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15 things to do in Calgary on St. Patrick’s Day 2018

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Roberto Teixeira Mar 13, 2018 3:44 pm 1,525

Is that time of the year again, when we get to see leprechauns, drink buckets of green beer, and do numerous shots of Jameson while trying to reach that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

On Saturday, March 17, Calgary will be invaded by creatures dressed in green. Don’t be afraid, though, this is not a remake of Mars Attack, is just the 2018 celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day.

The festivities will include authentic Irish dinners, traditional Irish music, live performances, and parties that will make our friends from across the Atlantic proud.

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It’s a Saturday, so there’s really no excuses not to celebrate this time around. Head out and enjoy good ol’ St. Paddy’s Day Calgary style at these 15 different events happening around the city.

Kings Head Pub & Eatery St. Patrick’s Night

  • What: Get your friends together and enjoy St. Paddy’s Day at the pub, drinking $5 Jameson and Jägermeister shots or green beer, while tasting their $10 Irish stew, and playing games to win prizes. There will be onstage live entertainment from Jiggity James, Ryedell, and The Stiffs. The doors will be open at noon, but the live music performances start at 4 pm, going straight into the night until 2 am.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: Noon to 2 am
  • Where: King’s Head Pub & Eatery – 9116 Macloed Trail S, Calgary
  • Admission: Free cover – Reservations are highly recommended

St. Patrick’s Day at the Calgary Farmers’ Market

  • What: Start the St. Paddy’s celebrations early and bring the family to the market! Enjoy live onstage entertainment by the Celtic Folktales, Ian Gott Irish Dance Academy, and the Bow Valley Fiddlers. The performances will start at 11 am, finishing at 2 pm. If you guess how many coins they used to fill the pot of gold, you could win $100 in market bucks.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market – 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: Free!

St. Patrick’s Day party with the Calgary Roughnecks

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  • What: Come for the party and stay for the lacrosse game between the Calgary Roughnecks and Rochester Knighthawks at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The game starts only at 7 pm, but if you arrive early between 5 to 5:30 pm, your ticket includes a burger or a slice of pizza and a beverage. There will be pub games, live entertainment, and happy hour specials from 5:30 to 7 pm. After the game, you can meet the Roughneck players and get their autographs.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Available online, from $22 plus GST

St. Patrick’s day Shamrock Shaker Pub Crawl

  • What: This will be one for the books, guaranteed! This is a mobile party, because why party at just one place if you can bring the party to multiple venues? Buying one ticket gives you VIP admission (no line and no cover) at four different parties, and bus transportation from one pub to another. Enjoy tons of swag and drinks specials. Getting the whole crew together is worth the trouble – if you buy five tickets, the sixth one is free. Registration starts at 5:30 pm in three different starting locations and the buses depart at 6:45 pm from all three locations.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Hudsons Crowfoot – 838 Crowfoot Crescent NW, Calgary; Hudsons Downtown – 1201 5 St SW, Calgary; Hudsons Shawnessy – 16061 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Available online, from $20

St. Patrick’s Day Brewery Tours – Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Brewery

  • What: Start your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations by getting some beer knowledge with a brewery tour before getting completely hammered. After the tour – that goes from 12:30 to 2:30 pm – you will be able to fill a growler with a barrel aged porter. Plus you’ll enjoy employee pricing on all store items.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 12:30 to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Big Rock Brewery – 5555 76 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Available online, $25

Irish Immersion

  • What: Kick off your St. Paddy’s Day one night before the big event, and explore the taste of different Irish whiskeys and Irish brews. Learn everything about the country’s amazing fermented offerings, and show off your recently acquired whiskey-knowledge to your friends the very next day.
  • When: Friday, March 16
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Co-op Wine Spirits Beer – 39 Crowfoot Way NW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Available online, $45

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • What: Get your green on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Heritage Park, enjoying a food menu created specifically for the event. Drink different brews from Big Rock Brewery and dance the night away with the live Celtic music provided by the band Cabot’s Crossing. Tickets include food, a flight of beer, one drink ticket, and live music.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 6 to 11 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Available online, $64.95

Shamrock ‘n’ Roll

  • What: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the St. Patrick Island, and show off your “Shamrocking-moves in this family-friendly event. The hits will be played by BassBus’ Rockstar DJ and the EAST Crew will be giving away green accessories, so don’t worry if you forget your green attire. Enjoy a DIY hot chocolate station with special St. Paddy’s Day themed toppings, giant games, and curling.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: Noon to 3 pm
  • Where: Confluence Plaza – St. Patrick’s Island, 12 Street NE, Calgary
  • Admission: Free!

St. Paddy’s at Our Daily Brett

  • What: Join Our Daily Brett this Saturday to enjoy a five course Irish inspired meal and five course beer menu provided by local brewery, Annex Ales. Limited tickets available.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Our Daily Brett – 2509 14th Street SW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Available online, $70

St. Patrick’s Day at the Ship & Anchor

  • What:Spend the day listening to live music by the Nova Scotiables, Fire Next Time, Shillelaghs, and more, while munching on delicious Irish food and drinking green beer. Doors open at 10 am!
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 10 am to 2 am
  • Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17th Ave SW, Calgary
  • Admission: Free!

St. Paddy’s Day at the Irish Cultural Centre

  • What: Want to participate in a true family-friendly Irish celebration? Don’t miss out the St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Cultural Society where you and your family will enjoy a full day of Celtic music, Irish dancers, and Canadian food. Tickets available at the door only.
  • When: March 17
  • Time: 4:30 pm to midnight
  • Where: The Pint – 1428 17th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Available at the door, $5 Members, $10 Non-members

Calgary Trek for Tourette

  • What: Start your St. Patrick’s celebrations with a good deed and feel better about all drinking you will be doing. The Trek for Tourette is a family-friendly 5 km walk designated to raise funds for Canadian programs to treat the disease. The theme this year is Peter Pan. Show up in your costumes and receive an extra ticket for chances to win a prize.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Riverband Community Association – 19 Rivervalley Dr SE, Calgary
  • Admission: By donation

Irish Whisky Master Class

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  • What: Enjoy a master class and get your Irish Whiskey game up. From 5:30 to 6:30 pm taste some of the finest whiskeys from the Emerald Island. The ticket for the master class also gives you VIP entrance to All Things Irish Festival.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store – 10801 Bonaventure Drive SE
  • Tickets: Available online, $65

All Things Irish Festival

  • What: Spend two hours with the folks from Willow Park Wines & Spirits drinking beer and whiskey and enjoying the special creations from their kitchen staff. They will be cooking classic Irish dishes for your appreciation.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store – 10801 Bonaventure Drive SE
  • Tickets: Available online, $40

St. Patrick’s Day at James Joyce Irish Pub

  • What: With the luck of the Irish, you will be able to party as if you were in Ireland at this fun celebration at James Joyce Pub. There will be a full Irish menu, along with a live performance by Fraid Knot and pints of Guinness on special.
  • When: March 17
  • Time: 11 am to 1 am
  • Where: James Joyce – 114 8th Avenue SW
  • Admission: Free!
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Roberto Teixeira
Brazilian living in Vancouver, addicted to motorcycles and anything engine-related. Miss surfing in boardshorts.

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