No Sleep 'Til St. Patrick's Day: Highlights of 2015 Columbus St. Paddy's Day events

Elizabeth Weinstein, Columbus Alive contributor

Saint Patrick's Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration that occurs every year on March 17, commemorating the death of patron saint of Ireland Saint Patrick. It's also the perfect excuse to drink green beer, eat Irish food and take advantage of all the St. Paddy's Day parties and events Columbus has to offer.

So, grab your McDonald's Shamrock Shake and enjoy this sampling of parties, pub crawls and cultural festivities taking place on or around St. Paddy's Day. As always, event details are subject to change, so check with the venue before making plans.

2015 Shamrock Club Irish Family Reunion

The Shamrock Club of Columbus and CD102.5 have teamed up to celebrate all things Irish at this year's Irish Family Reunion. Expect great food and drinks, along with Irish entertainment from acts like the Ladies of Longford and the Hooligans.

Battelle Grand Ballroom at the Columbus Convention Center

12 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

$13 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-17

400 N. High St., Short North

Blarney Bash

This daylong celebration boasts bands, beverages and blarney - with profits going to local charities. On the entertainment agenda are Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance, Ladies of Longford, Two 2 Many, General Guinness, Jacked Up, Reagonomics, Homeland and DJ Matty Sexton. About a dozen food trucks will also be on-site. The Blarney Bash begins at 12 p.m. after the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

12-11 p.m. Saturday, March 14

6540 Kilgour Pl., Dublin


Brazenhead will feature live Irish music and dancing throughout St. Patrick's Day - and plenty of Irish beverages to go along with them. But if you just can't wait to get into the spirit of the holiday, check out the bar's "Best Legs in a Kilt Contest" on Friday. That's right - show off your best moves while wearing a traditional kilt in front of a panel of (hopefully not too judgmental) judges.

Best Legs in a Kilt Contest: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14

$10 entry fee, 21 and over

St. Paddy's Day festivities: 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

$5 cover after 12 p.m.

56 N. High St., Dublin

Byrne's Pub

Byrne's takes St. Paddy's Day to a new level this year, with parties taking place over the span of a week. Don't miss the annual tent party on Saturday, March 14; an Irish stew cook-off, benefiting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, on Sunday, March 15; a full night of music and drinking on Tuesday, March 17; and a "survivor's party" with the Hooligans on Wednesday, March 18.

Friday-Wednesday, March 13-18, times vary

1248 W. Third Ave., Grandview

Brothers Drake Meadery

The Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Environment Ohio will come together at Brothers Drake Meadery for a very green St. Paddy's Day, featuring free music, food, mead and activities to support climate action in Central Ohio. Local bands Dave Buker & the Historians, Happy Tooth & Dug and Nate Lotze will perform, and cake from Pattycake Bakery will be served.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17


26 E. Fifth Ave., Short North

Claddagh Pub

Claddagh Pub has packed its St. Paddy's Day schedule with lots of food and music, beginning with a breakfast fete, Kegs & Eggs, and continuing with live performances by Mick Dugger, Sona, Aladdin Shriners pipes and drums and a U2 tribute. Irwin Academy Irish dancers will also perform throughout the day. The pub's Countdown to St. Patrick's Day begins at 9 p.m. Friday, March 13, and continues through Tuesday with live music. Don't miss the famous Irish traditional session at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

585 S. Front St., Brewery District

Fado Irish Pub

The slogan for this year's St. Paddy's Day party at Fado says it all: "Don't hold back, hold beers." Known as the "biggest St. Patrick's Day event in Columbus," Fado's party lasts four days. On Saturday, the restaurant will set up a heated tent with live music stages, bars, beer gardens, good stations and more.

Saturday-Tuesday, March 14-17

Times and prices vary

4022 Townsfair Way, Easton


Flannagan's will fete St. Paddy's Day with several big events, including a 5k and massive tent party on Saturday, March 14, featuring musical acts such as DJ Masha, Shucking Bubba Deluxe and DJ Show; and a day-of party, Tuesday, March 17, featuring the Jeffs, the Wildskins, the Spikedrivers, Joey Hendrickson & the Sleepless Nights, Nick D' & the Believers, Kelly Zullo, and DJ Toad Nugz. For grub, Mikey's Late Night Slice, Mojo TaGo, and Bunny and Michelle's Brats and Such will be on hand. On Saturday, preempt all those extra green beer calories with an early morning 5k run or walk, beginning at Flannagan's.

St. Patrick's Day 5k: 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14 (pre-race breakfast starts at 8 a.m.)

WNCI 97.9 St. Patrick's Day Tent Party begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 14

Admission: $5-$20

St. Patrick's Day Party begins at 12 p.m.

Admission: $5-$20

6835 Caine Rd., Dublin

Franklin Park Conservatory

The entire family will love making Skittle rainbows and marshmallow clouds while watching performances by the Millennium Irish Dance Company, at the conservatory's kid-friendly "Luck of the Irish" party.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 14

Free with admission

1777 E. Broad St., Downtown

Glass Axis

If you're looking for something fun and creative to do with your date on St. Paddy's Day, head to Glass Axis for a special glass art date night, and learn to create either a Shamrock paperweight or an Irish shot glass with your partner.

5-7 p.m. Friday, March 13

$75, ages 12 and up

610 W. Town St., Franklinton

Level Dining Lounge

Level will host its annual St. Patrick's Pot Of Gold Cabaret show, featuring a performance by Ashley O'Shea, and complemented by Irish car bombs and green beer.

10 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

No cover charge

700 N. High St., Short North

The Pub Polaris

If a full day of Irish food and drink specials (including kegs and eggs, Guinness stew, Reubens and green beer, of course), sounds good to you, the Pub Polaris has you covered. Irwin Academy of Irish Dance, Millennium Academy of Irish Dance & Music, Capital City Pipes & Drums, and The Kells will provide entertainment throughout the day.

9-12 a.m., Tuesday, March 17

1554 Polaris Parkway, Polaris

Shadowbox Cabaret

Eight "Lucky Ladies" - Brooke Cartus, Nickey Winkelman, Sommer Sterud, Leslie Battle, Morgan Nicole, Becky Brown, Morgan Ward, and guest host Jesse Jones - will fete St. Paddy's Day with an evening of stand-up comedy.

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17


503 S. Front St., Brewery District

Skully's Music-Diner

Skully's hosts a St. Paddy's Day Mustache Bash, with music from Electric Orange Peel, Yosemite, Peridoni and Yugenon.

8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17


1151 N. High St., Short North

St. Patrick's Day 4 Miler at Kinsale

This running and walking event features a four-mile course through the neighborhood around the Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club, followed by the club's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration with live music.

6 p.m. Saturday, March 14


3737 Village Club Dr., Powell

5th Annual St. Patrick's Pub Crawl

In 2014, 941 people attended this Social City Events party - the largest pub crawl of its kind in Columbus. With your tickets, you'll receive a T-shirt, beverage koozie, drink and food specials, free cover charges, $20 off your first ride with Uber and more. Participating bars include Bar Louie, The Garage Bar & Grille, Park Street Patio, Park Street Cantina, GasWerks, The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, BBR and Brothers Bar & Grill.

Saturday, March 14

$25 online; $30 day of event

Arena District

Three-Legged Mare

Morning people, head to the Three-Legged Mare at the crack of dawn for an Irish breakfast, followed by music from the Rice Brothers and the Mclans, all day specials on Killian's, Irish step dance performances and music by traditional Scottish-style pipe band Cyril Scott Pipe Band.

Doors open 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 17

401 N. Front St., Arena District

Union Cafe

Earn your green beads all day at Union and then stick around for a special St. Paddy's Day show hosted by the one and only Nina West.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

782 N. High St., Short North

Woodlands Tavern

Woodlands Tavern will celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a free concert by Earphunk & Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk.

6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

1200 W. Third Ave., Grandview

"Wings of the Morning" at the Wexner Center

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day (and 100th anniversary of Technicolor) with a new digital restoration of Harold Schuster's 1937 classic, "Wings of the Morning." Filmed across Ireland and England, "Wings of the Morning" was the first British film to be shot in full Technicolor.

7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

$6 members; $8 general public

1871 N. High St., Campus