Celebrate the luck of Irish this St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2016, with parades, live Irish music -- and of course, green beer! The holiday falls on a Thursday this year.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Parade begins at 19th Street and Wynkoop Street at 9:30 a.m.
One of the largest parades west of the Mississippi river, Denver's parade offers entertainment for little leprechauns of all ages. Admission is free, but parking downtown is not. Sponsored by Bellco Credit Union.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Irish Snug, 1201 E. Colfax Ave.
The Irish Snug holds its ninth-annual "hooley" to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. An outdoor tent will be set up on the premises for celebrating in any weather. The Snug features Irish food, Irish step dancing and bar service for the hooley, which takes place on the day of the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7 a.m.
Lodo's Bar & Grill, 1946 Market St.
Doors open at 7 a.m. for party-goers who cannot wait until lunch to get started for St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy some beer with your breakfast, and listen to live music presented by Channel 93.3. Keggs and Eggs celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2016, and this year's line-up includes local favorites Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 and Thursday, March 17, 2016
Fado, 1735 19th St. #150
Fado celebrates St. Paddy's Day with an outdoor block party beginning at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Thursday. Tickets are $20 in advance for Saturday and $10 in advance for Thursday. Faso is also offering a two-pack for party goers who want to celebrate both days. Live Irish music, beer gardens and food tents will be on hand to help revelers celebrate.
Celtic Tavern, 1801 Blake St.
The Celtic Tavern features live music and drink specials for St. Patrick's Day. The Celtic Tavern is located next door to cigar bar Delaney's Bar, which will also be celebrating St. Patty's Day. Both venues also offer off-track betting starting at 10:30 a.m. If you need to practice for the holiday, the Celtic is also participating in the St. Practice pub crawl on March 5, 2016.
Katie Mullens, 1550 Court St.
Katie Mullens offers a spacious Irish pub on the 16th Street Mall in LoDo. The bar is owned by a company based in Carrick-on-Shannon in Ireland. A second location, Wee Katie's, opened at 3358 Mariposa St. in the Highlands neighborhood in 2015.
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 10:15 a.m.
17th Street and Wazee
Run a lucky seven kilometers to kick off St. Patrick's Day. Race registration for the 27h-annual race is $46 in advance in March or $50 on the day of the race. Register online or in person at Runners Roost.
Fri. March 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. March 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. March 13, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
University of Denver, Newman Center
Tickets range from $22 - $44 for this presentation of Celtic music and dance for St. Patrick's Day. The Denver Brass will play classic melodies such as Scotland the Brave and Passion of the Celts.
Molly Brown House
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Victorian Unmentionables Cream Tea
Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St.
Visit the historic home of Denver's most famous Irishwoman, the unsinkable Molly Brown. Born to Irish immigrants John and Johanna Tobin in 1867, Brown embarked (and disembarked) on the infamous journey of the Titanic in 1912. For $22 per person, visitors can learn about Molly's undergarments in a special Irish tea service.
The Wick School of Irish Dance
Perhaps you've seen "Riverdance" one too many times, or just want to kick up your heels and have some fun. The Wick School of Irish Dance offers traditional step dance lessons for all ages and levels at several locations in the Denver metro area.
Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.