Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day Guide

2018 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 kristina@kcparent.com with additions or corrections.

St. Patrick's Day Parades & Festivals

2018 Brookside 38th Annual St. Patrick's Warm-Up Parade Mar. 10 from 2-4pm, Route: Begins at 65th and Wornall, Ends Meyer Blvd and Brookside Rd, Kansas City, MO. The annual Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade is a fun, family-oriented event occurring the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day. The parade draws participants and spectators from around the metro and kicks off a spirit-filled week in Kansas City celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Over 100 organizations and businesses from across the metro enter the parade each year. Whether marching, dancing, walking or riding vehicles ranging from red wagons and bikes to floats and classic cars, the entrants, music and other festivities are sure to entertain groups and families of all ages. Entries include bands, drill teams, Irish dancers, bagpipers, the mounted patrol, and dogs of all shapes and sizes including Basset Hounds, Great Danes and of course, Irish Setters. It’s a one-of-a-kind event that you don’t want to miss!

2018 Emerald Isle Parade: Downtown Lee' Summit Mar. 10 from Noon - 3pm in Downtown Lee's Summit, 3rd and Main. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by enjoying the annual Emerald Isle Parade presented by Llywelyn's Pub featuring floats, walking groups, Irish dancers, musicians, and more. Put on your green and join the fun! Other activities include a Pot O'Gold Coin Hunt for the little lads and lassies and a pub crawl, organized by Downtown bars and restaurants.

Snake Saturday Festival and Parade Mar. 10 from 11am-4pm at 14th and Swift , North Kansas City, MO. Carnival: The carnival area is set up and open for family fun early Friday evening until about 10 pm, opening again on Saturday morning about 10 am until 4-5 pm. Free Children's Area is filled with family activities. Festival grounds border Armour Road on the north and 18th Avenue on the south, Fayette on the west and Howell on the east.

Martin City St. Patrick's Parade Mar. 11 at 2pm Martin City Community Improvement District, 311 E 135th St, Kansas City, MO. Robots will invade the event as we celebrate our technology and engineering friends with the theme "Geared for the Future." Route: The parade begins at 2:00 PM departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington Street and 135th Street in Martin City and will proceed east across 135th Street to Holmes Road. 

36th Annual Shawnee St. Patrick's Day Parade  Mar. 11 from 1-2pm, Shawnee, KS. This year's theme is "Follow the Green Irish Road." Route: The parade will start on Johnson Drive at Monrovia and will head east on Johnson Drive to Nieman Road.

Belton St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 17 from 5-7pm along Main Street Belton, Missouri. Belton invites you to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at their annual parade!

Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 17 frpm 11am-1pm. Route: Begins at Linwood & Broadway and proceeds south along Broadway to 43rd Street, Kansas City, MO. Theme: The Pipes Are Calling: A Celebration of Irish Music.

Lawrence St. Patrick's Parade Mar. 17 from 1-3pm Downtown Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to the fun, good old-fashioned parades, the Committee has provided more than $980,000 to local children's charities through annual events. 

Leavenworth St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 17 from Noon - 2pm. Route: Fourth and Walnut Streets, Leavenworth, KS.

St. Patrick's Day Fun: Concerts, Crafts, Storytime and Fun

Shamrock Hunt Mar. 10 at Historic Weston, Weston. Join in The Weston Shamrock Hunt for hidden shamrock discount coupons redeemable at participating shops. In addition, be on the lookout for the valuable hidden Pots of Gold. Be on the lookout for Weston's own leprechaun who may be out and about creating a little mischief.

Westport St. Patrick's Day 4 Miler Mar. 10 Westport Kansas City , 500 Westport Rd, Kansas City. 1-101. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 4 Miler $30 Little Shamrock $12. The Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run is a great Kansas City tradition for the entire family! Get all of your little ones involved by registering them to participate in the Kids Fun Run at the conclusion of the 4-mile run (approx. 11:15 AM). And by little ones, we mean children, not leprechauns (…although leprechauns are not discouraged from participating). All kids will receive a short sleeve cotton t-shirt when they pick up their packet! Upon finishing the Little Shamrock Run, each participant will receive a special gift bag and a medal. The starting line will be near the Start/Finish of the 4-mile run.  The run is approximately 3 blocks long.

Connie Dover & Kelly Werts St. Pat's Day Concert Mar. 17 at 6:30pm at Acoustic Alcove, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO. Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door. Paint the Alcove Green on St. Patrick's Day with this special performance by renowned Celtic and Folk artists Connie Dover and Kelly Werts.

How to Catch a Leprechaun Mar. 17 from 2-3pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Springs South, 2220 S. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs, MO. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and learn to how to find a pot of gold at the Library! We'll read "How to Catch A Leprechaun" by Adam Wallace, play leprechaun games, and make our own leprechaun traps! Registration is required.

St. Patrick's Day at the Zoo Mar. 17  &18 at Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO. The zoo ushering in the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick's Day. Head out to the Zoo and see our animals enjoying festive enrichment items on Saturday and Sunday. Participate in the zoo's St. Patrick's Day Parade. At 11 a.m. on Saturday our llamas, goats, and many more animals will parade through the Zoo. BONUS: The luck of the Irish is bringing savings to Zoo goers this week! We are so excited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re spreading out the fun Wednesday through Sunday. If you’re tired of chasing that pot of gold, head to the Zoo where we’ll save you some coin. Zoo guests wearing green on Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18 will receive $3 off of regular full price Zoo admission. 

St. Patrick's Day Week at Paradise Park Mar. 11-17. Irish eyes are a-smiling with loads of leprechaun-approved fun and spring-themed adventures. Our version of a children's museum, the Discovery Play center will feature a truly wonderful week filled with St. Patty’s Day fun. Choose from a variety of self-directed projects in our Art Studio that can also double as decorations. 

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, BrownsIrishMarket.com. 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, TheDublinerKC.com. 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, ODowdsLittleDublin.com. 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, WestonIrish.com. 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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