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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day In Omaha (2024 Events)

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 since having kids, and I love the way this city celebrates. Read on for details on where to eat, drink, and play when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Omaha in 2024!

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What St. Patrick’s Day events are happening in Omaha?

Omaha loves St. Patrick’s Day, usually starting the celebrations the Saturday before the holiday, except for The Hooley, which is the first weekend in March, as well as a few fun runs.

My family and friends walking in the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Omaha.
Omaha’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Hooley often kicks off St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. The Omaha chapter of Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians holds the family-friendly Hooley party each year on the first Sunday of March. Hooley is a term that means “Irish party usually with music.” Fittingly, The Hooley in Omaha has dinner and live music.

In 2024, The Hooley will be held on March 3 from noon to 6 p.m. The event takes place at the Omaha Firefighters Hall, 6005 Grover St. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids, and $40 for a family.

Kids can get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day early in March with the in-store activity, making St. Patrick’s Day Slime, at Learning Express. The free activity is March 8 at 11 a.m. The store also offers another activity, making a Leprechaun Gold Dig Sensory Bin, on March 11 at 11 a.m.

By far, the largest event for St. Patrick’s Day is the parade. The local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians typically holds Omaha’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, but in the case for 2024, it will be held a week before St. Patrick’s Day. In 2024, the parade will be on March 9 starting at 11 a.m. on 15th and Harney streets in downtown Omaha. It’s starting an hour later than usual, which should hopefully mean that it won’t be quite as cold waiting for it to pass by! It’s free and very family friendly.

Omaha Irish Cultural Center’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Awards Brunch will be on March 16, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth St. The event honors Irish-American professionals in business, arts & culture, and public service. Tickets are $100.

Tangier Shrine St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is March 16, 2024 at 2823 S. 84th St. The event includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner, live traditional Irish music (including bagpipes!) and an Irish dance performance. The celebration is open to all ages, and tickets are $30 per person.

For something a little different than the typical Irish celebration, head to Spirit World, 6680 Center St., for St. Patrick’s Day Spirited High Tea at 4 p.m. on March 17. It will include Irish breakfast tea, an Irish spirits flight, and a variety of food. Cost is $70 per person. Another unique option for the day is the St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery starting at 6:30 p.m. at Dry Spokes, 1901 Leavenworth St. Cost is $20 per person and includes charcuterie.

Fun runs have grown in popularity in the Omaha Metro, and this year, there are several Irish-themed runs to choose from. The 2024 Leprechaun Chase 10K is March 2 at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb., and the course goes through Mahoney State Park. This is a run with a twist: Ladies get a head start and the guys chase them.

Other runs include the Shamrock Shuffle on March 9 which winds through historic downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa. The 3-mile race begins & ends with an outdoor beer garden, live music, and local eats. There’s also a kids 200-meter.

The Eighth Annual Shamrock Run is March 16, 2024 starting at 8 a.m. at Pauli’s in Aksarben Village, 6750 Mercy Road. Wear green and orange. This is a family-friendly run along the Keystone Trail for participants of all ages and skill levels. The post-race activities will take place at Pauli’s Bar with lots of giveaways.  

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 16, 2024 starts and ends at Pint 9 & Kros Strain Breweries, 10411 Portal Road, Suite 104, La Vista, Neb. The race begins at 9 a.m. The race is along the West Papio Trail.

What are the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Omaha?

Year-round, it feels like St. Patrick’s Day at some bars in Omaha. So, it’s no surprise they are the best places for adults to celebrate the day dedicated to all-things-Irish.

Interior of the Brazen Head Irish Pub in midtown Omaha.
Brazen Head

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. Live music will be played on March 15 from 7 to 10 p.m., March 16 from 5 to 11 p.m., and March 17 from 1 to 6 p.m. (doors open on March 17 at 6 a.m., and they’ll be serving Irish meals for $10).
  • Annie’s Irish Pub, 1101 Davenport St., Omaha, Neb. (bar only). This is the go-to stop after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Omaha!
  • Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill, 4322 Leavenworth St., Omaha, Neb. 
  • Barry O’s, 420 S. 10th St., Omaha, Neb. (bar only)
  • Clancy’s Pub Pizza & Grill, 2905 S. 168th St., Omaha, Neb.
  • Cunningham’s Pub & Grill, 10904 W. Dodge Road, Omaha, Neb. 
  • The Dubliner Bar, 1205 Harney St., Omaha, Neb. (bar only)
  • Maloney’s Irish Pub, 1830 N. 72nd St., Omaha, Neb.
  • Paddy McGown’s Pub and Grill, 4503 Center St., Omaha, Neb.
  • Sean O’Casey’s, 2523 S. 140th Ave., Omaha, Neb.

Of course, bars that aren’t explicitly Irish bars have fun plans for St. Patrick’s Day each year. For example, St. Patrick’s Day at Kinkaider Brewing Co., 2279 S. 67th St., starting at noon on March 17, 2024. The live music schedule features The Wildwoods from noon to 3 p.m., The Killigans from 3 to 6 p.m., and Aage Birch from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (inside). Admission is $5. Another place to go for live music is The Dock Bar & Grill, 401 Veterans Memorial Highway in Council Bluffs, where Ecko takes the stage at 6 p.m. on March 17.

Crescent Moon Ale House, 36th and Farnam streets, opens at 10 a.m. and will be offering Irish food specials all day. Bushwhackers, 7401 Main St., Ralston, Neb., also opens at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day with a corn beef and cabbage special, drinks, and live music by Travis starting at 1 p.m. Pint Nine Brewing, 10411 Portal Road, Suite 104, Papillion, Neb., will have Reubens from Sauce Boss, and drinks served (besides beers) include Irish Milkshakes and Irish Coffee.

Czech Inn, 1408 S. 13th St., will have drink specials on March 17 from noon to 11:45 p.m., as well as some giveaways.

Are there any family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities in Omaha?

Yes, of course there are family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Check out The Hooley, which means “an Irish party usually with music.” It’s typically held the first weekend in March, and includes dinner and live music. The Hooley is definitely family-friendly, and even offer a family admission price.

St. Patrick's Day horse colored orange and green
Horse in the Omaha St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The other big family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s typically held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Kids love collecting candy thrown from the organizations and groups participating in the parade.

Plus, there are all sorts of fun things to see while waiting along the parade route. One year, we saw a horse colored green and orange. And in the parade, we saw Storm Troopers and other costumed characters. It’s a very kid-friendly atmosphere.

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Rob Tiedgen

Thursday 5th of August 2021

The Date of the St. Patrick's parade that lead me to this page said August 1st.... Not sure if it's part of your search engine....it may help them get more attendance if it's posted on your page this years Parade is this Saturday the 7th of August 10 AM


Thursday 5th of August 2021

Hi Rob, There has been a lot of miscommunication on this rescheduled event. The August 7th parade has also been canceled. I'll update the page this morning.

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