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Des Moines certainly knows how to celebrate the luck of the Irish during the month of March. However, it’s not all about pub crawls and green beer. Throughout the Metro, there are opportunities to dance an Irish jig, sing along to Irish music, and, of course, watch a traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade! We have rounded up a list of exciting events and activities worth a pot of gold. So, get the family ready and have some fun this St. Patrick’s Day in Des Moines. Sláinte!
Irish and St. Patrick’s Day Events and Special Activities in Des Moines
One of Ireland’s best loved artists, Daniel O’Donnell is returning to tour in the United States and will be making a stop on the Civic Center Stage. Showtime is 7:00 pm and tickets start at $48.50.
Celtic Music Association Presents: Socks in the Frying Pan
Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award-winning trio from County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and their onstage wit has captured and captivated audiences the world around. One of the most sought-after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues! The concert starts at 8:00 pm and tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 on the day of the show.
Leprechaun Chase 10K
Join them at Principal Park for the Leprechaun Chase 10K Des Moines! Bring your skill (and a little luck) and run a PR while decked out in green from head to toe. Lasses start the race in the first wave and the lads chase them 5 ½ minutes later. Whoever finishes the race first wins a free beer for their gender at the Green Beer After Party. $2 per registered runner will be donated to ARL with a minimum donation of $3,000.
Celebration Of Irish Music & Dance With The Foy School Of Irish Dance – FREE
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by attending an Irish Hooley at the Johnston Public Library! The Foy School of Irish Dance Des Moines will be there to wow everyone with a traditional Irish dance performance. End the show by trying your hand (or your feet) at Irish dancing. This is an all ages performance starting at 3:00 pm.
Irish Music & Dancing Workshop – FREE
The Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance will be at the Altoona Public Library to do a workshop for families in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Come watch this traditional Irish Dancing performance and stay to learn some steps from the dancers themselves! All ages are welcome from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Michael Londra and The Celtic Fire
This show focuses on the traditional culture of song and dance that sweeps audiences away to Ireland, its culture, its land, its pubs, its music and its heart. Presenting traditional dance presented by world champion Irish dancers, the show has a vital feel; cast members are more creative and dynamic, audiences are more engaged, and everyone leaves the show feeling they have been more involved and have had more of an insight into what Ireland and its country really is. Showtime is 7:30 pm and tickets start at $50.
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Des Moines St. Paddy’s 5K
A family friendly St. Paddy’s 5K, appropriate for all ages at the Iowa State Capitol Grounds. 7:00 am Packet Pick-Up, 8:15 am Kids Dash Start and 8:30 am Half Marathon & 5K Start.
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts – FREE
Celebrate the holiday by stopping by the Children’s Area at Central Library and making a St. Patrick’s Day craft to take home. 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, while supplies last.
St. Patty’s Day STEM Challenge – FREE
Think you can catch a leprechaun? The North Side Library will have supplies in their Children’s Area so you can try!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – FREE
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade snakes through Downtown Des Moines and is sponsored by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. The parade starts at 12:00 noon. The parade route runs from 15th Street to Grand and then east to 8th Street. The parade fills the streets with costumed marchers, Irish step dancers, bagpipes, drum corps, and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Reception – FREE
After the parade all are welcome at the Marriott Hotel at 7th & Grand for the official Friendly Sons of St. Patrick reception following the parade. Enjoy music by Kelly’s Clan, along with performances by a Des Moines piping group and the Foy Dancers. Food and drink will be available, of course. Parade dignitaries will be presented and raffle prize winners will be announced at 4:00 pm.
Geocache Leprechaun Hunt
Join a Polk County naturalist at Brown’s Woods to learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods for Leprechauns! If you are lucky, you may even find a pot of gold. Dress for the weather as the trails may be muddy. Space is limited, so register early. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 13. Fee is $5 per child (ages 5-15).
Foy School St. Patrick’s Day Performance – FREE
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a family friendly performance of traditional Irish Dance! The Foy School of Irish Dance welcome you to enjoy traditional steps and modern moves at their annual St. Patrick’s Day performance. 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the Des Moines Social Club.
St. Patrick Family Bowling Party
Bring your little leprechauns to Warrior Lanes for a safe, fun-filled afternoon of Glow-in-the-Dark bowling. This is an alcohol-free event. $59.95 per lane includes: bowling (2 hours), shoe rental, large one topping pizza and a pitcher of soda. Maximum of five bowlers per lane. Pre-Paid Non-Refundable Reservations are required by March 16, 2018.
Make like a leprechaun and run as fast as you can at the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Fun Run. Funds raised at this event provide scholarships to two senior cross country or track athletes (one girl and one boy) who will be graduating from Des Moines metro area high schools.
Rockin’ Road to Dublin
Rockin’ Road To Dublin is the new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show, the power of a rock concert, all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. At Stephens Auditorium in Ames, the showtime is 7:30 pm and tickets start at $25.
Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day family fun? Check out our calendar!
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