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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Downtown Indianapolis

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from!

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Beer tents and live music on Georgia Street Boardwalk — plus parade, Shamrock Run/Walk & other big events St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Live music and green beer on the boardwalk

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. will host Indy’s newest St. Patrick’s Day event: Blarney Bash presented by Killian’s on the Georgia Street Boardwalk in between Meridian Street and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The event opens at noon and runs until midnight and features live music from  My Yellow Rickshaw (2 – 5 p.m.) and Flatbed Twitch (7 – 10 p.m.), with a DJ before, after and in-between bands. An outdoor stage will be in front of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Green beer will be served inside beer tents along the Georgia Street Boardwalk and food will be available from surrounding bars and restaurants including The Pub Indianapolis, Kilroy’s Bar and Grill, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery and Howl at the Moon. All attendees must be 21 or older. More information is available at

**Beer tents will be open Friday by 3 p.m. Friday, March 15 for fans heading to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to see the Pacers play the Lakers, and on Sunday, March 17 from noon to 6 p.m.

There will be some road closures and traffic restrictions on or near Georgia Street:

Friday, March 15, noon – 10 p.m.: Eastbound lane of Georgia Street will be closed.

Saturday, March 16, noon – midnight: Both lanes of Georgia Street from Meridian Street to Pennsylvania Street will be closed. Pennsylvania Street from Maryland Street to South Street will also be closed.

Sunday, March 17, noon – 6 p.m.: Both lanes of Georgia Street from Meridian Street to Pennsylvania Street will be closed.

Thursday, March 14

The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal, one of Indy’s favorite FREE, family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day traditions returns to the Stardust Terrace at the Indiana Historical Society, this time in the afternoon instead of the morning as in years past. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. with live music and dancing, FREE hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, a cash bar and more. The Downtown Canal will be dyed green for the 17th consecutive year at 5:45 p.m.

Friday, March 15

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Presented by Hoosier Lottery will kick off at 11:30 a.m. on the Downtown parade route – see below for route details. The parade features musicians, floats, dancers and more and is FREE to the public. Get the best view of the beginning of the parade and take advantage of great food and drink specials at The Elbow Room! The Parade Festival will be held on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is also FREE for all ages with live music, kids’ activities, food trucks and more. The “Irish Citizen of the Year” will be awarded at the festival in addition to parade awards at 1:30 p.m. The Rathskeller hosts the St. Patrick’s Day Tri-Fecta all weekend, starting Friday with live music after the parade from 1 to 11 p.m. at no admission cost. Going Green Festival at Indiana State Museum kicks off Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with fun activities that teach visitors the best ways to conserve energy, the benefits of recycling and more – this event will continue Saturday. The Pacers take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Beer tents will be open on Georgia Street before the game starting at 3 p.m.

Road closures/restrictions:

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at North and Pennsylvania streets heading south on Pennsylvania Street, west on Ohio Street and back north on Meridian Street to Michigan Street. Floats will be lined up on Fort Wayne Street. Pennsylvania Street and some surrounding streets will be closed at 9:30 a.m. Ohio and Meridian streets, in addition to cross streets, will close at 11 a.m. All affected parade streets will reopen by 3 p.m. Vermont Street will be closed from 8 a.m. March 14 to 6 p.m. March 15 for the Parade Festival.

Saturday, March 16

**Blarney Bash presented by Killian’s on Georgia Street — see above for more information

The 22nd Annual Shamrock Run/Walk takes off from Monument Circle at 10 a.m., extending four miles through Fountain Square before finishing back at the Circle. ShamRockin’ the Circle begins on Monument Circle at 10 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m., with live music, beer trucks, traditional Irish food from The Columbia Club and more – admission is FREE. St. Patrick’s Day Tri-Fecta continues Saturday with “St. Practice Day” at The Rathskeller featuring live music from 6 p.m. to midnight and Irish food at no admission cost. The Going Green Festival at Indiana State Museum continues with special events Saturday. The Monster Energy Supercross takes place Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Indiana Ice face the Chicago Steel at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.

Road closures/restrictions:

The Shamrock Run/Walk follows a four-mile route from Monument Circle to Fountain Square via Meridian Street, South Street and Virginia Avenue, then back to the Circle via Fletcher Avenue, East Street and Ohio Street. The NorthEast Quadrant of Monument Circle will be closed to traffic and parking from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 and all of Monument Circle will be closed 9 to 11:30 a.m. Streets along this course will remain open to traffic with some lane restrictions when runners are present.

Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day!

The St. Patrick’s Day Tri-Fecta at The Rathskeller concludes on Sunday with The 16th Annual Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest (not to be confused with the summer festival). Guests will enjoy FREE admission, authentic Irish food and live performances from the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis, Gordon Pipers, Woomblies and more. Beer tents on the east block of Georgia Street will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Visit for updated event information.

Other events and specials

It’s not really St. Patrick’s Day without a proper pub crawl is it? The Indy St. Pats Pub Crawl hits Slippery Noodle Inn, Hard Rock Cafe, O’Riley’s Irish Bar and Restaurant and others starting at 10 a.m. benefitting Cathedral Soup Kitchen. The Indianapolis Official St. Paddy’s Day Bar Crawl visits Tilted Kilt, The Pub Indianapolis and others on Saturday and Sunday. Please drink responsibly!

At Indianapolis City Market, visitors can enjoy live music Friday during the noon hour and every customer will get green beads to wear! City Market vendors will offer themed specials throughout the day.

Claddagh Irish Pub is kicking off St. Patrick’s Day weekend on March 14 with the Grand Irish Banquet Dinner & Beer Tasting, a five-course dinner pairing with traditional Irish dishes at 7 p.m. for $35 per person. Head back on Sunday for live music all day starting at noon!

Einstein Bros Bagels recently opened at 15 E. Market Street and will be serving green bagels March 15 – 17 and green shamrock-shaped cookies now through St. Patrick’s Day!

See updated St. Patrick’s Day events and specials at

For more information on road closures visit