Shades of Cray: Your guide to St. Patrick's Day tomfoolery

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

We may not be Ireland, but we do have a Dublin, and that’s reason enough to turn the city into a land filled with holiday booze specials and Irish fare. So slap on your green garb and check out some of the best St. Patrick’s Day events Cowtown has to offer.

Tommy O’Bryan’s SPD Weekend

In addition to grabbing photos with Teddy the Leprechaun and engaging the senses with The Grub Gallery, a new-ish food and art truck, catch Shucking Bubba at 10 p.m. Saturday, cornhole tournaments at 2 p.m. Sunday and a bagpipe performance at 4:30 p.m. Monday. (Staying the night is prohibited.)

$5 in advance, $7 day-of

8270 Sancus Blvd., Westerville




They call it the “biggest St. Paddy’s celebration in Columbus,” and it certainly lives up to the title, with festivities including European sports, Irish Dancers, local live music, bagpipe performances, St. Paddy trivia contests, Irish breakfasts and watering stations where you can grab new celebratory cocktails like “Paddy’s Punch.”


Times and prices vary

4022 Townsfair Way, Easton



Cuisine classes at the Conservatory

Want to skip the drunken debauchery? Head to Franklin Park Conservatory for cooking demonstrations and tastings of traditional Irish cuisine, like colcannon and stew.

6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 13


1777 E. Broad St., Downtown




Live music, as well as performances by Capital City Pipes & Drums and Millennium Studio Irish Dancers, complete the all-day line-ups for Saturday and Monday. If that’s not enough, check out the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest at 6 p.m. Friday, where participants show off their best dance moves and Irish kilts.

12 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday and Monday

$5 cover, 21+

56 N. High St., Dublin



Claddagh Pub’s Celebration

Heineken girls? Check. Bagpipers? Check. Irish step dancers? Check. Add in kegs and eggs, Irish and Celtic jams and live music, and you got yourself a St. Paddy’s celebration. Build up to the day with their weekly Irish jam sessions.

Celebration: 9 a.m. Monday. Sing-along: 7 p.m. Sunday.

585 S. Front St., Brewery District



Trips and more at the Three-Legged Mare

Try to snag a trip-for-two to Ireland (and other prizes), while enjoying all-day entertainment, including Irish step dancers, sing-along drinking songs, live music and the award-winning Cyril Scott Pipe Band.

Doors open 7 a.m. Sunday

401 N. Front St., Arena District



Arena DistrictBar Crawl

Arena District gets Sham-Rockin’ this weekend with its annual bar crawl. Drink specials abound each night at the top watering holes in the district, including BBR, Garage Bar and the various Park Street hang-outs.

Crawl: 5 p.m.-close Friday and Monday, 12 p.m.-close Saturday

106 Vine St., Arena District