St. Patrick’s Day is over a month away, but we’re already seeing announcements for Irish-themed parades, festivals, music events and bar parties across the region. And that’s a good thing, especially if you count yourself among the crowd that waits ’til the last minute to scour the racks at Goodwill and Salvation Army in search of green t-shirts, pants, hats, scarves and the like. But moreover, with St. Paddy’s falling on a Tuesday this year, the lead time here should give you ample opportunity to plan out your entire weekend – or, if you’re feeling particularly Irish this year and want to celebrate from Friday to Tuesday.
This morning, the second annual King Street Seisiun in downtown Lancaster was announced for Sunday, March 15, from 11am-7pm. The event was introduced last year as a joint production from neighboring Irish-tinged bars Annie Bailey’s and Tellus360 and featured live music, Irish dancers, classic Irish food and, of course, beer – all taking place in the middle of the zero block of East King Street.
For 2015, the King Street Seisiun will double in size, occupying an expanded swath of East King Street and adding a second beer truck. The entertainment lineup will once again feature The Kilmaine Saints and The Ogham Stones, with the addition of Fire in the Glen, DJ Edge and a bagpiper kick-off. The Fly Magazine team will be on hand as well with some tailgating games and a photobooth.
The open-air festival will follow a similar payment structure to last year; instead of buying your drinks and food with cash, you will instead purchase tokens for $5 a pop and use those as currency.
Tickets are $15 and will go on sale on Sunday at 9am. And although this year’s event will see 2,500 tickets up for grabs, last year’s event did sell out a week in advance. So if you plan to go, make sure you plan accordingly.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY AROUND CENTRAL PA
• Harrisburg celtic rockers The Kilmaine Saints present the 6th annual Kilmaine Saint Patrick’s Day concert on Friday, March 13, at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co. in Harrisburg. The Saints will be debuting some new material that night and will recording the whole thing, the result of which will then be released as the band’s fourth full-length album. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.
• The 32nd York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will take place March 14 along Market Street in downtown York. Step-off is at 1pm. Head to the event website and pre-order your commemorative parade t-shirt.
• The Capital Region Association of Irish & Celts presents the 2015 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 21, in Harrisburg. The parade starts at 2 pm at Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue with live music, dancers, fire companies, Irish food and more.
Check back in the coming weeks for more St. Patrick’s Day festivities to be posted! If you’re planning an event, send us an email and tell us all about it!