While COVID-19 has put a damper (again) on St. Patrick’s Day parades in NJ, we found a few other, family-friendly ways to celebrate the Irish in 2021. Watch a contemporary Irish Dance show livestreamed from the National Dance Company of Ireland with MPAC in Morristown, make a wish and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with Unicorns on the Farm at 10 Lil’ Acre Rescued Animal Farm in Old Bridge, or wear your green and have a family race during the Shamrock Shuffle Virtual 5K. Scroll down for ways you can celebrate the Irish this year.
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National Dance Company of Ireland: Rhythm of the Dance
March 6th – 14th
One of the top three Irish step dance shows globally; this fantastic production is coming to a laptop near you. Watch flailing feet and fiddles during this streaming show, including futuristic dancing, musicians, and sensational sound effects. This two-hour time trip will transport you to the Green Isle for an energetic and exhilarating performance.
Livestream tickets via Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) are $23.50.
St. Patrick’s Day at Allaire Village
March 13th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A period-dressed interpreter will host a 90-minute guided tour of the village, including Ireland’s history and culture. Kids will love watching demonstrations of traditional Irish cooking, folklore and dancing an Irish jig to the sounds of the Ballycastle Band.
Tickets are $15 per person
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
St. Patrick’s Day with Unicorns on the Farm
March 13th and 14th at 12:00 PM
Bring your littles for a magical “unicorn” pony ride to make their St. Patrick’s Day out of this world. Celebrate the day by visiting the rescued animals and petting zoo, and perhaps spot a lucky leprechaun.
10 Lil Acre Rescued Animal Farm
116 Texas Road
2021 Shamrock Shuffle Virtual 5K
March 13th to March 21st from 12:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grab your running shoes, wear your green and join in spirit for some fresh air and socially-distanced exercise after a long winter. The 5K race can be done at your family’s own pace and anywhere, so do it when the weather feels like spring. Order shirts for your quaranteam—any proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and the School of Saint Elizabeth.
How to Catch a Leprechaun Workshop
March 14th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Maybe this will be the year your kids will catch that pesky leprechaun—and now they can build a trap to do it. They can choose from a selection of DIY kits, craft it and celebrate with festive St. Patty’s cupcakes during the activity. Registration is required, and kit prices vary.
5501 Route 42
2021 Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4 Mile Run Walk
March 1st – March 31st
Put on your best leprechaun attire and celebrate with runners not only from all 50 states but from all around the world. Complete each distance one at a time or complete all 4 miles. Once you register for the race, you can choose your New Jersey location and then run or walk inside or outside at your own pace.
St. Patty’s Day at the Village
March 17th from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Bagpipers, music, and more are available to celebrate St. Patty’s Day at the Village. The New Egypt Flea Market Village includes shops in historical buildings that were initially WWII barracks from Fort Dix and Bordentown’s original single schoolhouse.
New Jersey Flea Market Village
934 Monmouth Road
St. Patrick’s Day with the Moe Fishbone Duo
March 17th at 7:00 PM
The whole family will love having dinner at The Palace Diner in West Berlin in their festive beer garden. Wear green to get in the spirit, and listen to The Moe Fishbone Duo play for St. Patrick’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available that day.
Palace Diner Berlin
100 North Rt 73
Gaelic Storm Livestream via South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
March 17th at 8:00 PM
Cook up some traditional corned beef and cabbage, then gather the family around the laptop for this livestream concert from Gaelic Storm. They will be performing a mixture of rousing songs and ballads, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. A portion of the proceeds supports SOPAC.