Not everyone can afford to spend St. Patrick's Day on the Emerald Isle, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for a pint of Guinness in your living room on March 17. It turns out there's around 15 Dublins on this side of the Atlantic, but only a select few know how to do St. Paddy's Day right.
Here's where you can find a stateside Dublin to celebrate, whether you're looking for pageants, parades, pancake breakfasts, or the opportunity to "Shamrock Your Ride."
This coastal city has been celebrating St. Patrick's Day for the last three decades. This year marks the 34th year of the festivities, and will take place on March 18 and 19. If you find yourself nearby around that time, you can take part in the St. Patrick's Day festival, the Green and White Gala, pancake breakfast, parade, and the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk.
This midwestern city claims that "Irish is an Attitude" and if that's the case, then they take their attitude very seriously. This year, their St. Patrick's Day celebration kicks off at the local Brazenhead, a pub modeled after one of the same name in Dublin, Ireland, and decorated with pieces imported from the Emerald Isle. On Saturday, March 18, start your day with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Dublin Lions, then head straight to the "Greenest, Grandest St. Patrick's Day Parade". Wrap up the day by attending the Blarney Bash, where you'll find events for the whole family. And don't forget to hit up all the local "Irish Approved" shops while you're in town for authentic souvenirs.
This might just be the longest St. Patrick's Day celebration this side of the Atlantic. Although the Georgia town only has around 16,000 residents, this Dublin goes all out with events running from mid-February to the end of March. They host 40 happenings over the course of 50 days, and this year it kicked off on February 18 with the Miss St. Patrick's Scholarship Pageant.
Festivities will conclude on March 25 with the St. Patrick's Slam Golf Tourney and Blessing of the Bikes. In between, you'll find events like a pancake supper, Irish breakfast, music nights, a balloon fest, and contests — including Baby Erin Go Bragh and Littlest Leprechauns. If you're close enough, you could head to Dublin, GA and celebrate St. Paddy's Day for weeks!
You'll have to travel outside of this east coast town to get your Irish fix, but most of the options are only about an hour away. (although none of them are actually taking place over St. Patrick's Day weekend).
Still, if you want to celebrate early, Westminster is hosting its Celtic Canter 5K and Irish Celebration on March 11, while Gaithersburg will have its parade on the same day. Ocean City Gets Irish is also that day as is Chesapeake City's parade. Or you can check out Saint Patrick's Snakes and the St. Patrick's Day parade in Baltimore on March 11 and 12.
Readers, will you be spending your St. Patrick's Day in one of these alternative Dublins? Did we leave off your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below!