Pittsburgh has its fair share of people with Irish heritage — there are lots of Pittsburghers who can claim a relative or ancestor came over from the Emerald Isle.
That means there are sure to be lots of fun events planned each year for the middle of March. Some events take place in the lead up to the big day on March 17th, and some take place on the actual day. It doesn’t seem to matter to the people of Pittsburgh — they appreciate any reason to hang out with friends and have a good time! We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular things to do in preparation — and celebration — of St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh. Make it a point to attend some of them, or all of them, the next time March 17th rolls around!
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1711 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
St. Patrick’s Church holds a mass each March 17th in honor of its patron saint. It’s a good way for the Catholics of Pittsburgh to start their celebration of St. Patrick off on the right foot. What better way to celebrate this saint’s day then by following in his footsteps and attending a service? There is also a special mass said the day of the St. Patrick’s Day parade — which is always on a Saturday. The faithful of Pittsburgh like to start out here before they embark on their journey towards downtown and its festivities.
This church is located in the Strip District, and is combined with the church of St. Stanislaus. The diocese of Pittsburgh decided to combine the parishes in an effort to share the priests that could celebrate mass. Make sure you check this church out for your St. Paddy’s celebration — its architecture is stunning!
Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade is every Pittsburgher’s favorite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. After attending mass at St. Patrick’s Church in the Strip District, everyone makes their way down Penn Avenue to get a spot for the parade. You’ll want to get their early to get a close spot to watch one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country!
There are all kinds of groups that take part in this parade — including marching bands, Irish dancers, horse-drawn carriages, Irish Heritage groups (including the Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Knights of Equity, and the Daughters of Erin), politicians, and bagpipers. It truly is a feast for the senses!
There are streets that get closed off due to the parade route, so make sure to check before you come downtown and map out your route. This is a great event to bring the kids too as well, there’s all kinds of things for them to see!
Pittsburgh Shamrock Crawl is a very popular event in Pittsburgh — it’s also a fantastic way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! This yearly event is usually held a couple of weekends before March 17th, but that doesn’t put a damper on any of the festivities.
The Shamrock crawl takes place in the South Side, right on East Carson Street. Since there are so many bars located in the same area, the proprietors decided it would be a great idea if they all teamed up for one of the largest bar crawls in Pittsburgh.
For $30 you get a mug and cover-free access to participating pubs along the East Carson Street route. There are drink specials and live music all day — sure to be an unforgettable way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh.
Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Irish Genealogy Workshop is a fascinating event put on by the Heinz History Center and in conjunction with the Westmoreland Historical Society. There are experts in Irish genealogy on hand to teach participants about historic records as well as online resources that will help you advance your search for family members and ancestors.
There are a couple of topics for researching Irish records, which the experts will be happy to discuss in further detail. Participants will also have the chance to tour the Heinz History Center’s Irish American collection.
This is a great opportunity to get some insight into how to explore your Irish roots even deeper! It’s also a great chance to connect with other people in the area looking to expand their knowledge in this area.
Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle
2329 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle is one of the best places to gear up for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Saturday of the parade, they offer a full Irish breakfast to hungry Pittsburghers eager to get on their way to the parade. It includes eggs, bacon, sausages, black and white pudding, potatoes, and Irish soda bread. You better come hungry if you’re planning to finish all of that! It’s also traditional to wash it all down with a strong Irish black tea as well.
Located in the Strip District, Mullaney’s is just a walk away from the parade route, and it’s a favorite stop to fill up before partaking in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities elsewhere. But if you don’t feel like leaving this welcoming Irish pub, stay awhile and enjoy the live Irish music — and Irish dancers — that will be a part of their St. Patrick’s celebration.
Market Square is a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the ‘Burgh. Starting around 10 a.m. the square starts to fill up with Pittsburghers who are eager to get the celebration started. There are live music acts — such as bagpipers — early on in the day, as well as some fun face painting and other crafts for the kids to enjoy.
Bars often have outdoor patios for guests to enjoy their brews and a bite of food while they take in the music. Later in the day, there are more live music acts that take the stage and keep the party going until the afternoon.
Make sure you check out the pop up bars like Shamrock’d that appear each year especially for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
Fifth Avenue Place.
120 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
After you’ve watched some of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, why not take the kids over to Fifth Avenue Place’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities? This is a great idea, especially when it gets a little cold outside — these events take place indoors and on the ground floor of the building.
Each year there are crafts put together by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, face painting stations complete with a leprechaun, as well as music all day long to help you and the kids stay in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.
There are so many ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh. Events happen all over the city, so why not make a whole weekend out of it! And remember, if you're looking to give an amazing, personalized gift to help someone enjoy St. Patrick's day, keep GiftYa egift cards in mind.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments!