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 Sunday, March 17, expect plenty of parties, pub crawls and festivals all weekend.
While we have a post for Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (which is on Saturday) here are other FREE and low-cost ways to “get your Irish on” across the Front Range, including the world’s “shortest” St. Patrick’s Day Parade. You’ll find plenty of Irish music, step dancers, pipe bands and more. If you know of any we missed, send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve noted if an event is Saturday, Sunday or both, so be sure to double check the listing.
Parades & Festivals
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Denver
Saturday, March 16 — 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 200,000 spectators along the 15-block route) with some 10,000 marchers, including floats, clowns, pipe bands, Irish step dancers, military honorees, horses, stagecoaches and more. The entire parade lasts up to four hours!
Arvada Saint Patrick’ Day Festival
Saturday, March 16 — Noon to 6 p.m. Historic Olde Town Arvada, Grandview Ave., & Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Live music, beer, wine, food, and family fun. Entertainment by Angus Mohr, Celtic Steppers, Centennial State Pipes and Drums, Ponder the Albatross and Big Paddy. Admission FREE, tickets to purchase drinks sold in the event area. Best parking spots are long-term lots near the Jeffco Library and on Vance St.
Saturday, March 16 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE corned-beef & cabbage served from noon to 2 p.m. (while supplies last). Spin the Lucky Discount Wheel. 8858 Pearl St., Denver.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17 — Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. $20. Denver’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration is going down in LoDo. Put on by Fadó Irish Pub (yes, they closed their doors, but are the event organizers), it features an all-day, outdoor festival, complete with live bands, outdoor bars, and food trucks. Held at Mile High Spirits Distillery, 2201 Lawrence St., Denver.
Parties & Celebrations
Sunday, March 17. Opens at 11 a.m. Celtic Steps (Irish dancers) at 1 p.m.Traditional Irish music at 2 p.m. Slainte songs at 4 p.m. Irish Triplets (sing-a-long) at 6 p.m. Stomp Street Heist at 8:30 p.m. Food and drink specials. 2017 13th St., Boulder.
Clancy’s Irish Pub
Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music, Irish cuisine, vendors, bagpipes and drums and Irish dancers. Performers include Delta Sonics, Angus Mohr and Paul Glover.
Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Live music, Irish cuisine, vendors, bagpipes and drums and Irish dancers. Performers include Lougheed, Mulligan Stew, Big Paddy and The Commoners. 7000 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge.
Dry Dock Brewing (South Dock)
Saturday, March 16, noon to midnight. Get your Irish food fix with delicious grub prepared by The Wing Hut. Irish Dancers at 2 p.m. and The Michael Collins Pipes and Drums at 4:45 p.m. Stick around for a tapping of their Irish Red. 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m. Performance by Irish dancers from the Wick School of Dance. Everyone wearing green also receives a FREE cookie. 11068 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood.
Holy Cross Knights of Columbus
Sunday, March 17, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Irish dinner. $10/adults, $5 kids. Holy Cross Catholic Church, 9371 Wigham St., Thornton.
Howl at the Moon
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17. Doors open at noon both days. Entertainment starts at 1 p.m. Drink specials and giveaways. 1735 19th St., Denver.
Saturday, March 16. Open at 10 a.m. Tent opens at 1 p.m. The Capitol Hill Hooley features music, drink specials, traditional Irish food, step dancers, bag pipers. Under a Blood Red Sky (U2 tribute band) headlines starting at 9:30 p.m. Other bands include Wicked Shehogues (1:30 p.m.), Bodha (2:45 p.m.), The Commoners (6 p.m.) $5 admission benefits Open Door Ministries.
Sunday, March 17. Open at 8 a.m. Tent opens at 12:30 p.m. The Capitol Hill Hooley features music, drink specials, traditional Irish food, step dancers, bag pipers. Chancers Hooley headlines starting at 8:30 p.m. Other bands include Grateful Dogs (12:30 p.m.), The Commoners (1:45 p.m.) and Bodha (5 p.m.) $5 admission benefits Open Door Ministries. 1201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Kline’s Beer Hall
Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Live music, drink and food specials including a $10 Irish meal. Pick & Howl perform at 1 p.m., KDog & The Howlers take the stage at 7 p.m. No cover charge. 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada.
Left Hand Brewing Company
Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Join in on a lucky day of Irish dance performances, beer specials, and the return of their Pour Hard contest. Show off your hard pour skills, and you could win some free beer. 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont.
Maggie Smith’s Irish Pub
Saturday, March 16. Opens at 10 a.m. Tent opens at 1 p.m. Performers include Connoly School of Dance throughout the day, CD Clare (1 p.m.), Wicked Sheehogues (3:30 p.m.), Pipe Band (4 p.m., Boys Of The Town ( 6 p.m.) and Bodha (9:30 p.m.).
Sunday, March 17 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Irish dancers throughout the day. Performers include Wicked Shehogues (1:30 p.m.), Chancers Whooley (1:45 p.m.), Grateful Dogs (5 p.m.) and CD Clarke (8:30 p.m.) 6631 South Peoria St., Centennial, 303-999-2010.
Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. McGuckin Hardware honors its Irish roots with Lucky Saturday. Free family-friendly crafts, giveaways, tasty food samples and performances. Village Shopping Center, 2525 Arapahoe Ave. (but store is at Canyon Blvd.and Folsom), Boulder.
New Terrain Brewing Co
Saturday, March 16. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Irish Greengrass by Ragged Union from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Irish food by J.Street all day. Irish dancers at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 16401 Table Mountain Pkwy., Golden.
Oasis Brewing St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17. Starts at noon. Saturday, enjoy live music with Rogue 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Radical Sasquatch food truck, and $5 kolsch and Zoeser stouts. Sunday, Wondertic will be there providing the music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Pizza Alley will be selling pizza by the slice. The klosch and Zoeser stout special will also still be available. 3257 N. Lowell Blvd., Denver.
O’Grady’s St. Patrick’s Day Party
Saturday, March 16. Starts at 10 a.m. Contests, prizes and giveaways all day. DJs spinning from noon to 2 p.m. $3 green Coors on tap. The Triangle Denver, 2036 N. Broadway, Denver.
Resolute Brewing Company
Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. They will be tapping their Rye Irish Red with Clover Honey (a fun version of this Irish beer), Basic Kneads Pizza will serve delicious wood fired pizza. Irish music. Mention to the bartender “You’re having a savage time” and they might have a little surprise for you. 7286 S Yosemite St, Ste 110, Centennial.
Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brewery Boot Camp (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) will be on hand to help you work off some of those extra calories you may have consumed this weekend. Street Snack Bubble Waffles will be here serving savory Irish inspired waffles (and a few sweet waffles too). The MileHighlanders Bagpipe band with their Irish dancers performs at 2:45 p.m. Celtic Steps showcases Irish stepdancing at 5:30 p.m. 7286 S Yosemite St, Ste 110, Centennial.
Rory’s Irish Tavern
Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. At 2 p.m., the Celtic Friends kick off the party with traditional Irish music. Then, there’s The Celtic Steps Dance Troupe at 4 p.m., Mercado & Labbe at 5 p.m., and excellent music from Johnny Got Rox starting at 7 p.m. No cover, drink and food specials.
Sunday, March 17. Celtic Steps Dance Troupe performs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mercado & Lebbe take the stage from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 400 Broadway, Denver.
Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17. Scruff’s is located two blocks off the Parade route. Opens at 7 a.m. There will be step dancers, pipers, live music on two stages, a heated beer tent on Murphy’s back patio, food trucks and plenty of libation. Performers include Under A Blood Red Sky, Brent Loveday & The Dirty Dollars, Ninety Percent 90’s and many more. 2030 Larimer St., Denver.
Sheabeen Irish Pub
Sunday, March 17. Doors open at 9 a.m. Showing of the movie “The Quiet Man” at 10 a.m. At noon, enjoy corned beef & cabbage. Live music starts at 3 p.m. with Steve Pierce, Bob Cook & Ernie Martinez. Hillbilly Demons play at 7:30 p.m. Also step dancers, pipe band throughout the day. 2300 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora.
Slattery’s Irish Pub
Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tent opens at 1 p.m. Irish dancers and pipe bands throughout the day. Performers include Grateful Dog (6 p.m.) and McDeviants (9 p.m.).
Sunday, March 17, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tent opens at 12:30 p.m. Dancers and pipe bands throughout the day. Musical acts include Jerry Serbers Band (2:45 p.m.), Boys Of The Town (5:15 p.m.) and Bodha (8:30 p.m.). 5364 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village.
The Abbey Tavern
Saturday, March 16. Starting at 11 a.m. on the outdoor stage enjoy music, pipe bands, Irish dancing, face paintings and kids art activities.. 5151 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
The Irish Rover
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17. Opens at 10 a.m. each day. Irish dancers, Irish music, bagpipers, corned beef, drink specials. 54 S. Broadway, Denver.
Saturday, March 16. Doors open at 8 a.m. for the downtown parade. Stay for the after party, featuring live entertainment from local folk band Potcheen from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 17. Irish brunch party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Potcheen performs from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Sunday Funday goes from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., complete with volleyball tournaments, corn hole, tournaments, foosball, shuffleboard & more. Irish food specials and green beer. 2015 Market St., Denver.
WOW! Children’s Museum
Sunday, March 17. Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a special performance at 11 a.m. by the McTeggart Irish Dancers. Included with Museum admission.
Irish Stroll Bar Crawl
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10 to $15. Buy tickets here. Show your appreciation for the makers of Guinness this St. Patrick’s Day with a full day of boozy shenanigans. Satisfy your thirst at Denver’s Irish Stroll, featuring free admission and drink specials. Registration is at Society Sports and Spirits.
Kiss Me I’m Irish Bar Crawl
Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday). $10. Check in at Brothers Bar & Grill Denver (1920 Market St.) to your wristband and map with participating bars, their location, and their drink specials. Your wristband gets you into any of the participating bars with no cover, plus gets you drink specials all day & night.