For more than 250 years, March 17 has been celebrated around the world as St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, you can’t have an internationally celebrated holiday without a few traditions. Those on St. Patrick’s Day include wearing green, drinking green, finding shamrocks and attending Irish-themed parades. The most notorious Irish-American tradition is wearing green. Legend has it that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns and fairies and you will not get pinched. If you don’t wear green, your peers have the unconditional right to pinch you as a reminder that you aren’t wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day and leprechauns and fairies can see you.
Aside from the luck-filled holiday, Ireland has also been the birthplace of many famed bands and touring companies and the Frank Erwin Center has hosted several of them including…
The Cranberries – opened for Duran Duran Nov. 29, 1993…
U2 – Nov. 5, 2001…
Lord of the Dance – April 17, 2008 and…
Celtic Woman – May 22, 2011
This St. Patrick’s Day, there are many events scheduled in Austin to celebrate the annual Irish holiday. Not sure what to do or how to celebrate? Here are some tips for ya!
Wear something green or sport traditional Irish clothing
To avoid the inevitable pinching from friends and possible strangers, wear something green! The University Co-op has a variety of St. Patrick’s Day apparel with a Longhorn twist for the entire family. If you’re looking to sport traditional Irish attire, check out Things Celtic.
Eat Irish food and (of course) drink Irish beverages
Go to B.D. Riley’s, Dog and Duck Pub or Fado Irish Pub and order fish and chips, bangers and mash, a pint of Guinness or a half and half. You could also try making your very own green beverage like a shamrock shake.
Listen to Irish music
There are multiple venues featuring live bands all day long. Check them out!
B.D. Riley’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Enjoy a tasty menu of Irish favorites and live music!
10: 30 a.m. Kenny Tweedy
12 p.m. Joe Gee
1:30 p.m. The Tea Merchants
4 p.m. Sunday in Leith
7 p.m. Kristen Gibbs Band
10 p.m. Sean Orr’s Full Celtic Band
The Celtic Cultural Center of Texas presents St. Patrick’s Day Austin at Shoal Crossing Event Center
3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Get ready for a day filled with Irish culture, food, drinks and international and local stars of Celtic music! Live entertainment includes the Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums, Aidan, Tea Merchants, Inishfree Austin Irish Dancers and more! For a full list of events, visit their website.
Austin’s Biggest St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Festival at Fado Irish Pub
Doors open at 6 a.m.
The festival begins at 2 p.m. and Fourth Street will be shut down. Get ready for multiple bars, food tents and live entertainment including:
Irish Dancers and Silver Thistle Bag Pipers
Hair of the Dog
Sunday in Leith
Wow U2 Tribute Band
Visit the Frank Erwin Center website to see who's coming, and subscribe to Be the First to Know to get a jump on upcoming pre-sales and ticket giveaways.