2022 St. Patrick's Day Local Events and Family Fun

☘️ Fun Facts, Local Events, Cool Crafts, and Yummy Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher March 7, 2022

Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish, thereby bringing Christianity to Ireland. The "Feast of St. Patrick" has been celebrated by the Irish since the ninth century and became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903.

Although not a legal holiday in the United States, it is widely celebrated by people who are proud to be Irish, people who wish they were Irish, and people who just like drinking green beer! Here are some family-friendly ideas to help you celebrate the holiday... whatever your reason!

DID YOU KNOW? The proper nickname is "St. Paddy's Day" not "St. Patty's Day." Paddy is the shortened form of Pádraig, the Irish name that led to the English name, Patrick. Patty is a shortened form of the female name Patricia.

Fun Facts

☘️ The very first St. Patrick's Day Parade was not in Ireland... it was in Boston in 1737.

☘️ The original color of St. Patrick's Day was blue, not green.

☘️ The first three leaves of a regular clover symbolize hope, faith, and love. It is the fourth leaf that symbolizes luck.

☘️ It is estimated that there are 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers per "lucky" four-leaf clover.

☘️ According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves ever found on a shamrock (clover) was 14.

☘️ Dublin is the capital of Ireland. There is also a Dublin, California and a Dublin, Ohio.

Local Events

St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies, Michaels (Zoom)
Wednesday, March 9 from 1:00–3:00 PM
Build upon and practice your piping skills with the Sweet Sugarbelle during this fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day zoom class. Learn how to use stencils and edible markers to mark and outline your cookie to create the perfect design. Try your luck with buttercream and have a fantastic time decorating the cutest St. Patrick’s Day sugar cookies. Zoom access is $15.

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown Denver
Saturday, March 12 beginning at 9:30 AM
One of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country features floats, Irish step dancers, pipe bands, horses, and much more. The entire parade lasts up to four hours. FREE!

St. Patrick's Day Performance, Stanley Marketplace
Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 at 12:00 PM
It's a celebration to remember as performers from Wick School of Irish Dance, ranging from tiny beginners to world-class champions, are back at Stanley for two St. Patrick's Day traditional Irish stepdance shows. FREE!

The Town of Parker will welcome Lucky the Leprechaun back for his second annual appearance around Mainstreet on the Saturdays before and after St. Patrick’s Day (March 12 and 19) from 12:00–4:00 PM. Residents and visitors are also invited to participate in a game of "Seek Out the Shamrocks." Learn more about this fun activity here.

Running of the Green, Wash Park
Sunday, March 13 beginning at 8:30 AM
This family-oriented 7K and 2-Mile race/walk centered around the Irish celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day also has a great post-party with live Irish music, Irish dancers, the Colorado Youth Pipe Band, a beer garden, and much more! Registration is $45 for adults and $40 for kids 17 and under.

KidX Club® St. Patrick's Day Celebration, Town Center at Aurora
Thursday, March 17 from 2:30 PM–4:00 PM
This celebration of Irish culture features crafts, snacks, a photo booth, and a special performance by Celtics Steps Irish Dance School at 3:00 PM. FREE admission but registration is requested.

Lucky Day (Ages 21+), Game Train USA
Thursday, March 17 from 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
Adults, head to Game Train to learn Irish line dancing, play lucky board games, test your knowledge with an Irish trivia contest, win prizes, and enjoy delicious food and drinks. Bushmills Irish Whiskey will be on-site with samples and swag. Admission is FREE! Cost of food and drink varies.

4th annual ShamROCK Stampede 3.3K & 7K, Douglas County Fairgrounds
Saturday, March 19 from 8:30 AM–12:30 PM
Elevate your St. Paddy's Day celebration with a family-friendly walk or run and Irish-themed festival at the 4th annual ShamROCK Stampede. Whether you are a serious runner or leisurely walker, bring the whole family and join the fun! Registration is $35 for adults and $30 for kids 17 and younger.

HRCA St. Patrick's Day 5K, Highlands Ranch Town Center
Saturday, March 19 beginning at 9:00 AM
Grab your friends, family, running/walking shoes, your best Irish costume, and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a festive 5K. Presented by Living the Dream Brewing Company, this year's St. Patricks Day 5K will be the most fun anyone can have wearing green! 

Denver Brass Quintet: A Celtic Celebration, Cherokee Ranch & Castle
Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 PM | Sunday, March 20 at 1:30 PM
In honor of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the DB5 is joined by Celtic Colorado pipers for iconic favorites including "Amazing Grace," "Scotland the Brave," "Highland Cathedral," "Londonderry Air," and many more. Tickets are $67.

Cool Crafts
Fun Ideas for Preschoolers

Yummy Recipes

Shamrock Pancakes
Fruit Rainbow and a Pot o' Gold
Soda Bread with a Twist

Rebenack's Irish Soda Bread
Triple Decker Corned Beef Sandwich
Simple Shepherd's Pie

Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage
Pot o' Gold Treats
Lucky Leprechaun Chocolate Bark

Want even more? We've got printable lunchbox notes, more crafts, and recipes, plus leprechaun shenanigans on our St. Patrick's Day Pinterest Board!

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