St. Patricks Day Round-Up
Whether it's green beer or authentic Irish culture you seek, Tulsa has an event for you this weekend.
Grab your drinking buddies, the kids, your coworkers, your neighbors... St. Patrick's Day is on a Saturday this year, and with gorgeous weather in the forecast, it's sure to be one for the books. There's no luck of the Irish needed to find a good time!
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Arnie’s Bar is a Tulsa tradition! For most of the year, Arnie’s is an intimate bar filled to their max occupancy of merely 100 regulars... but on St. Patrick’s Day they flood out into the streets of the Blue Dome District at 2nd & Elgin to accommodate about 50,000 of their closest friends donning green clothes and a big grin. This St. Patrick’s Day celebration is legendary in Tulsa, and in recent years, they’ve even opened the outside gates to all ages until 8pm so that everyone can enjoy the live Irish music and sense of community during the daytime. St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so gates will open at 10am and, as usual, there will be NO cover charge all day. Food trucks present include: Andolini’s, Dog House, Lone Wolf, MASA, Mr. Nice Guys and Rub.
This year, Arnie’s Bar is on a mission to help Tulsa teachers. With recent classroom supply shortages, they are using their annual festival to help teacher and students all over the Tulsa area. While there is no cover charge to attend the event, they are offering an incentive to any guest who wants to bring school supplies for teachers at any grade level. For every festival goer who comes with supplies, their name will be put into a drawing to win a great set of tickets to the U2 concert at BOK Center on May 2nd, which kicks off their U2 2018 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour. Arnie’s has other big giveaways planned for the celebration as well. You do not need to be present to win.
2018 St. Patrick’s Day Music Lineup:
11:00 am Finnegans Awake
1:00 pm Hell’s Fringe Border Band
3:00 pm Tulsa Honors Orchestra
4:30 pm Celtic Cheer
7:00 pm Cairde na Gael
10:00 pm Larkin
This Saturday is a nice day for a ... Green Wedding? That's right — as part of its annual St. Patrick's Day street party, McNellie's is hosting a mass wedding with Judge James Caputo! Looking to get hitched? Just make sure you're their at 1:30 p.m. with your two witnesses and your marriage license. The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.
If you're one true love is food, opt for the St. Patrick's Day Corned-Off benefiting the Hearts of Steel Foundation. This culinary competition features some of Oklahoma's best chefs. $10 entry allows you to sample food from every chef/restaurant participating, then you decide who's the master of corning food! Don't like beef? Don't worry, these colorful characters can corn just about anything — past years have shown a great variety of options including vegetables, poultry, beef, pork,and seafood. Grab a beer on your way over, and enjoy a custom lunch for only $10. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Tulsa Irish Festival at Guthrie Green
This is a free, family-friendly festival celebrating the music, culture, art and food of the Irish. The festival runs from Noon-9 p.m. at Guthrie Green. The Kids' Zone is open from 1-6 p.m., and for the kids at heart, 10+ specifically selected craft vendors will be on hand — as will the Angry Axe Throwing Club.
Schedule of events:
Noon - Opening Ceremony
12:20pm - Tulsa Pipes & Drums
12:40pm - Cleghorn Acoustic
1:00pm - Kids Zone/Hedge School Officially Open
1:30pm - Camille & Haley
2:45pm - Goode School of Irish Dance
3:30pm - Ashley Davis
5:00pm - Flannigan's Right Hook
7:30pm - Cleghorn
Each food vendor has been asked to prepare an Irish Inspired dish. The event features 5+ food trucks plus Mr. Nice Guys onsite at the cafe. Mr. Nice Guys will have Guinness and other adult beverages.
Kid Zone Activities (Free from 1-6pm):
- Irish American Club of Tulsa "Hedge School" where you can learn about Irish heritage, a few dance moves, language and more.
- Face painting and balloon artists
- Traditional Irish Game of "Skittles"
- Irish Setter Club of Tulsa will have their puppies and be walking around
- Ga-Ga Ballcourt
Tulsa Botanic Garden's Good Green Fun
Wear green and take the family to the Botanic Garden to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by finding the lucky 4-leaf clovers and golden rocks scattered throughout the Children’s Discovery Garden, the Tandy Floral Terraces, and the Cross Timbers Nature Trail. Get a prize back at the visitor center for each one you find (limit of 3 per child). Event takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday nights (through Nov) until 8 p.m. FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free
6:30 p.m. $150, individual tickets; $2,000-$10,000, sponsorships. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St. Give your St. Patrick's Day celebration purpose. This event will fund surgical procedures, medicines, facility construction, food security and water access in Uganda, Tanzania, Peru, the Demcratic Republic of Congo and the Himalayas. Benefits Cura For the World. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit curafortheworld.org/events/.
St. Patrick’s Day Run
Benefits Special Olympics Oklahoma. March 17, 2018 is the 36th Annual St. Patrick's 5K Run presented by RunnersWorld Tulsa. 3920 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK. The race has a history of being one of the top 5K races in Oklahoma. Last year's race attracted more than 2,100 runners. This race has a tradition of kicking off the racing season for runners in Oklahoma. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma and Tulsa Running Club. In addition to the 5K and 1 mile fun run, prizes will be awarded for the runners, door prizes at the event, and prize money for participating schools. To register visit http://www.sook.org/stpatrun/
8:30 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Run
9:00 a.m. Special Olympics athletes Exhibition Run
9:15 a.m. 5K Run
10:00 a.m. Costume Contest
Cabin Boys Brewery Sham-Rock Bash
Come out to the Pearl District brewery's first ever St. Paddy’s Day Party, featuring live music, food trucks and outdoor games. Plus, there's no cover, and all beer will be $6, and served in a commemorative cup. Food will be available from The Bachelor's Table, Hot Diggity Dogs Tulsa and Big Dipper Creamery. Outdoor games include Corn Hole by Fish Brothers Board Co., Soccer Cage provided by Tulsa Athletic, Giant Jenga and more.
Live Music Line up:
11-1pm Connor Rowe
1-4pm Cairde na Gael
5-7pm Sam Westhoff
7-9pm Dane Arnold & The Soup
Fuel 66 Polymer Clay Workshop
Join Tiny Things by Bowen for a family friendly workshop on St. Patrick’s Day! Craft your own lil’ leprechaun, foody fridge magnet, or random figurine. Grab a snack from one of the food trucks, or pregame for your St. Paddy’s day parties. $6 per item you craft. Use the clay and tools provided to create your own tiny items. Pieces are baked in a toaster oven and ready to go home 20 minutes later. Sarah offers tutorials and instructions as necessary, but the workshop is very open ended. What will you make? Stick around and enjoy food trucks, beverages and live music, too. Event details here.