St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and with it, come some of the region’s largest and greenest events. From parades through Greeley and parties in Fort Collins to quiet craft events and even Lucky Charms-inspired beer, this will be a NoCo holiday for the record books.
Keep reading to find events happening in Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley and Berthoud, then start planning your entire weekend of fun! Our event guide begins on Friday and continues through Sunday night.
Friday, March 15th from 5 to 8 p.m. | Downtown Fort Collins
The Foodie Walk is Downtown Fort Collins’ monthly celebration of our local foodie culture. The March event is scheduled for March 15th just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Check out the twelve participating businesses here, see how many you can visit on Friday evening, and get ready to try some festive, green treats inspired by the holiday.
Saturday, March 16th at 8 a.m. | City Park
Photo courtesy of Paul J. Ronto via Partners Mentoring Youth
Make sure your green costume is ready bright and early! You’ll need it to run in the 20th Annual Sharin’ O’ the Green 5K. The course is fast, flat, USATF certified and a BolderBoulder qualifier. With adult registration, you get a timed bib, a free event t-shirt and an Odell Brewing Co. beer after the race. Kids 17 and under can also register for just $10 and anyone under 12 years can run for free in the Shamrock Scurry!
All proceeds go directly to Partners Mentoring Youth which serves to benefit the community by creating mentoring relationships between local adults and children. Register online here to help this local organization and have an extra fun St. Patrick’s Day!
Saturday, March 16th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Downtown Fort Collins
Old Town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration is getting reimagined this year in the hopes of providing more family-friendly fun without closing down any streets or blocking any storefronts. That means there won’t be a parade, but the Oak Street Shamrock Festival in Oak Street Plaza promises an alcohol-free environment featuring live music and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. The kid-friendly festival will continue from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
And the famous Old Town Irish Party in Old Town Square is continuing the festivities as it always has with several hours of free live music and a green beer garden available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
No streets will be closed, all parking spaces will be open, and the St. Patrick’s Day festivities just keep getting better! For more details on the Oak Street Shamrock Festival, click here, and for more details on the Old Town Irish Party, click here.
Saturday, March 16th at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Bath Garden Center & Nursery
Photo courtesy of Tawney Summers via Bath Garden Center & Nursery
With two events on St. Patrick’s Day, you can enjoy Bath Garden Center’s Shamrock Fairy Garden during the Old Town Irish party or save this for post-party family fun. For $20, you and your kids will learn how to make a fairy garden and you’ll get to take it home! Register in advance here and choose your crafting time.
Saturday, March 16th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and National Corndog Day together this Saturday. The Blind Alley Troubadours will be providing live music, The Fort Collins Irish Step Dancers will make an appearance, and Corndoggies will be serving up food truck fare. Arrive early so you don’t miss New Belgium’s Green Wit beer! For full details, click here.
Saturday, March 16th from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
For the second year, the Grimm Brothers team is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the epic Irish Olympics! Get there by 1:30 p.m. to register your team of two people and compete in events like the Lucky Charms Race, Green Stump and Keg Curling. For more information, check out the Facebook event here.
Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th | City Star Brewing
City Star Brewing in Berthoud is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with colorful, Lucky Charms beer flights available all day Saturday and Sunday. Each flight will feature five magically delicious and outlandish beers. For more information, check out the Facebook event here.
Saturday, March 16th at 2 p.m. | Downtown Greeley
Photo courtesy of Greeley Downtown Development Authority
Greeley’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Blarney on the Block, offers hours of small-town fun and family-friendly entertainment. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with an Irish step dancing performance immediately followed by the 1st National Bank Blarney Parade at 2:30 p.m. Other afternoon entertainment includes performances from the Caledonia Pipe and Drum Band, live music on the 9th Street Stage, face painting, a photo booth and so much more.
Saturday, March 16th at 8:30 p.m. | Moxi Theater
The Moxi Theater is hosting The Stubby Shillelaghs with special guest Caroline Schaff for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration of epic proportions. Inspired by big-name bands like The Dubliners, Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, this live music event is going to be one for the books.
Sunday, March 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, a dude ranch located in Loveland, is hosting a festive St. Patrick’s Day Beer Dinner on Sunday evening. Prepared with locally sourced ingredients, the meal will consist of five courses and each one will be paired with a specially selected beer from Big Thompson Brewery, another Loveland institution. Dinner costs $80 per person, but for $140–180 you can stay overnight at the ranch, too! Get details here.