If you’re feeling like you could use a little bit of luck this year, don’t fret! Alabama has you covered with several ways to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all throughout the state. From Huntsville to Gulf Shores and everywhere in between, you won’t want to miss these events, parades, and specials. So, don your Irish best, and don’t forget a pint or two of that magical green beer!
ShamROCK (Birmingham | March 13)
There may not be any green beer here (per Cahaba’s website “great beer isn’t green”), but don’t let that stop you from having a rocking good time at Cahaba Brewing Co.’s all-day event. The brewery will host live music from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Food trucks Cajun Steamer, Milo’s Burger Bus, Ruscelli’s Italian, and Tamale Queen will be on site. Bonus: If you’re in the mood for a little brewery hopping, head to nearby Back Forty to try their Emerald Mile Dry Irish Stout.
St. Patty’s Stomp (Birmingham | March 13)
Five Points South is Birmingham’s unofficial St. Patty’s Day headquarters. Though this year’s celebrations are pared down, you can still head to Five Points for the St. Patty’s Stomp, a self-guided bar crawl with live music plus food and drink specials all over the district. Headed up by Black Market Bar & Grill, other participating businesses include Dave’s, Little Italy, The Hive, and more. The fun starts at 12 p.m.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4-Mile Run Walk (Anywhere | March 1-31)
Take part in a more active celebration by signing up for this virtual fun run or walk. Runners from all 50 states have the entire month of March to complete the race and submit their times to receive medals. Our recommendation: Grab a few of your most fun-loving friends, get dressed in your wackiest green garb, and get running!
Huntsville Porch Parade (Huntsville | March 12-21)
Taking a note from Mobile’s Mardi Gras celebrations this year, two of Huntsville’s historic neighborhoods are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day porch parade. Homeowners in the Old Town and Twickenham historic residential districts will deck their homes and yards in green from March 12-21. Paradegoers can make their own route and travel on foot, bike, or by car.
Kegs & Eggs + Mini Parade (Huntsville | March 13)
Straight to Ale Brewing is getting the party started early with a family-friendly Kegs & Eggs breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Grab a breakfast beer and tuck into some bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns before watching a mini parade around Campus 805. Straight to Ale plans to keep the revelry going all day with live music and beer specials.
St Patrick’s Day Crawfish Boil (Leeds | March 17)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Louisiana twist at the Grand River Drive-In. Kicking off at 4 p.m., Grand River’s new Backyard event area will feature hot-and-ready crawfish platters from Red Mountain Crawfish, live music, $2 draft beer, plus games and giveaways. Stick around to end the night with a movie from the comfort of your car.
St. Patrick’s Day at Big Beach (Gulf Shores | March 17)
If you’re near the coast, the place to celebrate is at Big Beach Brewing Company. The fun kicks off at 2 p.m. with the brewery’s limited-edition Jameson-conditioned Dixie’s Heart Irish Red. Live Irish music from Colby Girard starts at 5:30 p.m., and Beachin’ Eats food truck will serve a special menu item of corned beef and cabbage to complete the experience.
World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Half Pint 0.5K (Enterprise | March 13)
This celebration may be small, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in levels of ridiculous fun. Since 1993, Downtown Enterprise has hosted the only single-person parade. Each year, locals nominate their favorite Irishman or Irishwoman to be the parade’s Grand Marshal. Paradegoers line up to see the one-man or one-woman show down E College Street — complete with crazy dancing and an oversized Irish flag. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Half Pint 0.5K follows immediately after. It’s basically a big walk around the block that ends with a party, cool swag, and a tongue-in-cheek race decal for your car’s bumper.