Sometimes living in New York feels like one giant party. There’s action from the second we step out of our homes all the way through the time we get back. This city is always on and even manages to turn it up a notch come this time of the year. With the changing weather, it should be no surprise that more people are up for getting out of their small spaces and enjoying everything that is New York City.

One of the biggest parties in this town takes place this week. Hello Saint Patrick’s Day. This is a special day because it offers something for everyone and everyone is Irish for the day. So, dig deep into your closet and find your green. We have a few ideas for you to consider adding to your calendar!

With the Holiday being on Sunday, the Guinness will likely be flowing heavier on Saturday. Where to get a nice pint to celebrate? The options are endless! You will have a difficult time finding a bar or restaurant that does not have the Guinness flowing! We suggest that you enjoy a pint while listening to some Irish music.

There’s nothing like fiddles and bagpipes to get into the Green state of mind. We know of several bars around town that offer traditional Irish music throughout the year and will likely up their game this weekend. Here are a few to check out:

Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar in Kip’s Bay

Doc Watson’s on the Upper East Side

The Landmark Tavern in Hell’s Kitchen

11th Street Bar in East Village

Frauces Tavern in the Financial District

Gramercy Ale House in Gramercy

If you’re past the point of these activities in your life and looking for something family friendly or educational, you should stop by the Irish Arts Center in Midtown. Here, you and your family can learn about Irish culture and Irish populations in America. There are dance performances, museum exhibitions, and educational classes for all ages.

Finally, the parade! It goes down on Sunday and folks, there is nothing like this in our beloved city. One of the city’s oldest and largest parades, NYC’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 am on March 17th, running from 44th Street up 5th Avenue (past St. Patrick’s Cathedral) to 79th Street. A full-day affair, the revelry typically continues until late afternoon. There is a strict no float rule. Instead, spectators are treated to a lineup of marching bands, bagpipers, Irish dancers, and more.

It’s a New York tradition that we recommend not missing.

Sláinte mhaith!