Every year on March 17, the Irish and Irish-at-heart observe St. Patrick’s Day across the globe and right here in the Twin Cities. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with dancing, special foods, and a lot of green.
And you can be sure there will be plenty of celebrating in Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you are wondering what to do and where to go, we have plenty of options for you…
If you’re looking for Irish fare (including cocktails)…
The Yard House
1665 Park Pl. Blvd., St. Louis Park
Enjoy a trio classic Irish dishes with some modern twists, including:
- Corned Beef Brisket braised in beer with boiled red potatoes and cabbage
- Shepherd’s Pie featuring Guinness-stewed beef sirloin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and root vegetables baked beneath a puff pastry dome
- Grilled Corned Beef Sandwich with melted Swiss cheese on garlic French bread and served with French fries
Special cocktails include:
- Emerald Isle featuring Cruzan Banana Rum, Midori, St. Germain, house-made citrus agave and Zaya Rum
- Dublin Mule with Jameson Irish Whiskey, house-made ginger citrus agave, ginger ale and Guinness Irish Stout
- Celtic Mojito made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Midori, house-made citrus agave blend, lime and mint
What’s more, you can enjoy this Irish goodness before and after St. Patrick’s Day; it will all be available from March 14 through March 20.
If you’re looking for some culture…
Third Thursday: St. Patrick’s Day
Minneapolis Institute of Art , 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis
Every third Thursday, the Minneapolis Institute of Art hosts Third Thursday, and this month it falls on St. Patrick’s Day. How lucky!
They’ll have all sorts of Irish fun throughout the evening, celebrating the traditions of the Irish holiday at the museum. You can get lucky in the photo booth (and by that, we mean snap some fun pics), indulge in some green libations, make a ‘Leprechaun Trap’ with Legos, enjoy live music and much more.
The fun runs from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 17 and is free.
If you’re looking for some St. Patrick’s Day fun for your kids…
St. Patrick’s Day Party
Totally Kids, 7876 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington
This party is happening a few days before St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 12 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. At the party, kids can go on a Shamrock Search and find lucky shamrock’s hidden all around the store. These lucky shamrocks offer a free toy and/or 25% off coupon for any toy or game in the store.
They’ll also have free refreshments, face painting, fun games and free toys for all kids wearing green.
If you’re looking to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day all weekend long…
Kip’s Authentic Irish Pub
9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park
St. Patrick’s Day at Kip’s is never a one-day event; rather, it’s a weekend-long party. They’ll have live music, beverages and fun starting on March 17 and running all the way through Sunday, March 20. Check out this schedule:
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
5:30 am – Live Broadcast at Kip’s with K102’s Chris Carr & Company.
2:00 pm Live Music with Holy Ground
6:30 pm Live Irish Dancers
7:30 pm Live Music with Tim Malloy’s Band
4:00 pm Happy Hour
8:00 pm Live Music with Devouring Maidens
10:00 pm Late Night Happy Hour
2:00 pm Live Music with Jane Plank
6:00 pm Live Music with Tim Malloy’s Band
Happy Hour All Day
If you are looking for 16 hours of St. Paddy’s Day fun…
Kieran’s Irish Pub
85 6th St., Minneapolis
If you want to party from 10:00 am on Thursday, the 17th until 2:00 am on Friday, the 18th, head over to Kieran’s in Minneapolis. Whether you are inside the restaurant or in their huge heated tent, the fun will not stop. Plenty of green beer will flow along with live music from Broken Spoke, Stirring Ashes and Erin Rogue, and let’s not forget appearances by the Minneapolis Police Pipe Band and Brian Boru Pipe Band. Plus, DJ Jeff Rogers will hit the tent and keep it rocking from 6:00 pm until midnight.
If you are looking for a parade…
The 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is happening at 12:00 pm on St. Patrick’s Day. It runs down 5th St. starting at Sibley and ending at Rice Park.
Across the river, the Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 7:30 pm at Marquette Ave. and 11th St. and progress until it reaches 5th St. The Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Association has been organizing this parade since 1969 and all proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association.
If you are looking for some Irish Dancing…
Mactír Academy of Irish Dance will perform at locations around Minneapolis and St. Paul all day on March 17th.
Catch them at one or more of the following performances, which are open to the public:
- Meadow Ridge Senior Living in Golden Valley: 10:30 am until 11:00 am
- IMDA St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration (Showcase): 12:20 pm until 12:25 pm on the Main Stage at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul
- IMDA St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration (All School Show): 2:45 pm until 3:15 pm in the Weyerhauser Auditorium at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul
- O’Gara’s Pub: Shortest Parade: 3:30 pm with the Brian Boru Pipe Band
- Dunham’s Food & Drink: 4:45 pm with the Brian Boru Pipe Band
- Shamrock’s: 6:15 pm with the Brian Boru Pipe Band
- Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 7:30 pm
- Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Post-Parade Party: 8:15 pm at the Normandy Inn on S 8th Street
There will be a performance on Saturday March 19th as well at Jake O’Connor’s Public House in Excelsior from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm.
What else are you looking for on St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know and maybe we can help you find it!