Whether you bleed green or are just Irish for the day, you’ll find plenty of reasons to shout, “Erin go bragh!” in the North Star State. St. Paul is the undisputed Celtic capitol of Minnesota, but with a dash of Irish luck, you’re sure to find a local pub where you can hoist a pint and hum a lilt.
A mid-day event in the state's capital city, the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade is the largest such celebration in Minnesota. Thousands leave work and skip school to don green and line the downtown streets every March 17 unless it falls on a Holy Day or a Sunday. If you're more into history than size, New Ulm boasts the longest-running St. Patrick's Day parade in the state on the same date, of course.
Not surprisingly, St. Patrick’s Day is the busiest of the year for this popular pub that makes its own beer. In the Northland, it’s hard to beat Dubh Linn’s locally-sourced ingredients and scratch kitchen, paired with house-brewed beers and ales. There may be other places to celebrate the 17th in Duluth, but why give up your stool?
This family-friendly celebration is an annual event at the historic Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. It’s scheduled to coincide with the parade, so families can enjoy the street show and then warm up with traditional Irish dancing, food, activities, and entertainment.
The Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade is a popular for those who live west of the Mississippi. However, it’s conveniently scheduled in the evening, so you work your way East to West and hit both the St. Paul and Minneapolis parades… and plenty of pubs along the way.
Named both Best Dive Bar and Best Irish Bar by Mpls. St. Paul magazine, this neighborhood joint fills to the gills on St. Patrick’s Day. Live music, drink specials, dancing, and lots and lots of singing make St. Patty’s at the Rec feel more like a night out with hundreds of friends than a packed bar party.
If you’re in the Brainerd-Lakes area for St. Patrick’s Day, Crosslake hosts the biggest and oldest celebration in the region. The town has put on this event for more than four decades. The celebration offers plenty of Irish fun for the whole family, from a parade and a pageants to a pub crawl, a 5K and a scavenger hunt.
Located on University Ave., and easily accessible by train, the Dubliner hosts a major Irish blow-out every year. They set up a tent in the parking lot to accommodate the excess revelry. Get your jig on with the help of a little live music and a lot of Finnegan’s.
What does an old-school steakhouse with an Italian name have to do with St. Patrick’s Day? Well, a lot actually. Mancini’s is just down West 7th St. from Irish Ground Zero, and not be outdone, it hosts its annual event featuring the Blarney Stone Band and the occasional “Worst Irish Tenor Contest.” Feeling less than lilting after a pint or two? Take your tin ear to Mancini's, and perhaps you’ll luck into a pot of gold.