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The Cincy Weekend Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in the Queen City

We might not turn our river green, but Cincinnati knows how to do St. Patrick's Day right. Check out our ultimate guide to celebrating this most Irish of holidays in the Queen City. Sláinte!


Downing a pint or two of Guinness isn’t the only way to celebrate. We have several options to get the whole family involved this weekend.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day weekend without the big parade! In the 52 years of Cincinnati’s parade it’s never been canceled! So rain or shine, come on down and join the fun!
When: Saturday, Noon
Where: Downtown Cincinnati
Cost: Free

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Luck of the Irish 5K

You can celebrate St. Paddy’s Day AND raise money for a good cause. This virtual race helps support the National Hemophilia Foundation.
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Cincinnati
Cost: $20-$30

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St. Patrick’s Day at the Main Library

Celebrate a little early with family-friendly tribute to Irish heritage featuring music by Dark Moll and a performance by the McGing Irish Dancers.
When: Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Downtown
Cost: Free

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Irish Heritage Center Of Cincinnati

Follow the Irish Flying Pig home to The Irish Center in Columbia Tusculum.  They have two full days of music, dancing, food and libations.
When: Saturday-Sunday
Where: Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave., Columbia-Tusculum
Cost: $8-$20

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Free Irish Dance Classes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a FREE class for children ages 4-12. Kids are invited to learn the basics of Irish dance & music plus watch a mini-performance by Erickson Academy dancers during this 45 min class.
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Erickson Academy of Irish Dance, 673 Wilmer Ave., Cincinnati
Cost: Free

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St. Patrick's Day at Fountain Square

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Fountain Square! Festivities run throughout the day. Enjoy live music from Celtic rock bands, face painting, Irish food, green beer and, of course, Guinness.
When: Sunday, Noon
Where: Fountain Square, Downtown, Cincinnati
Cost: Free

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Bar Events

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a trip to your local pub, right? Well there is plenty of love to spread around in this category.

Brewery Events

Cincinnati is a beer city, so we decided the brewers need a section all for themselves. Check out how our local hop heads are getting it done.

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If you're looking for even more things to do in Cincinnati this weekend, check out the calendar tab at the top of the page.