St. Patrick’s Day in Milwaukee is one of my favorite times of the year. Parades and dancing, corned beef and story times, there’s no shortage of family-friendly St. Paddy’s Day events in the area, and we’ve got the inside scoop for you! Here’s a roundup of St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Milwaukee.
So, go grab your green and get ready for some Milwaukee St. Patrick’s craic (Gaelic word for fun or good time). Sláinte!
Jig Jog 4k
Load your little one in the stroller, grab your pooch if you have one, and hit the pavement for a family-friendly 4k on Milwaukee’s lakefront, benefiting the Special Olympics of Wisconsin.
Trinity Irish Dancers at Betty Brinn
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Check out a special 20-minute traditional Irish dance performance, and then stay to learn the dance.
Lunch Time Entertainment at the Grand
March 7, 8, 9, and 10
Center Court, Shops of Grand Avenue
From live music, to Irish Dance, to a corned beef eating contest. What more could you ask for?
Shamrock Club of Wisconsin St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 52nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade will start at noon, at 3rd and Wisconsin, and finish at Water and Highland. The parade features more than 140 floats, bagpipe and marching bands, and Irish and Celtic organizations.
What’s that you say? There’s already a parade on this list? Don’t you worry! This one starts at 3:00 PM, making it more than possible to hit up both parades. Trust me. We’ve done it. There’s nothing a kid loves more than parades.
Bluemound Business Association’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
On Bluemound Rd, traveling East between 65th Street and 52nd Street.
If a second parade isn’t your thing, swing on over to Bayshore Town Center for a 3pm performance of the Trinity Irish Dancers – March 10
Shamrock Club Post-Parade Party
Irish Cultural Heritage Center – 2133 West Wisconsin Avenue
This is Milwaukee’s largest family St. Patrick’s Day party from 1-6pm. The party will have four stages of entertainment featuring Irish music, dancing, and story times for the little ones. Plus, food and beverages available. Children under 10 are free, and everyone else is just $5. (Maximum family cost $15.)
Family Day in the Village
Celtic MKE – 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa
This event has a ton of family-friendly activities including crafts for the wee ones, a performance by Irish dancers, live Irish music, an appearance by Milwaukee Irish Fest mascots, a hurling demonstration, family activities, plus food and beverages available for purchase!
Snake Patrick’s Day
Schlitz Audubon Center – 1111 E Brown Deer Rd, Bayside
Shake hands with a snake and celebrate with a piece of green cake. Learn about Saint Patrick and the story of snakes in Ireland. Pre-registration is required. $8 adult/$5 kids.
Dinner at McBob’s
Anytime you’d like!
4919 W. North Ave
This is totally my opinion, but you should definitely trust me on this one: McBob’s has THE best corned beef in the Milwaukee area. Take the whole family there for dinner, or check out their corned beef hash on the weekends during brunch. You won’t regret it.
Milwaukee has a thriving Irish community that stays very active all year. If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on Milwaukee Irish events year round, be sure to check out the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin. And, don’t miss Milwaukee Irish Fest in August!