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Easy Ways You Can Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC This Year

Easy Ways You Can Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC This Year

Whether the kids are in school or not, you can still observe St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

You don’t have to be Irish, have visited Ireland, or even like green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC this year. Besides, most people don’t need an excuse for a celebration during this never-ending pandemic.

St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, a former slave who converted to Christianity and drove the snakes out of Ireland, who died on March 17, 461. The tradition came to the United States in 1737 with the first celebration in Boston. Today we celebrate the day by wearing green, having parades and eating Irish foods.

Here’s how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC during the pandemic.

11 Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Home

Make corned beef and cabbage.

Corned beef and cabbage is a classic St. Patrick’s Day meal. Its combination of flavorful and tender meat and cabbage is filling and tasty. Whip up this traditional recipe for corned beef and cabbage. Serve with boiled potatoes, steamed carrots, mustard, or horseradish.

Or try one of these other St. Patrick’s Day recipes.

Shamrock Shakes

From Nancy A. Cavanaugh


  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cups lime sherbet

  • 2 bananas (peeled)


Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and mix together. You can add a drop or two of food coloring to make it greener.

St. Paddy’s Day Pie

From Nancy A. Cavanaugh


  • 2 boxes of pistachio pudding

  • Milk as directed on the box

  • Container of whipped cream

  • Pre-made graham cracker pie shell


  1. Make the pudding following the directions on the box. (If you don’t like pistachio, you can make regular vanilla pudding and color it with a few drops of green food coloring.)
  2. Add the container of whipped cream to the pudding.
  3. Fill the pie shell with the pudding mixture and refrigerate until ready to eat. (You can use mini pie shells if you’re working with a group so everyone can have her own pie.)

Dress in green.

Embrace the luck of the Irish by throwing on a green top, pants, or even socks. Plaid works too. You can also add some traditional Irish symbols to your outfit like shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, and the Irish flag.

Watch a St. Patrick’s Day movie with your family.

Not many movies have been specifically made about St. Patrick’s Day. These family-friendly flicks have an Irish theme and you can watch them together.

Finian’s Rainbow
Recommended ages:
6 and older
Available on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu
Leprechauns, pots of gold, and rainbows are all found in this Fred Astaire film from the 1960s. It’s the big-screen version of a Broadway musical.

The Luck of the Irish
Recommended ages:
9 and older
Available on: Amazon, Disney+, and Google Play
A popular teenage basketball player, Kyle, realizes one day that his lucky gold coin has been stolen. Strange things start to happen to Kyle. His ears become pointed. His hair turns orange. He becomes shorter. His mom has shrunk. He finally learns the reason—he is half leprechaun. That magic coin helps him be human.

Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Recommended ages:
8 and older
Available on: Amazon, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu
A storyteller, Darby O’Gill, is looking for a pot of gold. The only thing standing in his way is a leprechaun named Brian. To get the gold, Darby must try to outwit the little leprechaun and his shenanigans.

Read a St. Patrick’s Day book with your family.

These St. Patrick’s Day children’s books will help you celebrate all things green. Put on your best Irish accent and read away.

How to Catch a Leprechaun
Recommended ages: 4 and older
This fun and lively children’s book may inspire your family to build its own leprechaun traps. This book blends STEAM concepts with rhymes and illustrations.

Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase
Recommended ages: 4 and older
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s also the grand opening of Pete the Cat’s leprechaun-catching business. Pete prepares to trap a leprechaun for his friends. Catching a leprechaun isn’t easy, though. Find out if luck is on Pete’s side or he has to earn it.

I’m a Leprechaun
Recommended ages: 2 and older
The book introduces the magical, mischievous leprechaun. This adorable book is filled with colorful illustrations and great for sharing with kids on St. Patrick’s Day.

Hold a St. Patrick’s Day-themed scavenger hunt.

Take your children all over the house in search of a pot of gold left by a leprechaun. Start by making a pot of gold for your kids. Create some clues, including a letter from the leprechaun explaining the hunt. Place clues around the house and leave your last clue with the pot of gold.

Create a St. Patrick’s Day craft.

These St. Patrick’s Day crafts will have you and your little leprechauns feeling a little green. They may even bring the luck of the Irish to your home.

Shamrock Scrape Painting

With scrape painting, you mix colors to create a pretty piece of art. (For a more traditional look, paint a paper shamrock in different green hues.)

Lucky Shamrocks St. Patrick's Day Wreath

This festive wreath will bring a little Irish to your front door. The gold beads complement the gold burlap. Add a rainbow pennant for even more color.

Paper Origami Shamrock

Make your own luck with some green origami paper. These shamrocks boast a modern and chic vibe when “potted” in fun geometric wood planters.

Shamrock Greeting Card

From Nancy A. Cavanaugh

What You Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Paintbrush
  • White construction paper
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Candy hearts (three are needed for each shamrock)
  • Markers
  • Craft glue
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

What to Do:

  1. Cover your work area with newspaper. Paint one side of the candy hearts and the edges with the green paint. Allow to dry completely. (You can use any size candy hearts, though the larger ones may be easier for small hands to paint.)
  2. Fold the construction paper into fourths to create the card. Unfold.
  3. Write the text for the card with markers
  4. Glue two or three sets of three green hearts together (unpainted side down) so the sides and points touch to form a shamrock shape on the white construction paper. Allow to dry completely.
  5. With the pipe cleaner, create a stem and leaves for your shamrock, then glue onto the card. Allow to dry completely.

Handy Leprechauns

From Nancy A. Cavanaugh

What You Need:

  • White construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What to Do:

  1. Make a fist with your pinky and thumb sticking out (this forms the elf ears), then lightly trace around your hand with a pencil to create the head. Trace over the line with a black marker.
  2. Draw a face on the palm area with the marker, then a hat onto the top of the head. Color using crayons or colored pencils. (You can also draw and color a body if there’s room on the paper.)
  3. Cut it out and hang on the wall.

Test your St. Patrick’s Day trivia.

See how much you really know about St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a few sites you can check out to test your knowledge.

Try a fun St. Patrick’s Day app.

Your child loves his iPad and phone. So, use those devices to teach him about St. Patrick’s Day. Take advantage of these fun apps revolving around the holiday.

Memory Game

Test your memory with a Concentration-like shamrock game. Have fun and get into a festive mood for St. Patrick’s Day by matching Irish symbols.

Bubble Blast St. Patrick’s Day

This puzzle game is fun and addictive. Burst a shamrock, a pot of gold, an Irish hat, or a balloon to trigger a chain reaction to eliminate them.

St. Patrick’s Day Adventure

The hero needs your help skipping the hard obstacles and collecting more coins. Gamers will have to jump and run over whatever is in their way in this easy-to-play game.

Take a virtual visit to Ireland.

Go for an online field trip to this pretty and historical European island. These sites will help you take an adventure abroad to the Emerald Isle.

Blarney Stone and Castle

Blarney Castle was built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. Many think that if you go to Blarney Castle, you’ll only see the Blarney Stone. But you’ll leave this visit knowing that the Blarney Stone is only a part of the attraction.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. The Cathedral is one of the most historic churches in Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher

These sea cliffs tower over the rugged coast. They sit on Europe’s most westerly tip and offer views of the Atlantic Ocean and Aran Islands.

Color St. Patrick’s Day pictures.

Kids can take their crayons, markers, paints, and colored pencils to add some color to these St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages. Here are a few links to get you started.

2021 St. Patrick's Day Family Activities in the NYC Area

Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Manhattan

ONLINE Virtual St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating
WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 12-2pm; Wednesday, March 17, 3-5pm
WHERE: NY Cake Academy, Online
AGES: 12 and older
WHAT: Bring your cookie decorating good luck with a crash course at NY Cake! St. Patrick's Day may be right around the corner, but there's still time to learn something new in the kitchen. In this class, students learn the techniques to decorate St. Patrick's Day-themed cookies with royal icing such as lucky leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and pots of gold! Practice wet on wet designs with royal icing, drag methods, and more as you're guided by an expert instructor in the comfort of your home! By the end of class you'll have mastered the perfect consistency and decorated Instagram-worthy cookies sure to impress the luckiest leprechaun.
WANT TO GO? $29. Optional kit is $50. Advanced registration required.

ONLINE Special St. Patrick's Day edition of the Moore Family Tour
WHEN: March 13-17, Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 4pm; Monday-Tuesday, 1pm; Wednesday, 7pm
WHERE: Tenement Museum, Online
WHAT: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Moore family! Explore how the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, already popular by the 1860s, gave Irish immigrants like the Moores the opportunity to both show pride in their home country and express their new rights in America.
WANT TO GO? $10 per device; free for members. Advanced registration required.

FREE. IN PERSON Radio Rewind: Irish Pop
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 5:10-8:30pm
WHERE: Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown
WHAT: Bryant Park is turning back the clock to skate into the new year to your favorite retro jams. Hit the ice, journey back to a different decade, and afterwards enjoy 20% off your purchase at the Lodge Deck too when you show your ice skating reservation. Sing, skate, or listen along, just be sure to wear a mask and maintain social distance during this special skate session.
WANT TO GO? Reserve any skate time between 5:10pm and 8:30pm to join the fun on the ice, or hang out on the rink deck.

IN PERSON St. Patrick's Day
WHEN: March 17-20, Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
WHAT: Go super green this St. Patrick's day by creating your own shamrock wreath using recycled collage materials.
WANT TO GO? $15; $12 seniors 65 and older and visitor with disabilities. Purchase tickets in advance.

Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Queens

IN PERSON Young Chefs 'Luck of the Irish'
WHEN: Friday, March 12, 3-4pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 8-12
WHAT: What better month to feast on an Irish meal, than March? Young APEC Chefs will prepare a delicious, traditional “Colcannon” dish and enjoy a cool Leprechaun smoothie with warm Irish Soda Bread. All materials included. Participants are required to wear masks for the entire program. Limited to 8 participants.
WANT TO GO? $26. Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON St. Patty's Plaster and Craft Party
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: Bee's Arts and Crafts Studio at The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave., Glendale
AGES: 4-10
WHAT: Get creative this St. Patrick's Day and paint a special plaster piece! Guests will be served pizza and juice. Children are encouraged to wear green.
WANT TO GO? $25. Advanced registration required.

Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events on Long Island

FREE. ONLINE Find the Gold Digital Escape Room
WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 4-4:30pm
WHERE: Smithtown Library, Online
WHAT: The leprechaun has hidden his gold. Solve clues to try to unlock his box of gold.
WANT TO GO? Watch on Facebook.

FREE. ONLINE Irish Pirates
WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 5:30pm
WHAT: Sail the Seven Seas and explore tales of Irish Pirates of yore, including female pirates with The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. Students can uncover the history of the Jolly Roger and design a fearsome pirate flag of your own.
WANT TO GO? Watch on Facebook.

FREE. ONLINE St. Patrick's Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 1-2pm
WHERE: The Bryant Library, Online
AGES: Grades 6-12
WHAT: Join the library for St. Patrick's Day games and crafts, hosted by YADAC (Young Adult Advisory Council)!
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. IN PERSON St. Patty Day Beer Fest
WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 6:30pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead
WHAT: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an evening of live music, food, and fun! Food is a la cart and must be purchased for alcohol service. There will be a full bar for those who would like beverages other than beer.
WANT TO GO? $25. Purchase tickets in advance.

FREE. ONLINE Shamrock Sillies with A Time For Kids
WHEN: Monday, March 15, 10:30am
WHERE: Elmont Public Library, Online
AGES: 18 months- 5 years
WHAT: Join A Time for Kids, Inc. in this family fun program! Activities include music, movement, fine and gross motor development and storytelling! There will also be a cute shamrock craft!
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required. See event link for required materials.

FREE. ONLINE How to Catch a Leprechaun
WHEN: Monday, March 15, 4:30-5pm
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library, Online
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Learn how to make your own leprechaun trap and hear a shamrockin' story!
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE Kids Cafe: Shamrock Shake
WHEN: Monday, March 15, All Day
WHERE: Rogers Memorial Library, Online
AGES: 4 years to fifth grade
WHAT: Time to get your green on! Make a classic, minty Shamrock Shake! Learn basic cooking and measuring skills while creating your very own snack, then sit back and hear a story.
WANT TO GO? Watch on Facebook or the library Website.

FREE. ONLINE A Time for Kids: Shamrock Silliness
WHEN: Tuesday, March 16, 11-11:30am
WHERE: Port Jefferson Free Library
AGES: 18 months-5 years
WHAT: Join A Time for Kids, Inc. in this family preschool program all about St. Patrick’s Day! Activities include music, movement, fine and gross motor development and storytelling. There will also be a lucky shamrock craft.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE St. Patrick's Day Story & Craft
WHEN: Tuesday, March 16, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center, Online
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: Join Miss Lisa for a fun program with St. Patrick's Day stories and songs.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE Shamrock Marshmallow Painting
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 10-11am
WHERE: Farmingdale Public Library, Online
AGES: 18 months-4 years
WHAT: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a fun sensory project.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE St. Patrick's Day Story Time
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 6-6:30pm
WHERE: Freeport Memorial Library, Online
AGES: 3-6
WHAT: Read some stories and learn a song or two about leprechauns, shamrocks, and rainbows to celebrate the day.
WANT TO GO? Join on Zoom Passcode: 683604

FREE. ONLINE St. Patrick's Day Storytime
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, all day
WHERE: Rogers Memorial Library, Online
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: Join the library to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with stories and rhymes.
WANT TO GO? Watch on Facebook or library Website.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 6pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, Online
WHAT: Join The Whaling Museum and Education Center for St. Patrick's Day to learn some fun facts about Irish pirates. Learn how to make and decorate your own fearsome pirate hat out of newspaper.
WANT TO GO? Watch LIVE on Facebook.

FREE. IN PERSON Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: March 1-17, Monday and Wednesday, 10:30am-6:30pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday-Saturday, 10:30-4pm
WHERE: Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Ave., Merrick
AGES: 2-12
WHAT: Visit the Children's Room during library hours to complete a Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt! Prizes will be given to children who complete the hunt.

FREE. IN PERSON Leprechaun Gold Walk
WHEN: March 1-19, Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Wednesday, 9:30am-7pm; Saturday, 9:30am-1pm
WHERE: Brookhaven Free Library, 273 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven
WHAT: The library has created a special Storywalk® on their lawn where you’ll follow the pages of How to Find Gold by Viviane Schwarz. Completing an activity on each page just might give you enough luck to find your own gold!
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required. Please note this walk will be canceled in inclement weather.

FREE. ONLINE Irish Pirates Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, March 20, 11am
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, Online
WHAT: Sail the Seven Seas and explore legends of Irish Pirates of yore, including pirates who were women! Create and design a fearsome paper pirate ship using materials at home. You’ll Need: paper and markers or crayons.
WANT TO GO? $10 suggested donation. Advanced registration required.

Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Westchester

IN PERSON Kids St. Patrick's Day Workshop
WHEN: Friday, March 12, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: Carriage Barn Arts Center, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Drop off your kids (ages 5 & up) for St. Patrick’s Day themed creative fun with friends! This workshop will instruct kids on how to create 4 adorable St. Patrick’s Day-themed cupcake designs that they will make and take home to share with family and friends. They will also have a chance to create one of their own designs with supplied ingredients to show off their skills! This step-by-step instruction will assure that children will be able to recreate these treats at home. Each participant will package their cupcakes in a pretty bakery box to take home and share.
WANT TO GO? $50; $45 members. Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON Sham-Rock Out
WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 5:30-8:30pm
WHERE: PizZaZzles at Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights
AGES: 4-10
WHAT: Sign your kids up for a fun St Patty's celebration at PizZaZzles! Kids will enjoy an evening of pizza, green juice, leprechaun shenanigans, piñata, shamrock canvas painting, prizes, and more.
WANT TO GO? $45. Email [email protected] to register.

FREE. ONLINE A Taste of the Irish with Chef Rob Scott
WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 3-5pm
WHERE: Mt. Kisco Public Library, Online
WHAT: Join chef Rob Scott and learn how to make a feast perfect for this time of year. On the menu is: Irish Soda bread Biscuits Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies with Andes Candies Corned Beef and Cabbage in a slow cooker St. Patrick's day Peppermint ice cream shake For families to make together.
WANT TO GO? Watch on Facebook

IN PERSON St. Patrick's Day
WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 4-8pm
WHERE: Morris Yacht and Beach Club, 25 City Island Avenue, Bronx
WHAT: Join the Morris Yacht and Beach Club for their annual St. Patrick's day festivities! Price includes food. Drink specials, live music, and entertainment.
WANT TO GO? $25; $10 ages 8-15. Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE Kids STEAM Program: Celebrate St Patrick's Day
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: New York Public Library, Online
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join your local Bronx librarians for a St Patrick’s Day Fizzing Pot Experiment! Will you make all the colors of the rainbow? Will you find gold at the end?
WANT TO GO? Email [email protected] or [email protected] for supply list.

FREE. ONLINE St. Patrick Day Storytime & Craft
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 11am-12pm
WHERE: New York Public Library, Online
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Join the Morrisania & Tremont Children's Team for St. Patrick Day picture books reading followed by arts and craft.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Rockland

FREE. IN PERSON St. Patrick's Day Parade and Blarney Blast
WHEN: Sunday, March 7, 3-5pm
WHERE: Downtown Port Jervis, Port Jervis
WHAT: The third annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to historic downtown Port Jervis for the Blarney Blast. Fun, socially-distant events will include the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes and Drums, as well as hometown musicians, and more.
WANT TO GO? Organizers have tripled the length of the parade to help spectators adhere to social distancing. Masks are required.

FREE. ONLINE St. Patrick's Day Story Time Countdown
WHEN: Friday, March 12, 12-12:30pm
WHERE: Hoboken Public Library, Online
AGES: Newborn to5
WHAT: The library is gearing up for St. Patrick's Day with a special story time countdown to read How To Trap a Leprechaun, and St. Patrick's Day Countdown!
WANT TO GO? Join live on Facebook.

WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 10am-2pm and 4-8pm; Sunday, 12-4pm
WHERE: Pop Up Next Door, 1169 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ
WHAT: Support your local small businesses this St. Patrick's Day with over 20 vendors, Food & Drink Vendors, FREE Giveaways and FUN for the entire family!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods.

ONLINE St. Patrick's Day Chocolate Stout Cake Decorating Virtual Workshop
WHEN: Sunday, March 14, 2-3pm
WHERE: The Eclectic Chic Boutique, 547 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ
WHAT: Learn how to decorate a St Patrick's Themed Chocolate Stout Cake. A great beginner workshop for adults and families. DIY Kit provided.
WANT TO GO? $75 per family. Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE St. Patrick's Day Storytime
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 2-2:30pm
WHERE: Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library, Online
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Join Ms. Maureen for St. Patrick’s Day stories and maybe a song or two. No leprechauns allowed!
WANT TO GO? Watch on Facebook Live.

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Author: Stacey Feintuch is a freelance writer for print and online publications. She has written for,, K health, The Boca Raton Observer magazine, The Bump,, Healthline, Highlights for Kids, HealthyWomen, and other outlets. She has a BA in journalism from The George Washington University and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She grew up in Morris County, NJ, and currently lives in Bergen County, NJ. A mom to two boys, you'll find her at the baseball diamond on the weekends. See More

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