From a traditional pub to a day of dancing and traditional music, you don’t have to be from the Emerald Isle to enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day activities.
New Hampshire is the second most Irish state in the United States (just .5% behind Massachusetts) with 21 percent of residents declaring Irish heritage, so it’s no wonder the state is full of opportunities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from step dances to fun runs. And come March 17th, everyone can celebrate being Irish, if only for a day – here are four ways.
Dancing and Shenanigans in Jaffrey [3/16]
Shattuck Ballroom, Jaffrey
For the second year in a row, TEAM Jaffrey is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans party at the Shattuck Ballroom. The party includes a big traditional Irish boiled dinner, beer, and cocktails. The main party starts when Young Folk – the touring four-piece folk band from Ireland – takes the stage. Along with the band’s indie/folk stylings, traditional Irish music will be played while the students of McGonagle School of Irish Dance perform Michael Flatley-style feats of dancing.
Full Day of Celebrating
Salt Hill Pubs, Hanover
Salt Hill Pubs in Hanover invites you to a full day of celebrating (from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.)! Commencing with a full Irish breakfast, the day sees delicious fare, great company, and 25 different musical acts from the Drive-by-Bagpiper to traditional Irish step dancers and local folk musicians. The biggest draw of the day is the giveaways, including the chance to win a trip for two to Ireland including a $2,500 travel voucher and planning expertise provided by Milne Travel. Feeling lucky now!?
Grab a Pint at a Traditional Irish Pub
The Holy Grail, Epping
In the Heart of Epping, The Holy Grail sits at the top of a small hill housed in a converted church. This pub offers some of the most traditional Irish food and drinks around. At the four-sided bar situated in the middle of the dining area, bartenders pour pints of Magners, Harp, Smethwick’s, Murphy’s, and of course, Guinness all imported straight from the Emerald Isle. Dinner options consist of bangers colcannon, boiled dinner, Dublin coddle, and shepherd’s pie made with lamb…. but the most Irish feature of the restaurant won’t be found on the menu. The walls are covered with hundreds of framed family name crests of Ireland. Whether you’re a Mahoney, a Dooley, or a Gallagher, more than likely you’ll find your crest hanging over one of the tables. At the Holy Grail, every day is St. Patrick’s Day.
Shamrock Shuffle Down Elm Street [3/31]
Elm Street, Manchester
More than 2,500 people flock to Manchester for this St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Attendees don their most ridiculous green frocks – be it emerald tutus, shamrock headbands, or oversized green sunglasses – before making a two-mile run (or walk) down Manchester’s main drag as thousands more cheer them on. The fun begins and ends at Veteran’s Memorial Park, with participants treated to pizza from Flatbread and a front row seat to the parade that follows immediately after. Once the official festivities are complete, the restaurants of downtown welcome in revelers. Seeing as the shuffle isn’t until March 31st, it keeps the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day alive for the whole month.