It’s never too early to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, especially in NYC, and this weekend you’ll have your pick of parades. The St. Pat’s for All Parade kicks off in Queens, the Forest Ave. parade in Staten Island is a must for locals and visitors alike, or skip the marching and join the party in Midtown with FunikiJam’s Shenanigans.  But it’s not all green and shamrocks. Don’t miss this indoor block party, or this Scandinavian holiday workshop. Check out the rest of our top event picks by scrolling down!

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National Girls & Women in Sports Day
Kids are in for a day filled with sports like handball, basketball, fitness classes, water aerobics, and an obstacle course. Don’t forget your swimsuit for the pool! Sat. Event Details.


From hambone to hip-hop, an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, drummers and musicians takes us from West Africa to Washington, D.C., to reveal the hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Fastelavn Workshop
Sometimes called “Nordic Halloween,” the holiday Fastelavn originated in Denmark. Join Scandinavia House’s celebration of this holiday, which includes dress-up, traditional games, goodies, and songs. Sat. Event Details

SHENANIGANS: Irish Celebration
When the Agents of Jam embark on a special mission to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, they discover a lively mix of songs & stories that put a fun spin on leprechauns, banshees, rainbows, and lucky pots of gold. Even grown-ups will be laughing, clapping, and playing along with FunikiJam’s cast of international artists & special guest Irish Dancers as they dance and sing to the Shamrock Beat. Sun. Event Details.


Black Women & the Suffragist Movement
Join Historical Interpreters to learn about organizations like the National Association of Colored Women and leaders like Ida B. Wells, who organized and protested for the rights and freedom of black women in America. Sat. Event Details.

Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats
Lucy Kalantari is a songwriter, composer and producer based in Brooklyn, making jazz age inspired music for families. Don’t miss her at Symphony Space! Sat. Event Details.


H Is for Haiku
Celebrate Leap Day at New York City’s only all-poetry bookstore for an all-ages event: Amy Losak will be reading from her mother Sydell Rosenberg’s recently published H Is For Haiku, an A to Z compendium of short poems and offering an all-ages haiku writing workshop. Sat. Event Details. 

Brooklyn Indoor Block Party
A block party in winter? Don’t worry about the weather. Brooklyn Bridge Parents and City Point bring the street festival inside for Brooklyn families. Sat. Event Details.


St. Pat’s for All Parade
The 21st annual parade celebrates the diversity of the Irish and Irish American communities of New York, and is open to everyone who wishes to celebrate in the spirit of the day. Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project
Join guest artist Anh Ta in creating an accordion-style zine to use as a journal, field notebook or book of
recipes for holding the memories and plans that help you understand what home is to you. Sat.-Sun. Event Details

MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences for more than 45 years through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects. Don’t miss their new show! Sun. Event Details. 

Staten Island

Forest Avenue St. Patricks Parade
This annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is a fun gathering of local families. Sun. Event Details


–Jesseca Stenson


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