Feeling Lucky? 17 Things to Do for St. Paddy’s Day in MKE

Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re sure to have fun!

St. Patrick’s Day is a chance to embrace your Irish heritage – and this month, don’t we all have a little of that? With St. Paddy’s celebrations starting the week before the actual holiday, we figured we wouldn’t sleep on this guide to all things Irish in the upcoming fornight. Grab your green – garb or beer – because there is plenty to keep you occupied!

Saturday, March 7

Milwaukee St. Paddy’s 5K

South Shore Club (2900 S. Shore Dr.) | 8:30 A.M.

Kick off St. Patrick’s Day early with a run. Each runner will even receive a special pint glass and a free beer (if you’re 21, of course) after you complete the race. If liquid motivation is not enough, proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin. Registration costs $40. 

11th Annual Shamrock Shuffle

Various bars Downtown, along Brady Street and in Walker’s Point | 12-6 P.M.

Get your shuffle on at this St. Patrick’s Day themed party playing out across the central city. Tickets include a Shamrock Shuffle T-shirt, no cover charges at bars, live Irish music and a lanyard for food and drink specials. The tickets also include a charity donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics Wisconsin and the Hunger Task Force. 

Mystic Knot Irish Coffee Stout Release

Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) | 12-7 P.M.

Do you love beer? Of course you do, it’s Milwaukee. Also love coffee? Then this event might be for you. Third Space Brewing in the Menomonee Valley will be releasing Mystic Knot, an Irish coffee stout aged in bourbon barrels, and Mystic Pancakes, this year’s variant of Mystic Knot but with maple syrup. Oh, and if that’s not festive enough, there will also be live Irish music to enjoy.

5th Annual Luck of the Dog Fundraiser

O’Brien’s Pub (4928 W. Vliet St.) | 6-10 P.M.

Are you a dog lover? Celebrate your St. Paddy’s Day with a night full of raffles, auctions and Irish entertainment, all the proceeds of which goes to help rescue dogs at Canine Cupids.

Saturday, March 14

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Begins at The Shops of Grand Avenue (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.) | 12 P.M.

Not only is this parade one of the largest, but it is one of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S. – starting in 1843. You can check out the route here

Mo’s St. Patrick’s Parade Day Headquarters

Mo’s Irish Pub (142 W. Wisconsin Ave.) | 8 A.M.- 2 A.M.

Starting at 8 A.M., enjoy a “kegs and eggs” breakfast (it’s like it was made for Milwaukee), a perfect spot to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Irish dancers, live music and green beer top off the experience. And, yes, green beer.

Lucky Leprechaun

Hart Park (7300 W. Chestnut St., Wauwatosa) | 10 A.M.-2 P.M.

“Run, walk or stumble your way in St. Paddy’s style,” as Lucky Leprechaun says, during this 7K run. The race is followed by a party that includes two free beers from Miller Lite, Zilli Chips, chocolate gold coins, a DJ, party games like cornhole (a classic) and giant Jenga, along with green beads for you to strut that St. Paddy’s spirit.

St. Patrick’s Day Stickers

Discovery World (500 N. Harbor Dr.) | 10:30-11:15 A.M.

St. Paddy’s is for the kids, too. Head on over to Discovery World where the kiddos can learn about the science behind stickers and make their own St. Patrick’s day sticker. No pre-registration is required.

3rd Annual Green Ham Bowl

Captain Pabst Pilot House (1037 W. Juneau Ave.) | 12-4:30 P.M.

Although this one is not outright St. Patrick’s Day related, it’s got the St. Paddy’s Day spirit. Throwing frozen green hams at bowling pins? Sign us up. Hey, they are green after all, which is in the St. Paddy’s spirit. Don’t forget to dress up in your best “St. Pabst Day” outfit to win some swag.

Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl

Water and Old World Third streets  | 4-10 P.M.

Similar to the Shamrock Shuffle, Lucky’s Bar Crawl will include drink and food specials exclusive to participants, a Lucky Badge and Lanyard, free cover with the Lucky Badge, professional photographers and a $500 costume contest. The bar crawl venues include Cantina Milwaukee, Red Rock Saloon and McGillycuddy’s Bar with an after party at RWB Milwaukee.

Shamrock Club Post-Parade Party

Irish Cultural and Heritage Center (2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.) | 1-6 P.M.

Don’t know what to do once the parade is over? Head on over to the post-parade party, a family event with Irish-themed entertainment. It costs $8 for adults of $20 for a family, no matter how many people.

Sunday, March 15

Family Day, St. Patrick’s Celebration!

Celtic MKE (1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa) | 11 A.M.-3 P.M.

As another event for the whole family, there will be activities for all ages including live music, Irish dance performances, arts and crafts, and more. There will be food from the Celtic Cafe, along with a buy-one-get-one deal on tickets to Milwaukee Irish Fest. Tickets are $10 a family.

Charles E. Fromage and John Gleeson Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Charles E. Fromage (5811 W. Vliet St.) | 4-6 P.M.

What is St. Patrick’s Day without the fiddle? For $10 get yourself a spot at the pub and a drink to enjoy the sounds of the fiddle played by John Gleeson. While you’re there, try some Irish Root Soup or grab yourself some Irish coffee.

David HB Drake—The Irish Fest Sets

Beulah Brinton House (2590 S. Superior St.) | 3-5 P.M.

Enjoy some folk music with Milwaukee folksinger David HB Drake. Having performed at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest for over 25 years, David will be playing “The Irish Fest Sets.” Suggested donation is $10.

Tuesday, March 17

Mo’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

Mo’s Irish Pub (142 W. Wisconsin Ave.) | 6 A.M.- 2 A.M. 

Head on back to Mo’s as early as 6 A.M. on the actual holiday for the three G’s: Guinness, great food and green beer. The kegs and eggs breakfast will be available again to lay down a base for the morning revelers. Live music, Irish dancers and bagpipers will complete the evening.  

St. Patrick’s Day Folly

McBob’s Pub & Grill (4919 W. North Ave.) | 7 A.M.-1:30 A.M.

Start your St. Patrick’s day bright and early and in true St. Paddy’s day fashion with an Irish breakfast – oh, and did we mention it’s free? Afterwards, there will be live music for your enjoyment with Three Pints Gone performing at 11 A.M., Horn Dogs at 3 P.M. and James Kiley with Thirst Degree at 8 P.M.

St. Patrick’s Day Open Jam

Mamie’s (3300 W. National Ave.) | 8 P.M.

The weekly, blues-tinged open jam hosted by Marvelous Mack at this South Side stage falls on St. Patrick’s Day this year. For the occasion, Mamie’s will have green beer, Irish stew and drink specials on offer.

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Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck