For a fun-filled day on 17 Mar with St. Patrick’s Day activities, here are the top 30. These activities are certain to be better than a pot of gold on St. Patrick’s Day.
On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, whether they have relatives from Ireland or not. Since the ninth or tenth century, Irish people have celebrated the Roman Catholic feast of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, but today’s celebrations look a lot different than they used to, especially in America. In actuality, many of the St. Patrick’s Day customs and rituals you know and love today originated in America, including parades, corned beef, and, yes, perhaps green beer. Whether those cherished traditions are really Irish or not, what matters most on March 17 is having a good time.
Take it as a good omen that Ireland has adopted some of the St. Paddy’s Day rituals that originated in America, such as parades, corned beef, and even green beer (though Ireland took a time to warm up to the practice) (though it took a while for Ireland to come around to that tradition) (though it took a while for Ireland to come around to that tradition) (though it took a while for Ireland to come around to that tradition). There’s no wrong way to celebrate all things Irish on March 17th, from crafting scrumptious St. Patrick’s Day delicacies to putting together quick St. Patrick’s Day crafts, and if you’re not sure what to do, here are some tips for folks of all ages.
Whatever your hobbies or age, there’s a St. Patrick’s Day activity for you.
Table of Content
- 1 1: Make soda bread in the oven.
- 2 2: Put on some green.
- 3 3: Prepare an Irish supper.
- 4 4: Hold a cookie decorating contest for shamrocks.
- 5 5: Play a game with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
- 6 6: Concoct a green slime.
- 7 7: Attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade virtually.
- 8 8: Make a Shamrock Peppermint Shake with the ingredients listed above.
- 9 9: Make a craft for St. Patrick’s Day.
- 10 10: Make a green dessert.
- 11 11: Watch a holiday-themed film.
- 12 12: Make cards for St. Patrick’s Day.
- 13 13: Put together a scavenger hunt.
- 14 14: Refresh your knowledge of Irish-American history.
- 15 15: Read some Irish poetry.
- 16 16: Prepare meals in the fashion of an Irishman.
- 17 17: Take in some Irish music.
- 18 18: Make a donation to a green cause.
- 19 19: Sip a cup of Irish coffee.
- 20 20: Sip a pint of Guinness.
- 21 21: Take up Irish dancing.
- 22 22: Try a few different whiskeys.
- 23 23: Go on a four-leaf clover hunt.
- 24 24: Take a listen to some of your favorite Irish vocalists.
- 25 25: Create a holiday-themed manicure.
- 26 26: Host a costume competition
- 27 27: Attend a Mass
- 28 28: Have a Brunch with the Family
- 29 29: See an Irish film
- 30 30: Discover the Origins of St. Patrick’s Day
1: Make soda bread in the oven.
It’s easier than you think to make traditional Irish soda bread with flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt. This sort of bread was established in Ireland in the early 1800s to allow those who didn’t have access to an oven (which was the majority of the population at the time) to make bread.
2: Put on some green.
Of course, March 17 wouldn’t be complete without you donning at least one green garment. Consider adopting the colorful habit, even if it’s simply with a little green accent, whether you’re hoping to prevent being pinched or just want a cause to wear your green pleather trousers.
3: Prepare an Irish supper.
There are a plethora of delectable St. Patrick’s Day dishes to choose from this year, including a traditional beef stew infused with two cups of Guinness or corned beef and cabbage with a mustard sauce.
Cookie decorating can be done for any occasion, not just Christmas. Gather your children or friends for a shamrock cookie decorating competition, with the winner gaining bragging rights (and perhaps an extra cookie or two after dinner) (and maybe an extra cookie or two after dinner) (and maybe an extra cookie or two after dinner) (and maybe an extra cookie or two after dinner). Make sure you have a shamrock cookie cutter and green icing on hand before you start creating!
Cookie decorating is a pleasant activity in and of itself. When you add in some friendly competition, you’ve got yourself an all-day activity.
5: Play a game with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
There are games for everyone to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day, regardless of age. Everyone will discover a game that will have them laughing and competing for hours, whether it’s St. Paddy’s Bingo for the whole family or green drinking dice for the grownups.
6: Concoct a green slime.
Slime is a lot of fun on its own, but making your own slime is far more pleasurable. That raises the delight to a whole new level. You can watch the slime evolve to live right in front of your eyes, and the coolest thing is that this slime kit comes in a range of colors, so the fun isn’t restricted to St. Paddy’s Day.
7: Attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade virtually.
Parades for St. Patrick’s Day are held all throughout the country, in both major cities and little communities, and you may check online to see if one is happening near you this year. Even if the current COVID-19 outbreak makes it difficult to join your local parade in person, you can certainly find a virtual one to watch with the whole family.
Going to a parade this year may be out of the question, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch one from the comfort of your own home to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.
8: Make a Shamrock Peppermint Shake with the ingredients listed above.
Don’t limit yourself to alcoholic beverages on St. Paddy’s Day. You can make the most absolutely delicious and festive milkshake with vanilla, ice cream, peppermint, and green food coloring.
9: Make a craft for St. Patrick’s Day.
Your little leprechauns will enjoy putting together shamrock-shaped plates, wreaths, and hats out of inexpensive materials. What’s the best part? You’ll have wonderful Christmas decorations to scatter around the house once you’ve finished your crafts.
10: Make a green dessert.
Starting the day with green velvet silver dollar pancakes and ending it with sweet Lucky Charm cookies seems like the ideal way to welcome the festive season.
11: Watch a holiday-themed film.
It’s time for Christmas movies to make way for St. Patrick’s Day films. Spend the day or night at home watching a fun St. Paddy’s Day movie (and don’t forget to complement it with some green treats) (and make sure you follow your viewing with some green snacks) (and make sure you accompany your viewing with some green snacks) (and make sure you accompany your viewing with some green snacks).
12: Make cards for St. Patrick’s Day.
Even if it’s for a holiday that you don’t typically give out cards for, cards are one of the simplest ways to brighten someone’s day. Make some St. Paddy’s Day cards for your grandparents, church members, or children at the local hospital, and you’ll brighten many people’s faces on March 17th.
Make your own St. Patrick’s Day cards as elaborate as you want, or keep it simple and festive for younger children.
13: Put together a scavenger hunt.
Set up a scavenger hunt with a few friends, family, and the kids this year to see how lucky you are. You can hide treats with knowledge about the environment, and who knows, you might just win the pot of gold!
14: Refresh your knowledge of Irish-American history.
According to the United States Census Bureau, 33.1 million individuals claim Irish ancestry in the United States. Cultural Atlas, Irish Central, and other websites offer a wealth of information about Irish culture.
15: Read some Irish poetry.
Ireland has produced some of the most well-known poets in history. Fortunately, you may get inspired for free by listening to W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, and Samuel Beckett’s audio works on Spotify.
16: Prepare meals in the fashion of an Irishman.
Make your own at-home Irish cooking class with your partner or a friend, using an online lesson as a guide. If you prefer step-by-step instructions, pick up a copy of My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve, which features classic Irish recipes from a four-star chef, such as Irish Stew and Shepherd’s Pie.
17: Take in some Irish music.
Irish music is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. On March 17, bring on some wonderful Irish music and have a family jig in your living room. Here’s a link to a three-hour playlist of some of the best Irish music.
18: Make a donation to a green cause.
Concern Worldwide, established in Ireland, is one of the largest international organizations, delivering food, shelter, and healthcare to those in need. Consider making a donation to ConcernGifts.org for water or supplies.
19: Sip a cup of Irish coffee.
If you’re not a fan of Guinness, Irish coffees are the best (and most festive) beverages to sip on March 17. Try this delectable Irish Coffee recipe, which uses brown sugar to add sweetness. There’s plenty of Irish whiskey in here to keep you warm, so sip it leisurely and enjoy it.
20: Sip a pint of Guinness.
Guinness is the official drink of St. Patrick’s Day, and whether or not you like strong beers in general, try a pint if you haven’t already. It’s likely that the creamy, flavorful beer will become your new favorite.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Guiness is the drink of choice.
21: Take up Irish dancing.
Irish step dance is a distinctive kind of dancing, and if you’re trying to work up a sweat and try something new on St. Paddy’s Day, an Irish step class is a fantastic opportunity to do exactly that. There are several online how-to videos for newbies that will show you a few moves and help you to learn from the comfort of your own home.
22: Try a few different whiskeys.
These days, Irish whiskey is very popular. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, sales of the cocktail reached $1 billion in 2018. And what better day to put the frenzy to the test than St. Patrick’s Day? We don’t believe so. Pick up a couple of bottles from your nearby liquor store and get ready to become the whiskey expert you’ve always wanted to be.
23: Go on a four-leaf clover hunt.
Take the kids on an adventure in search of four-leaf clovers. They’ll be thrilled by the thought of scouring a clover field for the lucky ones, and it’s a good way to get outside and allow their imaginations to run wild.
Even if you don’t live in a full-fledged clover field, you can uncover three- or four-leaf clovers in any park.
24: Take a listen to some of your favorite Irish vocalists.
Many amazing vocalists hail from Ireland, and a terrific way to honor the event is to dance about your house or belt out some tunes sung by your favorite Irish entertainers. Hozier, Niall Horan, Bono, Sinead O’Connor, and Van Morrison are just a handful of the performers to add to your St. Paddy’s Day playlist.
25: Create a holiday-themed manicure.
You’ll feel extra lucky on March 17 if you design some lovely St. Patrick’s Day nails. If you really want to make a statement, go with a plain green and add some rainbows, clovers, or perhaps a pot of gold.
26: Host a costume competition
Obviously, wearing green on St. Paddy’s Day is essential, but why not take it a step further? Bring out the leprechaun hats and have a friendly competition to see who can dress the most festively.
27: Attend a Mass
St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint. Many people participate in secular activities and respect Irish history and culture on St. Patrick’s Day. However, for some, the holiday is about honoring the patron saint who is credited with bringing Christianity to the country. The feast day is honored by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church, according to the Boston Public Library. Christians often attend church and enjoy a reprieve from their Lenten fasting.
28: Have a Brunch with the Family
Even though St. Patrick’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, you can still kick off the festivities with a fun family brunch at home. Make sure to have some scrumptious sweets on available, as well as some spectacular party décor.
29: See an Irish film
Gather your family for a relaxing and warm movie night with some of the best Irish films to watch on St. Patrick’s Day. (Of course, green matcha popcorn is required.)
Check: St Patrick’s Day Movies
30: Discover the Origins of St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day has a long and colorful history dating back over two centuries. There’s a lot to learn about the event due to its vast history. Visit a museum or read Irish literature with your children to teach them about Irish culture.