Are you ready? Are you sure? Because we’ve got not one, not two, but three St. Patrick’s Day Parades for you to attend, two St. Patrick’s Day parties, three concerts, and more for you this weekend.
Whether you’re spending the day hanging out with The Cat in the Hat, planning your Jersey Shore wedding, or hanging out with the hundreds of bagpipers (who knew there were so many) this weekend might make you forget that it just snowed 6 inches this week.
Seriously, we don’t want to hear that you’re bored because even though there’s still snow on the ground, there’s no reason to stay couped up inside.
Layer up with your warm Irish sweaters, grab your friends, and bring on the fun!
Laurita Winery Shamrock Festival
Location: Laurita Winery, 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt
Date: Saturday, March 7th 12 – 9:00pm and Sunday, March 8th 11:00am – 7:00pm
Cost: Free Admission
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Laurita Winery during their Shamrock Festival. Whether you’re Irish (lucky you) or you just love the way green highlights your eyes (or the beer you’re holding), Laurita Winery has a jig-packed weekend full of toe-tapping Irish music and classic Irish cuisine including Guinness Beef Stew, Homemade Irish Soda Bread Muffins, and the classic Corned Beef and Cabbage Platter. What better way to start off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities?
Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Location: Seaside Heights
Date: Saturday, March 7th 12:00pm
Looking for the “greenest” parade in New Jersey? Head to Seaside Heights on Saturday for Ocean County’s 31st St. Patrick’s Day Parade packed full with bands, floats, and marchers. The luck of the Irish continues at Hemingway’s Café where you can get a front row seat of the parade with no cover all day and music from DJ’s Milky Mike, Ryan Subers, and Blue l’Z and The Shamrock & Thistle Pipes and Drums. No matter what your heritage may be, on Saturday, everyone’s Irish in Seaside Heights!
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Location: Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 300 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach
Date: Saturday, March 7th 1 – 5:00pm
Cost: General Admission
In between the feeding schedules and watching your favorite penguin dive deep, enjoy a birthday celebration of one of the world’s favorite writers, Dr. Seuss. On Saturday, bring your favorite Dr. Seuss book and share it during story time with Jenkinson’s Aquarium’s very own Cat in the Hat who will be reading at 2pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm. Kids can even enjoy some of the Cat in the Hat’s favorite crafts. (Cat treats are acceptable as birthday presents.)
Science Saturday in LBI
Location: Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies
Date: Saturday, March 7th 11:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free for LBIG members, Non-members $5 per person or $10 per family
Take a trip to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences for “A Robot’s View of our Ocean Plant.” Presented by Josh Kohut, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, attendees will be introduced to a fleet of underwater robots that are helping scientists advance our understanding of the unexplored ocean environment. You’ll enjoy hearing Kohut’s first hand experiences about the work he’s done off the waters of New Jersey to Antarctica. If you’ve ever stared at the ocean and wondered what’s going on in its depths, this informative and fun presentation will give you a better understanding about the ocean’s role in our lives. Breakfast treats and coffee will be served courtesy of Little Bite of Italy in Surf City.
19th Annual Twilight Concert: A Tribute to the Eagles
Location: St. George’s on the River, 7 Lincoln Ave., Rumson
Date: Saturday, March 7th 5:00 – 7:30pm
Cost: $50 advance/ $55 door
What better way to spend your night than listening to some of the Jersey Shore’s favorite musicians including Pat Guadagno, Jeff MacPherson, Layonne Holmes, Maureen McCrink and Carl Gentry play tunes from one of your favorite bands, all while supporting the AIDS Research Foundation for Children. The 19th Annual Twilight Concert will feature live music from the Shore’s favorite musicians as they cover The Eagles during an evening of fun at St. George’s on the River in Rumson. While the night is still young and you might be looking to “take it easy” before Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day parades, head over to Eventide Grille at the Navesink Marina for a night of great food and no cover as the E-Street Shuffle performs all your favorite Bruce songs starting at 9pm. A night of The Eagles and Bruce? Count us in!
Live Music at Albert Music Hall
Location: Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mill Road, Waretown
Date: Saturday, March 7th 6:30pm
Cost: $5 Adults, $1 children 11 and under
Every Saturday night starting at 7:30pm, Albert Music Hall starts jamming with live music from Circle Round the Sun, Saturday Night Express, and Lone Ramblers with John Schuster. With 350 seats, a lively line up and hours of entertainment, we’re sure Albert Music Hall will be jamming well into the evening.
Elegant Bridal Productions Bridal Show
Location: Water’s Edge, 125 Bayview Avenue, Berkeley Township
Date: Sunday, March 9th 3:00-6:00pm
If you’re planning a Jersey Shore wedding anytime soon then head down to Water’s Edge in Berkeley Township for an Elegant Bridal Productions Bridal Show featuring the latest in designer gowns and tuxedos, the Jersey Shore’s top wedding professional experts and vendors, and live band and DJ performances. Attendees will go home with a bridal bag stuffed with magazines and gifts and every bride to be will be entered for a chance to win Broadway show tickets, a Bachelorette Party, Martha Stewart VIP tickets, and even honeymoon packages. Who said planning a wedding had to be stressful?
The Second Annual Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Location: Asbury Park
Date: Sunday, March 8th 1:00pm
Asbury Park will be celebrating their Second Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade this Sunday in an all out Irish bash. Parade Grand Marshal, Big Joe Henry, will be hosting a brunch at McCloone’s starting at 9:00am where he’ll be broadcasting live from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Join in the fun as 101.5’s Big Joe Henry and his bagpipers lead the way from Asbury Park Boardwalk to downtown.
Festhalle Celebrates St. Patty’s Day
Location: Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten
Date: March 8th-17th
After the last bagpiper has reached the end of the Asbury Park St. Patty’s Day Parade, keep the party going strong at Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten for a few German beers (you’re still wearing green so the Irish won’t mind) as they kick off a weeklong celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. All week long, the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten will be showing their love of all things Irish with specialties like Stout Battered Fish & Chips, Jameson Bread Pudding and Irish Whiskey drink specials. Stay for the music as The Radtrads aka 8 debaucherous friends with horns, get ready to blow the roof off from 3-7pm. You don’t have to tell us twice!
Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Location: Victory Park, Rumson
Date: Sunday, March 8th 1:00pm
We said we had three St. Patrick’s Day parades to go to this weekend and we weren’t lying! March to the tune of bagpipes with the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade where non-profits, marching bands, schools, local businesses, drill teams, and yes, more bagpipers will march the one mile to Piping Rock Memorial Park. Continue the party by heading to Red Bank’s Gotham for a one of a kind Irish cocktail or bring the kids to Hansel n’ Griddle where you can warm them up with the fan favorite Coco Crisp – no it’s not corned beef, but we won’t tell anyone.
Michael Bolton at Count Basie Theater
Location: Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Date: Sunday, March 8th 7:30pm
Cost: $30 – $89
How could this weekend get any better? What about a night out with the master of love songs himself, Michael Bolton at Count Basie Theater? Maybe you need to make it up to your significant other for spilling green beer on her top or maybe you’re just a romantic at heart. Either way, Michael Bolton will get you back in the groove with music from his new Motown tribute album, The Soul of it All. Make the evening extra special with a bottle of Prosecco and an Italian feast at Puglia of New York right around the corner. It’s the same family as the Puglia in Little Italy, and they have a special three course theatre menu! Because really, when a man loves a woman, dinner and a show is the least he can do.