3 Days of St. Patty's in Indianapolis: Where to Party in True Irish Fashion

St. Patty's Day Indianapolis

St. Patrick's weekend is here and Indianapolis never disappoints in its three-day long celebration with live Irish music, dancing, food, and entertainment. There are so many parties happening throughout the city and you may be wondering which to choose.

Here are the TOP 3 Ways in 3 Days to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Indianapolis this year:

1. Greening of the Canal - Thursday, March 15

For the 21st year in a row the Greening of the Canal presented by the Hoosier Lottery will be held on Thursday, March 15th with festivities beginning at 5:00pm in downtown Indianapolis at Ohio & West Street.

Join the fun of this Indianapolis tradition in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by watching Indy's Canal turn green!

Greening approximately 5:45pm
*Weather Permitting

2. St. Patrick's Day Parade & Block Party - Friday, March 16

Paint yourself green and gather your friends and family for the 38th Annual St. Patty's Day Parade and Block Party this Friday, March 17 in downtown Indianapolis!

This is a FREE EVENT open to everyone!

Starts at 11:30 a.m. @ North Pennsylvania Street
Ends at Meridian & Vermont Street around 1:30p.m.
Bring some chairs and come early to save your spot.

Block Party:  
9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. on Vermont Street between Meridian & Pennsylvania
Enjoy Irish food, live Irish music, and a beer garden!

...Keep the Party Going...

*After Party: St. Practice's Day @ The Rathskeller, 1:00p.m.-midnight
(free admission) 401 East Michigan Street
Head on down after the Parade & Block Party for more live Irish music!

  • Brian Cunningham & The Irish Aires, 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
  • Gene Deer Band, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
  • Mother Grove, 8:30p.m-12:00a.m.

...It's the After Party of the Parade & Block Party, and the Pre-Game to Irish Fest! ...

Ready for more? Return the next day for the 20th Annual Irish Fest @ The Rathskeller (no cover)
Saturday March 17, 4:00p.m.-midnight
Live Irish music all day and into the night! ...plus authentic Irish food. 

You definitely don't want to miss:

  • The Irish Dancers of Indianapolis @ 4:15p.m.
  • Gordon Pipers @ 5:00p.m.

3. McGinleys' Golden Ace Inn, 85th St. Patrick's Celebration - Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17

This is THE PARTY in Indianapolis ...an epic St. Patrick's Day tradition for the 85th year in a row! USA Today named it "one of the 10 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Nation". 

During this two-day party, there will be live Irish music with two bands flying in from Ireland, two coming in from New York, and one of Indy's very own! There will also be green beer (of course!) and food. The Golden Ace is an authentic Irish pub. Opened in 1934 by Irish immigrants, the pub is still owned by the same family.


McGinleys' Golden Ace Inn
2533 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46201
(317) 632-0696

(Please drink responsibly!)