When it comes to our Irish heritage, the Kansas City area has plenty to take pride in, and with St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, now is when that becomes most obvious.
Last year, Niche.com ranked Kansas City seventh among its “Best Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” ahead of Chicago and St. Louis. The article cited our bars, parades and St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype.
The Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade will, of course, be the centerpiece of our celebration. It enters its 45th year and annually attracts an estimated 200,000 along its midtown course. But there are plenty of other people and things we call our own that will be on display this wearin’-of-the-green season:
The following is a guide to the St. Patrick’s Day season in Kansas City:
Parades and other events
Blue Springs “Shortest and Smallest” St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details: 9 a.m. March 17. Begins at 1112 W. Main and goes across street.
Info: Main, Blue Springs; bluespringschamber.com
Brookside St. Patrick’s Day Warm-Up Parade
Details: 2 p.m. March 18 (postponed from March 11). More than 100 organizations; theme will be “Shamrockin’ It.”
Info: 65th and Wornall; brooksidekc.org/st-patricks-parade
Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details: 11 a.m. March 17. Begins at Linwood and Broadway and goes south along Broadway to 43rd Street.
Info: Midtown; kcirishparade.com
Leavenworth St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details: Noon, March 17. Parade is 34th annual.
Info: Fourth and Walnut, Leavenworth; lvirish.com, 913-682-4113
Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details: 1 p.m. March 17. Route goes through downtown.
Info: 11th and Massachusetts, Lawrence; lawrencestpatricksdayparade .com
St. Pat’s Bar Crawl
Details: 2-8 p.m. March 18. $20-$30.
Info: Check in at the Well, 7421 Broadway; eventbrite.com/ event/22740513488
Details: Songs from Ireland with Ashley Davis, Carswell & Hope and others. 7:30 p.m. March 16; $15-$20.
Info: 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence. libertyhall.net, 785-749-1972
Details: Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band. 6 p.m. March 17; $10.
Info: 7300 W. 119th, Overland Park. oneblocksouthkc.com, 913-451-0444
Power & Light District
Details: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Atlas Genius and Night Riots for St. Patrick’s Day concert. 6 p.m. March 17; free.
Info: 14th and Walnut; powerandlightdistrict.com
Details: Connie Dover and Kelly Werts. 6:30 p.m. March 18; $15.
Info: Unity Village, 1901 N.W. Blue Parkway. eventbrite.com/ event/30826551044
Details: Chance the Arm. 8 p.m. March 18.
Info: 170 E. 14th; thedublinerkc.com, 816-268-4700
Other things to do
Details: St. Patrick’s Day doughnuts, nodut (Reuben sandwich) and drink specials. 7 a.m.-1 a.m. March 17.
Info: 4117 Pennsylvania; doughnutlounge.com, 816-659-3688
Details: St. Paddy’s Day Hoolie with breakfast and Shamrockin’ Celebration. 9 a.m. March 17.
Info: 5317 W. 151st, Leawood; paddyoquigleys.com, 913-601-3511
Uptown Arts Bar
Details: Continental breakfast ($5) and Jameson on special; 9 a.m. March 17. St. Paddy’s Soiree with live music; 8 p.m. March 17; $5.
Info: 3611 Broadway; uptownartsbar.com, 816-808-1252
Details: Irish buffet, drink specials and live music. 10 a.m. March 17.
Info: 4124 Pennsylvania; californos.com, 816-531-7878
Kelly’s Westport Inn
Details: Opens at 10 a.m. March 17; $10 donation.
Info: 500 Westport; kellyswestportinn.com, 816-561-5800
Jowler Creek Winery
Details: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Music Night with Jeff Lux. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. March 17.
Info: 16905 Jowler Creek Road, Platte City; jowlercreek.com, 816-858-5528
Details: St. Patrick’s Day menu. Lunch, $12; dinner, $17. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. March 17.
Info: 1000 W. 39th; q39kc.com, 816-255-3753
Dave and Buster’s
Details: St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt. Noon-3 p.m. March 17; $37.55 (includes food and other items).
Info: 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.; ticketbud.com
Howl at the Moon
Details: St. Paddy’s Day Party with drink specials. 6 p.m. March 17.
Info: Kansas City Power & Light District, 1334 Grand; howlatthemoon.com/ kansas-city, 816-471-4695
Weston Wine Co.
Details: Delectable Irish Cream Cupcake Release & Green Wine, 11 a.m. March 17-19; $1.99.
Info: 519 Main, Weston. westonwinecompany.com, 816-386-2345
Other places to go
Browne’s Irish Marketplace
Info: 3300 Pennsylvania; brownesmarket.com, 816-561-0030
Info: 404 Main, Weston; celticranch.com, 816-640-2881
Conroy’s Public House
Info: 5285 W. 95th, Overland Park; conroysop.com, 913-648-2244
The Irish Pub House
Info: 6332 Raytown Road, Raytown; 816-353-5700
McCoy’s Public House
Info: 4057 Pennsylvania; mccoyskc.com, 816-960-0866
O’Dowd’s Little Dublin
Info: 4742 Pennsylvania; odowdslittledublin.com, 816-561-2700
Info: 500 Welt, Weston; westonirish.com/omalleys.html, 816-640-5235
Info: 9417 Mission, Leawood; kconeills.com, 913-648-4900