The 15 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New Hampshire! By
Whether you’re Irish or just want to join in on the fun, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a treat for everyone. Across New Hampshire, exciting and varied events allow everyone you know to have a memorable day. Enjoy the festivity of parades, sip on a few at a local pub, and maybe even hit the slopes on this big Irish holiday. Everyone is looking for a piece of that famous Irish luck, and a great story to tell. These 15 places will help you craft those stories.
Manchester’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is simply not to be missed. More than 70,000 people gather for the event, from around the state and the country. Music and dancers provide incredible entertainment, and the sense of camaraderie is palpable. Pay a visit to Manchester’s largest community event and feel transported to the Emerald Isle.
The Peddler’s Daughter functions year-round as an authentically Irish restaurant, and their approach to St. Patrick's day is no different. They open at 8 a.m. for “Kegs and Eggs,” served through 3 p.m. The special menu, featuring not only corned beef but other Irish delicacies, is served noon through 10 p.m., and beer is available throughout. Live music also plays a role, with multiple groups and a very special performance by the New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drums Band.
Lebanon’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K and one-mile fun run is a great way to get the kids involved on what can be an adult oriented day. Wear your best green outfit and stretch those legs to benefit Youth Activity Scholarships in the area.
4. St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Hunt, Newbury, NH
Hosted by Mount Sunapee, the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Hunt is a whole new take on skiing. Spend the day spotting shamrocks on the slopes to win special prizes. After you declare total victory, enjoy some Irish food and beer at the Goosefeather’s Pub.
St. Patrick’s Day at Olde Kilkenny Pub holds special meaning, as the building itself was once owned by one of the first Irishmen to call Milford home. Stop in for any of the 47 draught craft beers, or a discounted Guinness or two.
A musical experience unlike any other, the Dueling Pianos at Chunky’s Cinema Pub, both in Nashua and Pelham, provide a St. Patrick’s Day you will never forget. Take in the skill and determination of the dueling duo along with good grub and some authentic Irish beers.
The Shannon Door in Jackson is the perfect place to grab a plate of corned beef and cabbage, enjoy authentic Irish music, and order a few pints of quality beer. The Shannon Door also features all day giveaways and promotions by both Guinness and Budweiser.
Wildcat mountain offers full day lift passes for just $17 each St. Patrick’s Day, a lucky deal if ever there were one. The mountain also plays host to festive events that day, and you may even be able to hunt down a pint or two of green beer to keep you warm.
The Shaskeen Pub offers a full day of St. Patrick’s shenanigans. Start the morning with a full Irish breakfast, and move right into all day corned beef and cabbage. Combine that with plentiful beer and nonstop live music for a festive day second only to Dublin.
Nashua’s Wild Irish Breakfast is truly a New Hampshire tradition. One of the largest St. Patrick’s Day events in all of New England, it is essentially a comedy roast alongside breakfast, all to benefit the PLUS foundation (People Learning Useful Skills), which teaches independence-building life tools to individuals with disabilities. You may even spot something of a bigwig, as top government officials attend the event annually.
Harlow’s Pub features live Celtic music every Tuesday, so it should come as no surprise they take St. Patrick’s Day seriously. This Nashua institution serves up corned beef and cabbage, loads of beer, and authentic tunes to pay tribute to the luck and lives of the Irish.
12. Speare’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K, Plymouth, NH
The Speare’s Hospital Shamrock Shuffle is a festive event aimed at helping a community be more active. The race itself is completely untimed, and designed to appeal to all ages and skill levels. Get out there and work off that corned beef and beer!
MoeJoe’s of Manchester offers not only live music and good company, but some of the best corned beef and cabbage around. Reserve their function room to host an enviable St. Patrick’s Day bash.
RiRa Irish Pub in Portsmouth is not only authentically Irish, but set in a stunningly renovated former bank. Combined with the bar that was salvaged from a pub in Ireland, there are few places better suited to pass a St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy food and drink, alongside lively Celtic music, in an atmosphere guaranteed to make you smile and keep you that way.
Book a class on Irish Dance for a hands-on way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. McDonough-Grimes School offers solo adult lessons, perfect even for those who have never danced a step, let alone a jig. An opportunity to learn about Irish culture, get some exercise, and pick up a fun new party trick all at the same time.