Get ready to dive into a sea of green when the St. Patrick's Day celebrations start on Cape Cod! From lively events to charming pubs, the Cape is the perfect destination to don your finest shades of green and revel in the Irish festivities.

Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Yarmouth, MA)
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 9th, as the 19th Annual Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade takes center stage in Yarmouth, starting at 11 a.m. This eagerly anticipated tradition, and one of the largest St. Patrick’s parades in Massachusetts, promises a spectacle of green, spirited floats, lively bagpipers, and a festive atmosphere that captures the essence of this Irish celebration.

The parade transforms Route 28 in Yarmouth into a vibrant display of creativity and enthusiasm. Numerous floats, each crafted with passion and dedication by local businesses and organizations in the area, compete for prestigious awards in such categories as Most Whimsical, Best Representation of Parade Theme, and the coveted Most Spectacular.

We all know and love the parade, but Cape Cod is no stranger to the influx of people for the holiday, and they have plenty of things to do and places to go to keep the holiday going as long as possible.

The Emerald Resort - Cape Cod Irish Village (Hyannis)
Their tagline is “A little bit of Ireland on Cape Cod,” which rings especially true each year around St. Patrick's Day. The Cape Cod Irish Village starts the festivities a week early (March 8-10) with their Cape Cod Irish Festival, which coincides with the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade. Enjoy live entertainment all weekend, from music acts and Irish step dancers to comedians and deejays. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, or make a weekend of it and book their two-night getaway package that includes festival admission.

Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub (Falmouth)
There’s a clock on the wall behind the bar at this beloved downtown Falmouth pub, which counts down all year long to one date: St. Patrick’s Day. With an Irish flag proudly flying out front and a menu designed to satisfy your cravings for Irish Pub cuisine, Liam Maguire’s hand delivers your passport to Ireland! Come hungry so you don’t have to choose between the Gaelic Poutine and Beef & Guinness Stew, then order an Irish coffee and listen to the best of St. Patrick’s Day songs in this lively pub atmosphere.

IrishFest at New Seabury Country Club (Mashpee)
New Seabury Country Club will be host of the annual IrishFest for Dana Farber on Saturday, March 9th from 1 to 5 pm. In addition to a cash bar and small bites, festivities include bagpipers, Irish step dancers and entertainment by Cape Cod radio personality Stephanie Viva! Open to the public, tickets will be available online and at the door; all event proceeds benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s running program to conquer cancer.

Scally's Irish Ale House (West Yarmouth)
In Ireland, the village pub is where the community gathers, and Scally's Irish Ale House keeps those traditions alive as the quintessential Irish pub in the heart of downtown Yarmouth. The restaurant will paint itself green for St. Paddy's Day, with 30 beers on tap and a menu that features green-inspired dishes like Irish Poutine and Dublin Fried Chicken & Waffles.

Bobby Byrne’s (Mashpee and Hyannis)
Uncover the storied history of the pub that celebrates language and artifacts at its two unique Cape Cod locations, both influenced by the Celtic Knot logo. Warm up with a Crock O’Gold French onion soup and celebrate the day with specials including Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Stew, and classic soup and sandwich combos, paired with a pint of Guinness.

Quahog Republic Dive Bar (Falmouth)
Brush up on your traditional Irish drinking toasts and raise a glass of this cozy neighborhood gem’s locally brewed Quahog Republic Golden Ale (it even comes in a green can). Irish classics will grace the specials menu, and a deejay spinning tunes on St. Patrick's Day evening will lend itself to plenty of carousing. Bring some gold coins along for Keno and try for a little Luck O’ the Irish while you feast on the almond-encrusted Fish & Chips.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis is offering a multitude of shows to enjoy around Saint Patrick’s Day,  including different musical genres from Swing to Bluegrass, Jazz, Celtic, and Classical.

If you make it to Cape Cod for St. Patrick’s Day and get there a day early, try participating in the Harwich Polar Plunge to benefit the MA Special Olympics; the cold plunge is at 11 a.m. on March 16th, and the only requirement for participants is a donation to the cause!

Whether you're young or young at heart, there's an abundance of events to enjoy, allowing you to share the festive spirit with towns throughout the Cape. Make your St. Patrick's Day memorable by immersing yourself in the unique charm and vibrant celebrations of Cape Cod.