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 Thursday, March 17, expect plenty of parties, pub crawls and festivals the weekends before and after and on the 17th itself.
While we have a post for Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (which is on Saturday, March 12, 2022) 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 12 — 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 floats, clowns, pipe bands, Irish step dancers, military honorees, horses, stagecoaches and more. The entire parade lasts up to four hours!
Saturday, March 12. 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, Pick & Howl and more! Enjoy a wide array of libations and Olde Town businesses will be front and center. Festival goers will find beer from Denver Beer Co and New Image, Elevated Seltzer and festive drinks from Silver Vines Winery.
Thursday, March 17. 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. A celebration of Irish culture for the kiddos. Enjoy a performance by Celtics Steps Irish Dance School at 3 p.m., photo booth, crafts and snacks. FREE, but you can register here. Held in the Mall’s Center Court between Macy’s and Dillard’s (Lower Level). 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora.
Saturday, March 12. Starts at 11 a.m. For ages 21+ only. Get ready to shake your shamrocks at Denver’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day party. Features Mile High Spirits cocktails, beer, seltzers and shots, live music from top DJ’s, vendors, inflatables and much more. Held rain, snow or shine just off the Downtown Denver parade route in the parking lot next to Coors Field. Tickets: General Admission $25.
Thursday, March 17. 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Roller City on roller skates. For ages 21+ only. Hosted by Mari en Patines and featuring live music, immersive/reactive art installations, full bar, skating demos, vendor village and more. Proceeds go to The Boredom Fighters and their mission to get underserved kids into the studio. Cost is $30 per person and includes skate rental. Buy tickets here. 6803 W. Alameda, Lakewood.
Saturday, March 12. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Knights of Columbus 539 host the family-friendly festivities. Enjoy bagpipers, Irish dancers, and more. Adult meal – $25; child meal – $10; Admission only – $10; Children 3 and under free. Parking is $5. 1555 N. Grant St., Denver.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Thursday to Saturday, March 17 to 19. Three-day celebration. They’ll be tapping Saoirse Irish Red Ale, Mo Chroi Irish Black Ale and Falling Skye Scottish Ale. All three days we’ll have Irish Dancers from Celtic Steps and Reed Schools of Irish Dance, and Friday and Saturday evening music by Juice o’ the Barley. Food trucks serve up Irish menus. 18425 Pony Express Dr., Unit 125, Parker.
Saturday, March 12. Doors open at 11 a.m. Celebration runs until 1 a.m. on Sunday. Details on their Facebook page. 490 Santa Fe Dr., Denver.
Thursday, March 17. Green beer, a new Irish red release, and the live music of EvenFlo with Ken Burdette and Tony Ferrufino at 7 p.m. 2501 Dallas St. (inside Stanley Marketplace), Denver.
Saturday, March 12. Clancy’s welcomes Diaballica (Tribute to Metallica) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the front patio. Also performing are Quickdraw Homegrown Music at 7 p.m. and Brother’s Brew at 4 p.m. Enjoy live Irish dancing from both The Connolly Irish School of Dance (6 p.m.) and Celtic Steps (1 p.m.). 7000 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge.
Thursday to Saturday, March 17 to 19. Hosts a three-day celebration. Enjoy Irish dancers, bagpipes, and Irish/Celtic vendors. See website for entertainment line-up and schedule. 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. Asking for a $2 entry fee which will be donated to The Colorado Humane Society. 7000 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge.
Thursday, March 17. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sample Irish whiskey, learn Riverdance type line dance, play lucky board games, and test your skills at trivia. 26090 E. County Line Rd., Highlands Ranch.
Thursday, March 17. 9 p.m. Live music by Nothing But Nineties who will be “Pub” thumping all the decade hits from grunge rock to boy bands to hip hop and more. 9110 Wadsworth Pkwy., Westminster.
Thursday, March 17. noon to 9 p.m. Brats, Beers & Bagpipes! Opening early at noon. El Jefe’s Smothered Brats and Tots will be onsite. Performance by pipe band, The Mile Highlanders at 3 p.m. 14715 W. 64th Ave., Units A&B, Arvada.
Thursday, March 17. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Performance by 20 Hands High. 3467 S. Broadway, Englewood.
Saturday, March 12. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Music from The Alcapones, 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.
Thursday, March 17. Opens at 4 p.m. through 11 p.m. on Friday. Green cocktails (Wicked Leprechaun), live music, Irish dancers, bag pipers, and special menu items. 3560 Chestnut Pl., Denver.
Saturday, March 12. Scruff’s is located two blocks off the Parade route. There will be step dancers, pipers and live music on two stages. Performers include Chancer’s Hooley and The Stubby Shillelaghs. 2030 Larimer St., Denver.
Thursday, March 17, Brent Loveday and the Dirty Dollars from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reno Divorce perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 2030 Larimer St., Denver.
Thursday, March 17. Opens at 9 a.m. Screening of “The Quiet Man” at 10 a.m. Enjoy corned beef & cabbage starting at noon. Live music with Sheabeen Ramblers, Steve Pierce & Ernie Martinez and Galen Crader. Performances by Celtic Step Dancers (5 p.m.), Heritage Irish Step Dancers (7:30 p.m.) and Michael Collins Pipes and Drums (8:45 p.m.) . 2300 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora.
Saturday, March 12. Noon. Traditional Irish stepdance show by performers from Wick School of Irish Dance.
Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19. Open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. both days. Friday features El Jefe Food Truck and performances by C.D. Clark, Denver & District Pipe Band and Jim Jam Jimmy. Saturday features G Wagon Food Truck and performances by Roma Ransom, Denver & District Pipe Band and The Cromulent. The will be releasing their anniversary edition Olde Saint’s Keep Whiskey. 5405 W. 56th Ave., Unit C, Arvada.
Saturday, March 12 & Thursday, March 17. Open at 10 a.m. each day. Irish dancers, Irish music, bagpipers, corned beef, drink specials. 54 S. Broadway, Denver.
Saturday, March 12. Performances by Polka Folka, Nerea the Fiddler, Wick School of Dance and Eric the Red (hosting karaoke). Promos and specials through the night. 1076 Ogden St., Denver.
Saturday, March 12. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find a spot on the Terminal Bar patio beginning at 9 a.m. to cheer on the parade as it walks past Denver Union Station. There will be balloon artists crafting festive hats and plenty of giveaways from brands like Tullamore Dew, Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Menu Includes: Breakfast Burritos, Irish Coffee (hot or frozen!), Guinness beer and Tullamore Dew Drop Shots.
Saturday, March 12. Live music, giveaways. food & drink specials (including $5 green beer and $14 for corned beef and cabbage meal). DJs from 6 p.m. to close. 2015 Market St., Denver.
Thursday, March 17. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Celtic Legacy performs. 2210 California St., Denver.
Denver Bar Crawls
Saturday, March 12. Noon to 6 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.
Thursday, March 17. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food & drink specials. Starts at Pub House on Market. Tickets $10.99.
Saturday, March 12 & Thursday, March 17. Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 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.