Updated Mar 15, 2023 - Things to Do

St. Patrick's Day Guide: Parades, parties and more

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St Patrick's Day is Friday, March 17, but there are plenty of celebrations planned before and after the holiday. Here's what we're watching this month.

๐Ÿ’ƒ Kickin' It Irish performances โ€” a mix of show-style Irish dance and live music โ€” are scheduled throughout the week in St. Paul and at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. March 10-March 17; $30.

โ˜•๏ธ Celebrate without alcohol at the Dissonance NA Happy Hour on Friday. The event at Five Watt Coffee is a supportive, alcohol-free environment with "great tunes, drinks, and company guaranteed." March 17, 4pm-6pm, free.

๐Ÿ‘ช Bring the family to Can Can Wonderland for an all-ages party with face paint, "glitter hair" and plenty of arcade games. Stay late for the 21+ celebration beginning at 9pm. March 17, 11am-9pm, $10 admission.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช St. Paul's grand St. Patrick's Day parade will kick off at Rice Park at noon. Irish dancers, bagpipers, Miss Shamrock, Mr. Pat and more will march to CHS Field for the post-parade party. March 17, free.

  • The Ballpark Hooley at 1pm will have more live music, dancers, food and plenty of beer. $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

๐Ÿ€ The Minneapolis St. Patrickโ€™s Day Association parade will wind its way through Columbia Heights this year, ending with the Blarney Blast afterparty at a city rec center. March 17, 6pm; afterparty entry $10+.

๐Ÿชฉ Party underground at the Wabasha Street Caves, the St. Paul event hall literally built in a cave. $1 green beer and Irish food all night. March 17, 6-10pm; $20 entry.

๐Ÿถ Dress up your dog for the Leprechaun Costume Contest at St. Pawddy's Fest. Lakes and Legends Brewing will award "human and dog-friendly" prizes. March 18, 12pm, free.

๐Ÿ˜‹ Just want the food? Land's End Pasty Co. in Dinkytown serves traditional, ready-to-eat pasties all year round. Selection changes daily. $7+ a pasty.

  • If you want to stick to the grocery store, Axios Chicago reporter Monica Eng tried Aldi's St. Patrick's Day specials. Read her reviews.

๐ŸšŒ Note: Metro Transit is offering free bus and light rail rides from 6pm to end of service on March 17.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to add more events.


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