Note: This post is from 2013, for 2014 Events, click here.
Only three days ’til St. Patty’s and you’ve still not made plans? Well get off yer arses and pull yer socks up ya buncha dossers! Check out our list of VT St. Patrick’s Day events and then come suck some diesel with the rest of us bowsies! What’s that? You’ve heard enough of the phrases I’m clearly stealing on-the-fly from this Irish slang list? Fair enough….
The shamrocks won’t be out here for some time, but people all over the Green Mountain State still know how to throw St. Patrick’s Day parties. Let’s start with events in the Champlain Valley region.
Burlington, VT St. Patrick’s Day
Rí Rá Irish Pub – St. Patrick’s Week
Who says you have to wait until Sunday to honor the “Apostle of Ireland“? Rí Rá Irish Pub in Burlington has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Week since last Sunday, the culmination of which will be the Saint Patrick’s Day Race starting 3/17 at 9AM in front of Rí Rá @ 123 Church St.
SD Ireland Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Searching for an event the whole family can enjoy? SD Ireland’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11am! The Church Street Marketplace’s events calendar has the details on this charitable event to benefit the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund, which has raised over $2 million for cancer research at UVM.
Solas at the Flynn Center – 3/17/13
Whether you’re looking for an alternative to the pub scene on Sunday or you just need to relax after participating in the Rí Rá race, if you’re in BTV you should check out the Solas show at the Flynn. Here’s how the FlynnTix site (by way of the Philly Enquirer) describes Solas‘ music:
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with Solas, one of the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands to emerge from the United States. From Woody Guthrie’s Pastures of Plenty, to Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad, to traditional jigs and reels, the Solas brand of Irish music mixes fire tested tradition and contemporary innovation, appealing to music fans of all stripes. Combining lyrical song themes with an energetic blend of flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar, bodhran, fiddle, keyboard, accordion, and concertina, Solas is “mind-blowing Irish folk music” (Philadelphia Enquirer).
Celtic Cats St. Patrick’s Day Ceili – 3/16
Despite that fact that it’s called the Celtic Cats St. Patrick’s Day Ceili, this event actually takes place the day before, Saturday March 16, but is another can’t miss Irish music and dance event in Burlington nevertheless. Admission is $5 for local college students and $7 for the general public. Burlington Irish Heritage and the Free Press events calendar have all of the details:
The Celtic Cats St. Patrick’s Day Ceili is UVM’s premier Irish cultural event. Since its inception in 2010, it has been the only strictly Irish event on campus each year. Come join the Cats for an afternoon of Irish music and dance. The three levels of dancers will showcase the performance pieces they’ve been working on all year to a mix of traditional and extremely non-traditional music. There will also be an opportunity for audience participation in traditional Ceili (group) dances. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided and attendees are also encouraged to bring an Irish dish to share!
Festival Ceili at Mater Christi School
Can’t get enough ceili? Lucky for you there’s another one on St. Patrick’s Day at Mater Christi. More from the Vermont Irish Heritage Festival:
Festival Ceili 1:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.Ceili is the Irish word for a music, dancing, handclapping good time! The Annual Festival Ceili is fun for the whole family with Irish stepdancing and some of Vermont’s finest Celtic musicians. Hear fiddles and flutes, Irish pipes and pennywhistles, and the bodhran, a traditional Irish frame drum. Area musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and join in for a lively seisun.
Beth Anne McFadden and students of the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance will perform and also lead audience participation Ceili dances.
NOTE: The ceili is at a different location this year – but the same great time is to be had!
Location: Mater Christi School, 50 Mansfield Ave, Burlington, VT
Admission:Free, Donations Welcome
Be sure to take a look at the Heritage Fest’s events calendar for other Irish-themed events happening throughout the month of March.
- Classic Country St. Patrick’s Day – VFW Howard Plant Post 782 176 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT 05402
- Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinkin’ Songs Band, DJ Robbie J, Woedoggies, DJ Mashtodon, DJ Crook$, DJ Atak and Con Yay, DJ Craig Mitchell – Red Square 136 Church St., Burlington, VT 05401
- Celtic Music with Full Circle – South Burlington Public library 550 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403
- St. Patrick’s Day at the Doubletree by Hilton Burlington – Doubletree 1117 Williston Rd., So. Burlington, VT 05403
Vermont St. Patrick’s Day on the Mountain
Bud Light Saint Patrick’s Day @ Mount Snow
With the return of the Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you can hit the slopes of Mount snow by day and party by night:
Saint Patrick’s Day at Mount Snow is back!
Celebrate St. Paddy’s at Mount Snow, where thousands of our most fervent (and verdant) fans descend to party on Cuzzin’s Deck, ski in costume and rock out to live Irish music outdoors.
The party begins Saturday night at Snow Barn where A Thousand Horses rock the house.
Start Sunday morning off right with Green Eggs & Kegs at Cuzzins at 8am. Enjoy Food and Drink specials all day long and join the party on Cuzzins Deck while Blind Owl Band plays for the lively crowd.
Follow the link above for more details and lift ticket pricing.
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt @ Okemo
Here’s another family friendly event you can bring the kids to on Sunday – a shamrock scavenger hunt for the kids and music and dinner for all at Okemo Mountain Resort:
Ten shamrocks will be hidden along Okemo’s trails. When kids find one and bring it back to the Clocktower Base Lodge Ski + Ride School desk, they win a special prize bag filled with goodies. A St. Patrick’s Day Party sponsored by Guinness will feature musical guests from 3-6 p.m. in the Sitting Bull Bar & Restaurant. The party continues at The Killarney with more Celtic music and Guinness draught.
Of course you can take part in any or all of these activities, or skip them all together and ski/ride the mountain for the day!
VT St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in other Regions
- The Irish Wave in the Green Mountains – Mount Holly Town Library 26 Maple Hill Rd, Belmont, VT 05730
- St. Patrick’s Day Bash – The Matterhorn 4969 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
- St. Patrick’s Day with Dead Sessions – Moogs Place 97 Portland Street, Morrisville, VT 05661
- St. Patty’s Day Happy Hour with Trinity – Two Brothers Tavern 86 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
- 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – St Albans City 100 N Main St, Saint Albans, VT 05478
- St. Patricks Day Parade ad Emo Henrich Award – Stratton, VT