Things to Do in NYC on St. Patrick's Day: Events and Attractions Guide

A trip to New York City on St. Patrick's Day promises to be an exciting adventure. Even if you can't claim Irish heritage, most people in the Big Apple become honorary Irish folk on St. Patrick's Day just because it's almost impossible to resist the strong pull of the Irish festivities going on all over the city. The many things going on in NYC for St. Patrick's Day will fill your itinerary to keep you pleasantly busy. Which NYC St. Patrick's Day events should be on your must-do list? Explore your options with us before you go.

Top NYC St. Patrick's Day Things to Do

  • It almost goes without saying that if you're in New York around March 17, you can't miss the iconic St. Patrick's Day Parade. As far as NYC St. Patrick's Day events go, the parade definitely tops the list. This parade dates back to 1762, and it's known to be the biggest and oldest parade celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the world. The parade gets moving at 11 am, starting up Fifth Ave. and ending at E. 79th Street. Every year, about two million people line the route to watch, so you might want to claim your spot early. You'll see marching bands, Irish dancers, and lots more!

  • While you're in NYC, plan a visit to the Irish Arts Center. This is the place where you can fully immerse yourself in Irish culture, including music, dance, and art. The Irish Arts Center is located on W. 51st Street in Hell's Kitchen, and it dates back to 1972. With its 99-seat theater and gallery space, everyone can enjoy a visit. The gallery has exhibits you can explore, and you might also luck out and be able to catch a performance or class while you're in town.

  • Irish pubs are plentiful in NYC, and St. Patrick's Day "where to go" lists usually include stops at a few pubs to enjoy a pint or two of good Irish ale, stout, or lager. Green beer also flows easily on March 17, if that's your preference. If you like bagpipes, you're definitely in luck. Many Irish pubs feature live music on St. Patrick's Day, performed by renowned Irish musicians. Whether you choose to imbibe at McSorley's Old Ale House, the Dead Rabbit, Paddy Reilly's Music Bar, or any of the city's other great Irish pubs, be prepared for crowds.

See Where Many Irish-American Experiences Began

There are certainly many things to do in NYC on St. Patrick's Day to celebrate Irish heritage, but one great way to mark the occasion and pay tribute to your Irish roots would be to see Ellis Island, where many Irish immigrants first entered America. It's easy to do when you take one of our boat tours, which pass right by Ellis Island as well as other sights in New York Harbor, like Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty. Our tours are a relaxing and informative sightseeing experience, and when you book online in advance, you'll be able to lock in the best price. Taking a tour with us is one of the best things to do in NYC on St. Patrick's Day, and we make it easy for you to come aboard with our flexible bookings and packages. Don't wait: Book your tour now and get ready for an unforgettable St. Patrick's Day experience.