10 things to do in Boston this St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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Costumed spectators watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston.
Costumed spectators watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston. –Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

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Boston Flower & Garden Show

Sick of winter yet? You don’t have to leave the city to escape the endless snowdrifts thanks to the Boston Flower & Garden Show, which is running now through Sunday. Enjoy colorful, full-sized gardens, eye-popping floral arrangements, and helpful lectures and demonstrations about everything plant-based, including how to grow your own food, organics, and small-space gardens. (Through Sunday, March 18 at various times; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $20 GA, $17 seniors, $10 children ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under; all ages)

Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Tour

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The Dropkick Murphys are probably the closest thing Boston has to an official house band, with “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” serving as the city’s unofficial anthem. The group will be back in full force for St. Patrick’s Day weekend with four nights of shows, along with a boxing tournament and a rare acoustic show on the eve of St. Paddy’s. (Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 at 6 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $35-$75; all ages)

MGMT at the Oprheum

MGMT was no doubt a part of many local college students’ dorm room soundtracks at the start of the decade, whether or not those students knew that the psychedelic electro-pop duo formed in New England. (Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser met while attending Wesleyan.) MGMT will be at the Orpheum on Friday in support of its fourth studio album, “Little Dark Age.” (Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $38-$48; all ages)

RadioBDC’s Irish Breakfast at The Black Rose

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, the parties will start bright and early. The Black Rose is continuing its tradition of serving a full Irish breakfast and opening the bar at 8 a.m. Early St. Paddy’s partiers will be treated to a set of Irish punk and rock from RadioBDC DJ Adam 12, followed by a live set of traditional Irish folk from Ireland native Christian McNeill, who now calls Somerville home. (Saturday, March 17 at 8 a.m.; The Black Rose, Boston; free)

Beat Brasserie’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

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If you want to avoid the Southie crowds on St. Patrick’s Day, Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square will be celebrating with Irish cuisine and music all day long. Start off the morning with a traditional Irish breakfast, or drop by in the afternoon for music from Galway, Ireland singer Kate McD, Boston-based Irish duo Matt and Shannon Heaton, and the Four Bridges Band. (Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Beat Brasserie, Cambridge; free entry; 21+)

Dorchester Brewing Co.’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

You likely won’t struggle to find a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Dorchester, but one highlight will be the party at Dorchester Brewing Co. It will have Irish food from Moody’s Delicatessen and Provisions, a specialty beer release, and live music from The Erlenmeyers. (Saturday, March 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Company, Boston; free; 21+)

“Leprechaun in the Hood”

Christmas and Halloween movies are time-honored traditions — so why aren’t St. Patrick’s Day movies? Before you pop in that old “Boondock Saints” DVD, consider stopping by the Coolidge for the delightfully campy “Leprechaun in the Hood.” The fifth installment in the “Leprechaun” franchise isn’t for everyone, but if you find this clip of the titular leprechaun (Warwick Davis) rapping in a nightclub cringingly funny, grab your tickets now. (Saturday, March 17 at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.75; rated R)

St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday afternoon that the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, set for Sunday, will run with a shortened route. As of now, nothing has been said about altering the length of the annual 5K from the Boys and Girls Club of South Boston. Registration fees for this Southie run benefit the Edgerley Family South Boston Club’s Keystone Teen Leadership Program, which keeps local youth involved in after-school programs, “off the streets and on the right track,” according to the event website. If you do register, be sure to keep an eye out for any news about a modified route. (Sunday, March 18 at 11 a.m.; Edgerley Family South Boston Club, Boston; $30; all ages)

Dine Out Boston

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Dine Out Boston, formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston, occurs twice a year when the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express team up with restaurants in the Greater Boston area to offer diners prix fixe menus at special prices. This year, 179 restaurants will participate from March 18 to 23 and March 25 to 30, with lunches offered at $15, $20, or $25 a person and dinners at $28, $33, or $38. You can find a full list of the restaurants on the Dine Out Boston website. (Begins Sunday, March 18; various locations; $15-38; all ages)

Fitbit Local Cardio Bootcamp

Looking for a fitness class to round out St. Patrick’s Day weekend on a high note? This free cardio bootcamp from fitness tracker company Fitbit might be just the ticket. Hosted by yoga instructor Catie Macken and November Project co-leader Chris Capozzi, the 60-minute class will be held Sunday afternoon at EverybodyFights in the Seaport. While the event is free, it’s also first come, first served, and you must bring your own mat and water bottle. (Sunday, March 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; EverybodyFights, Boston; free; all ages)

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