2018 Bucks Happening St. Patrick’s Day Guide

By Tom Dimino

It’s time to dust off your green gear, March 17th is nearly here! St. Paddy’s began as a religious feast day in the 17th century to commemorate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, but has since evolved into a day of merriment with a variety of festivals and events the world over. St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and lots and lots of green! Everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Paddy’s… take a look below for your guide to Saint Patrick’s Day in Bucks County!

Parades & Parties

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

New Falls Road, Levittown, PA 19054
You can visit their Facebook page for more information.

What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a festive parade showcasing the green, the art and the pride of the Irish? 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of this perennial Bucks County tradition, stretching back to 1989! Grand Marshals, Father Fidelis Weber, and Brother Larry Hilferty, leading the 2018 parade, both hail from Conwell-Egan Catholic High School.

Starting at 10:30 AM on March 10th, before the festivities of the following weekend, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature more than 2,000 participants—including pipes, dancers, mummers, and local marching bands. After passing through the streets of Bucks County, the parade will conclude at 1:00 PM on Corson Street in Bristol.

8th Annual Newtown Irish Festival

Green Parrot Restaurant Pub & Patio
240 N Sycamore St.

During the 8th Annual Newtown Irish festival, the Green Parrot Restaurant Pub & Patio will be at the heart of the celebrations, featuring live entertainment and Irish dishes for four straight nights.

Thursday, March 15th
The Galway Guild will perform at the bar from 8:00 PM on.

Friday, March 16th
Seamus McGroary will be playing in the restaurant at 12:00 PM followed by Seamus Kelleher at 5:00 PM.
The Avalon String Band will also be playing at 5:00 PM, as Jamison with Jon Conklin prepare to serenade guests with Celtic at 6:00 PM.
Remixing some Celtic melodies, DJ Eric Scott Gold will commence at 9:00 PM later that night.

Saturday, March 17th
Under the tent by 11:00 AM, Go Go Gadget will open Saturday celebrations at the Green Parrot.
At 12:00 PM, inside the restaurant, Ray Coleman will be playing, followed by more Celtic music from Seamus Kelleher at 4:30 PM.
Hooligans begin under the tent at 5:00 PM, before DJ Thad takes over at 9:00 PM.

Sunday, March 18th
Closing out the St. Patrick’s Day weekend at the Green Parrot, Ray Coleman will perform inside the restaurant at 11:00 AM.
Secret Service, the final performers of the St. Patrick’s Day at Green Parrot, will perform on the patio at 4:00 PM.

Irish Fest 2018

Triumph Brewing Company of New Hope
400 Union Square Dr, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938

Starting at noon, a day filled with Irish Music, Irish Food, and of course Irish Beer.

Hobnail Band 1-5pm, Free
Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dancers, 5:30pm
Manifested @ 9pm; $5 cover starts at 9pm

Corned Beef
Shepherd’s Pie
Lamb Stew
Cheddar Stout Fondue
(Regular menu also available)

Irish Dry Stout
Irish Red Ale

Kids Stuff (Noon-6pm):
Balloon Art from Airheads Entertainment
Citino Magic
Face Painting by Hi Note Party
Balloon drop at 3pm

St. Paddy’s Day at Station Tap House

Station Tap House
194 W Ashland St, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

For those who want to get a head start on their Irish jig, Station Tap House is kicking things off early on Saturday March 10th.  Local Irish band “Celtic Pride” playing from 2-6:00pm, drink specials and Irish food cuisine all day.  this is event is family friendly.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Temp

The Temperance House
5 S State St, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940

Liquor samples for tasting, Irish dancers from 1-2, and the Boys of County Bucks will knock your Celtic socks off from 3-8. All the standard fare is here, including Fish N Chips and Shepherd’s Pie.

Easting & Drinking, Irish Style

Washington House Hotel & Restaurant

136 N Main St, Sellersville, PA 18960

Located near the Sellersville Theater, the Washington House Hotel & Restaurant will be celebrating its 2018 St. Patrick’s Day from Thursday, March 15th until Saturday, March 17th. In honor of the Irish and their storied history, the historic restaurant will serve Celtic dinner specials beginning at 5:00 PM every night.

Crossing Vineyards and Winery

1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977

On Saturday and Sunday, March 17th and 18th, 2018, the Crossing Vineyards and Winery invites wine and beer drinkers alike to partake in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Between 1 :00 and 5:00 PM, there will be live music at the winery, alongside an exclusive St. Patrick’s Day pairing of Irish foods and a glass of Chardonnay or craft beer.

The St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration, held from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, will cost $18 in-person or $20 at the door.

Rocking Out to Celtic Music

Larry Kirwan: “Ireland, A History in Song”

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Rd., Newtown Pa., 18940

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with this exciting new one man show. 

Bucks Live! presents Larry Kirwan, leader of the Irish rock group Black 47, in the one-man show “Ireland – a History in Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. Tickets are only $20. To learn more about this and other Bucks Live! events, visit www.bucks.edu/live or call 215-968-8087.

IRELAND – A HISTORY IN SONG is a new and exciting one-man show by Larry Kirwan that combines his 25 years experience leading Black 47 with his parallel careers as playwright, author, journalist and radio host. Through a mixture of story-telling, acting, and singing Kirwan brings Irish history alive with emphasis on The Great Hunger of 1847, Emigration to America, The Celtic Revival, 1916 Uprising, and the recent “Troubles.” You’ll be introduced to and get to the heart of James Connolly, Michael Collins, Countess Markievicz, James Joyce, WB Yeats, Bobby Sands & Bernadette Devlin McAliskey among others.

The show will include classic Kirwan songs such as Black 47, James Connolly, The Big Fellah, extracts from his plays and books, Mr. Parnell, Blood, Hard Times, A History of Irish Music, and Green Suede Shoes in a seamless story that will entertain & educate.

VIP Ticketing – Must be 21 and over (ID checked at door).

Tickets here.

Bucks County Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert

Delaware Valley University
700 E Butler Ave, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

Bucks County Symphony Orchestra presents a St. Paddy’s Day Pops Concert with acclaimed Irish tenor, Robert White.  Doors open at 6, Concert begins at 7:30.

Lehigh Valley’s Celtic Cultural Alliance Celtic Classic

Sellersville Theater 1984
24 W Temple Avenue, Sellersville, PA

After you’ve feasted on the finest Irish dishes, why not infuse yourself with the Irish spirit through the Glengarry Bhoys. Channeling their Celtic roots, the Glengarry Bhoys fuse Rock and Celtic styles in a way that excite and delight any audience.

Held on Thursday, March 15th, 2018, the fundraiser show will support the Celtic Cultural Alliance, as the troupe of the Glengarry Bhoys, and the House of Hamill, fuel with their music with all the pride of their Irish ancestry. Doors open at 7:30 PM, commencing with the Celtic instrumentation at 8:00 PM.

Tickets sell for $25 and $35, depending on available seating. Purchasing a ticket in-person will save concert-goers a $6.50 processing fee!


Newtown Shamrock Shuffle 5K

240 N Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940

Bright and early at 9:00 AM, on March 17th, the third annual Newtown Shamrock Shuffle 5k will bring together runners and St. Patrick’s Day’s pride. Zipping through the streets, runners and onlookers may appreciate the pageantry all along Sycamore, Jefferson, and Durham Road. At the race’s finish, runners will receive a custom bib, a finisher medal and shirt, as well as an all-access wristband to the festivals at Green Parrot’s St. Patrick’s Day party. Wristbands confer one complimentary drink and food voucher.

Registration for the Newtown Shamrock Shuffle 5K costs $55.

Celebrate the Green!

240 N Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940

Irish-inspired food events, live music and Irish Dancers, shopping and fun at Peddler’s Village on March 16-18.

From the Restaurants:

Irish Whiskey Dinner
Friday, March 16, 7-10 pm
Four-course Irish Whiskey Dinner featuring Smoked Salmon, Serrano Ham, Roasted Leg of Lamb and Roasted Pear Bread Pudding paired with Tullamore Dew, Slane Irish Whiskey and Kerrygold Irish Cream! Menu: http://bit.ly/2GudPjP Reservations required, call 215-794-4020.

Peddler’s Pub
St. Paddy’s in the Pub!
Saturday, March 17, 4-9 pm
Join us in the Peddler’s Pub for live music by Bronwyn & Justin and authentic Irish Fare like Bangers & Mash and Corned Beef & Cabbage. View Menu Here: http://bit.ly/2C2E8PU Reservations are recommended. Call 215-794-4051.

Sweet Occasions
Shamrock Shuffle Wine & Beer Walk!
Saturday, March 17, 12-4 pm
Join Sweet Occasions, Shop #74, for the Shamrock Shuffle – A Wine & Beer Walk on Saturday, March 17, 12-4 pm! Includes stops at Free Will Brewery, Hewn Spirits, Chaddsford Winery, Clusters, Celtic Rose and What’s in a Name!
To purchase tickets and for more info, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamrock-shuffle-a-wine-beer-walk-tickets-43314200941

Surf and Turf Kitchen with Nonni’s Wood Fired Pizza
Food Specials
Saturday, March 17
Corned beef is slow cooked for 14 hours in a Guinness Draught, cinnamon, and clove broth.

Buttonwood Grill
Food Specials
Saturday & Sunday, March 17-18
Serving Ham & Cabbage specials with Guinness

Nancy’s Village Cafe
Food Specials
Saturday & Sunday, March 17-18
Guinness Stew with home made Irish soda bread and a traditional Irish breakfast both days.

From the Shops:

The Celtic Rose
March 17, 10 am-8pm
Live entertainment by the Irish Gigolos and Ryan Kilcoyne Irish Dancers, Selfies with the Leprechaun, tasty treats and Luck of the Irish fun! Annual St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway with $2,000 worth of gifts.

Bailey Insurance Group
March 1-31
“Save More Green, Go Green, Grow Green” giveaway for the month of March. The giveaway is a recyclable “Sprout Pencil” that you plant once the pencil gets too short — it comes in Basil, Cherry Tomato, Cilantro, Mint, and Parsley varieties. The pencils will be available one per family, while supplies last.

Skip’s Candy Corner
Irish Potatoes: a coconut center rolled in cinnamon and cocoa; Chocolate Shamrock Molds & Pops that are safe for anyone with a Peanut or Tree Nut allergy; Green Barley Shamrock Pops; Irish Cream Truffles

What’s in a Name
March 16-18
Present your Irish Coat of Arms on St Patrick’s Day to Receive a FREE symbolism report. Purchase any Irish Coat of Arms to receive a symbolism report and a second copy FREE Purchase and framed Coat of arms to receive a symbolism report, a second copy and Family Time Capsule FREE.

The Lucky Cupcake Company’s
Irish Whiskey Cake, Bailey’s Cheesecake Cupcake and more! Menu: http://bit.ly/2Cac90Q

Casa Casale
March 16th
Painting and Pasta Night with Rhonda. Paint a pasta bowl and enjoy wine, pasta, snacks and coffee! 5:00-8:00. Must pre-register. 215-794-1474
March 16-18 – Find the Lucky Four Leaf Clover hidden in the store and win a mystery prize!
March 17-18 – Sample our pasta dish, pick up the recipe and get 10% off the ingredients!
Visit: http://bit.ly/1OTb7T1


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