It’s said that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish! And although St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, it is still the perfect excuse for a weekend full of Irish themed debauchery here in Denver. Whether you are reveling in your Irish roots or simply wanting to enjoy the festivities, there will be plenty going on in the Mile High City to celebrate the Emerald Isles.
Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour
March 8 – 13
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand! Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – rock, film, and theater – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.
Celtic Tales of Love and War
Newmen Center University of Denver
March 11 – 13
Emerald passion and fury run deep in legends of old. From the beauty of the Isles to Roman conquest, damsels and warriors leave their lasting mark on history. Embrace your wee bit of green heritage, pull on your cape or armor, and immerse yourself in scenes of daring and romance
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown Denver, LoDo
March 12, 9:30am
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a fun festivity celebrating Irish culture and helps usher in the beginning of spring. It is the largest parade in Denver with more than 200,000 people lining the streets to enjoy stagecoaches, horses, floats with an Irish themed western flair, marching bands and so much more! With over 200 entries and 10,000 marchers, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is something the entire family can enjoy.
28th Annual Running of the Green Lucky 7k
17th and Wazee
March 13, 8:00am Registration
ROTG is a family oriented race/walk that is centered around the Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and is one of the largest 7k’s in the nation. With tons of fun festivities including live Irish music, Irish dancers, a beer garden, and expo held at Fado’s Irish Pub, it’s easy to see why Running of the Green was voted Best Post-Race Party!
Channel 93.3 Kegs and Eggs
Lodo’s Bar and Grill
March 17, 7:00am
Top of the morning to you! To kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Lodo’s Bar and Grill downtown and Channel 93.3 present the ninth annual Kegs & Eggs breakfast party on Thursday, March 17th starting at 7 AM. This year’s lineup features Amzy, Saint Motel and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.
Nallen’s Irish Pub
1429 Market Street
Why not celebrate St. Patty’s Day at Denver’s oldest Irish pub, where they know how to celebrate low key. Relax in the outdoor tent and enjoy Irish dancers and bagpipers throughout the day, and grab a catered corned beef sandwich. The beer may not be green at Nallen’s, but they offer all the most classic Irish brews, including $5.50 Guinness.
The Celtic Tavern
1801 Blake Street
In the heart of downtown and the center of it all, The Celtic Tavern sits right along the parade route making it a prime location to watch the parade while enjoying the classic Irish featured menu and sipping on a green beer. The bar will open early and throughout the day there will be appearances by Irish bands, pipers and Celtic dancers.
The Abbey Tavern
5151 East Colfax
Unlike some of the other Irish bars in Denver, this one is actually owned by an Irishmen. Many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations here in the United States lose their authenticity. But The Abbey Tavern brings back the cozy authentic flair for those who are wanting to enjoy a more traditional holiday. The weekend brings the larger celebrations, with a neighborly mini-festival and block party featuring Celtic bands, dancers and bagpipers, face painting and a bouncy castle.
The Irish Rover
54 South Broadway
With rooftop views of South Broadway and the distant downtown Denver, you can enjoy the spring weather while tipping back a classic Irish red ale. The Irish Rover offers the choice of three bars, all of which will be open for St. Patty’s, along with bagpipers making appearances throughout the day. Move between the rooftop bar and back patio, or head inside for the traditional Irish pub comforts.