St. Patrick's Day parade (St. Patrick's Day events for families in Boston)

March is here, and that can only mean one thing — it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and Boston is about to be awash in a sea of green! From parades to cultural events, Boston offers a host of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy during this spirited holiday. So don your green, because it’s time to sham-rock and roll!

Shamrock Splash

March 10 :: Boston

Brave the chilly waters of Boston Harbor for a good cause at the annual Shamrock Splash. This charity event invites participants to take a dip in the icy waters while dressed in festive St. Patrick’s Day attire. While perhaps more suitable for older children and teenagers, younger kids can cheer on the plungers from the sidelines and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafternoon

March 15 :: Boston

Drop by the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library anytime between 3-4 p.m. to make a fun, festive craft!

Irish Cultural Center of Greater Boston Family St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 16 :: Canton

From traditional Irish music and Irish step dance performances to face painting and games, there’s something for everyone at the Irish Cultural Center! Don’t forget to wear your best green outfit and embrace the festive spirit!

St. Paddy’s Day Party at Starland

March 16 :: Hanover

Calling all lads and lasses! Come sham-rock your socks off at Starland’s St. Paddy’s Day bash! Jig with Irish step dancers, jump in the bouncy castle, make your own crafty creations, and much more!

13th Annual Irish Festival at Patriot Place

March 16 :: Foxboro

The daylong celebration will feature live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers, as well as a full slate of free Irish-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy. This popular Patriot Place tradition is free and open to the public!

Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17 :: Boston

No St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Boston would be complete without the iconic St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This lively procession winds its way through South Boston, featuring colorful floats, marching bands, Irish dancers, and plenty of enthusiastic spectators. Grab a spot along the parade route with your family and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17 :: Scituate

In addition to the parade, this celebration incudes the Mad Hatter’s Ball, the annual mayor’s race, and the St. Pat’s Plunge into the chilly Atlantic Ocean at Peggotty Beach! These activities serve as fundraisers for local charities.

Abington St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17 :: Abington

Did you know the annual Abington St. Patrick’s Day parade started as a bet? In 1980, Jack Bailey bet one of his employees that there would be a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Abington on March 17. His intent was to decorate his trucks, drive them around the block, and collect his $10. Word spread, and more than 40 years later, this “bet” has become a fun tradition!

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Step Dance Show

March 17 :: Beverly

Under the direction of award-winning Irish step instructor Pattie Hunter, these incredible Irish dance shows will feature talented dancers ages 5 to 18, performing traditional reels and jigs.​ This family-friendly show is suitable for all ages!

Irish Heritage Trail


Take a stroll along Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail and discover the city’s rich Irish history and culture. The trail features various landmarks and historical sites related to the Irish-American experience, including statues, memorials, and plaques. It’s a great way for families to learn about Boston’s Irish roots while enjoying a leisurely walk together.

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