Erin go bragh! St. Patrick’s Day’s almost here with a weekend full of Irish music, stories, local celebrations and shows, a massive parade, a dinner/dance and even a Lucky Charm cat adoption event. Read on for our round-up of St. Pat’s goings-on in Sparta, Newton, Madison, Montville and more...

St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration, Irish Cottage Inn, Franklin, New Jersey

This Irish restaurant rocks their annual St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration, but regulars warn to arrive early, before the “serious drinking” begins.  Here’s their breakdown of Gaelic goings-on:

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Friday, March 17th:  Irish breakfast served from 8am-11am, followed by the music of duo Blarney Fife from 1pm-3pm and 4pm-6pm, RaySkiora also plays from noon-closing.  Bagpipers and Irish dancers perform periodically throughout the day, and from 5-8pm there’s a photo booth available.

Saturday, March 18th:  Kick off Saturday with an Irish Breakfast from 8am-11am, or pop in from 2pm-5pm for the sounds of the Blarney Fife duo.  A DJ spins from 10pm-closing, and bagpipers and Irish dancers perform periodically throughout the day.

For more information, call 973-827-2090


St. Patrick’s Day Irish Music, Krogh’s, Sparta, New Jersey

Friday, March 17th from 5pm-8pm:  Grab a pint and a burger and listen to The Well Bottomers as this folk/roots band plays traditional Irish tunes in the pub.  For more information, call 973-729-8428


Sober St. Patrick’s Day Party, The Center, Newton, New Jersey

Friday, March 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm:  The Center for Prevention and Counseling hosts this family-friendly community St. Patrick’s Day party with music, food and an open mic!  RSVP to or call 973-383-4787 for more information.


Something Lucky This Way Comes, The Shakespeare Theatre, Madison, New Jersey

Friday, March 17th, 7:30pm:  Skip the bar scene this St. Patrick’s Day and head here for Irish music and readings of works from famous Irish writers including Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and more. It’s Irish tales and tunes for the non-tipsy!  Tickets $35. Call 973-408-5600 for more information.


St. Patrick’s Day Ceili Celebration, St. Moritz Grill & Bar, Sparta, New Jersey

Friday, March 17th starting at 9pm:  Catch Sparta-based indie folk duo Chasing June as they perform Irish folk, traditional and rock music from The Chieftains, The Pogues and more.  Reservations suggested for dinner in the lounge.  Call 973-729-5677 for more info.


"Nelligan's Irish Inn" at the Montville Inn, Montville, New Jersey

Friday, March 17th, 6pm-9pm:  For their 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, the Montville Inn transforms into Nelligan’s Irish Inn, offering honest Irish-inspired fare and lively Irish music from The Celtic Balladeers. Call 973-541-1234 for reservations and more information.


On That Note:  St. Patrick’s Day Special Concert, Montclair Public Library, Montclair, New Jersey

Friday, March 17th, Noon:  Settle into your seat for a grown-up Irish music concert presented by Darren O’Neill:  “Celtic Keepsake:  The music of Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) arranged for classical guitar”.  Register or receive more information at 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.


Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade, Newton, New Jersey

Saturday, March 18th starting at 11:30am:  With close to 100 units marching including traditional bagpipes and drum and pipe bands; Irish step dancers; floats; antique vehicles and more, this parade brings out the Irish in everyone! Kids’ll love the Irish theme characters, animals, and free treats.  Line-up commences on Spring Street near the Stuart Street intersection, then proceeds up the street, turning right onto Moran Street and walking to Memory Park. Get your green on and grab a spot early, rain or shine!  More information available at 973-827-9179.


Lucky Charm Cat Adoption Event, Mike's Feed Farm, Riverdale, New Jersey

Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th from 11am-3pm:   Looking for a feline “lucky charm”? Adopt a cat here this St. Patrick’s Day weekend and receive a FREE Mickey/Minnie Mouse bed or deluxe cat carrier!  Preview adoptees and complete an application online at, then just pick up your new kitty at the event.  Call 973-902-7515 for more info.


Annual St. Patrick's Dinner/Dance, Sussex Fire Department, Sussex, New Jersey

Saturday, March 18th, Doors open 6pm, Buffet begins 7pm:  It’s a super St. Patrick’s night out with the Sussex Fire Department including a corned beef-and-cabbage dinner buffet, beer, wine and DJ Ryan spinning sassy selections.  (Cash bar available).  Tickets $35./person, first come basis.  Call 973-875-6853 for more information.

Here at Team Nest Builder, we say “slainte” (SLON-cha, meaning “cheers”) to a super St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Sparta, Newton, Madison,Montville or wherever you finally choose to go green!