‘If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.’
Ok, and if you’re not Irish- then this weekend you can pretend to be. If one place knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day- it is Buffalo, NY. With our Irish heritage holding strong in South Buffalo, our city is the ultimate destination for Irish blood, party-goers, families, and kilts. Here are some weekend festivities to get your Irish blood flowing!
The ultimate Friday night celebration begins at Larkin Square with the second annual Live at O’Larkin! Larkinville becomes Irish for one evening- bringing you food trucks, drinks, live music, pipes & drums, dancing, and the debut of Betty Crockski (yes, a Polish food truck!). Follow Betty on Twitter: @bettycrockski… Larkin Square: 5-8pm, FREE!, great for families, easy to park. 745 Seneca St. Buffalo 14210 (north towns: 290E, 90W, exit 53 to 190 toward Downtown, exit 4 on Smith St. toward Fillmore, left on Smith, left on Seneca…south towns: 90E, exit 53 toward 190 Downtown, exit 4 on Smith, left on Smith, left on Seneca)
*Staying in the north? Newfane is hosting their second annual free wine tasting party at the Newfane Community Center. Several local wineries will be on hand as well as food and prizes. 5:30-7:30pm. Great event to gather with family and friends!
*Make it ladies’ night and pop over to Cecelia’s on Elwmood for happy hour 4-6pm. This means: half off martinis! Oh boy! Make sure you walk across the street afterward (seriously, across the street) to Thin Ice for a unique make-your-own nail polish event with Gridlock Lacquer at 6:30pm. $15 for 2 bottles. What will you name yours? Irish Eyes? Whiskey? Guinness Girl? Irish Car Bomb? Shamrocker? call 716-881-4321 to RSVP!
*Premium Wine & Spirits is holding an Irish Whiskey seminar at their 7980 Transit Rd. Williamsville location. (Premier) Check the link for times & whiskey involved!
The first parade of the weekend kicks off in the Old First Ward at noon! This Old Neighboorhood parade starts off your St. Patrick’s weekend right- music, food, dancing! Head to the Valley Community Center at 93 Leddy St. to watch (or join!) the hundreds of marching units, pipers, and labor workers for a traditional green feel. The perfect parade that weaves through Buffalo’s River Community.
*Buffalo’s Home Show is in its last three days this weekend at the Convention Center! Friday through Sunday. Click here to link our previous post for details! While downtown, Irish it up by finding Lloyd and grabbing a Reuben Taco! Where’s Lloyd’s site…Where’s Lloyd Twitter (follow to find where they’re at!)
*Riverworks is the next up and coming hot spot of South Buffalo. On Saturday at 2pm, head to 333 Ganson St. for corned beef sliders, salt potatoes, corner beef chowder, and live Irish music by Jack Mahone. Be part of the Riverworks beginning! (same guys as Pearl St. and Pan-Am) ***note: the website isn’t quite ready to go- so go check it out for yourself!
Parade Day! The massive downtown Buffalo event of St. Patrick’s Day weekend! The parade begins at 2pm, Niagara Square and ends at North Street (all the way down Delaware Ave.). Chippewa will be an insane party hotspot, as well as Allentown. Not really a party animal anymore? Get to Spot or Starbucks on Delaware & Chippewa corners early to get a great view on the paraders.
*Bailey’s Irish Cream Truffles. Now that we have your attention, you can find these at the Blue Table Chocolates Pop Up Shop happening at Sweet_ness 7 from 9-1pm. 220 Grant at Lafayette. Limited edition and awesome.
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Secretly confused on how to pronounce ‘Sláinte’? It’s ok- we got your back: ‘slawn-cheh’ or ‘slawn-cha’. We had to exit quietly during a brawl between two Irish friends once, both of whom argued which way was correct.