Ok, y’all, as you’ve probably heard by now, Dallas cancelled the St. Patrick’s Day parade. More cancellations seem likely in the coming weeks. Double check details, use good judgement, and if you’re sick, stay home! Let’s be smart out there; we’ll get through this together.
Wondering what to do with the kids on St. Patrick’s Day? It isn’t all about pub crawls and green beer. There is plenty of kid-friendly “craic” (Irish for “fun”) to be had in Dallas and its surrounding area. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered a list of St. Patrick’s Day events to get your little leprechauns in the Irish spirit.
♣ FAMILY FUN ♣
March 6-8 :: Get a jump on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the North Texas Irish Festival at Fair Park. One of the largest Irish festivals in the U.S., the NTIF is family-friendly and features live music, dancing, storytelling, chef demonstrations, and more on 13 stages throughout Fair Park. Wet your whistle with beer and whiskey tastings. Entertain the wee ones with bounce houses and free arts and crafts. Our favorite part of the NTIF? The people watching. Dogs and their owners, families in costumes, and men in kilts. Yes, the NTIF bids céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) to your dog so long as he is on a leash. Ticket prices and hours vary by day, but kids 11 and under are FREE. Click HERE for more details
March 13-14 :: Head to Pickle Capital of Texas for the World’s Only St. Patrick’s Day Pickle Parade and Palooza. Pickle Queens, Pickle Dudes, Pickle Protectors, and the rest of the Pickle Posse will welcome you in Mansfield, located just 25 miles from Dallas. There’s nothing leprechaun-sized about this event. A parade on March 14 including dozens of floats and marching groups, a baby parade featuring babies dressed as, you guessed it, pickles, live music, food, a pickle-themed playground for the kids, and more. And what what would a pickle palooza be without a pickle eating contest. Admission and parking are FREE. Click HERE for a complete schedule of activities.
March 14 :: Mosey on over to the Fort Worth Stockyards for the Cowtown Goes Green Parade and Festival. Lots of FREE, kid-friendly activities including armadillo races, face painting, bounce houses, and more. The live Irish music will have you dancing a jig. The Western-Irish themed parade kicks off following the 4:00 pm cattle drive. 11:00 am-10:00 pm.
March 14 :: Dallas is home to the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southwest, the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. The parade begins at 11 am, and local businesses along the parade route (Greenville Avenue) sponsor tail gates. Worried about the shenanigans of the 125,000 plus attendees? Head to the Comerica Bank Family Zone for kid activities and bleacher seating. Your leaping leprechauns are also sure to like the Mavs Corner. Click HERE for a detailed map and parade route. 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
March 14 :: It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without green beer for the grown-ups, head on over to the McKinney St. Patrick’s Day Festival at TUPPS Brewery. This festival is FREE to attend and family-friendly, with Irish rock bands, Irish food, costume contents, lawn games, face painting, and more. 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Click HERE for more details.
March 14 :: Get a little shopping done and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the ShamROCK Shindig at Watters Creek. Head to the Village Green for Irish music and dancing, face painting, balloon art, and for an extra touch of magic, hair root glittering. Click HERE for the complete schedule. Admission is FREE. 1:00-5:00 pm.
March 14 :: You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Texas Independence in one event at St. Paddy’s Texas Style at Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Lewisville. This family-friendly event includes live entertainment, carnival-type activities for the kids (including a 40-foot zip line), bounce houses, and face painters. And to make sure you and your teenagers “Remember the Alamo,” Epic AXE Fort Worth will be there to let you try your axe throwing skills. All activities except axe throwing are FREE. Noon-7:30 pm. Click HERE for more details.
March 14 and 21 :: Add a racing medal to your pot o’ gold with one of these St. Patrick’s Day themed races. Whether you are walking or running, may the luck of the Irish carry you and your wee ones to the finish line.
March 14 (Dallas) :: Burn off a few calories and secure a prime viewing spot for the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade by running/walking the Dash Down Greenville. It’s a 5K with music on the course, and an end-of-the-rainbow good post-race party featuring live music, free beer for the grown-ups, cornhole and beer pong, donut-eating contests, and more. Click HERE to register.
March 14 (Irving) :: The Irving Marathon Running Series is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day 5K/10K, with a 1 mile kid fun run, at the Toyota Music Factory. The after party in Texas Lottery Plaza will feature a live DJ and a pancake breakfast. Click HERE to register.
March 14 (Mansfield) :: Get a little exercise and pick the perfect patch for the Mansfield Pickle Parade by running/walking the Pickle Run. 10K, 5K, and 1 mile kid fun run options. Pickle costume optional, but strongly encouraged. Click HERE to register.
March 17 :: Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum is in full swing and they will have plenty of activities to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. Start the day with Tiny Tot Tuesday activities, learn how to make a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired floral arrangement by Enflowerment at A Tasteful Place from 11am–12pm. Afterwards, listen to a performance by Celtic singer, Misty Posey at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn from 12–2pm. Tiny Tot activities are FREE with admission. Click HERE for more information.
♣ JUST FOR KIDS ♣
March 1 :: Bookmarks at NorthPark Center hosts Krafty Kids (a family-friendly and fun do-it-yourself craft) on March 1. While the website doesn’t specifically mention it, I’d bet you a pot o’ gold that the crafts will be St. Patrick’s Day themed. All ages welcome, noon-4:00 pm. FREE.
March 20 :: For your little lassies ages 3-9, Made of Sugar and Spice in McKinney is hosting its annual Emeraldalicious Bash from 6:00-9:00 pm. An evening full of St. Patrick’s Day crafts, games, dress-up, and glittery up-dos. $35 registration fee includes dinner. Click HERE to register.