It doesn't really matter whether or not your heritage goes back to the Emerald Isle; St. Patrick's Day is the one day each year everyone gets to celebrate Ireland and all things Irish. Around Baltimore, there are lots of events celebrating the luck of the Irish, including parades, bar crawls, and more.
Note: some of these events happen prior to or after St. Patrick's Day, which falls on Monday, March 17 in 2014.
1. 17 Days of Saint Patrick
Saturday, March 1 through Monday, March 17
Slainte Irish Pub: 1700 Thames St.
Slainte Irish Pub in Fells Point will countdown to St. Patrick's Day with 17 days of Irish trivia, whiskey tastings, and more. Highlights include:
- Saturday, March 1: $4.50 Guinness during Leary Foundation Fire Fighter Fundraiser (7-9 p.m.)
- Wednesday, March 5: Irish trivia and $4 Smithwicks (8:30-10:30 p.m.)
- Friday, March 7: Shuck of the Irish with dollar oysters (5-8 p.m.)
- Sunday, March 9: Introduction to Irish Dance with the O'Connor School of Irish Dance (2-5 p.m.)
- Thursday, March 13: Jameson Tasting Dinner (6 p.m.; ticketed event)
- Monday, March 17: Slainte opens at 6 a.m. and will host bag pipers, Irish dancers, and traditional Irish music all day.
2. Canton Irish Stroll
3. Federal Hill Irish Stroll
Saturday, March 8, 1-9 p.m.
Tickets: $14 and up
Baltimore's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration will take over 17 bars in Federal Hill. Specials include $2.50-3.50 domestic beers. Registration takes place at No Way Jose and Mother's Federal Hill Grille.
4. Paint the Town Green: St. Patty's Day Skate
Friday, March 14, 7-9 p.m.
Ice skate to traditional Irish music when Patterson Park's ice rink goes green. Kids can play games while enjoying punch and cookies.
5. O'Malley's March
Saturday, March 15, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
The Creative Alliance at the Patterson
Governor Martin O'Malley and his six-piece Irish rock band will return to The Creative Alliance at the Patterson for two performances. O'Malley plays acoustic songs and sings songs that range from covers of The Pogues to an anthem about the Battle of Baltimore.
6. Claddagh Pub's Meet in the Street
Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16
Claddagh Pub: 2918 O'Donnel St., Canton
Claddaugh Pub in Canton will once again construct giant, heated tents in Canton Square for this St. Patrick's Day party that lasts all weekend long. Live music will include headliners Kristen and the Noise.
7. Shamrock Shindig
Sunday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pierce's Park (Inner Harbor at Pier V)
Waterfront Partnership's St. Patrick's Day celebration will feature food trucks, beer, wine, a "Shamrock alley" for kids, stilt walkers, and live music by Philly-based Celtic band Barleyjuice.
8. The Shamrock 5K
Sunday, March 16, 1:15 p.m.
Tickets: free for spectators
This fun run starts at Charles and Franklin streets and ends at Power Plant Live between Pratt and Lombard streets. Cash awards are dished out for the top three men and women. Afterward, all runners 21 and over can take part in a post-race party.
9. 59th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m.
For nearly 60 years, Baltimore has celebrated its Irish heritage with this traditional parade. Participants promote Irish culture, music, and dance on a route that steps off at the Washington Monument and makes its way south.
Can't make it to any of these events or want to organize an Irish dinner or bar crawl on your own? Check out these Irish bars and restaurants in Baltimore.