The 15 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Arkansas!

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 15 best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Arkansas. And may the luck of the Irish be with you!

1. The First Ever Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hot Springs, AR

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 First Ever World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade features the world-famous kissing of the Arkansas Blarney Stone, the World’s Largest Leprechaun, and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.

2. Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels, Little Rock, AR

Get your tickets now to see the phenomenal group Celtic Woman in concert on St. Patrick’s Day! Featuring bagpipes, Irish dancing, and beautiful voices, these Grammy-nominated sirens present an ensemble that celebrates all things Celtic. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an enchanting evening with Celtic Woman.

3. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Little Rock, AR

The Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas (ICSA) coordinates this family-friendly service event for residents in the central Little Rock community. This annual parade features Irish wolfhounds, antique cars, clowns, and decorated floats too, of course. 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.

4. Adam Brown 5K Shamrock Run, Hot Springs, AR

Get ready to get your green on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in honor of U.S. Navy SEAL Adam Brown, who lost his life on March 17, 2010, during combat operations in Afghanistan. The Shamrock Run raises money for the Adam Brown Legacy Fund, which makes contributions to multiple charities. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to celebrate the life of someone who died fighting for our freedoms.

5. Arkansas Scottish Festival, Batesville, AR

Because he is widely-believed to have been born in Scotland rather than Ireland, this annual festival at Lyon College in Batesville is a great place to celebrate the legacy of St. Patrick. Since it was established in 1981, Lyon College holds one of the United States’ premier Scottish Festivals every April, the Arkansas Scottish Festival. This weekend festival is packed full of piping competitions, dancers, handmade crafts, and delicious food, of course.

6. St. Paddy Day Parade, Eureka Springs, AR

Anyone wearing green is invited to walk in the annual St. Paddy 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. Paddy Day Parade in Eureka Springs is a great place to celebrate this March 17!

7. Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Tour, Little Rock, AR

It’s time to get your Irish on with the Dropkick Murphys. The American Celtic-punk band is famous for their rockin’ St. Patrick’s Day tours. Celtic-punk is, of course, a blend of punk rock and traditional Celtic music. Get your tickets while you still can! 

8. The Forge Irish Restaurant & Pub, Bentonville, AR

Located inside of Bentonville Ornamental Iron Inc., the Forge Irish Restaurant & Pub offers traditional Irish and New American food. Guests can enjoy Guinness, that famous Irish stout, braised beef in a variety of Irish fare that also includes corned beef and cabbage.

9. Creegan’s Irish Pub, Jonesboro and North Little Rock, AR

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.”

10. The Hibernia Irish Tavern, Little Rock, AR

“Ceol, Caint Agus Craic” or “food, chat and fun” await you at Little Rock’s own Irish Tavern, your home away from home. Hibernia Irish Tavern features a live, traditional Irish music session every Sunday. Join them on St. Patrick’s Day for a memorable celebration. 

11. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Sidney, AR

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 & Pie Auction.

12. The Copper Penny Pub, Hot Springs, AR

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. 

13. Mickey Finn’s Irish Pub, Fayetteville, AR

Mickey Finn’s specializes in Irish beer and whiskey and has been a trademark of Dickson Street in Fayetteville for more than 15 years. This small Irish pub style bar is popular among college students in Fayetteville. 

14. The Washington County Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter, Fayetteville, AR

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this March by taking part in the “Luck of the Irish Special” being run by the Washington County Animal Shelter. During the month of March, folks can adopt a dog or cat for only $17. That money covers the fees to spay or neuter your new pet, as well as micro-chipping and rabies vaccination. 

15. Jonquil Festival, Washington, AR

This three-day festival begins on St. Patrick’s Day as it 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. 

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