For those who don't know, St. Patrick's Day commemorates the official death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity on the island — according to Wikipedia. It's also a day to celebrate the heritage and culture of Ireland.
So, how do we here in America celebrate? We wear green and drink heavily. Yeehaw!
In that tradition, here is a rundown of 12 events (which, with a couple exceptions, will all be on Sunday, March 17) where you can do that and, hopefully, have a ball. Let's be careful out there.
The 60th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The long-running parade will take a new turn through Downtown’s Historic District on Saturday. After the parade, you can also check out the the Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District)'s annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert at Market Square Park at 2 pm. Noon to 2 pm.
Eight Row Flint
This place will have an all-day, St. Patrick's Day shindig, where they want folks to show up in green (obviously) while they provide the drinks and the bites. Among the drinks they'll be serving up: $8 green ranchwaters, Jameson specials and Irish car bombs, $3 green Lone Stars and $2 green Jello shots. 11 am to midnight.
The Green Mile on Washington Avenue
It's time once again for the fourth annual Green Mile/St. Patrick's Day Block Party, as various venues in the area (Clutch Bar Houston, Concrete Cowboy Houston, Standard, etc.) come together for one goal: to create the biggest, most memorable St. Patrick’s Day party Houston has ever seen. 11 am to 2 am.
Holman Draft Hall
This hall will be celebrating St. Patty's Day on Saturday and Sunday. Look for DJs performing on both days, drink specials (including green beer and green mimosas), live bagpipers, a swag giveaway, and a green balloon drop. And the best part? There's absolutely no cover. 11 am to 2 am.
Jack & Ginger's
The watering hole will be blocking off its parking lot with an outside stage, for a St. Patty's Day concert (from noon 'til 2 am) that'll feature performances from Big Richard, The Slags, DJ Chaney, The Fuse, and DJ Bounz. And don't forget about the 82 beers on tap, including green Miller Lite and Guinness. 10 pm to 2 am.
Jonathan's The Rub Memorial Green
During its Sunday brunch, this spot is serving up goodies like Guinness Irish potted beef and cabbage along with a traditional Irish coddle, made with potatoes, sausage, and bacon, slow-cooked for hours. As for drinks, expect myriad Irish whiskey sips as well as cocktails and beers. 10 am to 2 pm.
St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated all weekend long at this joint. From Friday through Saturday, get full of the Irish spirit with green beer specials, whiskey specials, Irish beers, a St. Patty's Day-themed menu, and live music from 5-10 pm. 11 am to 11 pm.
This spot will have its third annual St. Patrick's Day Festival on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a huge tent and an outdoor stage that'll have live performances from Drew Thomas, The Slags, and If You Have to Ask. Of course, green beer and food trucks will also be around. 11 pm to 2 am.
Tickets are available for an all-inclusive feast featuring Irish brown bread with smoked salmon, seafood chowder, black pudding with scallops, and apple tart with Bailey’s Irish Cream. Each ticket includes four drinks: a welcome punch called Lion’s Kiss, Teeling Tipperary whiskey sour, Gibson, and Irish coffee. 10 am to 11 pm.
Revelry on Richmond
This place will be celebrating with $3 green beer, $4 Lucky Charms (whatever that is), and $5 Jameson. But this will probably be the only St. Patty's Day party that will have live bagpipers playing as you also gorge on some crawfish. Noon to 10 pm.
Tour de Houston 2019
It's an all-out green experience for this annual bike ride. Not only can you wear green, money raised during this will benefit the Re-Plant Houston Program, managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The ride will end with a St. Patrick’s Day party at City Hall for participants and volunteers. 7:30 am.
Known as "the modern American gathering place where food and beer lovers unite," this spot will have a new pub fare menu featuring Irish-style dishes like whiskey black pepper wings, corned beef egg rolls, and shepherd's pie and mash. There will also be drinks, such as the Dublin Mule, the Jameson Margarita, and, of course, green beer. 11 am to midnight.