Turn green in Fort Wayne on St. Patrick's Day with these events and restaurants where you can bring all your lads and lasses for a grand celebration!
For the past 21 years, Flanagan's has opened their doors earlier than usual to welcome celebrations with traditional corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and live bagpipe performances. This year is no different, so arrive at this restaurant early to start your celebrations!
6525 Covington Road / 260.432.6666
Or consider celebrating at JK O'Donnell's Irish Ale House where any day of the week you can sink your teeth into traditional Irish food and drink.Enjoy their standard menu items like corned beef and cabbage, fish & chips, bangers and mash, Shepard's Pie, Irish stew and much more!
On St. Patrick's Day their doors will open at 10 am, and the real fun will begin at 5 pm when their tent opens. A $3 cover charge will get you in to enjoy music from The O'Tooles Good Time Bagpipers, Joyce Fry & Greg Clark, The Mighty McGuiggans, and Soltre. Patrons must be 21 and older to enter the main bar area, but guests of all ages are welcome in the adjacent Belleek Hall until 7 pm. No Green Beer here!
121 W. Wayne Street / 260.420.5563
For a hidden gem, hit up the local favorite, O'Sullivan's on West Main Street. This party is packed year after year, so be prepared to wait in a line that snakes out the door and down the block. However, that line is for good reason because this St. Patrick's day celebration should be experienced at least once. We've heard that O'Sullivian's is the pinnacle of the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Fort Wayne.
1808 W. Main Street / 260.422.5896
Just north of town, you will find another large St. Patrick's day celebration at Deer Park Irish Pub. This year, Deer Park will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day from Wednesday, March 16- Sunday, March 20!
For the Wednesday kickoff, stop at Deer Park for the tapping of the first green keg, and a countdown to the big day with the band The Irish Distractions under the big tent. On Thursday, the celebration begins in the morning with Irish coffee, morning prayer, and donuts. The celebration continues through the day with more celebratory activities. The fun also extends to the weekend, with Beer Tasting & Irish Dancioke on Friday, a U2 Tribute band on Saturday, and family day with the Saint Pet-trick's Day on Sunday.
For more event information and a complete description of all festivities check out the St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Deer Park Event Page.
1530 Leesburg Road / 260.432.8966
If you can't choose between Deer Park and O'Sullivans, you don't have to. Pedal City will be offering $5 rides, for the entire day on March 17! You can hop on and off their bikes throughout the day and you can go to Deer Park, O'Sullivans, and Pedal City for green beer and fun! Anyone 21 and older is welcome. Pedal City will also be hosting their own celebration with Irish coffee or coffee with Baileys for $4, Mimosas for $3, personal bottles of champagne for $3.50! Breakfast will also be offered Thursday and Friday!
Book a personal bike for a group of friends by calling 260.415.6167
1215 W Main St / 260.415.6167
Stop by Summit City Brewerks on St. Patrick's day for some leprechaun debauchery. There will be a lot of festivities happening at Summit City Brewerks but some of the highlights might be a visit from the O'Tooles Goodtime Bagpipers, a leprechaun style dance off, food from Sol Kitchen food truck starting at 8 pm, and Irish music all night long!
Although St. Patrick's Day is on a Thursday this year, you still can celebrate with family at the Get Green celebration or the Celtic Woman concert at the Embassy Theatre.
On the Saturday before St. Patrick's help the Fort Wayne Professional Firefights turn the St. Mary's River green at 11:00 am at the Old Wells Street Bridge! Starting at 8:00 am and continuing until 8:00 pm you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music, food, drinks and fun in the Get Green Tent. But before you go haywire, you can participate in the 5k kilt run/walk at 9:30 am, the Gold Coin Hunt at 1:00 pm., or even the Lucky Charms Eating Contest at 3:00 pm. This celebration is family-friendly, so come one and all for the best pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration!
On the Friday after St. Patrick's Day, you can celebrate Irish tradition with the Celtic Woman's Destiny Tour. At this concert, you can hear traditional Irish songs, pop anthems, and inspirational songs that fuse musical and cultural tradition into the uniquely Celtic Woman style. Take this advantage to see an enchanting performance, and as you've never seen them before. It's the perfect end to a St. Patrick's Day celebration!