St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate Irish heritage and culture with friends and family. The city of Denver, Colorado is known for its vibrant and festive celebrations, making it the perfect destination for anyone looking to join in on the fun. From parades and festivals to traditional Irish cuisine and drinks, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate this special holiday in Denver. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting from out of town, here’s a guide to help you make the most of your St. Patrick’s Day in Denver.
Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade
WHEN: March 11, 2023; 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Downtown Denver
Since 1962, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver has drawn in spectators seeking the Irish spirit. It is normally held the Saturday on the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, and this year’s parade is expected to draw half a million people. The parade will feature floats, dancing, live bands, charities, and even local celebrities, and the route goes through plenty of bars and restaurants. Be sure to get a good spot in advance; we recommend arriving around 6:00 AM to find a prime spot. The parade starts on Wynkoop at 19th Street, turns down 17th Street in front of Denver Union Station, and then turns northeast down Blake Street, proceeding all the way up to 27th Street.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party and Pub Crawl
WHEN: March 11, 17 and 18
WHERE: The Ginn Mill – 2041 Larimer St
Join after the Denver St Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday (March 11th), or Friday (March 17th) and Saturday (March 18th) for the BIGGEST St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Denver! Pick up your wristband and a map of all participating LoDo venues to enjoy drink and food specials all day and night. Your St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl kit includes drink coupons, free welcomes shot vouchers and a map of all participating bars and nightclubs. Come be Irish for a day!
Gobs O’Phun Musical Performance
WHEN: Friday, March 17 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Swallow Hill Music – Quinlan Cafe 71 East Yale Ave Denver, CO 80210
Looking for some musical merriment this St. Patrick’s Day? Enjoy the musical styling of Gobs O’Phun, a traditional Irish and Scottish acoustic folk band. Their shows are more than music, often offering comedy, storytelling, and friendly banter with the audience. Every show is different, so you’ll never know what to expect. The Quinlan Cafe, where Gobs O’Phun will be performing, also has a full bar, coffee station, and snacks to enjoy during the show.
Runnin’ of the Green Run and Irish Festival
WHEN: Sunday, March 12 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WHERE: 1700 E Louisiana Avenue Denver, CO 80210
Those looking for a fun and family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Denver should visit the Runnin’ of the Green in Washington Park. You can choose from a 7k run or a two-mile walk, making it accessible for most fitness levels. Proceeds from the 5k go towards the Fetal Health Foundation. And after your walk or run, enjoy the festivities at the Irish Festival! There will be live music, Irish dancers, bagpipe performers, a beer garden, photo opportunities, and more. The Runnin’ of the Green has been a tradition in Denver for 35 years, and offers something for everyone.
No matter how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver, it’s sure to be a festive and memorable experience. From the parades and live music to the traditional Irish cuisine and drinks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to plan ahead and stay safe while you celebrate, and don’t forget to take in all the sights, sounds, and flavors that this lively holiday has to offer.
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