Things To Do

Best bets: Get a little Irish this weekend

Editor’s note: The Hartford and New Haven St. Patrick’s Day parades have been cancelled.

Things to do this week include St. Patrick’s Day parades in Hartford and New Haven, Get Shamrocked Pub Crawl at Foxwoods, O’Shenanigans 5k in Southington, the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest, A Taste of Ireland at Noah Webster House, Baby Grand Jazz at the Hartford Public Library.


St. Patrick’s Day parades

It’s a full weekend of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. On March 14, Hartford’s annual parade kicks off at 11 a.m., traveling from Capital Ave. to the Memorial Arch. More information at The party continues on March 15 in New Haven with a parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. from Chapel Ave. to Orange Street. Route and information at

Get Shamrocked

Foxwoods celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Get Shamrocked Pub Crawl March 15, featuring food and drink specials at participating property locations. Tickets are $10. Shamrocked kicks off at 1 p.m. at The Celebration Zone on the retail concourse of the Great Cedar hotel and ends at 5 p.m. at Centrale Fox Tower. Information:


O’Shenanigans 5K

The first of four St. Patrick’s Day-themed O’races starts and finishes outside Kinsmen Brewing Co. in Southington on March 14. Race begins at 10 a.m. Registration required for runners $10 to $38, free for spectators. Want to take on the Lucky Challenge? Run all four O’race 5Ks across Connecticut and earn the “big bling.” medal. Start in Southington at O’Shenanigans, then run the Courthouse O’Putnam, O’Niantic and O’Hartford. Nonperishable food donations appreciated. More information:

Final days for the Jewish Film Fest

You still have time to catch the last couple days of the 24th annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest which runs until March 15 in venues in Hartford, West Hartford and Bloomfield. Admission for each film is $12 in advance, $15 at the door, unless otherwise noted. For details, tickets and information about non-film events, visit

A Taste of Ireland

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society in West Hartford is hosting a dinner in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on March 13 and 14, featuring Irish fare, craft beer, and live music. Dinner at 6 p.m. each night includes dishes like Irish soda bread and butter; salad and pickled beets; Irish beef and stout stew; and apple crisp. Tickets are $45; $40 for members. Entry includes dinner and one drink (beer or wine), with additional beer and wine for purchase. Advance registration is required and available at

Baby Grand Jazz

Hartford Public Library presents the Iris Ornig Quartet on March 15 as part of its Baby Grand Jazz music series. The band features Kenny Warren on trumpet, Gregg Belisle on guitar, Iris Ornig on bass and Michael Davis on drums. Performance begins at 3 p.m. and is free to attend. 860-695-6300,