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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day The San Antonio Way

Go Green or go Home

St. Patrick's Day riverwalk parade
San Antonio Riverwalk Parade celebrating St. Patrick's Day

As a San Antonian and an Irish heritage Redhead, I can tell you that St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in our city. Whether you're Irish or not, there's something special about this holiday that brings people together to celebrate all things green, gold, and rainbow-colored. So, grab your green shirt, and let's explore some of the top things to do in San Antonio on St. Patrick's Day.

If you want to experience something truly unique, you can't miss the St. Patrick's Day River Parade. This is an event that's been going on for over 50

People dressed in green celebrating St. Patrick's Day Parade on the riverwalk in San Antonio Texas
St. Patrick's Day Riverwalk boat

years and features a flotilla of decorated barges floating down the San Antonio River. The parade takes place in the evening and is a sight to behold as the barges are decked out in green lights, shamrocks, and other St. Patrick's Day decorations. The parade is free to watch, so bring your family and friends and enjoy the show!

The Parade is a part of the experience, Murphy's St. Patrick's Day Festival on the other hand is a two-day event jam-packed with fun activities for the whole family.

Green Beer from Murphy's

On Day One, festival-goers can expect to enjoy a variety of Irish and Texan beer, mouth-watering food, and handmade arts and crafts. One of the highlights of the festival is the "Passport to Ireland" interactive exhibit, sponsored by the Harp & Shamrock Society. This exhibit offers genealogy research and a fascinating look into the history of early Irish Texans.

But don't worry if you miss Day One because the festivities continue on to Day Two! Saturday is your chance to join in on the fun and indulge in even more Irish and Texan beer, food, arts and crafts, and games. The festival runs from noon until 9 p.m., so you'll have plenty of time to soak up the lively atmosphere.

Harp & Shamrock Society, the Paseo del Rio Association playing music

The Murphy's St. Patrick's Day Festival is co-sponsored by the Harp & Shamrock Society, the Paseo del Rio Association, and the City of San Antonio. You won't want to miss this exciting celebration of Irish culture in the heart of San Antonio's La Villita.

Greenway Trails in San Antonio Texas

If Parades and parties aren't your "thing", or you are an early bird, how about taking a Hike in the Greenway Trails, If you're looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors on St. Patrick's Day, why not take a hike in the Greenway Trails? San Antonio has over 50 miles of trails that wind through scenic parks and natural areas. You can pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery with your friends and family.

Pat O'Brien's

What about a romantic date idea for those of you who have a significant other and no kids or luckily enough to have a babysitter scheduled?

Plan a St. Patrick's Day dinner at a local Irish restaurant. Try the corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, or Irish soda bread.

After dinner, take a stroll around the River Walk and enjoy the festive atmosphere, then hit Pat O'Brien's or any of the other Irish Pubs such as Durty Nelly's Irish Pub.

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

For a more traditional St. Patrick's Day experience, head over to Durty Nelly's Irish Pub. This pub has been around since 1999 and is a favorite among locals for its authentic Irish atmosphere, live music, and of course, plenty of Guinness on tap.

They also serve up delicious pub grub like fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and bangers and mash. Make sure to get there early, though, as this place fills up quickly on St. Patrick's Day, and don't forget to get some green beer.

Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours

Here's something a little wicked for those thrill seekers types out there,

How about taking a St. Patrick's Day Ghost Tour? If you're looking for something a little more spooky, check out a St. Patrick's Day ghost tour.

San Antonio is known for its haunted history, and there are plenty of ghost tours that operate year-round, check out Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours or our YouTube Video where we covered a haunted tour in San Antonio below. On St. Patrick's Day, you can join a tour that's been specifically designed to incorporate the holiday's customs and legends. You might even encounter a leprechaun or two!

Recipe Time

Stuck at home and feeling creative? How about making your own Irish Soda Bread?

This easy recipe only requires a few ingredients, and it's a fun way to get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit. Here's a recipe to try:

Irish Soda Bread


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 14 ounces buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

  3. Add the buttermilk to the dry ingredients and mix until the dough comes together.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes.

  5. Shape the dough into a round loaf and place on a baking sheet.

  6. Cut a deep cross into the top of the loaf.

  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

  8. Let the bread cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.


The fight for the Alamo

Finally, if you want to understand the deeper meaning behind St. Patrick's Day, you can visit some of San Antonio's historical sites that celebrate Irish heritage. The Alamo, for example, has a strong connection to the Irish, as many Irish immigrants fought alongside Texans in the battle for Texas independence. You can also visit the San Antonio River Walk Museum, which has an exhibit on Irish immigration to Texas.

No matter how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in San Antonio, make sure to do it safely and responsibly. Don't drink and drive, and always have a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service.

And remember, if you're looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate in San Antonio, I'm here to help. As a local realtor, I have a deep understanding of the San Antonio market and can help you navigate the complex process of buying or selling a home. So, whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, give me a call, and let's get started!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Gabriel and Kristina

The Zachary Team and San Antonio's REALTOR® Couple



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