Not Your Typical St. Patrick's Day

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. A holiday rich in culture, festivities, and plenty of pints. Or, for those of you with higher standards, flavorful craft stouts & triple distilled whiskey. We’re giving you a few other ways to celebrate – or at least ways to help you get a little more adventure out of the biggest party day of the year!


Shamrock Shuffle Anyone?

Plan on throwing back your share of Guinness? Maybe some Bailey’s with cream? Go for it – but first, consider getting off your bootie and taking part in a local St. Patrick’s Day road race. Pre-patty’s runs are getting popular all over the country. In Chicago, runners cloaked in that classic Kelly green take to the streets for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, an 8k road race through the heart of the city – you’ll even get a bird’s eye view of the Chicago River being dyed green along the course. The Madison Shamrock Shuffle offers participants a choice of a 5k, 10k, or even 2-mile walk, leaving very little excuse to not get up and move those feet. Earn your Golden Shamrock in Manchester, NH, or throw on an extra layer in Anchorage, Alaska’s version of the Shuffle. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky or Texas; give it a quick Google and sign up for a race near you!


Do a little jig!

Think you’ve got the moves? Irish Dancing is a Celtic pastime that’s both fun and an awesome form of cardio! (Just ask our founder Siobhan Hogan!) You’d be surprised how many dance studios offer Irish Dancing in just about every U.S. city. And Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Raleigh and of course, Boston all boast their own dedicated Irish Dance schools with classes for beginners offered in March – some of them are even, dare we say it, FREE! It’s a great way to celebrate Irish heritage and you’ll be able to impress all your friends at the pub on Patty’s Day!

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Plan an Irish City Crawl

Planning to hit the bars? Instead of claiming those two barstools and hanging in the same spot ‘til the sun goes down, use the day as an opportunity to explore your city! Gather a group of Patty’s-day worthy friends and plot out a local city crawl hitting the quintessential Irish spots. Instead of renting a trolley, use those feet to get out and take you from pub to parade to restaurant, and back to pub! Make sure you plan a stop for a corn-beef on rye, beef stew or at minimum, some soda bread to keep that Jameson where it belongs – in your belly! This way, you’ll pace yourself, get fresh air and actually remember the day and avoid those Irish goodbyes!


No matter what Patty’s Day festivities you choose, don’t forget your gaan + co. wipes because there’s nothing remotely lucky about body odor! Always drink responsibly.


Written by Rachel Levy