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

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Kristy Archibald Mar 09, 2017 12:38 am 1,589

Somewhere over a rainbow made of Skittles, there’s a land full of green beer, shots of Jamesons, lucky charms and a never-ending supply of chocolate gold coins! Only in our dreams and perhaps down the yellow brick road and across an ocean in Ireland does this wondrous world exist – or does it?

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Come March 17, Calgary will be flooded with green, along with traditional Irish music and copious amounts of Guinness, along with live performances, authentic Irish dinner’s and St. Paddy’s Day parties galore that will make the Irish proud.

Head out and celebrate good ol’ St. Paddy’s Day, Calgary style at these 24 different events happening around the city.

Green Tie Affair

  • What: Join the Irish Cultural Society, for a night of fun and entertainment at their 31st Annual Green Tie Affair. This highly anticipated event will feature a delicious Irish meal followed by a traditional dance, so be sure to bring your green tie and dancing shoes!
  • Where: Irish Cultural Centre – 6452 35 Avenue NW
  • When: March 11
  • Cost: $50 Members, $60 Non-members

Big Rock Brewer Brewmaster’s Dinner: A Kickoff to St. Patrick’s Day

  • What: Get the party started early for St. Paddy’s Day this year at the Big Rock Brewery Brewmaster’s Dinner at Gasoline Alley. Enjoy a four-course Irish-fusion dinner, each paired with a fitting Big Rock Brew all curated by Big Rock’s Brewmaster Paul Gautreau. After dinner guests will be entertained by a surprise musical performance that will toast to the occasion!
  • Where: 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: March 16
  • Cost: $119 per person or $850 for a table of 8

St. Patrick’s Day at the Calgary Farmers Market

  • What: Bring the kids and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at the market! There will be onstage entertainment by the Coshquin School of Irish Dance, along with a shamrock decorating station, a ‘Kiss the Blarney Stone for Good Luck’ photo booth and an opportunity to win $50 in Market Bucks if you guys how many gold coin are in the crate. Specific vendors will also have various St. Paddy’s themed products and activities happening, so go on down and check it out!
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: FREE

St. Patrick’s Day at the Ship

  • What: Spend the day listening to live music by the Frontiers, Nova Scotiables, Fire Next Time and more, while munching on delicious Irish food and drinking green beer. Doors open at 11am!
  • Where: The Ship and Anchor – 534 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: Food and drink specials – no cover.

Jamesons EPIC St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!

  • What: This will be one for the books- guaranteed! Start the day off with a $7 Irish breakfast paired with a $3 12oz Keith or Guinness, while listening to live bands, a DJ and watching Irish Dancers all day long. Then, whether you’re feeling like the hair of the dog or just a plain old fashioned brunch, join them for a hangover breakfast featuring a live band and DJ, the perfect end to a great 24 hours of green festivities.
  • Where: Jamesons Irish Pub – 1230 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17 and 18
  • Cost: $5 cover

St. Patrick’s Day Featuring Dandy Brewing

  • What: National on 17th and Dandy Brewing Co. are pairing up to bring you an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day. Dandy Brewing will be doing a tap takeover and will be serving their famous Dandy Dry Irish Stout, along with 4 other favourites. Dandy will also be bringing a stack of their favourite records to play on the sound system all night long. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 4pm!
  • Where: National on 17th – 550 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $5 Dandy Sleeves and $8.50 feature cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day at Home & Away

  • What: Spend the day watching March Madness and World Classic Baseball, while consuming $4 green beer and $6 Guinness all day long. For those who would rather play sports, instead of watching them, all games will be FREE until 5pm!
  • Where: Home and Away – 1331 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $4 Jameson and $6 Guinness

St. Pat’s at 1410

  • What: 1410 is hosting a huge St. Patrick’s Day party, featuring live DJ’s, giveaways and of course, green beer and drink specials!
  • Where: 1410 – 1410 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $4 Jameson, $5 Keith’s and $7 Guinness

St. Patrick’s Day at Watchman’s

  • What: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Watchman’s pub! They will have live entertainment playing all day and night, along with $4 bushmills shots, $8 fish and chips and of course $6 green beer.
  • Where: Watchman’s Pub – 1109 17th Avenue
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: FREE

St. “Blackout’s” Day

  • What: Join Johnny Blackout for a party you won’t forget – or maybe you will. Regardless, you can be sure to have a ton of good old St. Paddy’s Day fun at this party hosted by Morgan’s Pub!
  • Where: Morgans Pub – 1324 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: Various food and drink specials

St. Paddy’s at Roosevelt

  • What: Get the party started at 4pm, with a live performance by Ty and Joe, a great DJ’s to follow, while sipping on copious amounts of $5 green beer!
  • Where: Roosevelt – 933 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $4 Jameson, $5 Keith’s and $7 Guinness

Toast the Irish at Local 510

  • What: Cheers to the Irish on this wonderful holiday with $5 green Steamwhistle, along with various Irish food specials all day!
  • Where: Local Tavern – 510 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $5 Steamwhistle during happy hour – FREE entry!

St. Paddy’s Day at the Pint

  • What: This is a great spot to check out later in the day, as the first 100 people through the door AFTER 9pm win free perogies for a year! Aside from that great perk, they will also be offering $2.75 Bowls of Lucky Charms and $2.75 green beer; this is truly the place to be this St. Patrick’s Day!
  • Where: The Pint – 1428 17th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost $2.75 Green Beer and other drink specials

Shamrock Shaker Pub Crawl

  • What: Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day all night long at 4 of the locations hosting the hottest parties in the city!
  • Where: Hudson’s Downtown – or Hudson’s Shawnessy
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $20

The Original St. Patrick’s Road Race – 30th Anniversary

  • What: Join over 1000 Calgarian’s at the 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Road Race, supporting the Calgary Roadrunners and the Canadian Diabetes Association. After the race you can look forward to some fun awards as you enjoy some authentic Irish stew and enter to win your weight in Village Beer!
  • Where: Central Memorial High School – 5111 21 Street SW
  • When: March 12
  • Cost: $55

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run

  • What: Get a workout in and burn off some calories before you consume all those green beers, at this FREE 1.7km, 11.7km and 17km run. Dress in your best St, Patrick’s Day gear and be entered to win a prize for the best-dressed runner!
  • Where: Eau Claire Running Room – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • When: March17
  • Cost FREE

St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Cultural Centre

  • What: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a true, authentic Irish setting with the Irish Cultural Society. This is an event that is great for the whole family, as it features fun Irish music and dancing, along with traditional Irish food and drinks!
  • Where: Irish Cultural Centre – 6452 35 Avenue NW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $5 Members, $10 Non-members

Irish Whisky Master Class

  • What: Join David Michiels for an evening devoted completely to Irish Whiskey. There are some big things happening in this rich Irish industry and he is excited to get you in the know!
  • Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store – 10801 Bonaventure Drive SE
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $55

All Things Irish Festival

  • What: Included in your ticket to the Whisky Master class is a voucher to spend the evening celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Willow Pars Wine & Spirits. At this festival, you will celebrate the spirit of the Irish as they highlight their incredible selection of beers, whiskeys and even spirits, while munching on true classic Irish dishes. This is truly an event that will get you in the spirit of this lucky holiday!
  • Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store – 10801 Bonaventure Drive SE
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $40

Gin to my Tonic Singles Mixer

  • What: Are you sick of consuming green beer and whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day? Head on out on a bus to the Eau Claire Distillery for a unique St. Patrick’s Day experience! The party will begin on the bus with a complimentary drink and will continue with drink specials and light appy’s. The best part about this party is that it is strictly for singles! Your wonderful hosts will have you participating in some fun mingling games that might just land you your next great date! Even if it doesn’t, it’s still a fun opportunity to get out and meet some new people and maybe even make a new friend or two.
  • Where: Eau Claire Distillery – 113 Sunset BLVD NW, Turner Valley AB
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $50

Ashley Macisaac & Members Of The Barra Macneils

  • What: Join the Cape Breton’s Celtic sensation, Ashley MacIsaac, along with members of The Barra MacNeils and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for an unforgettable evening featuring traditional Irish music. Magical things happen when the east collaborates with the west!
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $25-$85

See the Calgary Flames Play the Dallas Stars

  • What: If you’re looking to do more than just simply go to a pub this St. Patrick’s Day, then come celebrate with the Calgary Flames and bring them some luck as they play the Dallas Stars!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 55 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: March 17

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.
  • Where: James Joyce – 114 8th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $25

Saint Patrick’s Day at Bottlescrew Bills

  • What: Get the party started early with $6 green beer, Guinness and Jameson starting at 10 am! There will also be Irish music and a ton of traditional Irish food specials for you to munch on throughout the day.
  • Where: Bottlescrew Bills – 149 10th Avenue SW
  • When: March 17
  • Cost: $6 Green Beer, Guinness and Jameson

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Kristy Archibald
Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.

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