Fun Times on St. Patrick’s Day

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Photos courtesy Knotted Thistle Pub, Regina

If the “it’s-almost-but-not-quite-yet-spring” blues have you down this March, there’s one mid-March celebration that’s sure to spark some excitement in your life. On March 17, Regina and Saskatoon’s Irish pubs, restaurants and music scene come alive to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day — and it’s a lineup you won’t want to miss!

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Regina

O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub: O’Hanlon’s is celebrating on March 17 with musical acts all day long, including the Celtically Hip band, Pile O’ Bones Brass band, and performances by Irish dancers and the Regina City Pipe Band. They’ll also be serving up delicious traditional Irish dishes as you take in the entertainment.

Shannon’s Pub & Grill: At Shannon’s, the festivities kick off on March 13 with Irish trivia, followed by musical performances on the evenings of March 14 and 15. Then on March 16 on the eve of St. Paddy’s Day, they’re hosting a traditional Irish meal, followed by an all-day bash on March 17. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the day features Irish dancers, Celtic music, entertainment and more!

Knotted Thistle Celtic Pub: It’s a weekend of entertainment at the Knotted Thistle with performances by Irish dancers and the City of Regina Pipe Band on March 16 and 17. Food and drink specials run all weekend long, including green beer and half-price appies.

Lancaster Music Fest: From March 15 to 17, Lancaster Taphouse is hosting a music festival in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a perfect way to celebrate with great food, friends and music. For full information on the lineup, visit their website.

Bushwakker Brewpub: On St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Bushwakker is offering traditional Irish food and drink, including Irish coffee cream stout, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish bread pudding. There will be dancing, pipes and drums, and Celtic performances by West of Mabou, Billarney, and the Highlanders.


Saskatoon Loves to Party on St. Patrick's Day

Fionn MacCool’s: On March 17, Fionn’s opens at 9:30 a.m. and is serving up an Irish breakfast, followed by performances by Irish dancers and Jim & Kim, an Irish musical fiddle and guitar duo. The evening will feature a lively four-piece Irish party band to cap off the celebration.

O’Shea’s Irish Pub: Rumor has it that the O’Shea’s owners’ grandfather was one of the first people in Canada to make green beer in the 1960s at the former Baldwin Hotel in Saskatoon. This year, they will have Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish food specials and of course, lots of green beer to go around.

Kim & Jim Music: For an all-ages, family-friendly celebration, head to the Bassment where local violinist Kim de Laforest and guitarist/vocalist Jim McLean will be performing together for an evening of traditional folk and Celtic music. Get your tickets online in advance for this exciting event!

Finn’s Irish Pub: On March 16 for pre-St. Patrick’s Day, Finn’s is hosting the Dirty Sheets band with a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to midnight. March 17 will feature more live music, brunch and drink specials, with doors open at 11 a.m.

Winston’s Pub & Grill: Winston’s Shamrock Shaker runs from March 12 to 18, with Irish food and drink specials all week-long, including lamb stew, Guinness potato soup and specialty Irish cocktails. March 17 will also feature live Celtic music, Irish dancers and DJ Lindz beginning at 4:30 p.m.