visit Dead Presidents.
There will be a hootenanny at the two McGlynn’s locations in Northern Delaware on St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with green beer, Irish Car Bombs, Irish stew, and corned beef & cabbage. You can also purchase commemorative St. Patrick’s Day shirts. Enjoy live bagpipers at Polly Drummond (6:30 p.m.) and Peoples Plaza (8:30 p.m). There are over 22 beers on tap at McGlynn’s!
The Deer Park Tavern
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day on Main Street Newark! The Deer Park will be opening at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be green beer specials, Irish Car Bombs, plus corned beef and cabbage on the menu. Live bagpipers will play for patrons at 10:30 p.m. For information, visit the Deer Park.
Tailgates Sports Bar and Grill
Tailgates is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17th featuring The Studio One Clubhouse with DJ Chris D’Lites. There will be drink specials and a potful o’ fun! For information, please visit Tailgates.
Timothy’s on the Riverfront
Enjoy an extended St. Patrick’s Day at Timothy’s on the Wilmington Riverfront. There are all-day Celtic specials on March 12 during a post-parade party and the Loop. There will be Irish dancers to entertain you! More food and drink specials will be happening on March 17 and 18, too. Go to Timothy’s on the Riverfront for details.
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at “Crabby O’Dicks” in Delaware City. There will be fantastic food and drink specials costing only $3.17 each! Get corned beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie for under 4 bucks! Wash your food down with a $3.17 Irish coffee. What’s not to love?! Visit Crabby Dick’s for information.
Argilla Brewing Company
It’s that time of year for our Irish to come out! Argilla will be opening the outside this year for the festivities. Along with Chapel Street Junction, live bagpipes will be playing inside and out. There will food specials plus fun games and heat lamps to keep you active and warm. For information, visit Argilla Saint Paddy’s Day.
Seven Rings plays Irish music plus classic rock songs in an acoustic format and will be VERY busy in March. Come out and see this authentic four-piece band at one of the following free shows this St. Patrick’s Day season:
- March 9 at 7 p.m. — Newark Free Library (750 Library Avenue, Newark)
- March 11 from 8-11 p.m. — Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day Party at Mulrooney’s Tavern (201 New Road, Elsmere)
- March 12 from 2-6 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Parade After Party at Mulrooney’s Tavern
- March 12 from 8-11 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Parade Day Party at Stewart’s Brewing Company (Governor’s Square Shopping Center, Bear)
- March 13 at 2:30 p.m. — Kirkwood Library (6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington)
- March 17 from 2-6 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day at Mulrooney’s Tavern
- March 17 from 8-11 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Party at Stewart’s Brewing Company
Irish Seisuns are informal gatherings at which people play traditional Irish Music. An Irish Session, much like nature itself, is populated with all sorts of characters and curious creatures. All musicians, singers and dancers are welcome to join the sessions or simply come and celebrate the music from 8-11 p.m. This is happening at both Catherine Rooney’s locations! [1616 Delaware Avenue in Trolley Square and 102 East Main Street Newark]
IRISH SUPPER FER YE
Bachetti Brothers Gourmet Meats & Market is offering a Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner complete with Potatoes and Soda Bread for only $9.49 per person. The take-out only meal must be ordered by Monday March 14th and picked up Tuesday (15th) through Thursday (17th) at the store in the Midway Plaza on Kirkwood Highway. Order your meal at (302)994-4467.
Celebrate the Irish at Café Riviera in the Concord Mall March 17 through 19 with their traditional St. Paddy’s Irish meals.
IRISH OPEN GOLF
Test your luck at the 2016 Irish Open held right here in Northern Delaware! Three of your favorite public golf courses are putting together a series of spring outings that St. Patrick would love. Tee up at Rock Manor (March 13), Delcastle (March 17), and Ed “Porky” Oliver (March 20) separately at flat rates or combined for only $140 (public) / $60 (member)! The price includes greens fees, lunch buffet, prizes, plus longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Fore!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
- 7:15 a.m. — Fellowship and Irish Song
- St. Patrick’s Church on 15th & King Street
- 7:30 a.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Mass
- St. Patrick’s Church on 15th & King Street
- 8:30 a.m. — Parade Immediately following Mass
- Up King Street to the Double Tree Hotel & Conference Center Hotel is Located at 700 N. King Street.
- 9:00 a.m. — Communion Breakfast
- Doubletree Hotel on King Street, Downtown Wilmington
The St. Patrick’s Center is a major part of the community and plays a vital role to those in need. Without the help of the St. Patrick’s Center a tremendous amount of people in need would suffer. The Center has an ongoing challenge — to sponsor Nutritional, Social Service, Transportation, Clothing, Recreational and Empowerment programs, similar to those once provided by federal and state agencies. With the help of a small network of supporters, St. Patrick’s Center has become key among the organizations that provide vital services to the community. At the Center, friends gather in a secure, friendly environment to play cards and other games, enjoy television and other activities. St. Patrick’s is a source of information and referral for people needing assistance in accessing healthcare, filing taxes, dealing with Social Security, or securing food stamps.