St. Patrick's Day Events Canceled
2020 St. Patrick's Day in Erie
NOTE: AS PER THE STATEWIDE CLOSURE OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES, ALL EVENTS FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 17 ARE CANCELENED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
"Slàinte" will be heard down State Street as the annual St. Patrick's Day parade marches across town. The annual event — traditionally hosted by the Knights and Ladies of St. Patrick and the Erie Zoo — ignites a weekend of festivities that Erieites (of Irish ancestry and otherwise) anticipate all year.
And as always, Erie has something going on for everyone to enjoy.
The less family-friendly festivities are being observed on Saturday — the day of the parade — giving revelers an early jump on the holiday's Mar. 17 date.
Whether your idea of a good time is wearing all your favorite green clothing and spending the afternoon with family, or celebrating Irish heritage with a pint in hand, Erie's many pubs and eateries are prepared to accommodate you (some may even give you a ride to your next stop).
Here's a sampling of some of the most spectacular events going on across the city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2020. — Hannah McDonald
Saturday, Mar. 14
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Erie's annual parade sees local organizations and groups come together to celebrate their Irish heritage. Hosted by the Erie Zoo and the Knights and Ladies of St. Patrick, this festive cornerstone is a great activity for families, or partiers looking for a reason to deck themselves out in their best green garb.
2 p.m. // Beginning at State & 11th Street // All Ages // eriezoo.org
Enjoy live music from a talented lineup all day (The Division Street Machine, Almost Seamus, and The Rooftop Project Band) and drinks until midnight at the place voted Erie's Best Irish Pub two years in a row. Molly's has become the hub for all things Irish since opening under new management a year-and-a-half ago. The pub will also hold events on Sunday (featuring neo-Celtic rockers The Bangerzz) and Tuesday (with The Division Street Machine back again).
Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. // 506 State St. // All ages until 9 p.m.; Then, 21+ // mollybrannigans.com
The Clymer, N.Y. resort will feature a special Irish menu, with whiskey tastings at Bistro 210, where the Emerald Isle Irish Band will play at 8 p.m. Join in on a scavenger hunt starting at 10 a.m., catch Leprechaun appearances from 1 to 4 p.m., kids games and much more, including a bangers and mash party at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Saturday 9 a.m., with events going until 4 p.m. Sunday // 1405 Olde Rd, Clymer, N.Y. // For full event info, go to pknpk.com/event/st-patricks-day-weekend
Last year, nearly 5,000 Erieites came out for this event. This year, The Groove — an Erie-based funk collective — and local DJs will keep the party going all day (and night). Enjoy the party bus shuttling guests from BIGBAR to Resolution Nightclub & Coconut Joe's at North Park Row on both Saturday and Tuesday, with a free breakfast buffet at Resolution on Tuesday.
Noon to 2 a.m. // 14 E. 10th St. // 21+ // bigbar.net
Lavery Brewing Co.
Looking for somewhere to go on parade day or St. Patrick's Day proper? Check out Lavery's. The brewery will be celebrating all things Irish all day long, with music by The Mulligans from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight, Tuesday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. // 128 W. 12th St. // 21+ // laverybrewing.com
With sets by Bangerzz at noon and 2:30 p.m., there is no reason to miss out on modern Irish music and a meal from this speakeasy's special St. Patrick's Day food and drink menu, with Smilo & the Ghost playing at 7 p.m.
11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Mar. 15) // 1033 State St. // 21+ // room33.bar, facebook event
Harley Davidson of Erie
The annual "Luck of the Irish" cornhole tournament is an opportunity to win wings and beer from Odis 12 at no charge.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. // 3712 W. 12th St. // All Ages // Free // hderie.com
Sunday, Mar. 15
Coffee in the Park
You've heard of reubens — the famous Irish-American sandwich — but have you ever heard of reuben nachos? Enjoy classics and new favorites at this pop-up Irish-themed food truck. For a small corking fee, BYOB is encouraged.
3 - 6 p.m. // 4007 Main St. (Lawrence Park) // coffeeinthepark.com
Tuesday, Mar. 17 (St. Patrick's Day)
Riverside Brewing Co.
Built on the grounds of the historic Riverside Inn, this recent addition to the craft brewery scene will be serving Irish-inspired farm-to-table entrees and beer all evening.
4 p.m. // 1 Fountain St., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 // 21+ // Pre-sale tickets recommended // riversidebrewing.co
The Plymouth Tavern
Lads and lasses from all around the Erie area make Plymouth a go-to spot on any occasion, but especially special occasions. Enjoy green beer, (free) green popcorn, Irish-inspired bar food (routinely named Erie's best), and drink specials and save your pot of gold for a rainy day.
11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Wednesday) // 1109 State St. // plymouthtavern.com
The Oasis Pub
This Oasis' tiki bar is starting the day with a breakfast buffet, followed by green beer, reubens, and Irish music all until close.
Begins 7 a.m. // Oasis Tiki Bar and Grill, 3122 W. Lake Rd. // 21+ // oasispuberie.com
Altered State Distillery
Erie's newest distillery is opening early for the holiday and serving traditional Irish cuisine (think whiskey and potatoes) all day.
Noon // 1535 W. Eighth Street // 21+ // alteredstatedistillery.com