St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, which means the Monday-to-Friday nine-to-five crew won’t have to cut the party short this weekend (although Sunday will likely see record sales of tomato juice). If you’re interested in what’s going on for the big green holiday around the country, we broke it down for you, as well as surf and snow conditions in the Irish strongholds.
It’s possible that nowhere celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as hard as folks in the Northeast, who just got blasted by a March nor’easter. While this may be a drag for city dwellers, surfers, skiers and snowboarders are giddy as leprechauns.
While the surf will have dropped after the well-overhead conditions brought on by the storm, if it’s snow you’re after, the luck of the Irish is with you this year. Following a decent early season and then a moody winter, this could be the dump of the year, as resorts in upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hammy, Vermont and Maine got anywhere from a foot to over 2 feet of fresh.
Vermont will celebrate in the best of possible ways on Friday with ShamRock Weekend at Mount Snow. First and foremost is the $17 lift ticket special on Friday. That rolls into a weekend of skiing and snowboarding with live Celtic music on the Cuzzins Deck stage.
Beantown’s Dropkick Murphys will host three raucous nights at House of Blues Boston. The storied hardcore Irish punks continue Wednesday night’s party tonight and then again Friday night, along with Rebuilder and Blood and Whiskey. If they don’t play “Caps and Bottles,” ask for a refund.
Jacksonville, Florida, goes all in for the occasion at Kona Skatepark. This event is a skater/biker weekend, with Nash Customs leading a motorcycle ride from Daytona’s Bike Week up to Jax, where 20 of the best pool skaters in the country will battle it out at the St. Paddy’s Pool Party, which happens to have beer, bands, BBQ and camping this weekend.
If you’re looking for something a little less aggro in that area, check out the Paddy’s Day Paddle, also in Jacksonville Beach. On March 16, the crew at Jax Paddle Sports will paddle Goodby’s Creek to Wicked Barley for the craft brewery’s festivities, which include limited-beer releases, beer garden games and live music.
The Midwest gets its Irish on this weekend with the Shamrock 5K Beer Run, which is held March 18 in Chicago and then March 25 in Rockford, Illinois. The finish times in Rockford should be higher after a week of detox.
As for the hills, Snowbasin is getting ready to throw down. This week was mostly spring conditions in Utah, but the Basin has 135 inches of base right now and this Friday you can actually find your own pot of gold on the hill as part of the Snow Basin St. Patrick’s Day Party.
In addition to the corned beef and cabbage, Guinness stew and live Celtic music, you can search for the three pots of gold on the mountain and possibly win a 2017/18 season pass.
If you’re on the Pacific coast, of course there was the annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival last weekend, but the Irish population of SF also had overhead swell this week (when don’t they?). It will come down some, but winds look to be light on Friday.
Out at Tahoe, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will host the Blarney Band in the Village Events Plaza and Irish whiskey tasting at the Plaza Bar. The very authentic Auld Dubliner will have their own revelry all day as well. Plus, Squaw has gotten over 600 inches of snow this season, so a weekend trip is kind of a no-brainer.
For those in Southern California, Flogging Molly will throw it down this year with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at The Forum in Inglewood on the holy day.
Hide your own keys and go have fun.