Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! From wearing green to bagpipe parades, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart have countless ways to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. So, while you’re deciding which kilt to wear, dying your beer green, and dusting off your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt, take a look at our list of the 7 best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Arkansas. And may the luck of the Irish be with you!
Bridge Street, the World's Shortest Street of Everyday Use, in the Hot Springs National Park is the place to be on March 17! The World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade features the world-famous kissing of the Arkansas Blarney Stone and the World's Potato on Wheels, and the NFL's Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.
The Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas (ICSA) coordinates this family-friendly service event for residents in the central Little Rock community. After the parade, you should definitely dance a jig over to the grandstand for "Dancing at the Crossroads. This event includes traditional Irish dancing by the O'Donovan School of Irish Dance from North Little Rock and the McCafferty School of Irish Dance from Little Rock, as well as musical performances by marching drum and pipe bands.
Anyone wearing green is invited to walk in the annual St. Patrick Day Parade in Eureka Springs! Step on out with the Krewe of Blarney as parade participants paint this historic town green. From Irish Whiskey to bagpipes and beers, the St. Patrick Day Parade in Eureka Springs is a great place to celebrate!
Derived from the Gaelic word “croidhe,” Creegan translated into English means “heart.” Just like an Irish pub should, the environment at this family-friendly pub changes throughout the day. With locations in Jonesboro and North Little Rock, Creegan’s creatively captures the charm of a traditional Irish pub. Creegan’s is more than just a restaurant, but a pub where you’re sure to be served a “proper pint.”
The annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Sidney, which has been going for over six decades, features live music, vintage tractors, food, vendors, parades, contests, and hourly drawings. Contests held on the Baseball Field in Sidney include the St. Patrick's Day Barbeque Contest and the Wild West Chili Contest.
The Copper Penny Pub in historic Hot Springs offers Irish pub fare, live music, and nightlife in a traditional Irish pub experience. This relatively new Irish hotspot features an eclectic menu of Irish pub food, including Irish stew, and also hosts an Irish brunch on Sundays.
This multi-day festival celebrates the beginning of the springtime season in Southwest Arkansas. The Annual Jonquil Festival is held in the historic Washington State Park where thousands gather to create memories and celebrate springtime tradition.