Saint Patrick’s Day Events in Jersey City
It’s a great excuse to grab the family and get out for one of the area’s great events, grab some Irish-themed food or just stay in and have some Irish fun of your own. There are many events and activities happening in and around our area. Check out my picks for Saint Patrick’s Day fun for your Jersey City family.
The Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins on Sunday, March 16 at 9:30am at St. Aedan’s Church for the Hudson County Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Parade Day Mass. At 11:45am, head over to Lincoln Park for the Jersey City Fire Department Memorial Walk. The parade begins at 12:30pm and runs from Lincoln Park to Journal Square via Kennedy Boulevard.
Enjoy some St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids at the main branch of the Jersey City Public Library on Monday, March 17 at 3pm. Children will have fun constructing their crafts and may take them home with them after they are finished. It all takes place in the Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Children’s Room.
The Bayonne St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 23. A mass for the parade will begin at 10am at St. Henry’s Church. The parade will kick off at 1pm at 5th Street and Broadway and move along Broadway to 40th Street, then west on 40th Street.
If you are in search of some yummy St. Patrick’s Day eats, look no further, Jersey City has you covered. Get a corned beef and cabbage entrée at the Light Horse Tavern. Head over to Choc O Pain French Bakery on Jersey Avenue to pick up a fresh loaf of Irish Soda Bread (it’s delicious). Zeppelin Hall is famously kid-friendly in Jersey City and will be offering a St. Patrick’s Menu all weekend long (Friday – Monday)! The menu features a corned beef and cabbage entrée, Irish Reuben sandwich, blarney stone burger and more! Park & Sixth Gastropub on Washington Street and its sister restaurant Park & Sixth on Grove Street are both serving up corned beef, cabbage and potatoes that can be ordered as a platter or sandwich all day on Sunday, March 16.
Cook it yourself! Many stores in the area have deals for those making their own St. Pat’s feast. A&P on 18th Street is offering corned beef with a deal that if you buy one you get a free cabbage. They also have Irish Soda and Rye bread on sale. These deals are from March 14-17 only. Check out this recipe from Smitten Kitchen for Skillet Irish Soda Bread. Or, if you are brave in the kitchen, take a page out of Martha Stewart’s book and try one of her St. Patrick’s Day recipes. If you are feeling really ambitious try these fun rainbow cupcakes, the kids will love them!
There are plenty of crafts and activities to do at home with kids for St. Patrick’s Day! Try speaking like the Irish with this English to Irish translator. There are so many great crafts to do with kids at home, too. Try this Pot of Gold paper plate craft, a St. Pat’s Day Scavenger Hunt or this Lucky Leprechaun craft.
The Irish New York Walking Tour is a family-friendly tour that explores the “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side, between City Hall and Houston Street. Meet up directly in front of St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Streets. The tour lasts approximately two hours. This tour takes place Saturday, March 15 at 1pm and Sunday, March 16 at noon. The cost is $20/adult and $20 for students and seniors.
If you have kids who love parades, take them to see the big one! The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the “country’s oldest and proudest Irish tradition.” The parade takes place on Monday, March 17 beginning at 11am and can be viewed on 5th Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets. You can also choose to watch from the comfort of your own home on NBC Channel 4 at 11am.
Maybe you’re feeling more like some blues? Take the kids (ages 5 and up) to see the Black 47 All Ages St. Pat’s Show at B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill. Showtime is Monday, March 17 at 7pm (doors open at 5pm) and tickets are $25/person in advance and $30/person the day of the show.