Shamrockin' in San Antonio:

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Mikayla Mullin

St. Patrick's Day in the Alamo City

As the greenest holiday of the year approaches, San Antonio gears up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Texas style. From lively parades to festive pub crawls and everything in between, there’s no shortage of exciting events to mark this day of shamrocks and shenanigans. Weather you’re a local looking for new ways to celebrate, or a visitor eager to experience the unique charm of San Antonio, here’s our roundup of the top St. Patricks Day events happening in the Alamo City. 

Dyeing of the San Antonio river

Each year since 1968, San Antonio eagerly anticipates the magical transformation of the iconic River Walk into the fabled River Shannon, courtesy of 25 gallons of eco-friendly green dye. The city comes alive with spirited echos of bagpipes as the waterway turns a radiant emerald green; a spectacle that never fails to captivate both locals and visitors alike. From 11am to noon, the enchanting dyeing unfolds along the Museum Reach, followed by a second display from 1pm to 3pm along the downtown stretch of the river. If your looking for a fun and perfect view we suggest Boudros, Domingo, or The Esquire. If you can’t make it down Sunday, or are waiting to celebrate on actual St. Patrick’s Day, the downtown strech of the river will be redyed from 1pm – 3pm on the 17th. 

Photo Credits: Jennifer Whitney/Special to the Express-News

St. Patrick's Day River Parade & Celebration

Picture this: while you’re already caught up in the whirlwind of downtown excitement for the vibrant dyeing of the San Antonio River, why not dive headfirst into the electrifying atmosphere of the Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day River Parade? It’s a spectacle like no other, where a cavalcade of Irish-themed floats with lively decorations and spirited entertainment, glides gracefully along the emerald waters. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 16th, when the parade kicks off along the Museum Reach from 2 pm to 3 pm, before winding its way through the downtown stretch from 5 pm to 6 pm. If you’re in the Museum Reach head over to our friends Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen, where live entertainment and giveaways await to elevate your experience. Plus, they’re rolling out the green carpet with exclusive VIP seating, complete with swag bags – for more details email alli@elsewheretexas.com before they’re all snapped up! And if you find yourself amidst the downtown stretch, make a pit stop at La Villita for an Irish Celebration extravaganza, brimming with family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and a treasure trove of vendors. Trust us, you won’t want to miss a beat – check out their schedule HERE and get ready to paint the town green in the heart of San Antonio!

Photo Credits: San Antonio Current Staff

St. Patrick's Pub Crawls

What’s St. Patrick’s Day without a wild bar crawl to keep the party rolling? Fear not, fellow revelers, because San Antonio has got you covered! Prepare to paint the town green with not one, but two epic bar crawl experiences that promise to take your celebration to the next level. First up, Mad Dogs British Pub is hosting San Antonio’s Official St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl on March 17th at 1pm along the iconic River Walk, where the drinks flow as freely as the Irish spirit – sign up HERE. And if that’s not enough excitement for you, Downtown Crawler is back with their 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl, guaranteed to turn Midtown San Antonio into a sea of green revelry, you can buy tickets HERE. Keep your eyes glued to SA Social Calendar’s Instagram as we draw closer to St. Patrick’s Day for the full scoop on all the electrifying bar crawl adventures waiting to be had in the Alamo City! Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on these unforgettable escapades.

Photo Credits: Kody Melton, for mySA.com

St. Patrick's Day Parties

Not feeling the bar crawl vibe but still itching to dive headfirst into the St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza? No worries, because San Antonio’s hottest bars and clubs have got your back with some seriously epic themed parties! Get ready to party like the Irish at Howl at the Moon, The Cottage, and McIntyre’s Southtown, where the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are guaranteed to be off the charts. Think live music that’ll have you jigging all night long, drink specials flowing like the River Shannon, and enough kitschy shamrock decor to make even a leprechaun green with envy! Trust us, these iconic spots know how to throw a shindig that you won’t soon forget. So grab your green garb and get ready to sham-rock the night away!

Credits: Mad Dogs San Antonio 

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