Every year, March 17th rolls around and we dress in green from head to toe, clink our beers, and toast to the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has become a cultural phenomenon in America for those of Irish descent and their buzzing supporters.
The holiday kindles high expectations and great anticipation, and there’s a lot to do in Baltimore to live up to dreams of the perfect celebration. Why wait for March 17th to start celebrating? Here is a whole week of festivities leading up to St. Patrick’s Day that’ll leave you feeling lucky to live in Baltimore.
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Sunday, March 11th – Shamrock 5K & Parade
Kick off your week with two events that are known to revive the excitement of St. Paddy’s Day every year. The Shamrock 5K is one of the largest and most festive Charm City runs. Pre-register online to get a complimentary St. Paddy’s themed T-shirt and entry into the post-run celebration at Power Plant Live! where you can enjoy free beer and live music. You’ll start the 5K in Federal Hill at 1:15 p.m., immediately before Baltimore’s distinguished St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade has been a popular production for over 60 years. Feel free to take part in the entertainment or join onlookers as they fill the streets of downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor to watch the festivities unravel.
Monday, March 12th – Arts and Craft Beer
Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant is the place to be today and only a short 15 minute drive from your home at 1111 Light Street. Join a group of crafters and Rustic Revival, a homemade signage company, in making your own Irish-themed signs for St. Paddy’s Day. Along with the Rustic Revival event, Sláinte offers pub fare, green beer, and good company. Sign up here to be part of the crafting or just show up for the pub experience!
Tuesday, March 13th – Baltimaze Escape Room
One of the biggest crazes in fun things to do is testing your mental ability to escape a room with the help of puzzles and clues. You can try your St. Paddy’s Day luck at the Baltimaze Escape Room. Treat yourself to something new and exciting today, and pick one of four rooms designed for up to 10 of you and your buddies.
Wednesday, March 14th – Dine & Drink Around the World
Dine & Drink Around the World is a popular charity event that features international food and beverage experiences. In light of the holiday, pay special attention to what Ireland has to offer, but also check out the dishes of Italy, India, Costa Rica, and more. All proceeds go to the cultivation of culinary students and small food businesses, so this can be your way of enjoying a night on the town while giving some luck to others.
Thursday, March 15th – Rockstar Karaoke
Take part in a very unique karaoke experience at the Horseshoe Casino, just a 10 minute drive from 1111 Light Street. Rockstar Karaoke has been voted as the best karaoke in Baltimore for its portrayal of real concert vibes, and the production needs rockstars like you. A live band will back you up as you sing your favorite tunes to a crowd, amplified by speakers and broadcasted on the big screens. If you feel as confident in your luck as you do in your vocal skills, play the slots afterwards and see what you can win!
Friday, March 16th – Delia Foley’s Pub
Spend the eve of St. Paddy’s Day at Federal Hill’s very own Delia Foley’s Pub. This authentic Irish pub will get you in the holiday mood without demanding a lot of the energy needed for tomorrow. Indulge in buffalo wings that won a State Championship, or join the Jameson Bottle Club. If you’re a true whiskey connoisseur and plan to return to the pub, Delia Foley’s gives you the chance to keep your own bottle behind the bar so you don’t have to splurge on specialty drinks or shots each time.
Saturday, March 17th – Pub Crawl
Today is the day! We’ve spent all week in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s finally here. The “Luck of the Irish” Pub Crawl scours many Baltimore neighborhoods, including Federal Hill, in order to give you and the other crawlers a satisfying taste of the culture… and beer. Once you register, the full list of participating bars will be distributed, but the event staff has already promised the best bars with the best deals.
We hope to maintain the theme of good luck by celebrating under the sun and in good weather. Enjoy venturing into Federal Hill and beyond for this energetic and festive time of the year. Stay safe, and don’t forget to wear your green!