The ultimate guide to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Birmingham

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Birmingham. Photo via Facebook.

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday, March 17, the perfect day to get in the Irish spirit, wear some green and maybe even find that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  And once again, Birmingham is gearing up for a week full of events so you can Shamrock your socks off all week long!

3rd Annual Irish Flag Raising and The Great Birmingham Irish Toast

Kick off the St. Patrick’s Celebration with the 3rd Annual Irish Flag Raising. Led by the Birmingham Irish Cultural Society, the ceremony will feature a pipe and drum performance, the Birmingham Police Dept. Drill Team and an Irish blessing from the local Irish community.

Following the flag raising, head to Brennan’s Irish Pub for an Irish Blessing for Birmingham’s largest St. Paddy’s toast.

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Photo via Facebook.

When: Thursday, March 15, 2019
Where: The Flag Raising will be held at Chick-Fil-A in 5 Points South. 2000 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205; The Irish Toast will be at Brennan’s Irish Pub. 1108 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205.
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Price: $5 Guinness pints; $4 Tullamore Dew shots

Guinness Name Your Pint Night

Guinness fan? The brewers will be at Brennan’s Irish Pub this Thursday. Buy a pint while there and get your glass engraved for free. Talk about a fun night and great souvenir!

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Where: Brennan’s Irish Pub. 1108 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: 7pm-9pm
Price: Free to attend

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The tunnel installation decked out in green for St. Patrick’s Day. Photo via Facebook.
Keys & Eggs / 24 hours of madness

Go all in this St. Paddy’s Day and #headtothefree at Innisfree Irish Pub’s yearly Kegs and Eggs 24 hours of madness celebration. Chow down at a free breakfast, play some cornhole, get some St. Paddy’s swag and hear some bagpipes. Plus enjoy lots of strong pints of Guinness, green beer and Jameson.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Where: 
Innisfree Irish Pub. 710 29th St. S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Time: Saturday, 6am-Sunday, 6am

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Photo via Innisfree’s Facebook page.
McWane After Dark: Science of Luck (21+)

Geek out at the McWane Center’s After Dark: Science of Luck event. Adults, 21+, can grab a drink, explore the museum, hear live music and enjoy special programming all while absorbing the wonderful world of science.

Admission includes:

  • Access to three floors of Adventure halls
  • A night of music and dancing
  • Interactive science activities
  • Magic shows
  • Photo booths
  • Slide
  • High cycle
  • Access to Tito’s Handmade Vodka Casino Lounge and Martini Bar
  • Light snacks and beer tastings
  • Italian Ice and Gelato from Repicci’s

When: Friday, March 16, 2018
Where: McWane Center. 200 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 7pm-11pm
Price: $20 adv/$25 door
Tickets

Hoover Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Party

Don’t miss one of the biggest St. Paddy’s events in Birmingham! It features all the best Irish food and dancers, plus lots o’ green beer. There will also be live music from some of the best musicians in town, including:

The Sassy Brown Band
Mother May I featuring Peanut
The Robert Abernathy Band
Outshine

A moonwalk and face painting will be available during the event, so feel free to bring the kiddies.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Where: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. 5519 Grove Blvd., Hoover, AL 35226
Time: 11am-11pm
Price: $10

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Photo via Facebook.
6th Annual Shamrock Shindig

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit and show your support for the Arc of Central Alabama Junior Board at the 6th Annual Shamrock Shindig at Iron City. This is a fundraising event and is a terrific way to show your support!

Enjoy food, drinks, prizes, live music, dancing, a balloon drop and games, plus a grand prize drawing of $1,000.

When: Friday, March 16, 2018
Where: 
Iron City. 513 22nd St S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Time: 7pm-11pm
Price: $30 single ticket; $50 couples ticket (use code “couple” at checkout to receive the deal!)

ShamROCK: Beer, Bands and Beer

Beer. Bands. And some more beer. Sounds like a pretty chill way to spend St. Paddy’s Day, right? So head to Cahaba Brewing for food, fun, live music and a Shamrock good time.

There will be some nice treats on site too, including:

When: March 17, 2018
Where: Cahaba Brewing Co.
Time: 12pm-12am

Live music schedule:

  • 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Jason Grubbs & Beck Hall
  • 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Raquel Lily Band
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Long Bony Arms
Tour de Brewers XII – St. Paddy’s Day Edition

Tour de Brewers XII is an 11K run supporting The Dannon Project. Enjoy the “fun” of a fun run and the real fun of tasting great Birmingham local brews when you sign up for the Tour de Brewers XII – St. Paddy’s Day Edition.

Participants will receive five bracelets, each good for a craft beer at some of Birmingham’s best breweries, including:

When: March 17, 2018
Where: Tin Roof Birmingham. 2709 7th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Time: 11am-3:30pm

Registration ends March 16, so hurry and sign up before it’s too late!

34th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade (and day events)

Begin your St. Paddy’s celebration off right with the 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade led by the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band.

The parade is only part of the fun on this lucky, spirit-filled day. Stay after the parade and grab lunch, dinner and drinks from any of the participating merchants who will be offering Irish food and drink specials all day long. Live music and entertainment will also be available at 11 different venues from 11am-11pm.

Be sure to swing the kids by the Chick-Fil-A Lucky Zone from 11am-1pm before the parade for some extra fun.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Where: Parade starts at 2000 9th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Price: Free
Parade Map

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 in Birmingham’s 5 Points South. Photo via Facebook.

Here are the venues participating in the Eat and Drink on Parade Celebration happening after the parade:

Sleek Sports Bar

Address: 1005 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: Doors open at 11am
Drinks: March 12-17, 2018
Lunch and Dinner: Saturday, March, 17
Live Music:
12pm-4pm – DJ Gorgeous
4pm-10pm – DJ Skippo
10pm-2am – DJ Shalondra and DJ Zoey Clark

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Going green for St. Paddy’s Day. Photo via Facebook.
Zydeco

Address: 2001 15th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205.
Time: Doors open at 12pm
Drinks: March 12-17, 2018
Lunch and Dinner: Saturday, March 17 only
Live Music:
1pm-5pm and 9pm-1am – DJ Irish
9pm-11pm – Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra
10pm-1am – Hooley
Tickets: Advance tickets for Kevin Griffin – $15; All-day passes (includes concerts for Sat.) – $20

The J. Clyde

Address: 1312 Cobb Ln., Birmingham, AL 35205.
Time: Doors open at 11am
Drinks: March 12-17, 2018
Lunch and Dinner: Saturday, March 17 only
Live Music: 11am-12pm – Marc Gunn

Little Italy Pizza and Pints

Address: 1924 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: Doors open at 9am
Drinks: March 12-17, 2018
Lunch and Dinner: Saturday, March 12-16
Breakfast: Saturday, March 17
Live Music:
Friday, March 16, 8pm-11pm – Taylor Hollingworth
Saturday, March 17, 3pm-6pm – Jason Grubbs and Daniel McCabe
Saturday, March 17, 6pm-9pm – Taylor Hunnicutt and Daniel Raine

5 Point Public House and Oyster Bar

Address: 1210 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: Doors open at 11am
Drinks: March 12-17, 2018
Lunch and Dinner: Saturday, March 17
Live Music: 2:30pm-3:30pm – March Gunn

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 5 Points South. Photo via Facebook.
Black Market Bar and Grill

Address: 1035 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: 10am-2am
Drinks: March 12-17, 2018
Lunch and Dinner: Saturday, March 17
Live Music:
3pm-6pm – Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces
7pm-9pm – Ryan O’Connors and Frank Jordan
10pm-1am – Taylor Hunnicutt and Band

Brennan’s Irish Pub

Address: 1108 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: Doors open at 10am
Drinks: March, 12-17, 2018
Lunch and Dinner: Saturday, March 17, 1am-11pm
Live Music:
2:30pm-5pm and 9pm-close – Jasper Coal
5:30pm-8:30pm – Hooley

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St. Patrick’s Day in Birmingham. Photo via Facebook.
Dave’s

Address: 1128 20th St., S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: Doors open at 10am
Drinks: March 12-17, 2018
Live Music:
4pm-5pm – Marc Gunn
9:30pm-close – Good Auld Boys

Mellow Mushroom

Address: 1200 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: Doors open at 11am
Drinks: March 12-17, 2018
Lunch and Dinner: Saturday, March 17
Live Music: 1pm-2pm – Marc Gunn

What’s your favorite St. Paddy’s Day event?