From Boulder to Denver and all points in between, the Front Range plans to “Go Green” with dozens of St. Patrick’s Day festivities. With St. Patty’s falling on Friday, March 17, 2023, expect plenty of parties, pub crawls and festivals the weekend before and the 17th, 18th and 19th.
While we have a post for Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (which is on Saturday, March 11, 2023), here are other FREE and low-cost ways to “get your Irish on” across the Front Range. You’ll find plenty of Irish music, step dancers, pipe bands and more. If you know of any we missed, send details to Laura@milehighonthecheap.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Festivals
Saturday, March 11 — 9:30 a.m. The route starts at 19th and Wynkoop then proceeds down Wynkoop to 17th, south to Blake and then marches down Blake to 27th and beyond.
This is one of the largest St. Patty’s parades in the country (an estimated 300,000 spectators along the 15-block route) with floats, clowns, pipe bands, Irish step dancers, military honorees, horses, stagecoaches and more. The entire parade lasts up to four hours!
Saturday, March 11. Noon to 6 p.m. Street festival features more than 50 vendors, food trucks and a kids zone.
Also two stages with live music from Big Paddy, Celtic Legacy, The Wrecklunds, The Barlow and Chancer’s Hooley! Enjoy a wide array of libations and Olde Town businesses will be front and center.
Saturday, March 11. Festive line-up of food & drinks specials, live Irish entertainment & more. The 2023 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade will go directly past Dairy Block on Saturday, March 11 as it makes its way up Blake Street. Kachina Cantina opens early at 9 a.m. with a Taco Cart on its patio. The Maven Hotel hosts the Wick School of Irish Dance for two performances at noon and 3 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Seven Grand celebrates with West Cork Irish Whiskey specials, including cocktails and a West Cork Whiskey tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mahogany Room.
Saturday, March 11, 2023. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Knights of Columbus 539 host the family-friendly festivities. Enjoy bagpipers, Irish dancers, and more. Corned beef & cabbage adult meal – $25; child meal – $10; Admission only – $10; Children 3 and under free. Parking is available for $5. 1555 N. Grant St., Denver.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Friday, March 17. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Party & Sing-Along. Singing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Kevin Dooley, John Bunzli,Jeanne McAdara & Irish Table O’Singers. Prize for best dressed at 7:30 p.m. Corned beef on rye special. 335 1st Ave., Unit C, Longmont.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18. Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. They’ll be tapping Saoirse Irish Red Ale, Mo Chroi Irish Black Ale and Falling Skye Scottish Ale. Both days will have Irish dancers and the Celtic Kitchen food truck. Live music on Friday from Avourneen and Saturday by Steve Hart & Grateful Dogs. 18425 Pony Express Dr., Unit 125, Parker.
Friday, March 17. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Food & drink specials all day. Connolly Irish Dancers at 5 p.m. Live music with Craig “CD” Clark from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Celtic Step Irish Dancers at 7:30 p.m. 1119 Washington Ave., Golden.
Friday, March 17. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live entertainment by Ciorcal Cairde Irish Pipes & Drims, Mile Highlanders, Celtic Steps, McTeggart, Denver & District, Michael Collins, Centennial State. Food & drink specials. 2641 E. 2nd Ave., Denver.
Friday to Sunday, March 17 to 19. Hosts a three-day celebration. Enjoy traditional Irish dancers, bagpipes, and Irish/Celtic vendors. See website for entertainment line-up and schedule. Two stages and more than a dozen bands. Music includes Irish, Hip Hop, Metal, Punk, Delta Blues, Rockabilly.
First come first/first served basis. No reservations will be accepted due to high demand. A large outdoor heated tent will be able to accommodate patrons outside. A $3 entry fee is required. 7000 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge.
Saturday, March 18. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open DJ decks, chips & salsa, FREE beer! Held at Dreams Aren’t This Good salsary. 2076 Huron St., Denver.
Friday, March 17. 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sample Irish food and drink, learn Riverdance type line dance, play lucky board games, and test your skills at trivia. $7 cover includes game showdown, dance class and access to game library. Reserve your table here. 26090 E. County Line Rd., Highlands Ranch.
Friday, March 17. Family-friendly event open to all ages and free to attend. Food & drink specials all day. Live music from Luke Hardcastle starts at 4 p.m. DJ On Vinyl begins at 6 p.m. Face painting and a balloon artist from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 2000 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver.
Saturday, March 18. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Live music by the Grey Madderz Band. Drink specials and dancing. Tickets: $12. Buy here. 9360 Station St., Suite 175, Lone Tree.
Friday, March 17. Noon to 10 p.m. Shamrock shenanigans all St. Patrick’s Day. No cover before 10 p.m. Reserve your spot here. 2201 Lawrence St., Denver.
Saturday, March 11. Noon to 10 p.m. Music from Afrobeat & Positive Vibes with Atomga, Irish dancers (2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.), Irish food from J Street and the release of Mintnight Express Stout with chocolate and mint. 16401 Table Mountain Pkwy., Golden.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18. Noon to 10 p.m. Live performances both days by Norea the Fiddler, Nomad Neighbors (Friday) and Skean Dubn (Saturday). J Street Food Truck on site. 1057 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood.
Friday, March 17. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Performances start at noon. Includes Celtic Steps, Connolly Irish Dance, Wick School Dancers, Centennial State Bag Pipes, Heritage Irish Step Dancers, Arena Rock All-Stars (start at 8 p.m.). Food and drink specials. 10133 W. Chatfield Ave., Littleton.
Friday, March 17. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $1 off beers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Dumpling Deli food truck on site.
Saturday, March 18. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Brewery Boot Camp from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Performances by Nerea The Fiddler at 1 p.m. and Celtic Steps 5 p.m. Mention to the bartender “You’re having a savage time” and they might have a little surprise for you. Hesher BBQ food truck on site. 18148 W 92nd Ln. Suite 100, Arvada.
Saturday, March 18. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hops n’ Hash party on the massive 10,000-square-foot beer garden. Live Irish music, Irish-crafted menu, and festive drink deals, including craft green beer. 1071 Courtesy Rd., Louisville.
Friday, March 17. Opens at 11 a.m. There will be step dancers, pipers & drummers and live music on two stages. Performers include Chancer’s Hooley and The Stubby Shillelaghs. The menu includes Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash and Irish Spring Rolls. 2030 Larimer St., Denver.
Friday, March 17. Enjoy corned beef & cabbage starting at noon. Live music with Steve Pierce & Ernie Martinez and Galen Crader. Performances by step dancers and Michael Collins Pipes and Drums. 2300 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora.
Thursday-Saturday, March 16, 17 & 18. Open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The weekend of Irish fun kicks off on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate “new” ownership (they took over right before the pandemic).
Greenwood Plaza Blvd will be closed to traffic for all three days with tents set up in the street that lasts the entire weekend.
Street Party features the Ciorcal Cairde Irish Pipes & Drums band, traditional Irish food and drinks and giveaways. Guests can enjoy a pint of Guinness and a plate of corned beef and cabbage while enjoying the sounds of traditional Irish bagpipers and drums.
5364 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village.
Saturday, March 18. The Wick School of Irish Dance performs on the Southeast Plaza at noon. Live music and green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Aurora Police Dept. offers a FREE ride home in you live within 10 miles of the city limits. 2501 Dallas St., Aurora.
Saturday, March 18. Noon. Dishes up a FREE corned beef and cabbage lunch starting at noon (until it’s gone). 8858 Pearl St., Denver.
Friday, March 17. 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Gobs O’Phun St. Patrick’s Day Party. Gobs O’Phun is a traditional Irish and Scottish, acoustic folk band that originated in the family living room. Brothers-in-law Denis Sullivan and Martin Lambuth form the duet. They accompany themselves with guitar, bodhran and harmonica. Tickets $14 in advance, $19 day of show. Buy here. 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18. Open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. both days. Friday features El Jefe Food Truck and performances by Avourneen, Denver & District Pipe Band and The Cromulent. Saturday features Big Belly Brothers BBQ Food Truck and performances by Roma Ransom, C.D. Clark and Queen City Pipe Band. They will be releasing their anniversary edition Olde Saint’s Keep Whiskey. 5405 W. 56th Ave., Unit C, Arvada.
Saturday, March 11 & Friday, March 17. Open at 10 a.m. each day. Irish dancers, Irish music, bagpipers, corned beef, drink specials. 54 S. Broadway, Denver.
Saturday, March 11. Performances by Wick School of Dance Promos and specials through the night.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Live entertainment and drink specials. 1076 Ogden St., Denver.
Friday, March 17. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Giveback! Show up between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a clothing donation or feminine hygiene product and receive a free green beer thanks to Helga’s German Restaurant (subject to an ID check for 21+ of course.) The Wick School of Irish Dance performs at 6:15 p.m. on stage in Center Court. 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora.
Saturday, March 11 to Saturday, March 18. Live music, giveaways. food & drink specials. 2015 Market St., Denver.
Friday, March 17. 7:30 p.m. Performance by Potcheen and Keltic Dancers. Drink and Irish dinner specials. Tickets: $10 general admission. 11160 S. Pikes Peak Dr., Parker.
Denver Bar Crawls
Saturday, March 12. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Check in at Nola Jane Restaurant and Bar (1435 Market St.). Ticket gets you $10 to spend at multiple downtown Denver bars, food and drink specials, scavenger hunt with prizes and a special gift. Tickets are $7 to $17.
Friday, March 17. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food & drink specials. Live music. Photographers to capture the best moments. Starts at Pour House on Market. Tickets start at $14.99.
Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food & drink specials. Live music. Photographers to capture the best moments. Starts at Pour House on Market. Tickets start at $14.99.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. both days. Check in at Rock Bottom Brewery (1001 16th Street #A-100) to get your wristband and map with participating bars, their location, and their drink specials. Tickets are $15 to $45.