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St. Patrick's Day in Saint Paul

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Saint Paul is St. Patrick's Day Headquarters

Here's your one stop shop for all that's happening in Saint Paul to celebrate St. Patrick's Day March 14-17!  Have fun, be smart, don't drink & drive.

[Top Spots] [Parade] [Transportation] [Family Events] [Outside Saint Paul]

Think the luck of the Irish could be contained within the boundaries of St. Patrick's Day? Guess again! There is so much more to do in Saint Paul and the surrounding area you'll be Irish'ed out by the end of the weekend.

Don't know where to start your day? Check out our top spots in Saint Paul for the celebrations! 

  • LuckyPalooza on West 7th St - Located adjacent to the Xcel Energy Center, this two block district features 8 bars & restaurants - McGovern's Irish Pub, Cossetta's, Eagle Street, The Liffey, Tom Reid's, Burger Moe's, Zamboni's and the Downtowner. LuckyPalooza, from 2pm-11pm, features DJs, live music, tent parties, Irish food and drinks and a Simply Street Bikes stunt show featuring Red Bull athlete Aaron Colton.
  • 7th Place - Hop between Wild Tymes and Great Waters Brewing for great music and beer.
  • Lowertown - Stop down to one of Saint Paul's hippest zip codes to round out your St. Patrick's Day celebration!.
  • Bennett's Chop and Railhouse - Enjoy Reuben soup, Reuben egg rolls and corned beef and cabbage with new potatoes and soda bread from Saturday - Tuesday. Saturday and Tuesday feature more Irish specials, live music and a shuttle to and from the parade.
  • O'Gara's Bar & Grill - St. Patrick's Day Bash! Participate in the world's shortest parade, get a FREE St. Patrick's Day button, then get your jig on with live music. No cover. Fun starts at 3pm
  • Dubliner - Tent. Beer. Tunes. Blucys. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Dubliner from 11am-2am on March 17th. Featuring live music from Two Tap Trio and Paddy Wagon.

More details on what is happening at bars and restaurants in Saint Paul can be found here.

March 17 - 49th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Join thousands in downtown Saint Paul on March 17, 2015 for the 49th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at noon.

Best places to watch:  Rice Park, Landmark Plaza, sunny spots along 5th St.

The parade stands as one of the longest running and most decorated St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation. Green attire and wacky costumes are the norm. In 1851, Saint Paul held the state’s first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade to celebrate Irish heritage. What started as an impromptu event changed shape in 1967 when Saint Paul’s Irish community gathered at a local bar to create the St. Patrick’s Association to organize and grow this tradition. Each year the downtown area is packed with people from all over to celebrate the day.  [Event Website]

Transportation/Shuttles/Parking 

Uber - Getting around on St. Paddy's is hard, catching a ride with Uber isn't! Enjoy $20 off your first ride with promo STPAUL.(New users only) Click here to redeem.

No fares. No blarney. Celebrate responsibly and get a free ride on buses, light rail or Northstar on March 17 starting at 6 p.m. [Website]

Additional parking info here

Irish Events for the Entire Family

Looking for more events to do with the family? Check out these Irish events happening in the city that will be fun for all ages!

Get Lucky Half Marathon - March 14
Details: After you cross the finish line, make your way back over to the Union Depot for a FREE slice of Green Mill pizza, a can of Finnigans beer, and a DJ and a group of Irish Dancers for your post-race live entertainment.   Or…head over to The Liffey at 175 West 7th, St. Paul for a free glass of Finnegans! [Course Map

March 15 & 17: Irish Day of Dance and St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration at Landmark Center
Enjoy one of Saint Paul's best traditions! Take in all things Irish at this event held over two days at Landmark Center. There will be lively Celtic music, dancing and authentic vendors.  [Event Info]
Cost: $6 Adults, $4 children ages 5-12, Group discounts available call 612.990.3122.
Time: 11 am - 5 pm March 15/ 10 am - 5 pm March 17

March 17: Cherish the Ladies
As part of the World Music Series the Ordway presents an evening with Cherish the Ladies ensemble who will bring their lively traditional Irish music and step dancing in a very special performance this St. Patrick's Day. [Event Info]
Cost: Tickets start at $16
Time: 7:30 pm 

March 14-15: James J. Hill House - Irish Heritage Tours
Celebrate the weekend before St. Patrick's Day with these special theme tours at Summit Avenue's largest Gilded Age mansion. Both James J. Hill and Mary T. Hill were children of Irish immigrants, and many of their servants were recent arrivals from Ireland. Irish music, organ music and needlework demonstrations included. [Event Info]
Cost:  $9 adults, $7 seniors & college students, $6 for children age 6 to 17; $2 discount for MHS members [Reservations recommended, call 651.297.2556] Mention 'Old Murphy' and save $2!
Time: 10 am - 3:30 pm March 14 / 1 - 3:30 pm March 15
Phone: 651.297.2555

March 14: Barra at the George Latimer Central Library
Celebrate with a pre-St. Patrick's Day concert at the downtown George Latimer Central Library with Barra, one of Minnesota’s longest-running traditional Irish bands . [Event Info]
Cost: Free
Time: 2 - 3 pm
Phone: 651.266.7000

Events outside of Saint Paul

There are so many ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day that it just can't be contained to the city limits. Check out these great options from our nearby partners:

Kickin' It Irish at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres - March 16, 8pm  
Details: Celebrate with an evening of driving Irish tunes and percussive toe tapping in "Kickin' It Irish"!  Featuring Dublin native, Cormac  O'Se, from the original company of Riverdance, and a lineup of 18 World Championship dancers. Traditional to contemporary Irish dancing alongside contemporary choreography featuring the influence of Riverdance!

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