Are you feeling lucky? There are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Greater Des Moines this year. Grab your green attire (you don’t want to get pinched!) and take in some Irish festivities. From corned beef to green beer, there are plenty of ways to spread some St. Patrick’s Day cheer!


St. Patrick's Day Parade

What: Parade
When: Noon on Saturday, March 16
Why: Celebrate St. Patricks’ Day and paint the town green! The parade will start at Robert D. Ray Drive and continue down Grand Avenue, finishing at 8th Street.  

Smash Park 

What: St. Patrick’s Day Party
When: 10 a.m. – Midnight, March 16
Why: Wear your green and celebrate by signing up for the giant beer pong tournament. If you’re 21 and older, you can purchase the open bar package for $49 and enjoy all you can drink starting at 10 a.m.

St. Paddy’s Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K 

What: Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K run
When: 7:45 a.m., March 16
Why: Get out your green running shoes and hit downtown Des Moines for the St. Paddy’s Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. Runners will get a finisher pint glass, shamrock sugar cookie, and finisher medals for marathon and half marathon runners. Register to run here

The Shop DSM 

What: St. Patrick’s Day at The Shop DSM
When: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., March 16
Why: The Shop DSM’s St. Patrick’s Day Party will include a pancake breakfast, kid's activities, touch a truck, face painting, beer, and so much more. It’s a party for everyone in the family! 

Paws & Pints

What: St. Patrick’s Day Paw-ty
When: Noon – 7 p.m., March 17
Why: Grab your pup and get ready for a day of games and activities with green and gold. They will also have St. Patrick’s Day drink specials.

Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Crawl

What: Bar crawl starting at Hessen Haus
When: March 17 and 18 
Why: Start the two-day bar crawl at Hessen Haus and make your way to the participating venue. Your ticket includes waived cover, drinks specials, food specials, and more.

Food and Drink 

Exile Brewing Company 

What: St. Patrick’s Day at Exile
When: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., March 16
Why: Enjoy a full food menu with Irish specials, Dry Irish Stout, green Ruthie, and family-friendly activities including cornhole, temporary tattoos, coloring, and more. 

The Hall 

What: St. Patty’s Day Party at The Hall
When: 1 – 11 p.m., March 16
Why: Corned beef and cabbage, beer, stein holding contest, best dresses competition, need we say more! 

Sully’s Irish Pub 

What: St. Patrick’s Day at Sully’s Irish Pub
When: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., March 17
Why: Nosh on some corned beef and cabbage until they run out and enjoy a live DJ from 9 p.m. - Midnight.