Luck of Las Vegas: The Best St. Patrick’s Day Events on the Strip

Las Vegas loves a good party and needs little reason to put one on. When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, there is plenty of green beer, leprechauns and party beads for everyone.

Vegas is no stranger to the emerald-colored fantasy fun that people expect from a St. Patty’s celebration. The city offers everything from approachable food and drinks specials to parades and fun runs to beerfests and physical competitions. Whether you are wandering Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, cruising the Strip for parties that spill out onto the boulevard or enjoying the local scene off the Strip, there is something for everyone wearing a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” pin or t-shirt.

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Las Vegas Strip St. Patrick’s Day Events

Rí Rá at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in Mandalay Bay

3930 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Rí Rá is hosting a no-reservations, first-come, first-served, all-day musical event with Achill Crossing, The Crooked Jacks and The Black Donnellys. With an extensive Irish menu, the real Irish bars that comprise this space offer partygoers a unique, bespoke setting to toast all things Irish and St. Patrick’s Day. Multiple bars all come together to make up Rí Rá, including the Shop Bar, the Victorian Bar, the Whiskey Bar and the Bordello Room. In a unique setting, all these spaces include decorations from salvaged and restored materials from Ireland.

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Celtic Feis St Patricks Day Festival Sign

Celtic Feis Festival at New York-New York

3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The biggest and most anticipated event on the Strip every year is the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Celtic Feis Festival. Comprised of live entertainment, dancers, Irish fare and drinks specials, the party begins with a parade at 10 a.m. on March 17.

Beginning at Bliss in the Park, an Irish pipe band takes revelers through the casino and out onto the Brooklyn Bridge.

Entertainment includes four sets of music on the bridge and two sets inside Nine Fine Irishmen, where a full menu of Irish food delights are available with the event specials. Additional specials will be available throughout the property for the entirety of the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. A second parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 19.

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CABO WABO CANTINA at Miracle Mile Shops

3663 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

An Irish twist on Mexican fare comes to the Miracle Mile Shoppes at Planet Hollywood. Green beer, green margaritas and green chips join other Irish-themed specials during their infamous weekend patio parties along the Strip.

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The LINQ Promenade

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3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

One of the most observable icons on the Las Vegas Strip is the High Roller Observation Wheel at the LINQ Promenade. The Wheel will turn green for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, shining down on the Promenade, where there will be live music, performers and celebrity guests. 

O’Shea’s Casino, a gaming and entertainment venue that opens to the Promenade, will also be offering drink and food specials as well as additional entertainment. 

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One Steakhouse at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

4455 S Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a full Irish dinner of beef brisket and potatoes, along with a cocktail made from Irish whiskey. This St. Patty’s Day delight will be available from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20.

Preparing the weekend’s meal will be Executive Chef Patrick Munster and guests can also choose Guiness, whole grain mustard-glazed Angus beef brisket with marble mashed potatoes for $34 and a cocktail of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and fresh lemon juice, garnished with candied ginger Jameson Whiskey priced at $16.

The full menu will also be available. One Steakhouse is open at 5 p.m. daily.

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Downtown Las Vegas St. Patrick’s Day Events

Fremont Street St Patrick's Day

Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience is hosting the ShamRock Bash beginning Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 20. Inviting guests to “Come Early, Drink Often”, FSE has coordinated multiple events within an event including the Firefighter’s Parade and Challenge Games, a flash mob, Celtic dancers, specials and 19 live music performances across the Experience throughout the weekend.

Hennessey’s Tavern

425 E Fremont St #110, Las Vegas, NV 89101

The St. Pat’s Block Party is five days of revelry from March 16 through March 20. Catch all the offers of live music, food and drink specials and more. With patio and indoor seating, Hennessey’s is your front-row seat to real Irish revelry every night during the long weekend. 

Hogs and Heifers

201 N 3rd St Suite 130, Las Vegas, NV 89101

The 10th Annual Professional Firefighters of Nevada Parade and Challenge Games will begin at 12 p.m. on the corner of Fremont Street and Main Street and wind its way to Hogs and Heifers on Third Street. Closed off to all but pedestrians, the street will host competitive games and a party until 4 a.m.

Downtown Container Park

707 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Pregame your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Sham-Rock the Park Beer Fest at the Downtown Container Park. Taking place on Saturday, March 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests will enjoy live entertainment while strolling the park imbibing “bottomless” beer options.

Summerlin and Henderson St. Patrick’s Day Events

Water Street

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The 54th Annual Water Street Festival returns after a two-year hiatus and kicks off Friday, March 11. Enjoy three days of Celtic entertainment, a parade, car show, amusement games, Irish whiskey tastings, food and souvenirs. Local arts and crafts will also be on display and offered for sale. Take a charitable turn by signing up for the St. Baldrick’s shave event and raise money to fight childhood cancers.

Later in the week, both the Emerald Casino and Rainbow Club Casino on Water Street will be offering players’ specials and freebies beginning at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Chef Scott Pajak tells us there will be free corned beef sandwiches in addition to other food and drinks specials.

Artisan Booze District

Begins at Vegas Valley Winery, 7360 Eastgate Road Ste 123, Henderson, NV 89011

“Crawl to them all!” Five locations and five great drinking experiences are all offered at Las Vegas breweries such as Crafthaus Brewery, Astronomy Ale Works, Bad Beat Brewing, Vegas Valley Winery/Grape Expectations and Las Vegas Distillery. Guests receive a keepsake glass and have from Friday, March 18 through Saturday, March 19 to enjoy. In addition to the drink specials included with registration, there will also be games, photos opportunities and food trucks.

Downtown Summerlin and Rhodes Ranch

2010 Festival Plaza Dr Ste.130, Las Vegas, NV 89135
8680 W Warm Springs Rd # 170, Las Vegas, NV 89148

If great beer is high on your list and you want something a little off the beaten path, join Beer Zombies in Downtown Summerlin or at their Rhodes Ranch location. It is there where you can enjoy tthe Sandbox Brewing collaborative release of Zombie Charms, a fruited sour ale that pours green, made with pineapple and marshmallow cereal. They will be selling commemorative logo tee-shirts for $13 for the event.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Events on the Strip at Irish Pubs in Las Vegas

Looking for an English or Irish pub to make your own festivities? Check out some options around the Las Vegas valley to meet up with friends and take full advantage of holiday specials.

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McMullan’s Irish Pub
4650 W Tropicana Ave
(702) 247-7000

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
6593 Las Vegas Blvd S #222 (Town Square)
(702) 834-4400

Mulligan’s Pub and Grill
6471 Boulder Hwy Henderson, NV
(702) 215-3330

Crown & Anchor British Pub
1350 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 739-8676

“Little” Crown & Anchor British Pub
4755 W Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 876-4733

Royal Britannia Gastropub
The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes
(702) 586-4040

The Pub
40 Via Bel Canto #100; Henderson, NV
(702) 567-8002

Frequently Asked Questions About St. Patrick’s Day

How old is Saint Patrick’s Day?

The historical roots of St. Patrick’s Day actually dates back 1,500 years. The earliest celebrations honoring the event happening on March 17, the date we honor today, goes back to the 1600s. You can also take your St. Patty’s Dat celebration to the oldest hotel on the Strip to keep the celebration going.

Why is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th?

The celebration of Saint Patty’s Day on March 17 goes back to the anniversary of St. Patrick’s passing in the 5th century. This is one of many March events in Las Vegas.

Why do people where green on St. Patrick’s Day?

The reason for green on St. Patrick’s Day is because it is the national symbol of Ireland and the featured prominently on the Irish flag. According to the country’s legend, green also makes the wearer invisible to leprechauns.

Some sources claims that this myth that originated in America, a major hub for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. For anyone looking to continue this tradition, shop for some green garb at the malls on the Strip.

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