7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a Family in and Around Birmingham


St. Patrick's Day - celebrate as a family in and around BirminghamSt. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! It’s time to bring out your best green shirt, hang some green beads around your neck, and make like the Irish! If you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate this vibrant holiday with a family and kids, here are some exciting events going on around Birmingham that are just perfect for you, your spouse, and your littles to enjoy the luck of the Irish this March. 

1. Rhythm of the Dance Irish Music and Dance Extravaganza

WHAT: From the website — Produced in Ireland by the National Dance Company of Ireland, this two-hour inspiring epic features skilled choreography, dazzling costumes, new music, fresh multimedia, and a wealth of talent, derived from all areas of Irish life reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history.

WHEN: Friday, March 2nd, 2018 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hoover Library Theater – 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216                       

COST: $27.50


2. Gardendale Public Library Costume Party

WHAT: Costume party for kids celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

WHEN: Fri. March 16th, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Gardendale Public Library – 995 Mt. Olive Road, Gardendale, AL 35071

COST: Free


3. Five Points South St. Patrick’s Day Parade

WHAT: A live parade through Birmingham with floats, costumes, and free prizes. You stand on the side of the parade route and they come through. Wear green or you might get pinched!

WHEN: Sat. March 17th, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: Five Points South Birmingham, AL (This is an iconic spot in B’ham, easily searchable!)

COST: Free


4. Tour de Brewers

WHAT: An informal fun run that supports The Dannon Project. Every runner gets a free T-shirt and five bracelets good for free craft beer. Note that this event isn’t so great for small kids. If you have a child who enjoys charity runs, then maybe, but this one is really probably a grown-up event where the family meets you after your race for dinner at one of the participating restaurants. 

WHEN: Sat. March 17th – Race starts at 11:00 a.m.. Event closes at 3:00 p.m.. Registration is open now until March 16, 2018 at 11:59pm CDT.

WHERE: Tin Roof Birmingham – 2709 7th Ave S

COST: $40

Event website

5. Beef O’Brady’s Hoover & Helena: St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

WHAT: Outdoor music celebration with live bands, Irish music, green beer, Irish food, & kids’ activities

WHEN: Sat. March 17th, 2018. Kicks off at noon and goes all day at both locations. (Helena will be celebrating on a smaller scale than the Hoover location.)

WHERE: HELENA – 4300 Helena Road, Helena, AL 35080; HOOVER – 5519 Grove Blvd., Hoover, AL 35226

COST: Approximate cost is $10 for full day pass, and children 12 and under are admitted free. (Does not include the cost of food and drinks). See their website for full pricing information. 


6. Shamrock Shuffle Color Run at Oak Mountain State Park

WHAT: The 6th annual Oak Mountain Color Run is held in loving memory of Donald R. Ellison and Susan A. Powers. This event is held on one of the most beautiful trails in Alabama’s largest state park. All proceeds go directly to cancer research with the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Note that they recommend race ready clothing and other notes about what to bring on the registration page linked below.

WHEN: Sat. March 17th, 2018

WHEREOak Mountain State Park – 200 Terrace Dr. Pelham, AL  35124

COSTPark entrance fee:

$5 per Adult (age 12+)

$2 per Child (age 4 to 11)

$2 per Senior (age 62+)

Free for ages 3 & under


7. Shamrock Shuffle Fun Run at East Elementary School

WHAT: Community event where families and friends can get some exercise and have fun! Dress in your shamrocks and prepare to be wearing green before you leave! All proceeds will go towards fundraising for updated playground equipment at East Elementary School.

WHEN: Sat. March 17th at 8:00 a.m. 

WHEREEast Elementary School — 608 4th Avenue SE Cullman, AL  35055

COST: $25 and $15 (Different length races.)


How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family??