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Long Ireland is a stop on the pub crawl in downtown Riverhead. (File photo)

Downtown Riverhead is going big for St. Patrick’s Day.

Businesses along Riverhead’s “Ale Trail” are teaming up for a LepreCon themed crawl on Saturday, March 19 at noon.

The event will include food and drink specials and live entertainment from bands to bagpipes at seven participating locations: Montauk Distilling Company, North Fork Brewing Co., Peconic County Brewing, Tradewinds Brewing, Long Ireland Beer, Twin Fork Beer Co. and übergeek Brewing until 5 p.m.

Kristy Verity, executive director of Downtown Riverhead, said the event will be similar to the Halloween and holiday-themed crawls the organization helped organize late last year. “We had people come in costume for both of those, which was fun to see,” she said.

Unlike the past events, there won’t be ticket or wristband sales in advance. “It’s a crawl-at-your-own-pace kind of thing,” Verity said. The shuttle service was a new addition during the holiday crawl to help people get around in the cold and will once again run during the St. Patrick’s Day event, making stops at each location.

“It’ll be great to see people out and about again while incorporating our craft spirits, dining and arts into the event,” Verity said.

She’s also compiling a master list of St. Patrick’s Day themed dining specials that will be available that weekend. For updates, check out their website.

Costumes are encouraged, so break out your best green outfit, paint a shamrock on your face or don a kilt to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.

Not up for a pub crawl? There are plenty of other ways to join in on the festivities. 

  • The Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Watch pipe bands, Irish dancers, local fire departments and vintage cars parade along Main Road from Eugenes Lane to Cutchogue Green.
  • Jerry and the Mermaid is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day themed glass paint night and dinner on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Enjoy a three-course meal while personalizing a set of two wine glasses or beer mugs. Tickets are $75 per person and you can register online here.
  • On Thursday, March 17, you can enjoy local craft beer flights from local breweries, live music and bites at the Long Island Aquarium. They’re hosting a St. Paddy’s Day beer fest from 7 to 10 p.m. Each $25 ticket includes admission and a beer flight and reservations can be booked online.
  • The Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. Line up along Main Road to watch the East End Emerald Society parade march from Washington Avenue to Manor Lane, concluding at the Jamesport Firehouse. More information:
  • The Montauk St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns Sunday, March 27 at noon. The 60th annual Montauk Friends of Erin parade kicks off on Edgemere Road at noon before turning onto Main Street. Get there early for a good spot at New York’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade! More information: