By Cortney Mohnk
Whether you’re celebrating your Irish heritage or just want to join in on the party, there are plenty o’ ways to be festive for St. Patrick’s Day and the days leading up to it. Adult revelers can whoop it up with Irish pub crawls while the wee little lads and lassie’s have their family-friendly options as well. Looking for a way to celebrate near you? Check out some of these options throughout Minnesota.
Irish Celebration And Day Of Irish Dance
75 5th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Date: March 17, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 18, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Any age can take part in this festive 2-day celebration of all things Irish thanks to the Irish Music and Dance Association. On St. Patrick’s Day, join in on the fun with an Irish tea room, Celtic marketplace, Irish-themed seminars for adults, and children’s crafts. Relax with traditional Irish food and beer while watching trained dancers serenaded by pipe bands. The next day, the fun continues with even more Irish dance from performance groups.
O’Malley’s Irish Pub
1775 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Family-owned O’Malley’s is a traditional Irish pub with a great neighborhood feel. Stop in for tasty bites like bangers and mash, pub pickle wraps, and shepherd’s pie. Or try the Irish tots – tater tots topped with corned beef chunks, caramelized onions and drizzled with cheese sauce and Thousand Island dressing. Don’t forget the pint of Irish beer! O’Malley’s frequently has kid-inspired activities leading up to St. Patrick’s Day so be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest on festivities for your little leprechauns.
Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Celebration
Crosslake, MN 56442
Date: Various events March 10 through March 17, 2018
It’s the 44th year of Crosslake’s weeklong St. Patrick’s Day party and this small town in the Brainerd Lakes area knows how to celebrate. Adults can take part in the Grasshopper Hop bar crawl on March 10th that includes games and prizes at many area bars. On March 15th, young and old can hunt for a pot o’ gold packed with prizes. St. Patrick’s Day begins with a pancake breakfast and Clover Dash 5K, and caps off with a parade throughout the town center.
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Lucky Palooza On West 7th
W. 7th Street between Kellogg Boulevard and Walnut Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Date: March 10, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Two blocks worth of St. Paul bars and restaurants welcome revelers ahead of St. Patrick’s Day for delicious food and drink, and lively sounds. Join the variety of tent parties at 2 p.m. for outdoor food booths, bars, DJs, live bands and a mechanical bull. At 11 p.m., the street party ends but ten bars and restaurants continue to serve until close. Stop in to Irish pubs including The Liffey and Patrick McGovern’s for corned beef and cabbage or a Reuben, and wash it down with a cold Guinness.
50th Annual Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Blarney Blast
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Date: March 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
This spirited parade has been a Minneapolis tradition for 50-years. Join proud Irish and Irish-at-heart for this family-friendly nighttime celebration. Afterward, join in on the Blarney Blast post-parade festivities at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 12th and Nicollet Mall. Entry to enjoy Blarney Blast is $5.
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