ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN THE MARITIMES
Looking to explore the Irish culture in the Maritimes this St. Patrick’s Day? Here are a few suggestions for a fun-filled March 17th.
Leprechaun hats, green drinks, and shamrocks galore — there is no mistaking St. Patrick’s Day celebrations when March 17th rolls around. The Maritimes are home to a bevy of Irish folks that (trust us) know a thing or two about properly honouring Saint Patrick himself. Unlike finding a four-leaf clover, you don’t have to look too hard to find events going on in the Maritimes this St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or on Prince Edward Island, there is something for everyone.
Halifax is a hub of traditional Irish pubs, Celtic music, and the perfect place to celebrate everything Irish. With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, many of the biggest events are taking place on the weekend before. This includes the 13th annual Halifax St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15th. Watch along the sidelines as groups of green-garbed folks march through the streets. Or, if you’re keen, register to join them! Seeking out the craic (Irish for the party or good time)? Then it’s your lucky day! Halifax is home to several Irish pubs, including Durty Nelly’s and The Old Triangle, that will be serving up green beers and live Celtic tunes all day long on the 17th. And that’s not all that’s happening on the 17th — For fun and family-friendly celebrations, check out the Shamrock Celebration at Dartmouth Library or the St. Patrick’s Day Show with Diaga Irish Dance at the Keshen Goodman Public Library.
Cape Breton Island
When it comes to celebrations, Cape Bretoners do it best. Kick your St. Patrick’s Day off early on March 13th at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre for the 15th annual St. Paddy’s Bash. With live Irish music, dancing, and all proceeds going towards local organizations, you can give back while getting in the spirit! Elsewhere, you’ll find plenty of pubs and breweries celebrating the Irish in Cape Breton. Visit Sydney and stop by Breton Brewing for a local craft beer or Governors Pub and Eatery for Irish grub and live tunes. There’s lots of family fun to be had at Ski Ben Eoin with a St. Patrick’s theme day, offering 20% off of lift passes and gear rentals when you dress up in green on the 17th.
Charlottetown is always full of fun, St. Paddy’s Day is a real blast. There’s no shortage of options when it comes to celebrating the Irish on The Island. Pubs will be in full swing on the 17th with full-day events happening at The Old Triangle, Olde Dublin Pub, and Gahan House. Green beer, live music and costumes? What more could a person ask for? For a more creative approach on March 17th, try your hand at a paint night with the East Coast Art Party — complete with Irish music, a free drink, and your choice of two Irish-themed paintings to create.
You can’t go wrong with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Saint John. O’Leary’s Pub has St. Patrick’s Day on lock with their annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast on March 14th featuring live Irish music and all proceeds going to L’Arche Saint John. Get physical this St. Patrick’s Day by participating in Pete’s Pub St. Paddy’s Dash on March 15th — a 2 mile, green costume themed run along Harbour Passage and ending with a warm bowl of chilli at Pete’s. When the big day rolls around on March 17th, start with an authentic St. Patrick’s Day Irish Buffet at the Lily Lake Pavilion Banquet Room — complete with Irish tunes provided by Comfort Zone. Then, head back over to O’Leary’s Pub for live entertainment and frosty pints being served up all day long. Are chicken wings your thing? Make your way to Gahan House for their ‘King of the Wing’ St. Patrick’s Day specials.
Hungry for more? Check out the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Whiskey Dinner at the Thandi Restaurant. Here, you’ll learn all about Irish whiskey (and even try some samples!). Then, it’s time for an unforgettable four-course meal — complete with even more Irish whiskey pairings. Sounds like you won’t need to be Irish for St. Patrick’s Day to be lucky.
Oh, and If you’re seeking an adventure to find that pot of gold, we suggest jumping aboard the MV Fundy Rose from Digby to Saint John for some St. Paddy’s shenanigans.
Whether you’ve got Irish heritage in your blood or are just Irish for the day, you won’t want to miss out on the exciting events this St. Patrick’s day! For more on all the fun there is to be had on Canada’s East Coast year round, be sure to check out Explore the Maritimes.