St. Paddy’s Day in Rockaway


Rockaway’s parade day may have come and gone, but the official St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, and Rockaway will keep the party going, celebrating Irish culture and fun all weekend long.

While the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade may be taking place in Manhattan on Saturday, March 16, RBQ’s, the new barbecue hotspot and bar, will give those celebrating, a reason to stay in town with its first St. Patrick’s Day Irish Festival. From 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., in the tent in the parking lot, there will be plenty of tunes to keep people doing a jig. Gerald Bair, The Gobshites and a popular band full of local Irish lads, Wine with Sue, will be playing throughout the day. If that wasn’t enough, RBQ’s will be serving up what they call, “The best Corned Beef you have ever tasted” to pair with your favorite brew. Tickets are just $25, but there’s a limited number available, so stop by RBQ’s at 97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard to get yours.

Want to save your celebration for March 17? Head to the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, where they’ll be hosting an Irish brunch and live music by The Poor Cousins. The brunch includes a full buffet of breakfast delights and Irish fare by Ludwig’s catering, an omelet station, muffins, danish and rolls, coffee and tea, unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys and more. Note, there are two seatings for this event; 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Admission is $30 per adult, $25 for children under 16 and free for those eight and younger. Tables of 10 or individual seats are available. You can pay in advance by sending money through PayPal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is limited space.

Just want to grab a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal or other Irish fare? Some of our advertisers have you covered. Start your weekend right at The Wharf by enjoying specials like corned beef sandwiches, Guinness shepherd’s pie and a cold brew Irish Coffee with Bailey’s whipped cream, as you listen to music by The Knobs starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, or stop by all weekend to enjoy the specials. The BayHouse in Breezy Point will have traditional Irish food all weekend, like corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew, fresh salmon and more. Plus, they’ll have live music by Locals Rule on Sunday, starting at 4 p.m.

If you’re just in the mood for a good pint of Guinness, consider stopping by Rogers, Bungalow Bar, Happy Jacks or Jamesons this weekend to celebrate. Sláinte!