St. Patrick’s Day 2018 falls on Saturday March 17. Here is a sampling of where to go, what to do, and where to eat in Lexington, KY 40509

Mark your calendars for the 1st annual Irish Soup Cook Off. The winner will go home with the coveted cook off trophy and bragging rights for the year. The cook off will be March 2 at Failte Irish Shop at 6:30 pm.

On March 2-3 chef Tyler McNabb will offer an a la carte menu full of tasty dishes inspired by Irish pubs and home cooks alike at Holly Hill Inn.

And don’t forget brunch! Full Irish Breakfast will be served Saturdays and Sundays in March, from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Enjoy scones, smoked salmon, freshly-baked brown soda bread and more.

On March 10 RaceRise hosts the inaugural Lucky Leprechaun Half Marathon, 10 miler & 5K at 9 am in Versailles, KY. Partial proceeds benefit the Foster Care Council of Kentucky and the Woodford Humane Society.


woman with dog in parade

March 17, join everyone in downtown Lexington this St. Patrick’s Day. Lexington’s St. Patrick’s parade is the city’s longest-running annual civic event. The parade and festival are part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 am with the 12th annual Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity. At 11 am, the “Blessing of the Keg” at the Alltech tents in Cheapside Park kicks off the festival. The parade begins at 1 pm, rain or shine.

Join Man O’War Harley-Davidson on March 17 and ride out to the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The day will start with donuts and coffee at 10:45 am with kickstands up at 11:30 am. Let Lexington hear your engines and roar downtown with as many motorcycles as possible.

Enjoy a Celtic Nation gourmet tasting menu at Holly Hill Inn in Midway on March 16-17. Chef Tyler McNabb offers a four-course menu featuring entrées of Roasted Leg of Lamb, Seared Atlantic Sea Bass, and Forager’s Pie. An Irish Whiskey-Bourbon Whiskey taste-off will be available, as well as special beers and wine pairings.

Lynagh’s will have St. Patrick’s Day food and drink specials all weekend.

Mirror Twin Brewing on National Ave is hosting their St. Paddy’s Day Party on March 17. There will be drinks, music, a costume contest, and kid-friendly activities.

March 17, head over to Proud Mary BBQ for a St. Patrick’s Day Crawfish Boil. Radio stations 100.1 WKQQ and WTF 97.7 will be live on the river, along with live music and drink specials all weekend.

Shakespeare and Co is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Mint, Irish Apple, and Sunny Irishman drink specials. Available at both Hamburg and downtown locations.

Slainte Public House in Georgetown, KY is hosting a special Kegs & Eggs Irish Breakfast on March 17, catered by Local Feed. There will be three seatings, 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am.

March 17, join Whiskey Bear for a comparative tasting of premium Irish Whiskeys and Kentucky Bourbons. Led by industry expert, Tim Knittel of Distilled Living, this is a unique tasting experience. Time spots are 1, 2, and 3 pm. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Join AZUR on March 18 at 11:30 am for an inspired brunch consisting of three courses. Menu includes basket of Kerrygold butter scones, Irish Potato Farles, and corned beef hash and poached eggs. Enjoy traditional Celtic music in the background by Robert Tincher.



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