St. Patrick’s Day Family-Fun Guide in Indianapolis

Whether your family is Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun time of year to celebrate with a little jig. And fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday together in Indianapolis.

St. Patrick’s Day Family-Fun Guide in Indianapolis:

Shamrock Express

Date/Time: March 12, 2022 | Family Rides available at 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. Adults-Only Rides available at 1, 3 & 5:30 p.m.
Location: Located inside Forest Park. 825 Forest Park Dr., Noblesville, IN 46060

All aboard! Celebrate all things Irish this St. Patrick’s Day by hitching a ride on the Nickel Plate Shamrock Express, a train experience that will offer St. Patty’s Day-themed excursions for one day only, on March 12, 2022.

Shamrock Express

Greening Of The Canal

Date/Time: March 16, 5 pm
Location: Downtown Indianapolis at Ohio & West Street

As a kick-off to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Run Walk, The Athletic Club Foundation, in partnership with the Hoosier Lottery, will host the 24th Annual Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 5:00 pm. The event will occur at Ohio and West Street downtown on the Ohio Street canal basin. Join the Mayor, Governor, Irish Citizen of the year, and the Hoosier Lottery in turning the canal green. This is a media event with live entertainment and food trucks. The event is free and open to the public.

Greening of the canal

Parade & Tent Party

Date/Time: March 17 | 9 am
Location: Downtown Indianapolis

The Parade comprises Irish-themed floats and helium balloons, school marching bands, pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers, catholic schools, Irish organizations, and local companies and non-profits with St. Patrick’s Day themes. Normally, the festivities start at 9:00 am on Parade morning with the Parade Tent and Block Party on North Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania. The street is blocked by vehicle traffic, and there are food trucks, sponsor activations, and a large heated tent in the American Legion Mall with a beer garden with live entertainment. The event is FREE and open to the public.

St. Patricks Day @ Kurt Vonnegut Museum

Date/Time: March 17 | 10 am – 7 pm
Location: Downtown Indianapolis

Enjoy a lucky day of free admission to the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library for St. Patrick’s Day! We’ll celebrate the day with an Irish music singalong and have festive food and drink available for purchase. Food, drinks, and music will not start until 5 PM.

St. Pawty’s Day at Daniel’s Vineyard

Date/Time: March 16 |5 pm – 8 pm
Location: Daniels Vineyard, 9061 N 700 W. McCordsville, IN 46055

Join us for a fun and free event with live music and a dog costume contest. The contest will begin at 7pm! Bring your pup dressed for the occasion, and win BIG!

St. Pawty's Day at Daniel's Vineyard

Tent Party at Daniel’s Vineyard

Date/Time: March 17 | 2 pm – 8 pm
Location: Daniels Vineyard, 9061 N 700 W. McCordsville, IN 46055

Join us for the most epic tent party! Live music from local artists 2-5 pm and a rocking show from the Woomblies 5-8 pm. We’ll have live music, photo ops, green wine, a full bar, and food specials. Tickets include 2 drink tickets.

Shamrock Run & Walk

When: March 19 |11 am
Where: Indianapolis Firefighters Local Union 416, 748 Mass. Ave, Indianapolis

The Athletic Club Foundation and the Indianapolis Firefighters Emerald Society welcome you to participate in the 2022 Shamrock Run & Parade Walk on Saturday, March 19th, at 11:00 am in downtown Indianapolis. Register online before March 18th and SAVE $5. Register 3 or more and save $3 per person. Participants receive a 317 inspired Adidas performance race shirt and NEW St. Pat’s finishers medal. Pre-register now to guarantee your race tee. The Run Walk is Saturday, March 19th.

St. Patrick’s Day Skate

When: March 17 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
Where: Skateland, 3902 N Glen Arm Rd, Indianapolis

Make the rink glow green. Special $1 green glow sticks can be purchased. Admission is $5 per skater. Rentals are also $5. 

Shamrock Drop

When: March 17 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
Where: Westfield High School, 18250 N Union St, Westfield, IN 46074

Test your luck with our second annual Shamrock Drop! If your shamrock is a lucky winner, you’ll receive a pot of gold filled with amazing prizes from local businesses!

Shamrock Drop

Know of other must-do St. Patty’s Day activities that we missed? Let us know at [email protected]

St. Patrick’s Drop-In Discovery

When: March 17 | 10 am – noon
Where: Zionsville Nature Center, 250 N 5th Street Zionsville, IN 46077

The leprechauns have visited the Zionsville Nature Center! Drop-in to discover their mischief and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with hands-on activities.


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