Top 5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

  1. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Fountain Square is the holiday’s traditional party in Cincinnati. Rotating Celtic rock bands will play throughout the day, while Irish food, green beer, and Guinness will round out the celebration. Bring the kids for face painting and other family-friendly activities. March 17, 12pm-8pm, Fountain Square, myfountainsquare.com
  2. Start the day early at either Molly Malone’s Covington or Pleasant Ridge for a customary Kegs and Eggs breakfast. The party starts at 7am and transitions into an all-day outdoor festival at both locations. March 17, 112 E. 4th St., Covington or 611 Montgomery Rd., mollymalonesirishpub.com
  3. If you’re really feeling the spirit, take a short day trip north to Dublin, Ohio and follow the Celtic Cocktail Trail.   Get your guidebook stamped at 11 participating venues for their signature Celtic drinks, and you’ll be the proud owner of a koozie or t-shirt (and probably a hangover). Even if you skip the trail, Dublin’s proud roots in Irish heritage make it the perfect place to celebrate the day. 15 minutes northwest of Columbus, Ohio, visitdublinohio.com
  4. If your favorite part about St. Patrick’s Day is drinking copious amounts of Guinness, then head to Molly Malone’s Covington on Friday night for the 7th annual StoutFest. Sample the best bold beers from local and national breweries, and select your favorite for a full pint (included with ticket purchase). Regular and VIP admission available. March 16, 6-10pm, 112 E. 4th St., Covington, beerfesttickets.com
  5. Looking for a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Head over to the Main Library downtown on Friday for an afternoon of festive events. Listen to a talk from Robert J. Wimberg about Irish heritage and history in Cincinnati, then stay for live music from Dark Moll and performances from McGing Irish dancers.  Snacks and crafts will have the kids feeling lucky, too.  March 16, 11am-1pm, 800 Vine St., cincinnatilibrary.com

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