Erin go bragh!

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Houston

Get a head start on the mean green fun this weekend.

By Amarie Gipson and Jessica Lodge

Parades, concerts, mixers and more to get your St. Patrick's Day celebration started 

THERE'S AN OLD IRISH SAYING that goes, "Happiness being a dessert so sweet, may life give you more than you can ever eat." 

That's the St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday, March 17) vibe the city is certainly offering as we join millions in celebrating the Irish patron saint with more than just good food and drink.  There'll be parades, block parties, rock shows, yoga and — you guessed it — lush feasts and lots of drinking. 

If you’re looking for things to do this year, we’ve got you covered. Our advice? Stay hydrated and don’t forget to wear green. Here are 10 St. Patrick’s Day events to get into:

61st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown on Saturday, March 12, from 12-1:30 p.m.

Returning for its 61st year, this parade starts at Minute Maid Park and ends at the corner of St. Emanuel and Rusk streets. A second parade will commence on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m. on FM 1960 and will travel from Paradise Valley Drive to Kuykendahl Road. Purchases from the on-site vendor market will be donated to Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services. 

61st annual Downtown Block Party at Market Square Park on Saturday, March 12, from 12-3 p.m.

Can’t make the parade but still want to celebrate? Head Downtown to enjoy food, games and live music by Los Vertigos. This party is the perfect midday stop to prep you for an evening of bar hopping and continued fun.

Irish Demo & Dine at Central Market on Thursday, March 17,from 6:30-8 p.m.

What is St. Patrick’s Day without Irish cuisine? Take a class to learn tips on how to make Irish-influenced dishes to celebrate the holiday. Meals include Irish corned beef, shortcake and potato cakes. Attendees must be at least 21. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here

Leprechaun Yoga & St. Patrick’s Festival at HTX Sports Creek on Sunday, March 13, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Get active with this special St. Patrick’s Day yoga class. Vegan State Fair is hosting a five-hour festival equipped with sand volleyball, green beer, food trucks and music by DJ SuperJay. This all-ages event is also dog-friendly. Tickets for the yoga classes and festival range from $5-25 and can be purchased here

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass at the University of St. Thomas on Thursday, March 17, starting at 12:30 p.m. 

The Center for Irish Studies at UST will host a Mass to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick led by Father Michael Grey in the on-campus Chapel of St. Basil. The Mass can be attended in person or  via Zoom. For more information on parking, browse the “events” calendar here

Leprechaun’s Big Feast at University of Houston-Lynn Eusan Park on Saturday, March 12, from 12-10 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, 12-8 p.m.

Food, food and more food. Taste the world at the Otaku Food Festival as it makes its return for St. Patrick’s Day. Festival entry is free, and the event will include 25 food vendors and 15 local businesses for shopping. Bring your appetite! 

Networking Event Mixer at Craft Beer Cellar Houston on Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m. 

Join the Fitzpatrick Group during their St. Patty’s Day mixer to connect with other professionals and bring exposure to your business. Bring your business cards and get to know local entrepreneurs and professionals. You wouldn’t want to miss two complimentary beers, would you? 

St. Patrick’s Day at St. Arnold’s Beer Garden on Thursday, March 17, from 4-9 p.m. 

This yearly celebration returns to the St. Arnold’s Beer Garden & Restaurant and includes a live performance from the Tomfooligans, a bagpipe Celtic rock band. Feast on Irish corned beef, cabbage and Irish beef stew, and watch the Donegal beard-growing competition at 7 p.m. Houston caricature artist Jonathan Sorrells will be on-site creating St. Patty’s Day-inspired artistic pieces. This event is free and 21+. 

The Blaggards with Heide Riggs and the Basil Trio at the Heights Theater on Thursday, March 17s at 7 p.m. 

Rock ’n’ roll meets traditional Irish music in the sound of this Dublin-based band. The Blaggards will perform live for all ages at the Heights Theater. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased here

St. Patty’s Day Concert at Market Street in the Woodlands on Thursday, March 17, from 6-8:30 p.m.

During its jam-packed Sizzlin Spring Break celebration, Market Street invites everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a live performance from the Houston-based group, Fab 5, as they perform the greatest hits from the 1960s.

 

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