Family Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Denver


Whether you’re Irish or Irish for the day, there are many different ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids in the Denver area.

Family Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Denver

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (March 9)

Join us for a shamrockin’ good time at Town Center at Aurora’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 9 from noon to 4p.m. Get ready to jig along to the mesmerizing rhythms of traditional Irish step dance performed by Celtic Steps, and tap your feet to the lively tunes of Queen City Rovers, providing live music to keep the festive spirit alive! Bring the kids along for a day filled with balloon twisting, face painting, and more exciting activities.

Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 16)

This annual event is Denver’s ultimate Irish celebration. Over 10,000 people participate in the parade, more than 200,000 join as spectators. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. The parade starts on Wynkoop at 19th, turns down 17th street in front of Union Station, and then turns NE down Blake street  proceeding all the way up to 27th. Check out the FAQs before you go. Learn more.

Olde Town Arvada’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival (March 16)

Everyone’s Irish at our all-ages St. Patrick’s Day Festival from noon to 6 p.m. This street festival features live music, 50+ unique vendors, food, a kids’ zone, and adult libations. This event will have plenty of activities for the whole family. As always, admission is FREE! Learn more.

Family Make and Take: Leprechaun Gardens (March 16-17)

Discover the legend of the leprechaun as you design and create a miniature garden to attract these mischievous garden friends at the Denver Botanic Garden. Family Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity! Learn more.

St. Patrick’s Day 5k (March 16)

Join the festivities at our St. Patrick’s Day 5K starting on Dorchester Street in Highlands Ranch Town Center South at 9 a.m. Don your best Irish flair, round up your friends and family, lace up those running shoes, and let the celebration begin! After crossing the finish line, join fellow athletes for a refreshing pint from Living the Dream Brewing, a complimentary pancake breakfast, and lively entertainment. Along the course, a mischievous leprechaun has hidden a golden kettlebell! Find it, bring it back to the finish line, and win $100! Learn more.

Family Day Out at Uncorked Kitchen (March 16)

Celebrate Irish culture today and have some fun together while you do so! Spend some time enjoying delicious stew, baking together and decorating sweet treats to celebrate today’s holiday with our chef and your kids or teens. Children must be 6-17 years old to attend. Learn more.

ShamROCK Stampede (March 16)

ShamROCK Stampede’s mission is to elevate the celebration of St. Paddy’s Day with a family-friendly Walk/Run and Irish-themed festival to increase awareness and raise funds for organizations that help our veterans, first responders, and others break free from PTSD and mental illness. Learn more.

Free Dog Photo Shoot (March 17)

Get ready to unleash the luck of the Irish! Join our St. Patrick’s Day – FREE Dog Photoshoot on March 17, 10 am. – 2 p.m. at Sloans Lake North Parking Lot. Your furry friend could be the star of a cozy, custom blanket! Snap, share, and win a printed blanket featuring your pup’s photo in our popular vote raffle. Don’t miss this paw-some day of fun and photos! Learn more.

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Sarah McGinnity
Sarah is owner of Denver Mom Collective and is passionate about encouraging and connecting moms - we weren't meant to do this alone! She graduated from Kansas State (Go Cats!) in journalism, worked for newspapers and for several marketing departments, and eventually got her master's in urban administration. Sarah and her husband Shea have four kids - Henry (11), Clark (8), Lucy (7) and Caroline (the dessert baby). She enjoys reading historical fiction, beating her kids at board games and traveling as much as possible.


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