Guide to St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Across the Heartland

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, right?
If you want to celebrate your Irish roots, there are events planned all weekend long.
Whether you like to eat, drink, run, or just sit back and enjoy, there is something for you to do.
Downtown Sikeston will host its 7th annual Saint Patrick's Day Celebration, which includes a homebrew competition.
A whole day of fun in Murphysboro will include something for the entire family, like the annual parade and Irish Stew cook-off.
If you have any golf skills, you may look at entering Arena Golf's 6th Annual St. Patrick's Putt Putt Tournament.
Here is a closer look at events you won't want to miss.

Murphsyboro St. Patrick's Day Parade


The annual parade in Murphysboro is one of the only St. Patrick’s day parades in the Heartland. It is set to start at 11 a.m. Grab your friends and family to watch as floats and bands move their way down Walnut Street between 7th and 19 streets.

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Drink up

St. Patrick’s Day is the forth most popular drinking day of the year. In fact, 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide. Sample a handful of different beers at the 7th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration in Sikeston. The event will be held at American Legion Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will even be a homebrew competition for the best stout, IPA, Irish Red Ale and wheat. Enjoy the band Silver Fox live, corn hole and don’t forget to wear your best costume.


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Irish Stew

Friendly competition

Lace up your tennis shoes or get your stew to simmer, because the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Murphysboro will include a 5k run/walk race and an Irish stew cook-off. Both will be hosted on March 17. This year you can even try your hand in the Leprechaun Classic Bocce Tournament to be held at Riverside Park.

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Golf tournament

Put your golf skills to the test at Arena Golf’s 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Putt Putt Tournament. For $15 you and a friend can enter the tournament. Your entry fee will include two drink tickets. The challenge will start at 3 p.m. Enjoy some green beer and some fun.

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Drink Even More

Bars and restaurants across the Heartland will be open on Saturday to help you feel Irish.

Katy O’Ferrells is the only Irish Pub in the Heartland. They’ll be serving up pints of Guinness, shots of Jameson, and of course some corned beef and cabbage.

  • The Intention, a local rock band, will take over Rhymer’s on the Plaza for a night of green fun.
  • Huckleberry’s in Mounds, Illinois will have drink specials all day long, green beer , and corned beef and cabbage.
  • Enjoy a drink or two while supporting a Paducah-McCracken Habitat for Humanity. A St. Patrick’s Day themed pub crawl will take over downtown Paducah. CLICK HERE to get your tickets.
  • Learn something during an Irish whiskey tasting at Barrel 131. There you can sample different kinds from the Jameson Distillery.
  • Silent Brigade Distillery in Paducah will have live music by Bear Whitworth and New Suede, Irish Car Bombs, green beer, and true Irish cuisine.
  • Saluki Bar N’ Grill will have all sorts of drink specials.

Live Music

Sit back and relax along the banks of Apple Creek this St. Patrick’s Day. You can sip on a glass of wine and enjoy live music by Michael James at Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery. He’ll take the stage from 2 to 6 p.m.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at  beautiful family owned estate winery