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St. Patty's Day in the Twin Cities

March 14

St. Patrick’s Day in the Twin Cities 2019

Ah, St. Patty’s Day. I actually never considered the thought that I could Irish until my family did a 23andMe and found out that we have a hint of Irish in our blood (not sponsored by the way, although I’m open to it - ha!). So, as one should, I plan on honoring my heritage with a celebration this weekend. I know you will find me with a cold Guinness in my hand wearing a green shamrock shirt the way my ancestors would’ve wanted it to be.

Before I give you the rundown on events this weekend, I should mention that if you are anything like me and forgot to get some shamrock apparel (I swear I forget every year & never learn my lesson) there are some cute shirts you can get at Target or Amazon before the weekend for decent price!

Okay, back to the events.

Parades to check out

Of course, there are going to be some parades in the Cities this weekend. The first is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Paul on Saturday starting at 12pm and ending in Rice Park. If you miss that one, there is another parade Saturday night at 6:30pm starting at Nicolette Mall in Minneapolis.

If you stick around St. Paul on Saturday, you will be able to catch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Day of Irish Dance hosted by the Irish Music and Dance Association. They will be running from 10 AM– 5 PM at the landmark Center serving up Irish food, Celtic dancing and live music. Tickets for this are $4-$6. Bonus: this is a great family event!

Get your fun (& drink) on!

Now we all know there are plenty of bars serving up the best Irish beer, but where are the best family-friendly spots? Check it out:

  • Keg & Case Market - Man, I love this place. This venue alone is awesome any day of the year, but the fact that they will be hosting Irish events makes it even better! There will be Irish food and whiskey, as well as bagpipes, dancers and all things St. Patty’s Day.

  • Claddagh Irish Pub in Maple Grove – This is a good spot to grab a bite as they will be serving Irish cuisine such as corned beef and cabbage, Shepard’s pie and tipsy bread pudding.

  • Kip’s Irish Pub in St. Louis Park – They open bright & early at 7 am. The beginning part of the day is great for families as they serve up food & entertainment, but as the beer continues to flow into the night, beware that it turns into more of an adult scene.  

On the other hand, for those of you who are looking for a party scene, there is no shortage of places to get your green beer on.

  • O’Gara’s in St. Paul – They will be hosting Irish musicians in their tent for a day-long celebration, of course serving some Irish beers.

  • The Nomad Pub – This one made me laugh. Starting at 1 PM, “the beer is free, until someone has to pee”, which apparently lasts roughly 2 hours. Sounds fun if you ask me!

  • Shamrock’s in St. Paul – Opening at 9 AM, Shamrock’s will be hosting a leprechaun look-a-like contest and green hair contest, which is still fun to watch even if you don’t participate.

I should mention that all buses and light rail services on Saturday night are free from 6pm-3pm, which is a safe and easy way to get into the city & save $ on parking.

Move ya body!

Last, but not least, what is a holiday without a run? For those looking to get active this weekend, there are several races that are still open for registration!

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Everybody’s Irish for a Day | 5K or 10K

This run is hosted at the Lake Harriet Bandshell starting at 8:30 AM on Saturday. Registration is roughly $50 and gets you a free shirt & medal.  

Get Lucky MN | Half Marathon, 14K or 7K

This race is at CHS field and has many options for distances. Due to the varying races, there are different prices and start times for each, all of which will be on Saturday. I do know that all adult runners receive their choice of a long-sleeve, hoodie or pullover that are pretty cute I must say. The cost is $50-63ish.

Luck O’ the Lake | 5k or 1 mile

This is more of a fun-run with live bands and a black party in Excelsior starting at 9 AM on Saturday. After the race you can head to the tent to enjoy lunch from Jake O’Connor’s and Irish two-step dancing. The cost is $45 for the 5K and $10 for the one mile


Well, there ya have it, your guide to St. Patty’s Day in the Cities. Just remember that you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate, just make sure you wear green and you’ll fit right in!