We hope Saint Patrick loved green beer, bagpipes and the Dropkick Murphys, because you're sure to find at least one of the three at the festivities honoring him around town. From "Irish Open" golf tourneys to the annual downtown Saint Patrick's Day parade, here's how to celebrate St. Paddy in Houston.
Griff's Irish Open Wildcat Golf Club 12000 Almeda, 713‑413‑3400 www.-griffshouston.net The 33rd annual Greater Houston Irish Open golf tournament at Griff's kicks off the month's festivities. You can expect "Beers, Booze, Babes and Balls" as complimentary beverages are all part of the package. Your entry fee ($150 for individuals) also includes the green fee for 18 holes, a cart, gift bag, free admission to all festival activities, lunch before the tourney and dinner after. Tee time is at noon, but you can come early for a putting contest starting at 11 a.m. Apply online.
Griff's 6th Annual St. Patrick's Day Cornhole -Tournament 3416 Roseland, 713‑528‑9912 www.griffshouston.net Show off your bags skills in this awesome cornhole tourney under the tent. The bar's -famous steak night will also be in effect.
The Goose's Acre's Jameson Irish Whiskey Dinner 21 Waterway, 281‑466‑1502 www.thegoosesacre.com What better way to honor the Irish than with an Irish whiskey dinner? Enjoy this five-course whiskey-paired meal for $60 per person. Starts at 6 p.m. Reservations are required.
Griff's St. Patrick's Day Queen's Contest 3416 Roseland, 713‑528‑9912 www.griffshouston.net Join Griff's in selecting the Queen for this year's Houston St. Patrick's Day Parade. Starting at 6 p.m., beauties who enter will compete in four categories to earn the honor. Applications can be downloaded online.
Lucky's Pub's 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Golf Tournament Wildcat Golf Club 12000 Almeda, 713‑413‑3400 luckyspub.com The entry fee ($150 per person) to this festive golf tournament gets you 18 holes, a golf cart, lunch before and dinner after the tournament, a VIP entrance to Lucky's Saint -Patrick's Day Party and complimentary beverages served by Lucky's Lovelies. The format is "4 Man Scramble," and the tee time is at noon. Apply online.
March 13 and14
The Goose's Acre's St. Patrick's Weekend Party 21 Waterway, 281-466-1502 www.thegoosesacre.com Kick off St. Paddy's weekend with green beer, Irish dancers and wild times on Friday, then hit up the pub's festivities on Saturday to catch the Sexy Kilt Contest (starting at 10 p.m.).
Kenneally's St. Patrick's Weekend 2111 South Shepherd, 713-630-0486 irishpubkenneallys.com On Friday, practice for the weekend's festivities at the club's "Party Under the Tent." On Saturday, the bar opens at noon and the revelry -- complete with live music, Irish booze, corned beef sandwiches, Guinness bread and more -- runs well into the night.
56th Annual Houston St. Patrick's Parade Downtown www.hsppc.org Rain or shine, this two-hour annual parade, which is free to join and features more than 100 entries each year, never fails to draw a crowd. Celebrate Irish heritage through Irish music, step dancers, floats, green beer and more starting at noon.
Griff's Irish Stew Cook-Off 3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912 www.griffshouston.net After the parade, head to Griff's for the Irish Stew, Chili, Chicken and Open Irish Dish Cook-Off, which is happening all afternoon with music throughout the day and night.
1960 Parade Champions Forest and FM 1960 www.1960parade.com The 1960 Parade Committee is hosting its 37th Annual 1960 St. Patrick's Day Parade, which benefits Cypress Creek EMS Education Scholarship programs. Thanks to the community, the parade committee has raised more than $100,000 over the past five years. The route starts in the Wells Fargo parking lot at Champions Forest Drive and FM 1960 at 2 p.m. and ends at The Concert Pub North at the corner of FM 1960 and Kuykendahl. There'll also be a 5K Fun Run & Walk starting at 2 p.m. To prepare for the big event, the road will officially close at 1 p.m., and if all goes as planned, completely reopen around 5 p.m.
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The Goose's Acre's St. Patrick's Day Party 21 Waterway, 281-466-1502 www.thegoosesacre.com This Woodlands pub opens its doors at 8 a.m., and the party runs all day and all night long, with live music and entertainment starting at noon. After 3 p.m., the party will be 21 and up only.
Griff's St. Patrick's Day Festival 3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912 www.griffshouston.net Starting at 2 p.m., nine bands will be hitting two stages for the all-day St. Paddy's Day blowout at Griff's. Get discounted tickets early by purchasing them online.
Lucky's Pub Saint Patrick's Day Party Downtown, 801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010 The Heights, 2520 Houston, 713-862-2400 Cypress, 27126 Northwest Freeway, 281‑758‑2514 luckyspub.com Houston's biggest and baddest St. Paddy's Day party is at all three locations. Come for green beer, leprechauns, bagpipers, live music from bands and DJs, and more. Doors open at 11 a.m., and there's no cover for general admission before 3 p.m. VIP tickets are available for purchase. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
McGonigel's Mucky Duck Saint Patrick's Day 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999 mcgonigels.com Explore all aspects of Celtic music at this melodic Saint Patrick's Day event. The entire property will be covered by a big-top tent as McGonigel's showcases traditional and contemporary Celtic music and dance throughout the day. There is seating both inside and outside on a first-come first-served basis. Get tickets for $20.