With March’s arrival, the green-themed holiday that’s a favorite for many also makes its appearance. St. Patrick’s Day, associated with Irish traditions, dance, music, food, drink and general revelry, inspires a host of Oklahoma-based celebrations.

Sham-ROCK The Gardens

Located in Oklahoma City at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, Sham-ROCK on March 17 has something for everyone, from face painting to vendor booths to delicious foods and beer. On top of that, Irish dance routines and music will be performed, with bagpipes as an exciting addition.

“Myriad Botanical Gardens is proud to host this annual Sham-ROCK the Gardens tradition,” says Kristen Milburn, the public events manager for the gardens. “It is always a day filled with stomping-good music and family fun!”

Stockyard City in OKC offers a rousing St. Patty’s Day parade on March 16. Photo courtesy Stockyard City

And don’t forget to take in the green lake, dyed specifically for the event.

“And what a bright green it is,” says Leslie Spears, the gardens’ director of marketing and public relations. “It’s a great backdrop for so many photos!”

Stockyards City St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Located in the historic Stockyards City in Oklahoma City, the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16 offers an eye-popping display of wonderful Irish iconography and music. Beginning at the intersection of Exchange and Pennsylvania avenues, the parade will include marching bands, bagpipes, Irish dancers, participants from the Shriners group, plus unique cars, community groups, horses and more. After, the McTeggart Irish Dancers will perform, alongside myriad fun activities for kids, such as balloon art and face painting.

ShamRock The Rose District 

Located in Broken Arrow’s Rose District, this year’s ShamRock the Rose on March 16 marks the 10th anniversary of the event – and the perfect time to stop by. There will be live music from School of Rock, Glam-R-Us, and Weston Horn & the Hush, along with a family friendly kid’s zone, plenty of food trucks and street vendors, and a craft beer garden. Admission is free, but if you want to try unlimited craft beers, you’ll need a ticket starting at $40. There will also be a special Soldier’s Wish ceremony honoring Oklahoma veterans.

Kilkenny’s and Watershed Tulsa St. Patrick’s Day Block Party 

Located off Cherry St. in Tulsa, the block party is hosting several St. Patrick’s Day themed events all weekend long. 

“This year we will be transforming our streets into a vibrant celebration of all things Irish once again,” says Alyssa Reichlin, marketing director of Watershed Hospitality, which runs beloved restaurants like Kilkenny’s and Nola’s. 

Live music will keep your toes tapping while Nola’s, Kilkenny’s and Alley Cat Ranch will provide delicious meals for purchase.

“Imagine juicy andouille sausage corn dogs or the classic corned beef and cabbage – perfect for fueling your revelry,” says Reichlin.

There will also be a kid’s zone for the little ones, plus adorable and adoptable pets from the Tulsa Humane Society.

“This is more than just a party,” says Reichlin. “It’s a chance to connect with the community, create lasting memories and experience a touch of Irish magic.”

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