Whether you’re ready or not, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us once again. Our favorite Irish holiday always brings with it plenty of fun and festivities, so naturally, we rounded up several ways to celebrate!
Our lovely city of Omaha and the surrounding communities are full of Irish spirit, so it’s no surprise to us that the area is bursting with St. Patrick’s Day events. From parades to themed races, we’ve found the best ways to enjoy the holiday. Have fun experiencing the luck of the Irish to the absolute fullest—and don’t forget to wear green!
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center
When: March 7-8, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Take a journey to Ireland with the Omaha Symphony! Coming to the Holland Performing Arts Center on March 7th and 8th, this special performance brings together authentic Irish music, dance and storytelling that will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a whole new way. Click here to learn more and to purchase your tickets.
Where: W. Dale Clark Library
When: March 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Take your kiddo to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the library with stories from the Green Isle! While this event is recommended for children ages 3–5, all ages are welcome. Children will enjoy stories and activities and explore creative movement and songs. Just be sure to watch out for leprechauns!
Where: Old Market & Downtown Omaha
When: March 14, 10 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Mike McCarville via AOH Father Flanagan Division
The most anticipated St. Patrick’s Day event in Omaha actually takes place the weekend before March 17! The AOH Father Flanagan Division hosts the event in the streets of downtown, so wear your green (costumes are encouraged) and join in the fun from the sidelines. You can also watch from one of the designated viewing spots at the Old Chicago and O’Connor’s Irish Pub.
Where: Annie’s Irish Pub
When: March 14, After the parade
If you didn’t get enough celebrating in at the parade itself, you can always catch up at the after-party. The party will take place at Annie’s Irish Pub directly following the parade, and will include live Irish music, dancing, food and celebration.
Where: Dubliner Pub
When: March 14, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
It just isn’t a St. Patrick’s Day celebration without a few drinks with some friends—and this themed bar crawl is the perfect spot to do that! Tickets for the crawl cost $15 and include one to two complimentary drinks; a custom lucky badge and lanyard; drink and food specials; free cover; professional photography; and an exclusive crawl map. And be sure to put on your best green outfit so you can enter to win $500 in the evening’s costume contest.
Where: Omaha Marriott Downtown
When: March 14, 5:30-9 p.m.
Catholic Charities is hosting their 28th Annual Irish Fest Gala this year! This event benefits their numerous programs and services that help over 80,000 people every year. Starting at 5:30 p.m., enjoy a social hour and a silent auction before sitting down to a delicious dinner at the Omaha Marriott Downtown.
Where: Old Market
When: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
There’s no better place to be on St. Patrick’s Day weekend than the Old Market! Each year, the neighborhood celebrates the holiday together—with an entire night of drink specials, a scavenger hunt and St. Paddy’s Day-themed parties at local businesses all evening long. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. and you don’t want to miss it!
Where: Seymour Smith Park
When: March 15, 8:20 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Smith via Nebraska Runs
We love a good themed race and this St. Paddy’s Half Marathon and 7K is just what we’ve been looking for. Don your favorite green clothes—and a tutu if you want—and join in a fun race for a great cause! Proceeds from the event go to help support the Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy. Plus, there will be shamrock cookies waiting for you at the finish line, and if that’s not a great motivator, we don’t know what is.
Where: Aksarben Village
When: March 15, 9 a.m.
Jumpstart your St. Paddy’s Day with a fun run in Aksarben! The course will take you along the Keystone Trail next to Papillion Creek, giving you a chance to get outside and enjoy the morning. Afterward, stick around for post-run activities (including several giveaways!) at Pauli’s Lounge.
Where: The Choo-Choo Bar & Grill
When: March 17, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Omaha Pipes & Drums—Omaha’s favorite bagpipe and drum band—will be putting on a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day performance this year at the Choo Choo Bar and Grill. While you’re enjoying the music, take advantage of the many specials the Choo Choo will be running all day, including corned beef and cabbage for $10.95, domestic green beer draws for $2.25, and domestic buckets for $15.
Where: Two Fine Irishmen
When: March 17, 12-4 p.m.
While we love listening to The Shenanigans perform all year long, there’s no better time to enjoy an Irish band than on St. Patrick’s Day! They’ll be playing the perfect combination of Irish pub songs and songs that will make you want to party all day. Click here to learn more and to RSVP!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
How will you be celebrating this year? Let us know all about your plans in the comments below!