Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Minnesota

By Explore Minnesota

St Patricks Day Parade, St Paul
Photo by Chris Polydorff / Visit Saint Paul

You don't have to be Irish to get in on the fun of St. Patrick's Day. Parades, parties, races and concerts are held throughout the state, so put on your best green attire and celebrate the Irish way.


St. Paul, March 9
Start your St. Patrick's week off right at LuckyPalooza on West 7th Street. This festive street party has two city blocks' worth of action, including three tent parties at McGovern's, Burger Moe's and Cossetta's, outdoor food stands and bars, DJs and live music (including a performance by Tim Sigler), merchandise for sale, and performances by Ride MN extreme athletes throughout the day.

Celtic Festival

Moorhead, March 9
Enjoy intriguing history, arts and traditions of the seven Celtic Nations with two performance stages, heritage presentations, activity booths and Celtic foods at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.

Irish Scamper 5K & Parade

Maple Lake, March 16
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by running a 5K through the "old town" of Maple Lake. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Get the family together and start your day with a great run! 

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Minneapolis, March 16
Head to downtown Minneapolis for the city's 50th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Hosted on the newly renovated Nicollet, this evening parade celebrates 50 years of Irish heritage and families in Minnesota. Parade starts at 6:30 p.m.

St. Paul Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade 

St. Paul, March 16 
Watch the annual (53 years and counting!) St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown St. Paul. The parade begins at noon and travels east to west along 5th Street beginning at Broadway. The parade will wrap around Rice Park, turning south on Washington and east on 4th Street.

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration

Crosslake, March 16
Start your day with the Clover Dash 5K, then grab some lunch and a curbside spot to watch the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. This parade features floats, fun, entertainment and more.

St. Patrick's Day Red Beard Run

Willmar, March 16
A 7K run/walk around the lakes. Beards encouraged but not required.

St. Patrick's Shamrock'n Brunch

Grand Rapids, March 16
Bring the whole family to The Pickled Loon on Pokegama Lake for traditional Irish fare, live music, raffles, games and more.

An Irish Day of Dance & St. Patrick's Day Celebration

St. Paul, March 16 & 17
Take in all things Irish at these two events. Lively Celtic music, dancing and vendors will be featured over two days.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Ulm

New Ulm, March 17
New Ulm’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 5 p.m. This is the 54th year of the parade, making it the longest consecutive Irish parade event in the state. Start the celebration early during the New Ulm Irish Tea and Luncheon on March 10.

St. Patrick's Day in Stillwater

Stillwater, March 17
Stillwater is home to two historic Irish pubs: Charlie's Irish Pub & Pub 112. You will find green beer, Irish fare, live music and good times along historic Main Street's bars and restaurants for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

More St. Patrick's Day Parades

Looking for even more fun? Check out our Events page for a full list of seasonal festivities, searchable by date, type and location.