Are you looking for some fun this St. Patrick’s Day? Plenty of activities are available for all ages in Chester County, PA. First, what’s important to remember this year is that most places are celebrating the weekend of March 12 and 13, which is also Daylight Savings Time weekend. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour, or you may miss out on an activity! This assortment of events will keep you busy all day long.
Before you go anyplace, make sure you “jig, not jog” over to Abbey Greene on Route 202 in West Chester. If you’re programming a GPS, their street address is 1036 Wilmington Pike. A pair of Irish folks who bought their entire inventory in Ireland owns Abbey Green and had it shipped to their shop. You can find everything you need here, from Irish apparel to fine china to Irish music for step dancing. They don’t have a website so if you want more information or their store hours, call them at 610-692-3310. If they don’t have the Irish item you are looking for, they will work to find it for you.
Once you have your Irish on, get ready for the 241st Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Philadelphia. The parade begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, March 13 at the intersection of 16th and JFK. If you want to see the entire parade route so you can stake the best viewing spot, check out their website at philadelphiastpatsparade.com.
If you’re Catholic, you may want to celebrate mass first at, where else? St. Patrick’s church of course, at 20th and Locust in the city. Their celebratory mass for St. Patrick’s Day will be at 8:45 am.
On Saturday, March 12, Irish folks can be found at the West Chester Elks building at 335 West Washington Street in West Chester. This is where you will find Chester County’s longest continually running St. Patrick’s Day celebration. In it’s 36th year, the Chester County Ancient Order of Hibernians hosts this event, which is a Catholic Irish American fraternal organization. This event runs from noon until 6:00 pm on Sunday the 13th. Include are traditional Irish foods, Irish music and dancing. This event is also family friendly, so bring the kids. For more information or prices, visit ccaoh.com.
If you’re looking for more adult themed activities to celebrate, there are plenty of those to be found as well. With seven locations in several states, you can countdown the hours to St. Patrick’s Day on Kildare’s Irish Pub’s website at kildaresirishpub.com. Kildare’s offers a variety of Irish foods and of course beer. On St. Patrick’s Day, they start the day with their “Kegs & Eggs” event for breakfast and the fun continues all day long.
For another Irish pub offering, check out McKenzie Brew House and Restaurant with locations in Glen Mills and Malvern. Known for it’s own selection of brews, McKenzie’s has a beer for every beer fan, from their lightest beer to dark oatmeal stout. They open daily at 11:00 am for lunch and serve pub fare into the late night hours. A special St. Patrick’s Day menu of Irish fare will be available on March 17.
If you prefer to stay in walking-friendly West Chester, then there’s no better place to celebrate than at West Chester’s oldest Irish pub, the Blarney Stone. The Blarney Stone is the place to go if you want authentic fish and chips, which is made with a lager batter, or Siobhan’s famous meatloaf. They will be adding more Irish treats during March. Their full menu can be viewed at wcblarneystone.com and they open daily at 11:00 am.
Chester county may be thousands of miles from Ireland, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find plenty of Irish fun around St. Patrick’s Day.