Turn green in Fort Wayne, Indiana for St. Patrick's Day! Bring all your lads and lasses for a grand celebration at these events and restaurants!
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Get Green Fest
The Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters turn the St. Marys River green at 11:00 am at the Carole Lombard Memorial Bridge downtown (on Main Street)—using eco-friendly vegetable dye! Starting at 8:00 am and continuing until 11:00 pm, you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music, food, drinks, and fun in the Get Green Fest Tent. Throughout the day, you can participate in the:
- 5-kilt run/walk — 9:30 am
- Gold Coin Hunt — 12:00 pm
- Lucky Charms Eating Contest — 1:00 pm
...and so much more!
You can also catch local band, Debutants, performing in the event tent from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. This celebration is family-friendly, so come one and all for the best St. Patrick's Day celebration!
Paddy's Day at JK O'Donnell's Irish Ale House
Celebrate 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 11 am, and the real fun will begin at 3 pm with live entertainment in the tent on Wayne St. Come enjoy music from The Shrugging Sisters, Soltre, The Ragtag Bunch, The Debutants, and The Mighty McGuiggans. Live music will be rocking until midnight! The tent and pub will be 21+ all day.
No Green Beer here!
121 W. Wayne Street / (260) 420-5563
Deer Park Irish Pub
Just north of town, you will find one of Fort Wayne's favorite St. Patrick's day celebrations at Deer Park Irish Pub. The 25th Annual Clover Classic kicks off on Thursday, March 16 with the tapping of the first green keg at 5:45pm. Friday, March 17 features a FULL day of festivities in the tent, from 9am to 1am, including the keg toss, Itish road bowling, a shamrock parade, dance performances, and plenty of live music! Enjoy entertainment, themed competitions, and celebrations from March 16–18. See the full schedule here.
Plenty of green beer to go around!
1530 Leesburg Road / (260) 432-8966
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'Sullivan's is the pinnacle of the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Fort Wayne.
1808 W. Main Street / (260) 422-5896
Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Mad Anthony's is a great place to celebrate St. Patrick's day as well. Come over to enjoy live music, drink specials, and an Irish-inspired menu, all starting at 4:00 pm!
2002 Broadway / (260) 426-2537
Kekionga Craft Company
Looking for something other than beer? Enjoy a green CIDER for St. Patrick's Day at Kekionga Craft Company! Fun and shenanigans will start at 3pm on March 17.
7328 Maysville Rd / (260) 493-0011
Hop River Brewing Company: St. Patrick's Day Bash
Swing by throughout the day for live music, great brews, and Corned Beef and Cabbage!
Craving Irish cuisine? The Friendly Fox, O'Reilly's Irish Bar, and Henry's are great options to enjoy a celebratory meal, especially with some of their specialty dishes.
Other Weekend Activities
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the following family-friendly events.
- NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship: March 16 & 18
- No Sex Please, We're British at Arena Dinner Theatre: March 10-25
- Raheem DeVaughn: The Love King Tour: March 17
This post was originally published in Mach 2018 and has been updated. Last update: March 2023