How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Calgary

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by eating Irish food, cheering on Calgary’s lacrosse team and, of course, drinking green beer at local pubs.

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General St. Patrick’s Day events

St. Patrick’s Day at the Calgary Farmers’ Market

Date: Saturday, March 14

Cost: Free

The Calgary Farmers’ Market is getting in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit early with some live entertainment. After doing some shopping, stop by the main stage to enjoy “luck o’ the Irish” games and balloons, plus live entertainment by the Ian Gott Irish Dance Academy and Bow Valley Fiddlers from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77 Ave. S.E., 403-240-9113, calgaryfarmersmarket.ca

 

Dervish

Date: Saturday, March 14

Cost: $40

A staple of the Irish music scene for more than 30 years, Dervish brings its Irish folk music to Calgary for an early St. Patrick’s Day performance. The band is known for its fresh take on traditional music and released its 12th album, The Great Irish Song Book, in 2019.

Bella Concert Hall, taylorcentre.ca

 

Celtic Connection

Date: Monday, March 16

Cost: $15 to $25

The Mount Royal Kantorei, the Blakey O’Brien Irish Dancers and the Calgary Fiddlers Association have teamed up for a night of Irish music and dance at Bella Concert Hall. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bella Concert Hall, taylorcentre.ca

 

St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Studio Bell

Date: Tuesday, March 17

Cost: $10

The National Music Centre holds a $10 date night every month, and in March, it falls on St. Patrick’s Day. Not only will you be able to check out all of NMC’s exhibitions, but there will be special St. Patrick’s Day features like East Coast fiddling and a cash bar offering a themed cocktail and Village Brewery beers.

Studio Bell, 850 4 St. S.E., studiobell.ca

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Irish Cultural Society

Date: Tuesday, March 17

Cost: $5 for ICS members; $10 for non-members

If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the most authentic way possible, plan on going to the Irish Cultural Society of Calgary on March 17. Members and non-members alike are welcome for a night of Irish dancing and choir performances, music and Irish stew.

Irish Cultural Society, 6452 35 Ave. N.W., 403-288-8641, calgaryics.org

 

Food and drink events for St. Patrick’s Day

All Things Irish Festival

Date: Saturday, March 14

Cost: $40

Food and drinks play a big part in Irish culture. So this year, don a green outfit and try some Irish cuisine for yourself at Willow Park Wine & Spirits’ All Things Irish Festival. In addition to Irish snacks, the evening event will feature beers, liqueurs and whiskeys made in Ireland. The festival runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

10801 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., 403-296-1640, willowpark.net

 

Sporty St. Patrick’s Day events

Calgary Roughnecks St. Patrick’s Day Party

Date: Friday, March 13

Cost: Ticket prices vary

Calgary’s professional lacrosse team is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 13. In addition to the high-energy evening lacrosse game, there will be a free snacks and drinks for 3,000 fans, happy hour deals, limited edition jerseys for sale and more. Don’t forget to wear green as you watch Calgary take on the Saskatchewan Rush.

Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise S.E., calgaryroughnecks.com

 

The Original St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

Date: Sunday, March 15

Cost: $60

Don some green athletic attire or a fun costume for one of the last races of the winter season. Runners can take on a five- or 10-km route, then fill up on Irish stew once they’ve crossed the finish line. The race is a fundraiser for Calgary Roadrunners and Diabetes Canada.

Central Memorial High School, 5111 21 St. S.W., raceroster.com

 

Bars and restaurants with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and specials

The Block Kitchen & Lounge

2411 4 St. N.W., 403-282-1339, eatdrinkblock.com

 

Broken City

613 11 Ave. S.W., 403-262-9976, brokencity.ca

 

Common Bond

102, 630 8 Ave. S.W., 587-349-1000, commonbondyyc.com

 

Craft Beer Market

345 10 Ave. S.W., 403-514-2337; 100 Anderson Rd. S.E., 403-216-2337; craftbeermarket.ca

 

Dixon’s Public House

24, 15425 Bannister Rd. S.E., calgarysbestpubs.com/dixons/

 

James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant

114 8 Ave. S.W., 403-262-0708, jamesjoycepub.com; instagram.com

 

Joyce on 4th Irish Pub

506 24 Ave. S.W., 403-541-9168, calgarysbestpubs.com/joyce/

 

The Kilkenny Irish Pub

500, 3630 Brentwood Rd. N.W., 403-284-4404, calgarysbestpubs.com/kilkenny/

 

Limericks Traditional Public House

7304 Macleod Tr. S., 403-252-9190, calgarysbestpubs.com/limericks/

 

Ship and Anchor

534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com

 

Trolley 5

728 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3731, trolley5.com

[This article was last updated on March 11, 2020 to reflect 2020 events]

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