St. Patrick's Day Fun in Kansas City

2017 Edition

Celebrate Kansas City's rich Irish Heritage at a local St. Patrick's Day Parade or special event! Here is your Complete Guide to St. Patrick's Day fun in Kansas City:

Note: This list was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine. Email with additions or corrections.

St. Patrick's Day Events and Special Activities in Kansas City:

Kid Fest: Saint Patrick's Day Mar. 4 from 2-3pm at Mid-Continent Public Library Blue Springs South  (2220 MO-7, Blue Springs, MO). Party with us--there's always room for more! Join us for games and a craft as we celebrate everything Irish! Registration required.

St. Patty's Week  Mar 12-18 at Paradise Park (1021 NE Colbern Road Lee's Summit, MO). Irish eyes are a-smiling. St. Patty’s week kicks off Spring Break at Paradise Park! Discover tons of leprechaun-approved fun and Spring-themed adventures as the outdoor attractions open up for another merry season of magical entertainment.

Luck O' the Irish at Cosmosphere Mar. 18, 10am-2pm at the Cosmosphere (1100 North Plum Street Hutchinson, KS). THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: LUCK O' THE IRISH! In honor of St. Patty’s Day, students will make an Irish-themed probability game. Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! 

Top of the Mornin' Free. There’s no blarney when storyteller Jo Ho presents this St. Patrick’s Day storytime celebration. Throw on a bit of green and come listen to some Irish folklore and funny tales told in dialect. Ages 4 and up. Registration is required.

  • Mar. 14 at 10 am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Grandview Branch, 12930 Booth Lane, Grandview, MO.
  • Mar 16 at 4pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Dearborn Branch, 206 Maple Leaf Ave., Dearborn, MO. 
  • Mar. 17 at 11am at Mid-Continent Public Library-North Oak, 8700 N Oak Tfwy, Kansas City, MO.

Connie Dover & Kelly Werts Mar. 18 at 6:30pm at Acoustic Alcove (on the Unity Village campus), 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Lee's Summit, MO. Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door. KC’s favorite Celtic duo comes to the Acoustic Alcove for a special St. Patrick’s Day weekend performance! Connie Dover is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her soaring, crystal-clear voice and inspired arrangements of the music of Scotland, Ireland and the American West display a depth and breadth of range that have earned her a rightful place among the world’s finest traditional singers. Connie and Kelly join their talents to create a rare and moving musical experience. Combining Connie’s lush voice with Kelly’s prowess on acoustic finger-style guitar, they bring together ballads from the Irish and Scottish traditions and music of Appalachia and the American West With beautiful songs and high-energy old-time dance tunes, they showcase the depth and richness of their combined musical heritage.

The Luckiest Run Mar. 31. 5k, 10k, half marathon. The Luckiest Run is a virtual run 5k, 10k & half marathon wherever you are located. You can run, walk, swim or cycle. It benefits Grind For Life cancer charity, financially assisting cancer patients. Receive by mail a real 4  inch LED lighted medal, race bib number & St. Patrick's Day party favors.

St. Patrick's Day Parades and Festivals in Kansas City:

2017 Brookside 37th Annual St. Patrick's Warm-Up Parade Mar. 18 at 2pm. Brookside District, 63rd and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-up Parade is a family event focused on fun and the St. Patrick’s holiday. Each year, 100 entries are selected to participate.

Emerald Isle Parade and Festival Mar. 11 at Downtown Lee's Summit, 3rd and Main, Lee's Summit, MO. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by enjoying this annual parade featuring floats, Irish dancers, musicians, and more. Other activities include an Irish Breakfast for the whole family and a Pot O’ Gold Coin Hunt for the little lads and lassies. Put on your green and join the fun! A pub crawl, organized by Downtown bars and restaurants, will take place after the parade. Parade Route: Downtown Lee’s Summit from 8th Street, the parade heads north on Green Street, west on 3rd Street, then north on SE Main Street. Festival Schedule: 8-11 AM: Traditional Irish Breakfast at Llywelyn’s Pub (tickets available at the door). 11:30 AM: Pot ‘O Gold Coin Hunt (children 8 and younger). Noon: EMERALD ISLE PARADE!!! 1:30 PM: Pub Crawl (will start when the parade is over).

Snake Saturday Festival and Parade Mar. 11 at 14th and Swift , North Kansas City, MO. Leaping Leprechauns!  The Snake Saturday Parade brings up to 100,000 people to historic, downtown North Kansas City on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day making it the largest Irish parade and festival in the area In addition to the commercial entries, charities go “all out” designing parade entries to win prize money for their organization. Festival Information: Carnival: The carnival area is set up and open for family fun early Friday evening until about 10pm, opening again on Saturday morning about 10am until 4-5 pm. Free Children’s Area: The free children’s area is filled with family activities The 2017 Free Children’s Area included a barrel train, airbrush tattoos, pony rides, petting zoo, tricycle obstacle course and much, much, more! Festival grounds border Armour Road on the north and 18th Avenue on the south, Fayette on the west and Howell on the east. Children’s Theater Stage: At the 2016 Festival, our friends from Theater Tech Productions provided us with awesome entertainment Plans are already in the works for 2017! The Car Show: C.A.R.B (Central Auto Racing Booster) puts on a fabulous car show with more than 50 race cars for kids and adults alike to get a taste of auto racing. In 2016, C.A.R.B also gave away 3 bicycles!

Belton St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 11 at 5pm at Downtown Belton, Belton, MO. Belton invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at their annual parade!

Shawnee St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 12 at 1pm at Johnson Dr. and Monrovia, Shawnee, KS. The theme of this year’s parade will be The Shawnee Irish Rock. The parade begins at 1 p.m. and proceeds down Johnson Drive from Monrovia east to Nieman Road. Be sure to plan your entire day in Downtown Shawnee to enjoy a Rockin’ day of Irish Fun plus the Special Olympics Heroes Pull and Sister Cities Duck Race. You can start off by enjoying a hearty breakfast at one of the restaurants along the parade route, an Irish corned beef and cabbage lunch at the Knights of Columbus Hall, or some shopping at one of Shawnee’s unique Downtown merchants. Don’t forget to pick up one of our Parade Shirts along the parade route. The Hero Pull, immediately following the parade in the Splash Cove parking lot, is the perfect post parade activity! You can end the day rooting for your winning Duck in the Sister Cities Duck Race in the Herman Laird Park parking lot at 4:30

Martin City Irishpalooza Mar. 12 at Martin City district, 400 E. 135th Street, Kansas City, MO. This year’s theme is a real jewel, “A SHAMROCK in the ROUGH.” Ian Byrne, band member of The Elders, is the official Grand Marshals and will kick the parade off at 2:00 pm John Holt, Fox 4 News Anchor, is this year’s parade Emcee A concert by The Elders will commence immediately after the parade at the Event Tent, 400 E. 135th Street The Presenting Concert Sponsor, FishTech, has made it possible for the public to enjoy the concert free of charge. Start the day’s festivities by running or watching the 5th Annual Martin City Whiskey Run 5K Race. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. Details about the race and registration for the race can be found at Immediately following the 5K race, a Kids Fun Race will be held at 135th Street and Oak Street. The festivities continue at the Event Tent located at 400 E. 135th Street. The following events will take place in the Event Tent: The Martin City Animal Hospital will coordinate and emcee a Best Dressed Dog Contest at 11:30 a.m.  A Prince and Princess Contest will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. Children ages two to seven may enter with the winners judged prior to the parade and riding in the parade as royal dignitaries. Join hundreds who tailgate for a pre-parade lunch along 135th St. and Holmes Road from the backs of cars, SUV’s, and trucks. This annual parade, called Kansas City’s “biggest little fun parade” consistently draws over 20,000 attendees who come to enjoy the IRISHPALOOZA festivities. They arrive early, line the streets with their folding chairs and await the fun. The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington St. and 135th St. The parade typically has over 65 entries - a great mix of floats, family entries, drill teams, auto clubs, motorcycle groups, dignitary cars, walking groups and many animal groups The parade ends at around 3:30 p.m.

Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 17 at 11am at Downtown Kansas City, Linwood & Broadway, Kansas City, MO. The Parade has become Kansas City’s largest single-day civic event, as well as one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the nation. Tens of thousands of onlookers line the streets to see the hundreds of Irish floats, Bands, Families, Organizations, Business entries and others celebrate the Feast Day of St. Patrick and our Irish Heritage. Route: Begins at Linwood and Broadway and proceeds south along Broadway to 43rd Street.

Lawrence St. Patrick's Parade Mar. 17 from 1-3pm at Downtown Lawrence, 11th St. & Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is now in its 29th year of serving our community. In addition to the fun, good old-fashioned parades, the Committee has provided more than $900,000 to local children’s charities through our annual events and also Sully’s Pot of Gold supplemental emergency fund. 

Leavenworth St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 17 from Noon -1pm at 4th and Walnut, Leavenworth, KS. Leavenworth Irish cordially invites you to participate in the 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

A Bit of Leprechaun Magic at Home:

With a bit of creativity, you can create the magic of leprechauns at home.

Follow the Rainbow: Create a trail of shamrocks or rainbows for the children to follow from their bedrooms to the breakfast table. Lead them to a breakfast of green scrambled eggs, green pancakes and green milk. A touch of food coloring will do the trick for each of these delicacies. A favorite in our family is toast with a “green message” (written with a food coloring marker available in the bakery aisle at the grocery store). At each place setting, leave a St. Patrick’s Day treat or small gift.

Leprechaun Loot: Using gold chocolate coins, Chuck E. Cheese tokens or gold dollar coins, host a hunt at your house to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Top off the fun with a visit to Chuck E. Cheese or the Dollar Store where the kids can redeem their loot!

You’ve Been Pinched: Perhaps you’ve played “Ding Dong Ditch;” this game is similar.    Prepare a treat for a neighbor (chocolate coins, cupcakes, baked goodies) and deliver them with a note: “You’ve Been Pinched! Whether your are wearing green or not, I’m here to tell you that you are liked a lot!  Enjoy this treat, and here’s hoping you may, Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Your Secret Leprechaun.” Leave the treat on the doorstep, ring the bell, then disappear, hiding where you can watch your friend claim the prize.

Download this doorhanger template to print with the poem.

Kansas City's Irish Restaurants and Markets:

Browne's Irish Market 3300 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO, 816.561.0030, The Irish Market opened in Kansas City in 1887, and now the family’s fifth generation carries on the tradition of serving a wide variety of Irish delicacies. Enjoy handmade sandwiches, Irish potato soup, Irish stew, Dublin potato salad and more, as well as Irish souvenirs. On St. Patrick's Day, Browne's serves a traditional Irish breakfast starting at 7:00 and lunch specials in the afternoon.

The Dubliner Kansas City Power & Light District, 170 E. 14th St., Kansas City, MO, 816.268.4700, The Irish-American pub offers a distinctly Irish feel and delicious pub fare. The downtown location is convenient off the streetcar.

Llywelyn's Pub Two Metro Locations: 6995 W. 151st St., Overland Park, KS, and  301 SE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, MO. Known for their authentic Celtic food and friendly neighborhood atmosphere, Llywelyn’s is an unforgettable experience. The Overland Park restaurant makes its home in a renovated 100-year-old church with live music on weekends. The Downtown Lee’s Summit location features a patio and live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Paddy O'Quigley's 5317 W. 151st St., Leawood, KS, 913.601.3511. From Irish stew to fish 'n chips, all your favorite Irish dishes are on the menu at Paddy O'Quigley's. This neighborhood pub offers a fun atmosphere where they always root for the local teams. St. Paddy’s Day is their biggest celebration of the year.

O'Dowd's Little Dublin Country Club Plaza at 4742 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO, 816.561.2700, O'Dowd's Little Dublin is known for "the BEST American pub eats and Irish treats in Kansas City!" Enjoy fish and chips, Irish stew, corned beef, Reubens and shepherd's pie. O'Dowd's Little Dublin on the Plaza boasts an authentic Irish interior with imported woodwork, creating a pharmacy, library and cigar shop steeped in amazing Irish atmosphere.

O’Malley’s 1842 Irish Pub 500 Welt St., Weston, MO, 816.640.5235, O’Malley’s serves authentic Irish fare in an authentic Irish-American pub, complete with Irish music. You can choose indoor or patio dining (where you see the famous world's largest ball of string). The menu includes salads, sandwiches, steaks, soups and, of course, fish and chips.


Remember to  Download this doorhanger template to play "You've Been Pinched".


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