The 15 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Nebraska!
Recently, Omaha, Nebraska, was ranked as the third best city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, thanks to its large Irish population and low average beer cost. Of course, there are plenty of places to celebrate the day across the entire state. If you’re looking for the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in all of Nebraska, then be sure to check out this list!
Each year the AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches through the Old Market area of downtown Omaha and features official viewing standards to catch all the sights and sounds. Afterward, the official AOH Post Parade party takes place at The Old Mattress Factory with live music, food, and fun!
O’Neill, Nebraska, is Nebraska’s “Irish Capital” and celebrates each year with a festive lineup of activities. The annual celebration kicks off with the presentation of the “Irish Walk of Fame” for new inductees as well as the painting of the World’s Largest Shamrock. Other activities include a shamrock duck hunt and a Shamrock Fun Run followed by a traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Get your beer bellies ready. Alderman’s Bar in Omaha is a St. Patrick’s Day favorite. Doors usually open at 6 a.m. for a kegs and eggs celebration followed by green beer in the outdoor beer garden.
Downtown North Platte comes to life for St. Patrick’s Day each year with an exciting parade. Afterward, parade participants and spectators gather at the Espresso Shoppe for an afternoon of fun, coffee, and Irish music. The Lincoln County Historical Museum also serves up traditional corned beef sandwiches with coleslaw to celebrate the day.
This local Irish-themed sports bar is over 30 years old and known for its friendly neighborhood vibe. But perhaps more importantly, it has the best seats in town for the downtown Omaha St. Patrick’s Day celebrations so get in early!
The Shamrock Shuffle Irish 5K and 10K is an annual event held each year with a St. Patrick’s Day theme so costumes are encouraged and all donations are made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Celebrations at McFarland and Sons in Lincoln are claimed to be some of the biggest around, with live music, bagpipes, and dancing in the streets starting early in the morning.
Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the greenest place in Omaha? Then you must visit the Lauritzen Gardens for a delicious Irish lunch of corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, and Irish soda bread. Listening to live entertainment in the stunning botanical garden also make this a great alternative to day drinking!
Each year, the North Platte Noon Rotary hosts a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration. A traditional Irish meal, complete with Irish whiskey, can be purchased and entertainment includes live music, a Casino Night, and much more. There is also an annual North Platte St. Patrick’s Day parade that takes place hosted by the Flat Rock Irregulars, the town’s premier Irish band!
If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the whole family, then check out the annual St. Patrick’s Day Skate at the John Breslow Ice Hockey Center in Lincoln. Be sure to wear green and you’ll receive a free skate rental!
At McKinney’s Irish Pub in Lincoln, celebrations start early. The doors usually open around 9 a.m. and go all day long, with a street festival, activities, food specials, and even a Lucky Charms eating contest!
The International Irish dance phenomenon travels around the world and you can catch one of their performances at the Lied Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The performance is a celebration of the best in Irish dancing, music, and culture.
Located in downtown Grand Island, McKinney’s offers Irish whiskeys, artisanal beers, and a fabulous time on St. Patrick’s Day. Live music, a photo booth, a Lucky Charms eating contest, and potato peeling contests are just a few of the festivities that take place.
Voted as one of the top 10 bucket list races, The Leprechaun Chase in Omaha, Nebraska is not just a 10K race. It’s a competition between the “lads and the lasses.” The race begins with the women in the first wave, followed by the men five and half minutes later. Whoever crosses the finish line first wins a free green beer for everyone of that gender.
For a luxurious way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, make your way to the Nebraska Club lounge in downtown Lincoln for traditional green beer and Irish food with a view. This popular spot hosts special events year-round and features a panoramic view of the city.