Saint Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

CoVid-19 UPDATE: The following Twin Cities St Patrick’s Day events have been cancelled. For more information on closures and to find activities to do at home, see The Coronavirus (CoVid-19) — What You Need to Know in the Twin Cities

In 2020 Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday. The fun stretches into the weekend with a lot of fun happening around town including three parades and some celebrations. Also, if you would rather stay in, we have included some ideas for you to use at home. 

Twin Cities St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Saint Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Tuesday, March 17 | The parade progresses along 5th East beginning at Mears Park and ending at Rice Park | Noon | FREE.

World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Tuesday, March 17 | Hopkins, Mainstreet | 2-4 pm | FREE | This parade is open to anyone and is only 4 blocks long.

Minneapolis’ Saint Patrick’s Day Parade | Tuesday, March 17 | Nicollet Mall | 6:30 pm | FREE | This parade often lines up nicely with free rides (see below)!

Saint Patrick's Parade


Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations around the Twin Cities

Day of Irish Dance | Sunday, March 15 | Landmark Center | 11 am-5pm | $5-$7.

Pinwheel Saint Patrick’s Day Party | Sunday, March 15 | Pinwheel Play, Chanhassen | 10am-12pm | $9.95/child | Live music provided by Apple Jax and open play. Bring a donation for Second Hand Hounds and receive a free day pass to be used on a future date.

Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration | Tuesday, March 17 | Landmark Center | 10 am-5pm | $5-$7.

Irish Heritage Weekend | Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15 | James J Hill House, St Paul | Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm | $6-$10.

St. Patrick’s Celebration | Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15 | Keg & Case, St. Paul | Kids Activities 11pm-2pm | $5-$7/adults/teens; Free Kids under 13.

St. Patrick's Day at The Landmark Center

Image courtesy of the Landmark Center

Related Activities around the Twin Cities

Toddler Tuesday: Rince Na Chor | 10am-12pm | Mall of America | Watch a toddler-friendly Irish dance performance | FREE.

FREE Rides from Metro Transit

FREE Rides from MetroTransit – MetroTransit traditionally offers free rides on St. Patrick’s Day. Joy’s family has taken advantage of this to go to the Minneapolis parade, which starts at 6:30pm. (Note: Even just after the parade, the bus was full of intoxicated, but mostly harmless people.)

Luck O’ The Dice – Family Card and Dice Game (Amazon affiliate link)


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Saint Patrick’s Day Fun at Home

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I love this “holiday.” It’s a fun one for me because there are no expectations. If we forget it, it’s okay–nobody is worse for the wear. If we celebrate it, EVERYONE in the family has fun.

Lucky Rainbow Chain for St. Patrick’s Day from Crafty Morning

Clover Sun Catcher from Pink Stripey Socks
St. Patricks DayShamrock Shake Copycat Recipe from Dinner & Dessert

One suggestion I would make for the shake is start with 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract and then add to taste!


St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt.

Why wait for Easter for a good hunt? Hide gold coins for the kids to find around the house, leaving scavenger hunt clues from a lucky leprechaun.

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