Whether you’re wearing green or not, you won’t be in a pinch to find something fun to do this year for St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus.
As you’d expect for a metropolitan area home to a suburb named Dublin, there are plenty of choices for all of the Irish people in mid-March (hint: we’re all Irish in mid-March). Let’s look at a few of them:
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Dublin – named one of the best cities to celebrate the Irish holiday by U.S. Travel and Orbitz – hosts the greenest and grandest St. Paddy’s Day parade around on Saturday, March 16. The day begins with a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at Sells Middle School. The parade full of marching bands, leprechauns and bagpipers steps off from historic downtown Dublin at 11 a.m.
- Irish Fairy Door Trail: This family-friendly adventure puts you on the hunt for tiny, magical fairy doors at 10 businesses throughout historic Dublin. Pick up your passport at the Dublin Visitor & Information Center (9 S. High St.) and follow the path to the tiny green doors. Fill in the passport and return it to the center for a free fairy doors T-shirt.
- Fado Irish Pub St. Patrick’s Day party: Too big to be contained to one day, Fado’s block party closes down the area and puts up a heated tent behind the pub on March 16-17. The pub opens its doors at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and at 7 a.m. Sunday for “Kegs and Eggs,” which runs until 9 a.m. Both days feature plenty of beer, cocktail stations and live bands. Cover charge is $20, which begins at 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.
- St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl: The Arena District is the site of Social City’s 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl from noon to 9 p.m. March 16. Billed as Ohio’s largest crawl of pubs with 4,000 crawlers, the event includes nine bars, each of which will have exclusive drink specials. Participants get a T-shirt, koozie, and free cover into participating pubs.
- Run before beer: The Flannagan’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k and St. Patrick’s Day 4 Miler at Kinsale give you the opportunity to burn off some calories before ingesting them again via Reubens, green beer, Guinness and Irish whiskey.
- Look for leprechauns: Sharon Woods Metro Park hosts a hunt for leprechauns hidden along the trail from 2-4 p.m. March 17. The whole family can try to win a prize in the free event.