St. Patrick’s Day Events 2012
Discover and celebrate that Irish heritage you always knew you had on Saturday, March 17th. Downtown Cleveland and the surrounding area are known for loving St. Patrick’s Day, and this year promises to bring another festive celebration. With Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, concerts and lots of Irish food and drink, everyone can be Irish for the day in Cleveland.
2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown Cleveland
Continuing the tradition as one of the only cities that hosts its parade on March 17th, Cleveland will once again celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by throwing a spectacular parade. The parade begins at 1:04pm and runs from East 18th Street and heads west on Superior Avenue. With over 10,000 participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators, Ohio’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade is a sight definitely worth checking out.
100th Bomb Group Restaurant and Special Event Center
Celebrate with dinner and a show at 100th Bomb Group Restaurant and Special Event Center on the evening of March 15th, where Enchante Cabaret is presenting O’Malley’s Irish Pub. This classic Irish play is set on New York’s Lower East Side and focuses on the troubles of Widow O’Malley as she hands over leadership of her pub to her son. There will be plenty of good food and opportunity to sing along. Tickets are just $39 per person and include dinner and the show. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm.
It’s become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition, and this year is no different. AJ Rocco’s in Downtown Cleveland hosts the 10th Annual St. Baldrick’s Charity Shave-Off. Stop in for a bite to eat, and shave your head for childhood cancer research. With more than $1.5 million raised so far, this year promises to do another world of good. Register now at www.stbaldricks.org.
The Barley House
The Barley House boasts one of Cleveland’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parties, and they have the beer, music and food to prove it. It’s so big, in fact, it has to start a day early. Barley House kicks off the festivities on March 16th with an extended happy hour from 3:16-8pm, and Irish music by Folktic from 7-9pm. The party continues with DJ Nyce and DJ Nova until 2am. On St. Patty’s Day, the party only gets bigger, with live Irish and Rock music by Green Blossom Special and Vegas Baby. Gates open at 10am.
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland celebrates the Luck o’ the Irish with $1 admission for anyone wearing green. The museum is open from 10am until 4:45pm, and has tons of activities every kid will love.
Cleveland Metorparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is putting a new spin on the “green tradition” of St. Patrick’s Day. At the zoo, you can show your green side by helping the environment. Bring an old cell phone to the box office on March 17th and receive one free admission to the zoo and rainforest. Also, wear green and receive $2 off a ticket to the zoo, making it just $6 per person, $3 for children ages 2-11 and free for children younger than 2 plus zoo members.
CLE Clothing Company
You’ll need the proper attire to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, and CLE Clothing Co. is here to help. Unveiled just this year are all-new tee shirt and sweatshirt designs, both with lots of Irish and Cleveland pride! Check out their store, located at the corner of Euclid Ave. and East 4th or order online at www.cleclothingco.com.
East Side Irish American Club
The Irish American Club of the East Side of Cleveland has a full day of activities planned for March 17th. The day begins at 10:00am with a St. Patrick’s Day Mass, and continues from 12-6pm with food and music by Neil Jacobs. After the kids are asleep, come on down for even more. From 7:30-11:30, The Whiskey Island Ramblers will be sharing their music and continuing the entertainment well into the evening. Members are free and guests are just $5.
Geneva on the Lake
Come celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day at Geneva on the Lake and Sportsterz Bar in beautiful Geneva on the Lake, Ohio. With music from ALB starting at 8:30pm and Guinness on tap all day, this is the perfect way to party the day away.
Grand River Cellars + Restaurant
Grand River Cellars + Restaurant in Madison begins the celebration on Friday, March 16th this year. Enjoy Irish pub music from 7:30-10:30pm, as well as Irish dancing by the Zeimba Family Dancers from the Leneghan School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Mark your calendars to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Great Lakes Brewing Co. The party features Irish-inspired cuisine and beer, along with Irish bands, such as Ceud Mile Failte, CRAIC and the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums. The bar opens at 10am and the kitchen opens at 10:30am. Head downtown on the free shuttle running two hours before and after the parade.
Noodlecat and The Greenhouse Tavern are hosting two rocking St. Patty’s Day parties, with whiskey, Victory Brewing Co. kegs and tasty street food. Noodlecat boasts an Irish Ramen Special, and The Greenhouse Tavern celebrates with a three-course lunch special. Snag your rooftop party tickets here: www.whiskeybells.eventbrite.com.
The Greenhouse Tavern
Rock out at Happy Dog in the Gordon Square District of Cleveland. Performances begin at 9pm on Saturday night and include local favorites Prisoners, Tinko and Shitbox Jimmy. The Irish music adds to the already lively atmosphere at Happy Dog.
House of Blues
House of Blues hosts their 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Doors open at 8am and the celebration includes musical acts like Boys from County Hell and a $12 Irish inspired buffet.
How about some local Irish history? Head to Market Garden in Ohio City to watch the film “Kill the Irishman” about local gangster, Danny Greene while sipping on a limited edition “Danny Greene Enforcer” bourbon barrel-aged stout. The fire and heaters will be on for those who’d rather be out on the patio.
McNulty’s Bier Markt
Even though it’s a Belgian bar, it’s still got “McNulty’s” in the name. This is the center of all things green in Ohio City. The party gets going at 11am and continues through the day and night. Stop on in for the widest selection of beer in the region.
And you thought murder mysteries were only for Halloween. Head to the Oberlin Inn with your detective hat to solve an Irish Murder Mystery. This $79 package includes overnight accommodations, an Irish feast and a chance at solving the crime. A cash bar is available and reservations are required.
Quaker Steak and Lube
Take advantage of all-day specials at Quaker Steak and Lube in Valley View. Nosh on some traditional Irish fare and wash it down with $1 Jell-O shots, $2 green domestic pints, $3 Killians and $4 Irish car bombs.
Wonder Bar, located on East 4th Street, kicks things off at 11am. The Jameson and good times will be flowing all day long. Fill your stomach with freshly carved corned beef and rueben sandwiches and rock your heart out with a performance from Pants on Fire at 4pm.
- Nate Klein, Marketing Intern