Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us, so it’s time to break out your kilt (or at least your green clothes) and kick up your heels! We’ve rounded up the top ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Salt Lake City.
Writer’s Note: Please know that many events in Utah are cancelled due to COVID-19. Reach out to individual facilities to see if an event you’re interested in is still happening! The Parade and Siamsa have already been canceled.
Highland Bagpipe Experience
Start the holiday weekend right with the Utah Pipe Band for a beginning bagpipe lesson and some history about piping. Then you’ll enjoy a “rousing” performance at the Gallivan Center! The event is free on Friday, March 13th, with light refreshments provided. Go here to register!
Saint Patrick’s Day Salt Lake Parade
First up, the Hibernian Society of Utah presents their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade! The parade kicks off on Saturday, March 14th at 10:00 a.m. at 200 South and 500 East, moving west to finish at State Street. Attendees should note that the parade will go on, rain or shine…and the weather forecast this year says some sprinkles are a definite possibility. Plan accordingly!
Salt Lake Celtic Festival Siamsa
After the parade, head over to the Gallivan Center for Siamsa, Salt Lake’s Celtic festival! The festival includes live Irish music, dancing, and plenty of food.
Hit the Pubs
If rain isn’t your favorite, but you won’t say no to an indoor party, then there are plenty of options over the next week. Here are a few of our adult favorites (don’t forget your ID).
Mountain West Hard Cider, Red Rock Brewing, and Tullamore Dew are hosting their own post-parade events. Plenty of drinks to go around, along with food trucks, games, live music, and giveaways! In fact, these guys are such great hosts that their Tully Party Trolley will pick you up at the Gallivan Center and deliver you to the festivities, either on 425 N. 400 W., or at Handlebar, on 751 N 300 W. Admission is free!
Touted as “the most fun” among local bagpipers, the Leprechaun Inn will celebrate from open to close on Saint Patrick’s Day this year. With live bagpipers at 2:30 PM and 8:00 PM, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Irish Stew, this is the perfect place to celebrate being (or just feeling) Irish.
One day just isn’t enough for the crew at Piper Down, so they’re celebrating twice! St. Practice Day is on Saturday, followed by actual St. Patrick’s Day during the week. Both events will feature classic food (fish and chips, anyone?) alongside live music and plenty of fun. St. Practice Day will start at 10am with live music from noon-midnight, no cover before noon, only $5 before 4:00 PM. St. Patrick’s Day itself will kickoff at noon and go until the wee hours of the morning with live music throughout the day.
Have a fantastic Irish weekend!