March 17 is just around the corner. Plan to teach the kids about Irish culture and the holiday at these St. Patrick’s Day events in NJ. If you want to hit up a parade with the kids, there are tons to go to around the state, too.
Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
This shore town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is an annual fave. Help raise money to put it on at this tasty event, where you and your crew can sample chili and beer while watching bagpipe bands, Irish dancers and other performances.
Next Generation of Irish Performers
Gear up early at the Garden State Discovery Museum with music and learning. The kids will get a taste of the Emerald Isle and traditional Irish music before checking out the rest of the museum.
Cherish the Ladies
Kick the month off with Celtic music performed by this all-women group with three decades of experience under its belt. The kids will love the step dancing and stunning vocals. Keep an eye on Joanie Madden, the All-Ireland flute and whistle champion that leads the band.
March 3 and 6
Preschool Storytime: Make a Leprechaun Hat
Don your best green threads to play games, craft and more at Warren County Library. Make your own leprechaun hat, play a seasonal game and win gold coins.
Pop-Up Storytime: St. Patrick’s Day
Kids ages 2-5 are in for a fun, interactive storytime. Go for rhymes, songs and storytelling.
Annual Guinness Run Fundraiser
Bundle up and break a sweat raising money for this town’s St. Patty’s Day parade. You’ll score a shirt, Guinness pint glass and an invite to a post-race party at Off the Hook.
The Celtic Angels
Take in the talents of this five-piece performance group at MPAC. The kids will be blown away by Irish dance, music and song while learning about authentic sounds and Irish traditions.
Act III: A Musical Journey
This Sitnik Theatre performance combines live music and storytelling. The show stars the talented Irish tenor Tim Smith.
March 10 and 13
Preschool Storytime: Let’s Catch a Leprechaun
Have the little ones ever made their own leprechaun trap? Hide some gold coins to lure one, plus listen to stories and munch on treats.
March 10 and 17
Drop-In Craft: St. Patrick’s Day
Calling all creatives! Bring your little one to DIY an easy, themed craft together. All materials provided.
St. Patrick’s Day Carnival
Ages 3-8 can play games, go bowling and pin the gold on the leprechaun at this party at the Warren County Library.
St. Patrick’s Day at METC
Visit the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts for a shamrockin’ good time. Get there early for storytime, then stick around for crafts like stained glass rainbows and coffee filter shamrocks.
Seamus Egan Project
Snag seats at the Sitnik Theater for a powerhouse performance by this Irish-American group. Bop along to the stylings of Irish flute, banjo, tin whistle and mandolin.
1830s St. Patrick’s Day
Visit The Historic Village of Allaire for a trip back in time. There’ll be live Irish music, dancing, cooking demos, crafts and traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage.
The Chieftains: The Irish Goodbye
Get on your feet for a lively folk show with all the dancing and Irish music the kids could ask for. This group has one six Grammys for their work, so they’re sure to impress.
Family Craft: Irish Potato Candy Making
Learn Irish history and get to work as a family with your kids ages 9 and under. Play Shamrock Bingo, make candy and win Irish treats. Candy includes dairy, coconut and cinnamon.
Hear classics like Danny Boy and Amazing Grace performed by this Irish quartet. Authentic sounds of fiddle, Irish harp and more make this St. Patty’s Day performance a can’t-miss.
The High Kings
Irish folk music gets a contemporary makeover thanks to this four-piece band. Hear traditional ballads, pub songs and originals, plus everything in between.
Eileen Ivers St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
This nine-time, All-Ireland fiddle champion has been called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. The kids won’t forget this folk performance with a modern twist.
March 17 and 21
Read & Explore: Getting Ready for Spring
Visit Terhune Orchards for a day at the farm and some winter education. The kids will help plant peas and spinach in the garden, as is traditional on St. Patrick’s Day, then tune in for storytime and a lesson.