17 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2021 in Calgary

Mar 11 2021, 12:14 pm

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St. Patrick’s Day may look a little different in 2021, but there are still tons of things to do in Calgary to help bring the luck of the Irish your way.

The annual celebration falls mid-week this year, but you can bet that YYC will still be donning shamrock-coloured clothing and looking for leprechauns.

Whether you want to enjoy a pint at your local pub, try some trivia, or go green for our planet, there’s sure to be a way for you to toast the patron saint of Ireland on March 17.

Here are some Emerald Isle-inspired ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Dinner with Field & Forge Brewing

What: Enjoy a three-course Irish-themed dinner with beer pairings from Field & Forge Brewing Co. Dinners will be served on interior balconies that overlook the Delta Calgary South hotel atrium, where there will be live entertainment. Tickets include an overnight stay, and a shot of Irish Whiskey tops off the night.

When: March 17
Time: 7 pm
Where: Delta Calgary South
Cost: $200 for two people, including a one-night stay at the hotel

Buy Irish cream-infused cupcakes from Treat Bar Calgary


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What: Order St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes from Treat Bar, and add green Bailey’s Irish Cream infusers for a little extra fun.

When: Place your order four to five days in advance to ensure you get to try this treat
Where: Order online via Instagram
Cost: $20 for six cupcakes (plus $3 to add Bailey’s Irish Cream infusers), or $35 for a dozen, with infusers included for an extra $5

St. Paddy’s Day Pup Crawl

What: Dress your pets and yourself in green and meet at the Legacy Vet Clinic for a St. Patrick’s Day walk around the neighbourhood. The clinic will also have photo booth set up for some fun pictures, and “Snout Beer” and goodies will be given out to all pets to celebrate the day.

When: March 17
Time: Noon to 1:30 pm
Where: Legacy Veterinary Clinic (1625 210 Avenue SE)
Cost: Donations to Wag a Muffin’s Rescue are accepted, but not required

St. Paddy’s 2021 at Jamesons Pub

What: In honour of St. Patrick, both Jamesons Pub locations are offering a $10 Irish breakfast from 10 to 11:30 am and pints of Alexander Keith’s for $5.99 and Guinness for $6.99 all day long. While we can’t dance this year, there will be a DJ to drink along to starting at 2 pm.

When: March 17
Time: Doors open at 10 am
Where: Jamesons Pub Brentwood and 17th Avenue locations
Cost: Varies

Try The Station’s Irish Stew

What: Enjoy a hearty bowl of Irish Stew, along with all-day drink specials at The Station in Southeast Calgary, including $6.50 Dublin Drops (that’s half a pint of Guinness with a once-ounce shot – made up of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson Irish Whiskey – to drop in the glass).

When: March 17
Time: Doors open at 11 am
Where: The Station (40 Riverglen Drive SE)
Cost: Varies

Order a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail kit from Burwood Distillery

What: Burwood Distillery has two cocktail kits available to help you toast the holiday. The St. Patrick’s Day cocktail kit includes your choice of a 375-millilitre bottle of Burwood Vodka or Gin, fresh local lime juice, and a container of the infamous green SPIRDUST, which turns your drink a sparkly emerald colour.

If whiskey is more your thing, the Irish Buck kit comes with a 375-millilitre bottle of Single Hive Rye Cask, fresh local lime juice, and two bottles of Fever Tree ginger ale.

When: Now available for pick up or delivery
Where: Burwood Distillery (4127 6th Street NE)
Cost: $34.99 for the St. Patrick’s Day kit or $49.99 for the Irish Buck kit

Lucky Hour” specials at Craft Beer Market

What: Both Calgary Craft Beer Market locations are hosting “Lucky Hour,” with $4 drinks and eats from 3 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close. Guinness and O’Hara’s Irish Stouts will run at $8, and you can grab Jameson Irish Whiskey shots for $5.

When: March 17
Time: Doors open at 11am, “Lucky Hour” runs from 3 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close
Where: Craft Beer Market Downtown and Southcentre locations
Cost: Varies

Calgary Zoo’s Pub Quiz Night: St. Paddy’s Day

What: This edition of the Calgary Zoo’s pub quiz features questions that delve into all things green in nature. Dinner, drinks, three quiz rounds, and prizes make up this adults-only experience.

When: March 17 and 18
Time: Doors open at 5:15 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: $60

The Original St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

What: The annual St. Patrick’s Day Road Race has gone virtual for 2021. Maps will be sent out to participants so that they can run a 5- or 10-kilometre course in March to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

When: Any time of your choosing between noon on March 10 to and 6 pm on March 21
Where: North Glenmore Park, or anywhere you want
Cost: $35

Canadian Brewhouse’s St. Paddy’s Day party

What: Toast St. Patrick at the Canadian Brewhouse with drink specials, prizes, and the chance to win a trip for two to Ireland. Guinness tankards will be on special for $8.99, and the Canadian Brewhouse has beads, T-shirts, and Guinness hats available to help you celebrate.

When: March 17
Time: Doors open at 11 am
Where: All three Calgary Canadian Brewhouse locations (Mahogany, Harvest Hills, and Northgate)
Cost: Varies

Zero Waste YYC (virtual) meet-up

What: Go green a little differently this St. Patrick’s Day with the Zero Waste virtual meet-up hosted by Plastic Free YYC. This edition of the planet-friendly meet-up will discuss the personal care products and natural house cleaners that have the lowest impact on the environment.

When: March 17
Time: 6 pm
Where: Virtually
Cost: Free

Celebrate at home with a St. Patrick’s Day Party Package from the James Joyce

What: Grab a St. Paddy’s package from this iconic Calgary Irish bar, and take the party to your place this year. The package includes two cans of Guinness, McCaffrey’s ready-to-bake Irish wheaten bread, hats, a T-shirt, St. Patrick’s day party swag including temporary tattoos, and a complete guide of how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home.

The James Joyce is also open for in-house dining on a first come-first serve basis for St. Patrick’s Day.

When: Order now for delivery through Skip the Dishes, or for curbside pick-up
Where: The James Joyce is located on Stephen Avenue at 114 8th Avenue SW
Cost: $25

Lucky You: St. Patrick’s Speed Dating

What: Imagine telling your grandkids that you met your significant other during a virtual speed dating event on St. Patrick’s Day. Calgary Speed Dating is hosting a “lucky” edition of their matchmaking evening for Calgary singles aged 24 to 38 in honour of the holiday. May the luck of the Irish be with you to meet that special someone.

When: March 17
Time: 7 pm
Cost: $45

St. Patty’s Day Party at The Point Public House

What: This neighbourhood pub near the Glenmore Reservoir is celebrating with specials all day long. Find Irish food features, $6 green pints of their house draft, 29 cent wings after 4 pm, “Lucky Hour” from 3 to 6 pm, and more.

When: March 17
Time: Doors open at 11 am
Where: The Point Public House (2515 90 Avenue SW)
Cost: Varies

Do a whiskey tasting with Willow Park Wines & Spirits

What: Toast the Irish with Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ online whiskey tasting event. Learn about the history, processing method, and flavour of Irish whiskey. The tasting focuses on three Irish distilleries: Teeling, Tullamore, and Tyrconnell.

When: March 17
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Online
Cost: $8.50 for the event (whiskies to be purchased separately)

Eat green pastries from Glamorgan Bakery

What: Order St. Patrick’s Day-themed pastries from this beloved Calgary bakery, and enjoy green bread, green cookies, green donuts, and more.

When: March 1 to 17
Where: Glamorgan Bakery (3919 Richmond Road SW)
Cost: Varies

Grab a collab pint and enjoy all-day specials at Trolley 5


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What: Trolley 5 will be tapping their “One Night in Galway” Banded Peak Brewing collaboration keg at 11 am. Drink specials and a 29 cent wings feature will run all day long.

When: March 17
Time: Doors open at 11 am
Where: Trolley 5 (728 17th Avenue SW)
Cost: Varies

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