Despite being only 24 hours long, St. Patrick’s Day has a way of adding extra Irish spirit around Long Island throughout much of March. If you want to celebrate the Emerald Isle on more than one occasion, here’s a monthlong breakdown of opportunities for music, food, events — and yes, lots and lots of parades.
March 1: Irish coffee at Shandon Court
March can be a chilly month, and if you're seeking a hot cocktail with Irish inspiration, Shandon Court (115 E. Main St., East Islip; 631-581-5678, shandoncourt.com) features a traditional Irish coffee (including whiskey, fresh cream and brown sugar), served in a glass with a mug handle (keeping the heat off your fingers). For even more Emerald Isle energy, check the restaurant's website to find out what nights live Irish music plays, including shows by owner (and native Irishman) Gerry Finlay, who specializes in tunes native to his homeland.
March 2: Music and Irish food at Swing the Teapot
Swing the Teapot (6 Verbena Ave., Floral Park; 516-488-2180, swingtheteapot.squarespace.com) is featuring live Irish music almost every Friday and Saturday evening in March at 9 p.m. (as well as on Sunday, March 11 at 5 p.m.). The spot also features a menu of Irish food, including an Irish breakfast.
March 3: The Kings Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
With this year's grand marshal leading the way (Father Sean J. Gann, Pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Kings Park), the parade launches at Pulaski Road and Lou Avenue, and will roll down Main Street, turn onto Church Street and wrap at William T. Rogers Middle School. Pictured, from left: Sharon Nilsson, of St. James, and Lisa Scheer and Kerry Smith, both of Kings Park, at the annual Kings Park St. Patrick's Day parade on March 5, 2016.
March 4: Irish Dancers at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
Intended for children of all ages, staff members and students from the Mulvihill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance will perform, chat with the crowd and even offer some instruction. Attendees can also have their faces painted and take a tour of the center; advance registration is required. WHERE/WHEN: 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. INFO: $9; 631-427-5240, waltwhitman.org
March 4: More parades
WHEN: Sunday, March 4
Garden City-Mineola at noon. ROUTE: Start at Court House Drive, Garden City, west down Old Country Road to Mineola Boulevard
Bethpage at 2 p.m. ROUTE: Central Avenue (start near Parma Drive) west to Stewart Avenue, Burkhardt Avenue to Broadway
East Islip at 2 p.m. ROUTE: Main Street (start at Harwood Avenue), west down Main Street to Irish Lane
March 5: St. Baldrick’s events
Every March, several restaurants, schools, bars and other organizations around Long Island hold volunteer events where heads get shaved publicly to benefit the fight against childhood cancer while showing solidarity with the young people who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Click here for a list of spots that have scheduled St. Baldrick's events.
March 7: The Wolfe Tones
Known around the world, The Wolfe Tones have been touring internationally for 50 years, delivering their signature storytelling Irish folk sound to several nations -- and come March they'll be playing venues across the Northeast, including Carney's Irish Pub (136 Broadway, Amityville; 631-464-4445, carneysamityvillage.com) on Wednesday, March 7, Shandon Court (115 E Main St., East Islip; 631-581-5678, shandoncourt.com) on Friday, March 9 and Monaghan's (48 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre; 516-764-6372, monaghansrvc.com) on Tuesday, March 13. Call ahead for admission prices.
March 7: Learn to speak Irish
Curious about learning to speak Irish ("Irish Gaelic")? Drop by the Gerry Tobin Irish Language School at the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Babylon and check out what happens during classes. Instructor Seamas O Neachtain (AKA Jim Norton) says free Irish Gaelic classes are already being taught, but new people interested in joining can still sign up. Levels of linguistic expertise taught range from "Absolute Beginner" to advanced speaking, and registration is as simple as just showing up. WHERE/WHEN: 27 Locust Ave., Babylon; Wednesdays starting at 7:30 p.m. INFO: Free; 845-541-3677, scoilgaeilge.org
March 8: Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones
County Dublin's Derek Warfield, a founding member of the Wolfe Tones, is touring the USA with his current group The Young Wolfe Tones, and they'll be bringing their brand of Irish folk music to Long Island in March, appearing at Lily Flanagan's (345 Deer Park Ave., Babylon; 631-539-0816, lilyflanaganspub.com) on Thursday, March 8, Nappy Tandy's Bay Shore (60 E Main St., Bay Shore; 631-665-0040, nappertandysbayshore.com) on Friday, March 23 and Mary Dowling's Irish Pub (528 Main St, Islip; 631-581-1550, ) on Saturday, March 31. Call ahead for admission fees.
March 9: Shamrock Shake
The Shamrock Shake, served at participating McDonald's restaurants in time for St. Patrick's Day, is back -- and if you'd like to make sure your restaurant of choice is serving the minty beverage, be sure and download the official McDonald's Shamrock Shake Finder app for your Android or iOS phone.
March 10: Shilelagh Law at Mulcahy's
The New York-based Irish folk rock group will be performing at Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall, helping kick off St. Patrick's Day celebration a week early; Ricky Roche is slated to open at 8 p.m. WHERE/WHEN: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh; Saturday, March 10 at 9:30 p.m. INFO: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; 516-783-7500, muls.com
March 10: Am O'Gansett Parade
The shortest St. Patrick's Day parade on Long Island -- about 15 minutes in duration -- will be taking place once again this year, running down Main Street in Amagansett, only to make a U-turn and return to its starting point; East Hampton Town Trustee Dell Cullum is this year's Grand Marshal WHERE/WHEN: Main Street, Amagansett; Saturday, March 10, at noon. INFO: Free; 516-456-4016, amagansettchamber.org
March 10: More parades
WHEN: Saturday, March 10
Westhampton Beach at noon ROUTE: start at Mill Road and Oneck Lane, down Mill Road to Main Street, down Main to Potunk Lane
Bay Shore/Brightwaters at 2 p.m. ROUTE: Start at Saxon Avenue and Main Street, west down Main to Community Road
Cutchogue at 2 p.m. ROUTE: Main Street and Cox Lane, east into Cutchogue Village
March 10: Huntington St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl
The crawl runs from 2 -- 8 p.m. and includes stops at Christopher's (8 Wall St.), P's & Q's Autobody (30 New St.), Finley's (43 Green St.), Huntington Village Tavern (378 New York Ave.), Rust and Gold (345 Main St.), Nag's Head Ale House (396 New York Ave.) and Mary Carroll's (1 Clinton Ave.). Participants are asked to wear green to demonstrate St. Patrick's Day spirit; a portion of the proceeds have been announced to benefit charity. WHEN Saturday, March 10 INFO: $25; longislandsocialevents.com
March 11: Irish Festival at Hofstra
The university's annual fest returns, celebrating Irish culture, food and music in its Mack Physical Education Center, North Campus. Hosted by Tony Jackson, live entertainment is to include live music from Black Velvet Band, Hibernian Singers and JigJam. Authentic Irish food will be available for purchase, vendors will be selling crafts and there will be children's activities. WHERE/WHEN: 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead; Sunday, March 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. INFO: $6, $5 for ages 65 and older, free for ages 11 and younger); 516-463-6582, hofstra.edu
March 11: Huntington St. Patrick's Day parade
The oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade on LI, the Huntington pageant will begin north of the Huntington LIRR Station and proceed along New York Avenue until turning west down Main Street to the Church of St. Patrick (400 Main St.); expect a large turnout. WHERE/WHEN: New York Ave., Huntington; Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. INFO: Free; 631-873-0500, huntingtonhibernians.com
March 11: More parades
Bayport/ Bluepoint at 11 a.m. ROUTE: Montauk Highway and Snedecor Avenue (Bayport), down Main to Blue Point Avenue. (Blue Point)
Farmingdale at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Northside Elementary School on Powell Place down Main Street to the Village Green
Rocky Point/ Miller Place at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Route 25A and Harrison Avenue (Miller Place) east along Route 25A to Broadway, Broadway north to Prince Road (Rocky Point)
Ronkonkoma at 2 p.m. ROUTE: Patchogue-Holbrook Road at Richard Place north to Portion Rd., west down Portion to Ronkonkoma Avenue, south on Hawkins Avenue to Church Street, Church Street to Pond Road
Center Moriches at 2 p.m. ROUTE: east on Main Street from Lake Avenue to South Avenue.
March 15: "Shamrock Shindig" at Long Island Aquarium
Long Island Aquarium is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Aid to the Developmentally Disabled, a nonprofit working to support the differently abled. The event will have a St. Patrick's Day theme, featuring live music from Beatles cover band Strawberry Fields, Irish food, raffles and a chance to watch someone dare to swim with the sharks in the "Shark Tank Showdown." WHERE/WHEN: 431 East Main St., Riverhead; Thursday, March 15, from 6 -10 p.m. INFO: $65 (children ages 2-12: $25); 631-727-6220 (Ext. 203), addny.org
March 15: Jim "Wolfie" McGrath
Rockville Centre's Jim "Wolfie" McGrath specializes in a wide variety of rock and pop covers, but also is known for his deft handling of tunes of Irish leaning, and he'll be playing (with accompaniment by Steven Desz; pictured) at Chadwick's American Chop House (49 Front St., Rockville Centre; 516-766-7800, chadwicksrvc.com) on March 15, 22 and 29, Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails (23 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre; 516-766-5049, kaseysrvcny.com and The St. James (
190 2nd St., Mineola; 516-742-3040, saintjamesmineola.com on March 17 and 30.
March 16: Cherish the Ladies at Irish American Society of NSQ
On almost any day in March, one can find an event at the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, including music and dance classes, but the mid-month show is scheduled to feature a live performance from the Irish folk supergroup Cherish the Ladies, pictured. WHERE / WHEN: 297 Willis Ave., Mineola; Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. INFO: $30 in advance only; 516-746-9392, irishamericansoc.com
March 16: Lunasa at Adelphi University
Specializing in traditional, instrumental Irish music, Lunasa has an intricate sound rich with fiddles and whistles; for a live opportunity to hear the band, you can catch Lunasa at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center for its sole Long Island appearance in March WHERE / WHEN: One South Ave., Garden City; Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m. INFO: $35-$40; 516-877-4927, pac.adelphi.edu
March 16: “Lucky in Love” at ARF
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is holding its "Lucky in Love" St. Patrick's Day event, offering a vaccine clinic and microchipping ($10 each for cats and dogs already spayed or neutered; $25 for unaltered pets) and an after-hours adoption opportunity, also featuring a free raffle, photo booth and giveaways. WHERE / WHEN: 124 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton; Friday, March 16, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. INFO: Admission is free but adoption fees apply; 631-537-0400 (x203), arfhamptons.org
March 17: The Chieftains at the Tilles Center
With six Grammy wins (among 21 nominations) and a catalog of music dating back to the 1960s, The Chieftains have a traditional, signature Irish folk sound that has led to collaborations with iconic artists such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Luciano Pavarotti--and to see them, on St. Patrick's Day proper no less--they'll be performing at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts that very day. WHERE/WHEN: 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville; Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. INFO: Tickets are $45-$80; 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
This annual family event returns with a scavenger hunt, animal feeding, wagon ride and light refreshments. WHERE / WHEN: 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank; Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. INFO: $6 for ages 2 and older; 631-852-4600, ccesuffolk.org
March 17: "Larry Kirwan Ireland -- A History in Song"
Best known as the lead singer of the Celtic rock band Black 47, Kirwan is back at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts for a show powered by Belfast-style music and showmanship WHERE / WHEN: 37 West Main St., Bay Shore; Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. INFO: $40-$45; 631-969-1101, boultoncenter.org
March 17: "Corned Beef & Chaos"
102.3 WBAB-FM's "Roger & JP" morning show is bringing its annual "Corned Beef & Chaos" St. Patrick's Day-inspired event to new digs this year, Stereo Garden. As usual, Free Corned Beef and Cabbage will be served, there'll be prizes and games plus entertainment from "Scotty the Leprechaun" and live music from "2U: The U2 tribute" (notu2.com; pictured) WHERE / WHEN: 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue; Saturday, March 17 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. INFO: Admission is free; 631-714-4486, stereogardenli.com
March 17-18: More parades
WHEN: Saturday, March 17:
St. James at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Lake Avenue at Woodlawn Avenue, down Lake to Railroad Avenue
WHEN: Sunday, March 18
Patchogue Village at noon. ROUTE: Start at Route 112 and East Main Street, west on Main Street to West Avenue and West Main Street
Glen Cove at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Start at Forest Avenue near Dosoris Lane, Forest Avenue south to Brewster Street, School Street to Glen Street, down Glen Street to Pearsall Avenue
March 18: "Taste of Ireland" at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
An annual fundraiser for the CM Performing Arts Center, this event is scheduled to feature Irish food and beer samples from the Spider Bite Brewing Company, as well as live entertainment from the Island Hills Chorus, pictured, comedian Mick Thomas and music by Gil McLean. WHERE / WHEN: 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale; Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. INFO: $20; 631-218-2810, cmpac.com
March 24: Rooftop party in RVC
The annual Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade begins at noon, starting at Long Beach Road at Maple Avenue, continuing down Maple Avenue until the endpoint at North Village Avenue and Quealy Place. However, south of Sunrise Highway, the second-floor, open-air space Rooftop 32, normally not in business until the warmer days of spring, will also be providing some revelry -- albeit with added altitude -- featuring a DJ spinning plus Irish food and drink specials throughout the day. WHERE / WHEN: 3 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre (above Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails, stairwell is behind the building), Saturday, March 24 INFO: No cover, 516-766-5049, kaseysrvcny.com/rooftop-32
March 24: More parades
WHEN / WHERE: Hampton Bays at 11 a.m. ROUTE: Start at Hampton Bays Elementary School, traveling down Ponquogue Avenue to Montauk Highway
Jamesport at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Start at Main Road and Washington Avenue, Main Street east to Manor LaneBrentwood at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Start at Washington Avenue and Clarke Street, south down Washington to Ross Park on Brentwood Road
March 25: St. Patrick's Day Parade
Billed as the second-largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, the most eastern hamlet on the South Fork's procession will start at Edgemere Street, rolling down to Main Street, where it rolls past the village green until reaching the end of Main. Heavy crowds are the norm. WHERE / WHEN: Main Street, Montauk; Sunday, March 25 at noon INFO: Free; 631-668-1578, montaukfriendsoferin.org
March 29: Celtic Woman at the Tilles Center
The performance group Celtic Woman offers a stylized take on both classic and modern Irish music and culture. Currently touring North America, the show stops at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts just before the month or March is through WHERE/WHEN: 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville; Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. INFO: Tickets are $42-$103; 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org