St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

It’s always the luck of the Irish when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend. In 2019 we get it on a Sunday. There is 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. 

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Twin Cities St. Patrick’s Day Parades

St. Patrick's Day - March 17Saint Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Saturday, March 16 | 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 | Sunday, 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 | Saturday, March 16 | Nicollet Mall | 6:30 pm | FREE | Back on Nicollet mall in 2019!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations around the Twin Cities

Rince na Chroi Irish Dance @ Toddler Tuesday | Tuesday, March 12 | Mall of America | 10am-4pm | $6-$10.

Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration | Saturday, March 16 | Landmark Center | 10 am-5pm | $5-$7.

Irish Day of Dance | Sunday, March 17 | Landmark Center | 11 am-5pm | $5-$7.

Irish Heritage Weekend | Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17 | James J Hill House, St Paul | 10am-4pm | $6-$10.

St. Patrick’s Celebration | Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17 | Keg & Case, St. Paul | Kids Activities 2pm-6pm | $5/adults; Free Kids.

All Things GREEN Weekend (This year it’s called “Hop Into Spring Weekend,” but it still focuses on the greening of spring.) Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17 | Como Zoo, St. Paul | 10am-4pm | FREE. 

St. Patrick’s Day Activities around the Twin Cities

Leprechaun Secrets | Sunday, March 17 | North Mississippi Regional Park | 1-3pm | FREE) Follow the leprechaun’s path to uncover the secret.

St. Patrick’s Day Kids & Coffee |  Sunday, March 17 | Pinwheel Play, Chanhassen | 10am-Noon | $9.95/child.

Shamrock Hunt – Intergenerational Fun Day Monday, March 18 | Glenn of Hopkins  10am-11am | FREE.

FREE Rides on St. Patrick’s Day

FREE Rides from MetroTransit – MetroTransit offers free rides between 6pm and 3am on Saturday this year. 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)







St. 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.
St. Patrick's Day

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 Babble

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.

With Easter coming late this year, you don’t have to wait for the hunt. Hide gold coins for the kids to find around the house, leaving scavenger hunt clues from a lucky leprechaun.

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