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

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In 2023 Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. Some events will be celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day (always March 17th) and others will take place on the weekend before or after the holiday.

2024 Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations around the Twin Cities

Swim for Gold

Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Attend the regular tot time with your 1-7 year old with the addition of a special rubber ducky search at the community center’s pool. Ducks will contain hidden gold coins that kids can exchange for toys, coloring pages, and other lucky charms. Adult must swim with child. Pre-Registration Required. $15/pp. March 2, 2024; 9am-10:15am or 10:30am-11:45am.

Landmark Center

75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
The Landmark Center traditionally hosts two Irish celebrations each year.  The Landmark Center usually announces its line up in the fall. Because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, it is possible these two events will be combined, held consecutive Sundays or create a full weekend of Irish celebrations.

Legs and feet of Irish Dancers at the annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration at The Landmark Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
Image courtesy of the Landmark Center

Can Can Wonderland Goes Green on the Green

Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Avenue North, Suite #4, Saint Paul, MN 55104
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Can Can Wonderland will turn all lights green on its putting green. Live Irish Music starts at 6pm by folk duo An Cuann and Sparkle Fox will offer face paint, glitter beards, and more from 6-8pm. The restaurant will offer food & drink specials all day. $12/cover for ages 6+. Mini Golf $13-$15. (2024 TBA)

FREE Rides from MetroTransit

MetroTransit will offer free rides on St. Patrick’s Day from 6pm to close. We recommend riding early if you are just taking a fun ride with kids. Revelers tend to get rowdy later in the evening. (2024 TBA)

Great Minnetonka Leprechaun Hunt

Big Willow Park, 11522 Minnetonka Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55305
Families can explore Big Willow Park and look for Leprechauns. Once you find them, solve the riddle for a chance to win a gift card. Watch for more information at (March 17–26, 2023; 2024 TBA)

Ride the Shamrock Train

Minnesota Transportation Museum, 193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130
Jackson Street Roundhouse will go green for St. Patty’s Day. Family fun will include 15 minute train rides, storytelling, hands on train fun and green snacks on the train. $$50/family; Adults $16; Seniors $13; Children:$11; Toddlers $8. (March 18, 2023; 2024 TBA)

Twin Cities St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Saint Patrick's Parade

Downtown Saint Paul

Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
CHS Field, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul, MN 55101
March 16, 2024: Saint Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Noon.
The parade will be held on Saturday since St. Patrick’s day falls on a Sunday. Stay tuned for more details.

Columbia Heights

40th Avenue NE & Van Buren St., Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
2024 TBA: Minneapolis St. Patrick Day Parade | 6pm.
The parade will start at 6pm, followed by a Blarney Blast at Murzyn Hall. The Parade is FREE. Blarney Blast is $10/ages 12+ and $5/ages 6-11. Free for 5 an under. (March 17, 2023)


American Legion, 10 12th Avenue S., Hopkins, MN 55343
Elks Lodge, 30 8th Avenue S., Hopkins, MN 55343
2024 TBA: World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade | 5pm.
This parade is open to anyone and is only 4 blocks long. Don’t be late. (March 17, 2023)

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.
Family Fun Twin Cities makes St. Patrick's Day Shakes

St. Patricks Day

  • Read and Listen to Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel from Maestro Classics this month.  Grab the book from
  • ArtStart – Going Green Goes Irish! Color Kit Buy Anytime: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an ArtStart Creativity Kit that includes shamrocks, gold and green sparkly peel and stick and a wee bit of Irish charm. Perfect for decorating or creating your own imaginative art work! $35/kit; pick up or have shipped for an additional $8.

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. Gianna has suggestions for a DIY Scavenger Hunt here.

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