Get ready to embrace Irish traditions on the South Shore! Like last year, events are a little more limited than usual, but there is still a lot happening. Below you will find 10 things you can do in March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northwest Indiana.
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1. Crown Point's St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Thursday, March 17, 2022 at Dusk
Put on your favorite Irish-inspired outfits and head to Crown Point's downtown square for an annual tradition, the nighttime parade! Starting at dusk, you can enjoy floats, candy, emergency vehicles all lit up and get to listen to the Band of Brothers Pipes and Drums & the Lake County Pipes and Drums. There will be food vendors on the square, plus the firehouse at 126 N. East St. is hosting their Corned Beef and Cabbage Drive-Thru Dinner from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
2. Luck Of The Irish Cookie Decorating Class
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
3. Irish Strings and Wine
Friday, March 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Lakeside Artists Guild's Irish Strings will be performing at Anderson Winery in Valparaiso! Head out early for dinner and drinks, then stay for Irish-themed melodies. Please get your tickets before they sell out! If you're looking to visit the winery again in the future, Anderson's usually has music every Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
4. Hammond's St. Paddy’s Day Event and Leprechaun Run
Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.
Take part in a one-mile Leprechaun Run before the parade at 11:30 a.m., dressed in your best leprechaun outfit or Irish gear! The run will take place on the parade route down Kennedy Ave. in Hammond. The parade will follow the run, so find a good spot and get ready for some St. Patrick’s Day fun!
5. Leprechaun Hike
Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
6. Michigan City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
The Uptown Arts District will be full of the sound of bagpipes for Michigan City’s annual parade! Enjoy the fun down Franklin Street from 11th to 4th Street!
7. Running With the Irish 5k
Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.
Whether you want to participate in the 5K run, 1/2 mile Kid’s Fun Run, or the non-competitive Fitness Walk there is active fun for the whole family at Running with the Irish! The course uses paved roads/paths and winds through scenic Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton. Park admission is waived for participants. Sign up and learn more at their website. Packet pick-up starts at 7:00 a.m.
8. Valpo LepreCON
Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
All those 21+ can gear up for this festive bar crawl! This event will take place at three locations in downtown Valparaiso: Lincoln Flats, Stacks Bar & Grill and Aftermath Cidery & Winery! There will be giveaways and raffles where proceeds will benefit S.E.L.F. School PTO of Valparaiso. Learn more about the details on the Eventbrite page.
9. St. Patrick's Day Party
Saturday, March 19, 2022. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Have a fun night out with Dick Diamond and the Dusters at Avenue 912 in Griffith. This retro-inspired cover band will keep you entertained with music from the 60s to the present, along with a boatload o' shenanigans!
10. Seeing Green Hike
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Look for signs of spring with Lake County Parks at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve in Hammond. Pre-registration is required for this event. Enjoy some time outdoors and take in even more green after St. Patrick’s Day!