Do Something: Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off in Philadelphia this weekend

Residents can also head to the shore for Shop-A-Holics weekend in Avalon, or a day of crafts, music and family fun at Lines on the Pines.

Residents can get an early start on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia, or enjoy a slew of other events around the region this weekend. Check out what activities are taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

In Gloucester County

  • The first annual Women’s Business Expo will take place in Pitman on Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Women will have the chance to network with other local girl bosses, and a chance to win raffles, door prizes, and more. Proceeds benefit the Girls on the Run nonprofit charity. For more information, contact Colleen Wildes at cordially.coco@gmail.com. Register for the event at www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-business-expo-tickets-43075981420.
  • The Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library will host it’s fourth annual Makers Day on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. There will be activities for all ages, and no registration is necessary. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to bring art to life with digital color, try out a new button maker, or design their own bookmark.

Around South Jersey

  • The South Jersey Pops Orchestra will pay tribute to new awakenings in a musical way for its spring concert, “Dawn Breaks,” on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lenape High School, 235 Hartford Road in Medford. The group’s spring concert will cover hundreds of years worth of music, from Bach to The Beatles and beyond, celebrating the transition from dark to dawn. Tickets are $10 per person and children under 13 are admitted for free. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.southjerseypops.org/dawn-breaks.
  • Winslow Township in Camden County will celebrate its 173rd birthday on Saturday at the Bud Duble Senior Center, 33 Cooper Folly Road in Atco, from noon to 3 p.m. Activities and historical displays will be part of the event. There will also be presentations and Winslow first responders will be on hand. Admission to the event is free and there will be free hot dogs, soda and birthday cake. For more information, contact Jack Jennings at (609) 458–2293 or jejennings@comcast.net.

At the Jersey Shore

  • Celebrate all things about the Pine Barrens at the 13th annual Lines on the Pines event on Sunday at Stockton University’s campus center in Galloway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include music, book signings, artists, crafters and fun for the whole family. Lines on the Pines is free to attend. For more information and a full list of activities, visit www.linesonthepines.org.
  • Shoppers will want to be in Avalon on Saturday from the final day of the town’s Shop-A-Holics weekend. The event takes place at The Princeton and The Whitebrier restaurants. There will be sales offered by more than 30 local stores, plenty of delicious food and more. Donations will also be accepted for Friend in Need, a local nonprofit charity helping local families in need. For more information and a full list of vendors, visit www.visitavalonnj.com/event/shop-holics.

In Philadelphia

  • A pair of St. Patrick’s Day traditions return to Philadelphia this weekend. The 2018 Leprechaun Run will take place on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. along MLK Drive starting near the Art Museum. There will be a lucky seven-mile race, classic five-mile race and two-mile fun run and walk. The cost to participate in the seven-mile race and five-mile race is $40 per person and participating in the two-mile fun run and walk is $30 per person. Proceeds from the run with benefit Special Olympics Philadelphia. For more information, visit http://www.sopaphilly.org/programs-and-events/fundraising-events/leprechaun-run.
  • The St. Patrick’s Day celebration continues in Philadelphia on Sunday as the 2018 Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off beginning at noon. The parade still begin at Broad Street, will travel down to City Hall, continue to Market Street and will travel all the way down to Penn’s Landing. For the full parade route and information on parking, visit www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com.

To see more events taking place in Philadelphia this weekend, visit www.philadelphiaweekly.com.