St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just a one-day thing in Omaha. Festivities are drawn out for at least a weekend. While I’ve become more of the morning parade shenanigans kind of gal than a bar hopper these days, I love the way this city celebrates. Read on for details on where to eat, drink, and play when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
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Where to buy St. Patrick’s Day stuff locally
First off, everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so get yourself some green clothing. You’ve got to dress for the day.
Support local this year and buy your green gear from of these locally-owned shops or Omaha designers:
Green Clothes & Accessories For You
There is no shortage of adult-sized shirts and fun jewelry made by or sold by Omahans. Here’s a list of some of the Omaha vendors with online shops.
Conversation Clay – Shamrock Statement Earrings
Inspire and Smile – Gaelic quote pendant
Rachel O’s Fabulous Whimsy – Fabric button earrings
South Omaha – Irish SOB Made in South Omaha shirt
Green Clothes & Accessories For Kids
Little Mango – The bricks and mortar store Statement Boutique is at Country Side Village at 87th and Pacific streets. You can shop Little Mango online (check out this Lucky Charm raglan shirt!) with free in-store pick-up!
Little Tutu Bakery – St. Patrick’s Day tutu
Magnificent Treasure Bows – Shamrock bow
St. Patrick’s Day Home Decor
Irish bars and restaurants in Omaha
Year-round, it feels like St. Patrick’s Day at some bars in Omaha. Below is a list of Omaha’s top Irish bars and Irish restaurants. I highlighted my favorite for food and drink. Most places serve food or have a full menu, but I’ve marked which ones are for drinks only.
Brazen Head Irish Pub – One of my favorites, it’s been around since 1998 at 319 N. 78th St. The bar itself was imported from Ireland, and there are some really charming touches throughout the place. There’s usually live music all day long on St. Patrick’s Day.
The food is on spot, too. If you need a hearty meal, try a traditional Irish boxty. It’ll keep you fueled for the day.
Annie’s Irish Pub, 1101 Davenport St. (bar only)
Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill, 4322 Leavenworth St.
Barry O’s, 420 S. 10th St. (bar only)
Clancy’s Pub Pizza & Grill, 2905 S. 168th St.
Cunningham’s Pub & Grill, 10904 W. Dodge Road
The Dubliner Bar, 1205 Harney St. (bar only)
Maloney’s Irish Pub, 1830 N. 72nd St.
Paddy McGown’s Pub and Grill, 4503 Center St.
Sean O’Casey’s, 2523 S. 140th Ave.
Two Fine Irishmen, 18101 R Plaza
Staying home this year? I hear you. This is likely my choice for 2021, as well. Find some good Irish whiskey or beer at the locally-owned store Wine, Beer & Spirits at 3435 Oak View Drive.
Irish meals planned around Omaha
- March 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Corned beef and cabbage starting at noon, while supplies last at the Disabled Veterans of America South Omaha, 4515 F St.
- March 17, 5 to 7 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at American Legion Post 353, 117 Main St., Louisville, Neb. Meal is $10; drinks are extra. Advanced tickets available.
2021 St. Patrick’s Day events in Omaha
Omaha loves St. Patrick’s Day, usually starting the celebrations the Saturday before the holiday. At this time, not all annual events have announced whether or not they will happen in 2021, so check back.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians typically holds the city’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the Saturday before March 17. It starts at 10 a.m. on 15th and Harney streets in downtown Omaha. It’s free and very family friendly.
2021 update: The 2021 parade was rescheduled to August, but it appears the August date has been canceled (see details on the cancelled Aug. 7 Harvest Parade) due to lack of participants.
Omaha Children’s Museum – Having worked the last five years at the museum, I know they usually have several activities throughout the museum the week of St. Patrick’s Day (2020 being the exception). Think: DIY Leprechaun Traps. Activities are included with regular admission, and FREE for members. Masks are required for ages 5 and older.
Blarney Stone 5k – This annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day race was one I used to do with friends. It’s a lot of fun! The race on March 14 starts and returns to the River City Star down along the Missouri River just north of downtown Omaha. Current race protocols call for masks unless running, eating or drinking. All All food, drink (including adult beverages), and swag are included in the price.
Shamrock Shuffle – This festive Irish 5k race on March 13 winds through historic downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa, with the finish line is located at the Historic 100 Block. Definitely dress in fun outfits. The race begins & ends with an outdoor beer garden, live music, and local eats. New virtual option for 2021.
Iowa’s Covid safety precautions are a lot laxer than Omaha’s, so masks won’t be required and I’m fairly certain there will be no restrictions on capacity indoors or outdoors.
2022 St. Patrick’s Day events
The Hooley – The Omaha chapter of Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians holds the family-friendly Hooley party each year (cancelled for 2021) on the first Sunday of March. There’s dinner and live music.
Omaha doesn’t hold a monopoly on St. Patrick’s Day festivities. In fact, some towns in Nebraska outshine Omaha with their Irish festivities.
O’Neill – Considered the Irish Capital of Nebraska, the town of O’Neill, Neb., tends to go big with festivities. The town doubles in size when they celebrate each March. They have their own Blarney Stone, as well as the world’s largest shamrock.
It’s been on my to-visit list for years, since it’s one of the most well-known festivals in all of Nebraska!
Greeley – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated early in Greeley, Neb. The town has the Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day Festival every September and it’s so popular, the population nearly quadruples for the day.
I’ve been with my family and it’s a lot of fun!