Some Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities To Really Celebrate The Day

Drink a Green Beer Raise a pint of your favorite Irish brew or get in the spirit with a green beer. You can even make it at home with our simple instructions.

Make St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For a fun-filled afternoon with your kids, plan a crafty St. Patrick’s Day. Put together one (or a few!) of the many St. Patrick’s Day crafts to make some lasting memories with your family this March 17.

Have an Irish Movie Marathon. Queue up some of the best flicks to come out of the Emerald Isle, such as the musical movie Once. You could also watch films that center around Irish characters and themes, such as the 2015 drama Brooklyn or fan-favorite Sing Street.

Eat Corned Beef and Cabbage. You haven’t celebrated like the Irish if you don’t devour a plate that looks like this. A classic dish of Ireland, corned beef and cabbage is hearty and delicious.

See a Landmark Shrouded in Green. Most famously, the Chicago River is dyed green every year for St. Patrick’s Day. But there are other emerald landmarks you can see, like the Empire State Building, Irish Parliament building, and Sydney Opera house, which are all lit up green. Even Niagara Falls gets doused for a verdant glow.

Listen to Irish Music. No, you don’t have to listen to bagpipes to check this off the list. Think more along the lines of U2, Flogging Molly, or the Cranberries. Listening to Irish folk music is also a great St. Patrick’s Day tradition if there are any live performances nearby, preferably at a bar (er, pub). You’ll feel like you’re right at Dublin’s Temple Bar.

Go to a Parade. You’ll get in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit right away by attending a festive, cheerful St. Patrick’s Day parade. Celebrating the day with parades happens around the world, including in the U.S., Ireland, Australia, Russia, and more.

Have a Pint of Guinness. The thick, rich Irish dry stout is a must-have on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s estimated that nearly 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day across the world. 

Make an Irish meal. There are so many delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes out there to make your celebration even more authentic this year, like a traditional beef stew infused with two cups of Guinness or corned beef and cabbage with a mustard glaze.

Whip up a shamrock peppermint shake. Don’t limit your St. Paddy’s Day drinks to alcohol. With some vanilla, ice cream, peppermint, and green food coloring, you can have the most beautifully delicious and festive milkshake.

Have an Irish coffee. If you’re not a Guinness fan, then Irish coffees are the tastiest (and most festive) cocktails to drink on March 17. Try this delicious Irish coffee recipe, which features brown sugar for extra sweetness. There’s a healthy amount of Irish whiskey in here to keep you toasty, so savor it slowly.

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