Ideas for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus


St. Patrick’s Day is kind of like the kickoff to spring! People are ready to put winter behind them and get out their spring colors and go outside! There is so much to do around the city with your kids, as well as some adult-only events! This year the holiday falls on a Tuesday, but many events will occur on Saturday as well. Get your jiggin’ shoes on, and get ready to wear your green!

St. Patrick’s Day Activities in Columbus

*Due to recent developments concerning public health & safety, many events may be canceled or postponed. Please be sure to check the status of any event before attending.*

March 13, 2020

Irish Family Reunion: Big Party every year! Bring your own food and book your table to watch many Irish performers and bands. Tickets and tables are available now for purchase during the Sunday meetings or by contact Operations Manager Irene Kenney at the Club Office. Ticket prices remain the same this year with a table of 10 now available for $150. The new date this year- It will not follow the parade on St. Patrick’s day like normal, but still a great time!

Website: Irish Family Reunion

March 14, 2020

Pancake Breakfast: Dublin, Ohio: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Before the parade, be sure to hit up the pancake breakfast at Sells Middle School. Each year, they hold a breakfast to precede the parade as well as the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month (September – May).  There is an inflation celebration afterwards at Graeter’s just before the parade starts.

Website: Pancake Breakfast 


St. Patrick’s Day Party: Flannagan’s in Dublin: This is Ohio’s largest all-day St. Patrick’s Day party. Lots of great bands will be providing musical entertainment. Doors open at 8 a.m. for adults 21 and over.

 Website: Flannagan’s


St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Festival: Doors open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday | Fadó Pub and Kitchen is proud to bring Dublin a two-day outdoor block party with live music, cocktail stations, Irish dancers, Irish food and more! Get your tickets today! This event will replace the Blarney Bash. This will also take place on March 17, 2020. Bridge Park will be the place to be this year!

Website: St. Patrick’s Day Festival Fado


Inflation Celebration: 9:00 a.m. at Graeter’s on Frantz Road | Head to Graeter’s Ice Cream on Frantz Road at 9:00 a.m. to see giant helium balloons inflate. Balloon artists will make Irish-themed hats and props for children as they wait for the balloons to fill.

Website: Inflation Celebration


Free St. Patrick’s Day Craft Event: Connells Maple Lee: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. | Register for this free craft by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store. Children ages 5-12 will make their own St. Patrick’s Day mum character, complete with smiling face, shamrock ribbon and green top hat.

Website: Connells Maple Lee


St. Patrick’s Day 5K: Flannagan’s in Dublin: 10:00 a.m. | Walk or run 3.1 miles to the big St. Patrick’s Day party.

Website: St. Patrick’s Day 5K


St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Dublin, Ohio: 11:00 a.m. | This year, Dublin will hold their famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Your kids will be ready to collect candy and see lots of bands and entertainment! Check out historic Dublin after the parade and enjoy lunch at the many famous Irish pubs.

Website: Dublin Parade 

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Photo Courtesy of Dublin CVB


St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl: Arena District: This is the largest pub crawl in Ohio! You will receive a t-shirt and drink specials! The event begins at noon and continues until 8:00 p.m.

Website: St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl


i-RISH You Luck” Parent’s Afternoon Out at Kreation’s Play Kafé at Dublin Toy Emporium: After the Dublin parade, bring the kids to Kreation’s Play Kafé at Dublin Toy Emporium (28 N. High St, Dublin) for “i-RISH You Luck” Parent’s Afternoon Out from 12 pm – 3:15 pm. Reservations and paperwork are required for drop and go. Registration includes prime parade spot saved for you (bring your blankets and chairs early), and a parking pass near the parade. Kids will enjoy crafts, lunch, and a snack, while you enjoy Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day! Space is limited, so make a reservation to ensure space.

Website:  Kreation’s Play Kafé at Dublin Toy Emporium


Leprechaun Hat Cake Decorating: Leprechaun Hat Cake Decorating (Adult and Child) $55/couple from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Come to the parade, stay for lunch at one of Dublin’s fine restaurants, and then pop over with a youngster (4-year-olds and older) to decorate a 6-inch layer cake filled with chocolate at Our Cupcakery in Dublin. (New Location on High Street)

Website: Our Cucpcakery in Dublin 

March 15, 2020

Cookies and Candles: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Candle Lab |  Make a custom candle at The Candle Lab! While your candle settles, decorate cookies! Plenty O’Smiles of Plenty O’ Cookies, will guide you through the art of cookie decorating. Plenty O’Smiles is a self-taught baker and decorator extraordinaire based in Columbus, Ohio, and she wants you to join her for this cookie revolution! She will instruct and guide you through decorating all three of your creatively inspired sugar cookies, all while putting a huge smile on you and your friends’ faces with a St. Patrick’s Day Theme!

Website: Cookies and Candles

March 17, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Festival: Doors open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday | The party continues on Tuesday at Fadó Pub and Kitchen. They are proud to bring Dublin a two-day outdoor block party with live music, cocktail stations, Irish dancers, Irish food and more! Get your tickets today! This event will replace the Blarney Bash. This will also take place on March 14, 2020.

Website: St. Patrick’s Day Festival Fado


St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Downtown Columbus: The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Columbus is sponsored by the Shamrock Club of Columbus. The day will begin with a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. The Parade will step off at 11:30 am and proceed East on Broad Street and then South on High Street and will disband at High Street and Rich Street.

Website: Columbus Parade 

Ready for candy at the Columbus parade!


Byrne’s Pub: Irish music and entertainment all day in their classic tent party!

Website: Byrne’s Pub


St. Patrick’s Day Skate: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $2 for Shamrock and Roll! Come skate for St. Patrick’s Day!

Website: United Skates of America


Cookies and Calligraphy: St. Patrick’s Day Edition: 6:00 p.m. at Natterdoodle |In the first part of the workshop, Plenty O’Smiles will guide you through the art of cookie decorating a trio of St. Patrick’s Day themed cookies, all while putting a huge smile on you and your friends’ faces. It’s what she does best!  In part two, Natalie will show you her technique for creating a hand lettered cookie jar! Use one of Natalie’s signature designs (5 to choose from!) or create something original to you! Perfect for your kitchen, pet treat jars, bathroom storage, or any room where you can’t *contain* yourself!

Website: Natterdoodle

March 18, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Four-Miler– 6:00 p.m. | Kinsale in Powell: Walk or run this St. Patrick’s Day themed race!

Website: St. Patrick’s Day Four-Miler


Survivor’s Party at Byrne’s Pub. It begins at 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Live music too!

Website: Byrne’s Pub Survivor Party

Ongoing Activities

Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin- Historic Dublin, all day. Follow the Trail Map and hunt for Irish Fairy Doors throughout Historic Dublin. New doors have been added! Seriously, so cute! We had so much with this event last year! Get a free t-shirt too!

Finding fairy doors!

Website: Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin

Celtic Cocktail Trail: Historic Dublin: Eleven Dublin bars and restaurants have crafted a cocktail specifically for the Celtic Trail. You will earn a stamp at each spot and some restaurants include Fado, Hen Quarter, Vaso, Mezzo, J. Lui, The Ram Brewery and many more!

Website: Celtic Cocktail Tour 

If you are looking for ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home, check out this post: 10 St. Patrick’s Ideas To Do At Home With Your Kids.

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Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!