Celebrating St. Patty’s Day in Madison, WI
Whether you’re 100 percent Irish, or don’t have an ounce of Irish in your blood, you can still celebrate all of the St. Patrick Day’s celebrations that Madison has to offer. There’s something for everyone, from parades to sampling traditional Irish fare. Here is our list of the top five St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Madison.Read More >>
1. The 20th Annual Madison St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Downtown Madison, Surrounding Capitol Square
When: Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m.
What would St. Patty’s Day be without an annual parade? The parade will begin at the intersection of N. Pickney Street and E. Mifflin Street. From there, the parade will go around the Capitol building before turning right onto E. Washington Avenue. Also be sure to wear your St. Paddy’s Day best. You’ll have the chance to win prizes through various costume contests. To enter the contests, head towards the flatbed stage on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and E. Mifflin Street on the Capitol Square.
For getting to the parade, parking will be available throughout downtown in various lots and garages. If you plan on taking metro bus, note that service to the Capitol Square will be suspended at 11 a.m., and you will be dropped off outside of the parade route.
2. The Madison Shamrock Shuffle
Where: Downtown Madison
When: Sunday, March 12 at 10 a.m.
Right before the parade, runners will have the chance to hit the pavement throughout downtown Madison. Two races will occur: a 5K run/walk, and a 10K run. The 5K will start and finish on State Street between Lake Street and N. Frances Street. The 10K will start and finish on Gilman Street before N. Carrol Street. If you’re interested in running this year, you can register online and pick up your packets Friday, March 10 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Fleet Feet Madison or Sun Prarie, Saturday, March 11 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at The Pyle Center, or on race day between 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. at the Pyle Center. Registration is open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 11. Proceeds from this run will go towards the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.
3. Looking For The Green: Arboretum Walk
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Where: UW Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
When: Sunday March 12, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
While spring in Madison is usually gloomy and cold throughout March, there are some signs that spring is on the way. The University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum is offering a special tour the Sunday before St. Patty’s Day to look at some of the plants, trees, and flowers that show their first signs of blooming. No registration is required to participate in this tour.
4. Gaelic Storm In Concert
Where: The Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
When: Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
If you’ve seen James Cameron’s Titanic, you may recognize Gaelic Storm as the steerage band and have probably heard their song “An Irish Party in Third Class,” which was featured on the film’s soundtrack. This Santa Monica, California based band will be bringing their diverse music catalog to the Barrymore Theatre the day before St. Patrick’s Day. For over two decades, Gaelic Storm has been able to combine traditional Irish music with modern musical influences. Their album “Matching Sweaters” resembles their ability to combine different genres of music, and is available on iTunes.
5. Corned Beeg & Cabbage Dinner at Martin O'Grady's
Where: Martin O’Grady’s, Cambridge Court Center, 7436 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI, 53717
When: Friday, March 17, 11 a.m. to while supplies last
Cost: $12.50 for the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
Martin O’Grady’s is your best bet for a great corned beef and cabbage dinner in Madison. You can also get a green beer with your meal, which is sold exclusively on St. Patrick’s Day. Not a meat eater? You can also select from a variety of seafood (most usually go with fish and chips, which includes fried cod, coleslaw, and fries).