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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dutchess County

Date Published: March 2, 2022

1. Sample Irish Pub Grub…With a Twist

Juan Murphy’s, Poughkeepsie | All month long

This classic trivia spot in Poughkeepsie offers an unforgettable atmosphere with one-of-a-kind fusion. Famously, Juan Murphy’s is an Irish pub that serves Mexican grub. Corned beef reubens, Guinness-BBQ wings, and hot pastrami “Dubliners” join loaded nachos, fajita bowls, and pulled pork burritos. There’s something for everyone at this fun Dutchess County hangout, with Monday game nights, Wednesday trivia, and live music every Friday and Saturday. Three bands perform on St. Patrick’s Day, keeping the party going from noon to 10 p.m. Plus, catch Irish jam sessions every other Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m.

2. Discover Traditional Irish Music

Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon | March 17, 7 p.m

Looking for a true taste of the Emerald Isle experience? Spend an evening at Beacon’s cozy Towne Crier Cafe and watch Flash Company. This trio uses traditional instruments like mandolins, tin whistles, melodicas, and bodhrans in their renditions of Celtic folk music. The multi-instrumentalists possess the gift of gab, telling amusing tall tales in between songs. Plus, be sure to grab a decadent dessert made in-house by pastry chef Mary Ciganer. Tickets are $15, and guests are required to show proof of vaccination.

3. Jam Out to Celtic Rock

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling | March 17, 8 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.)

Run by one-half of legendary duo Hall & Oates, Daryl’s House Club in Pawling is an electric venue for live music. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick than with a Celtic rock concert? Five-piece power group Mighty Ploughboys takes the stage, performing their own unique blend of classic rock and traditional Irish music. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the band starts shredding promptly at 8 p.m. Get your tickets online today for $10 per person. Not free on St. Patrick’s Day? Celtic invasion group Tartan Terrors performs at Daryl’s House Club a day earlier on March 16, featuring a mix of electric guitars, fiddles, bagpipes, and award-winning step dancers.

4. Toast with Dutchess County Beers

Sloop Brewing at the Factory, East Fishkill | March 17-20

Of course, you won’t find any emerald-colored ales at Sloop Brewing Co.’s weekend-long St. Patty’s celebration. After all, doesn’t a pint of gold belong at the end of a rainbow? (No) Green Beer, their latest seasonal New England IPA, releases in grand fashion. Chef Adam Slamon cooks up festive specials like Irish nachos, crispy tater tots loaded with corned beef, pickled jalapenos, and Sloop beer cheese. Deals include $10 themed glassware with a free pour and $4 refills. Plus, The Raggle Taggle Gypsy O’s perform live at the Factory on Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m.

St Patricks Day Sloop

5. Sample the Largest Selection of Irish Whiskey in the Nation

Traghaven Whiskey Pub, Tivoli | March 17-20

Uisce breatha is the Irish name for whiskey, translating literally to “water of life.” Reopening just in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Traghaven Whiskey Pub boasts a massive collection of booze from across the Atlantic. Browse the extensive whiskey menu by single-malt, blended, single-potstill, ryes, bourbons, and Scotch. Then, snack on Irish staples like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and, of course, corned beef and cabbage. Stay tuned on social media for announcements, as Traghaven is known for all sorts of entertainment. In the past, they’ve hosted live jazz, pub-play readings, and traditional Hootenannys.

6. Laugh it Up at a Standup Comedy Show

Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie | March 18-19, 8 p.m.

Get ready to split your sides at one of Dutchess County’s iconic Irish pubs. Laugh it Up Comedy Club presents the “Almost Irish Comedy Tour.” Three performers deliver hilarious standup sets at 8 p.m. Podcaster Dennis Rooney, former pro-wrestler Dan Barry, and entertainment vet Mick Thomas deliver a raucous series of post-St. Patrick’s Day shows. Purchase your tickets online for $20 per person (limited to ages 18+). Mahoney’s Irish Pub also has an all-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17, including a “kegs and eggs” breakfast, bagpipers, step dancers, and DJs.

St Patricks Day Mahoneys

7. Show the Little Ones Irish Dance

Solas An Lae School of American Irish Dance, Red Hook | March 20, 8 p.m.

Do you have a dancer in the family? Bring them to a Sunday Matinee Series performance at the Solas An Lae School of American Irish Dance. Red Hook’s dance company aims to explore the unlimited possibilities of the Celtic art form. Every third Sunday, get a glimpse into the SAL training process. Artistic director Deirdre Lowry’s choreography leads to incredible step work. Sessions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

8. Sip Specialty Whiskeys for Women’s History Month

Bia, Rhinebeck | March 16, 6:30 p.m.

Contemporary Irish cuisine is a specialty of Rhinebeck’s Bia, but their St. Patrick’s Day eve event is decidedly old-school. JJ Cory revives the tradition of whiskey bonding, the 19th-century practice of maturing, blending, and bottling unique spirits from distilleries. JJ Cory also happens to be Ireland’s only woman-owned bonder. Bia serves a delectable four-course dinner to pair with the brown stuff. Dig into corned Berkshire pork belly with black pudding croquettes, earl grey and juniper-cured salmon gravlox, barley risotto, and more. Reserve your seat by visiting the Hudson Valley chapter of Women Who Whiskey.

9. Race in a Shamrock Fun Run

South Hills Mall, Poughkeepsie | March 16, 6 p.m. J.H.K Memorial Park, Dover Plains | March 20, 9 a.m.

Just before St. Patrick’s Day, join the Poughkeepsie community in a shamrock-filled fun run. Dress in green and embark on the first evening run of the year post-daylight savings. For a $5 entry fee, runners and walkers go home with a commemorative pint glass and cookies from The Cakery in Fishkill. In addition, Dover Plains hosts a 5K race on a brand-new path at J.H.K. Memorial Park. Registration costs $15, and the winners' ceremony starts at 10 a.m. after the run. Stick around for celebratory snacks and shamrock shakes.

10. Walk in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Green

Beacon | March 12, 12 p.m.

Don your most festive green attire and head to the City of Beacon. After a two-year hiatus, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Green returns to Dutchess County. Starting at noon, watch troupes of bagpipers, decorative floats, and more march down Main Street. Local Sargent Anthony Lassiter serves as the grand marshall in 2022. Plus, the parade conveniently falls on Second Saturday. Explore Beacon’s hottest bars, restaurants, breweries, and art galleries late into the evening.

St Patricks Day Beacon Parade

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