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Waco’s Top St. Patrick’s Day Events

Your guide to celebrating everyone’s favorite Irish holiday

1 month ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Waco! As the weekend approaches, the luck of the Irish is upon us. While the city isn’t covered in rainbows or pots of gold, there are still plenty of amazing ways to celebrate the holiday. But first, what is St. Patrick’s Day?

History of St. Patrick’s Day

According to Britannica, before becoming a largely secular holiday, St. Patrick’s Day was originally known as a Catholic feast day for Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Born in the late fourth century, he actually wasn’t Irish, but a Roman British citizen who had been kidnapped at 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. After escaping, he later returned back to Ireland to teach Catholicism to the Irish population. Irish emigrants who settled in America transformed this feast day into a secular holiday to celebrate all things Irish.

If you want to join in on the fun, here are some St. Patrick’s Day celebrations going on in Waco.

Barnett’s Whiskey House

J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House is hosting a two-day blowout in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. From March 16–17, Barnett’s will feature an Irish-themed menu filled with favorites like corned beef and cabbage, Irish burgers, Irish stew and much more. Alongside that, they will have festive drinks such as Guinness, Irish-themed Jell-O shots, green beer, shamrock punch, green mimosa pitchers, Irish old-fashioned and more. The two-day event will also feature musical performances by Heather Ré, Doc Mojoe and DJ Flex Aces. Come down and enjoy the fun this weekend with Barnett’s.

Southern Roots Brewing Co.

On Saturday, March 16 starting at 11:30 a.m., Southern Roots Brewing Company is throwing the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day bash. Get ready for plenty of Irish revelry with all of the amazing events and discounts they have going on, such as their day-long drink specials, featuring their signature brews and festive green beers. Put your music knowledge to the test for a chance to win big prizes at their Music Bingo event. Not only that, come dressed in your finest St. Patrick’s Day-themed attire for a chance to win your own pot of gold. Lastly, get ready to dance and sway to the tunes of Dylan Rhys. Overall, expect plenty of fun at Southern Roots Brewing this St. Patrick’s Day.

Waco Ale Company

Get ready for Waco Ale Company’s three-day Irish weekend celebration. From Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17, come enjoy a weekend full of great deals, such as $5 Sad Cowboy Oatmeal Stouts and $4 green beers. Also, be on the lookout for their newest beer, the Paddywagon Irish Red Ale, and for live music performances and college basketball streaming.

Fabled Bookshop & Cafe

In honor of St. Patty’s Day, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe is going green for their boozy spelling bee event. On Friday, March 15 from 6–9 p.m., enjoy an Irish twist to everyone’s favorite spelling showdown, complete with great beer and great company. Spelling participants get their first pint free and pint specials will be offered all night as spellers duke it out to win the coveted “Buzzed Bee” pint glass, amongst other prizes. The entry fee for this bee is $5, and spots are limited. To buy tickets visit their website — entry is free for non-participants.


This Czech establishment is going green for St. Patrick’s Day. From March 16–17, head over to Pivovar to enjoy beer and drink specials all day! From $3.99 session beers, $4.99 craft beers and $8.99 Schnitzel strips and fries.

Hemingway’s Watering Hole Waco

Hemingway’s Watering Hole is hosting their St. Patrick’s Day bash. On March 16 from 8 p.m. –2 a.m., enjoy everything from festive drinks to their green Jell-O shots.

Harley Davidson Waco

If you’re on the hunt for another great spot, head over to Harley-Davidson of Waco for their St. Patrick’s Day Party. The motorcycle brand will offer complimentary green beer and brats for the public to enjoy. Wear green to the party and receive 10 percent off Harley Davidson licensed apparel purchases or 10 percent off aftermarket parts and accessories.