St. Patrick’s Day Events 2024


ST PATRICKS DAY DES MOINESSláinte! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Des Moines with the whole family with events all weekend long. Don’t forget your green gear!

St. Patrick’s Day Activities in Des Moines

March 16 | St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown
Join the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Central Iowa for their annual parade, starting just before the intersection of Mulberry and 15th streets and making its way to Grand Avenue. Don’t forget to wear green!

March 16 | Des Moines St. Paddy’s Day Marathon & Half Marathon
Don your best green gear and race toward the end of the rainbow. Bring the whole family for the ‘Kids Dash Start’ and 5K.

March 16 | St. Patrick’s Day Pre-Parade Celebration, The Shop DSM
7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Join them for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day parade family-friendly event at The Shop DSM!
Their first open-to-the-public event, with firefighters serving pancake breakfast, kids activities, and more, right off the parade route.

March 16 | Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Foy Irish Dancers, Central Library
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stop by the Central Library after the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for some hot chocolate and a performance from the Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance.
*Note: Performance will begin after the parade, so the scheduled time may vary depending on the length of the parade.

March 17 | GPS Pot of Gold Hunt, MacRae Park
1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Test your skill and your “Luck” and see what kind of “Gold” you will find. Only register the person who will be collecting prizes everyone else just needs to show up.

March 17 | Lucky Day Musical Playdate, Pied Piper Studios
9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Miss Jenn is warming up her bagpipes! This All Ages 45-minute Musical Playdate is overflowing with lucky songs, dances, pretend play, and more. Slide down the rainbow, find a pot of gold, dance a leprechaun jig, and enjoy some group drumming. Registration required.

March 17 | Hunt for Gold Hike, Brown’s Woods Forest Preserve
2 p.m.

Go on a St. Patrick’s Day-themed hike! Hikers will search for gold along the looped trail helping collect it in a bucket and then come together afterward for a few stories.
Free event, no registration is required. Please follow the event for any weather updates.
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Families can enjoy 90 minutes of glow bowling, pizza, and pop for 1 low price. It includes glow-in-the-dark bowling to “MOM APPROVED” music, a large single-topping pizza, and a pitcher of a soft drink for each lane. This is an alcohol-free event, and open to all ages.
Wear your Irish Green attire to bring on the luck strikes.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!


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