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.
There are around 15 Dublins on this side of the Atlantic, but only a select few know how to do St. Paddy's Day right.
This coastal city has been celebrating St. Patrick's Day for the last three decades. This year marks the 35th year of festivities, and will take place on March 16, 17, and 18. 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." This year, their St. Patrick's Day celebration kicks off at the local middle school, with a pancake breakfast. On Saturday, March 10, after filling up on pancakes, 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 this Georgia town only has around 16,000 residents, 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 15 with the Green Up for St. Patrick's event — where you could buy official St. Patrick's bows.
Festivities will conclude on March 24 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 St. Pawtrick's Pet Costume 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.
Still, if you want to celebrate early, Westminster is hosting its Celtic Canter 5K and Irish Celebration on March 10, while Gaithersburg will have its parade on the same day. This year, Ocean City Gets Irish is actually on March 17, as is Chesapeake City's parade. Alternatively, you can check out the St. Patrick's Day parade and Saint Patrick's Snakes in Baltimore on March 11 and 17, respectively.
Readers, will you be spending your St. Patrick's Day in one of these alternative Dublins? Did we leave off your favorite city? Let us know in the comments below!