The ULTIMATE survival guide for St. Patrick’s Day in Dayton

Where to park. Where to eat. Where to drink. Where to get a safe ride home.

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us!

You can save the shenanigans for when you’re having fun with friends because when it comes to everything else, we’ve got you covered.

>>GUIDE: A complete list of St. Patrick’s Day events around Dayton 

Here are a few things you should know to make the most of your St. Patty’s Day:

☘️ Things to do for adults 🍻 

There is an overwhelming amount of things to do in Dayton for St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s no wonder Dayton was recently named among the top 10 destinations for St. Patrick’s Day fun.

>> Dayton one of nation’s BEST St. Patrick’s cities — clobbers Cleveland, Cincy and Columbus, study says

Looking for adults-only fun with copious drinking and malarkey? The Dublin PubFlanagan's and Harrigan's offer a few of the biggest celebrations around town. And the city of Fairborn is joining in the fun for the first time this year with a new street party and food truck extravaganza. For more information on each of their events see our guide.

Looking for a traditional Irish pub to spend your weekend? Dayton has a few institutions and some hidden treasures worth checking out in communities big and small.


>> Dublin Pub

>> Brewery and brewpub events

>> Flanagan's
>> Oregon District events

>> Fairborn street party and food truck rally

🌈 Things to do for families ☘️



Not every St. Patrick’s Day event is about beer. There are plenty of fun things to do for the whole family at destinations including 2nd Street Market, Yellow Cab Tavern, Sky Zone and more.

>>Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the family? Then these events are for you

☘️Where and what to eat



Irish food brings good luck, right?

Whether you are looking for a hearty Irish meal this weekend, food to buy for your own celebration at home or advice on where to stop to soak up all of that Guinness or green beer, Dayton has you covered.

>> Feel the luck of the Irish with these St. Patrick’s Day dishes

>> 10 must-try dishes at Dublin Pub

>> Oregon District restaurant serving up hearty Irish meal

>> Dorothy Lane Market offering St. Patrick’s Feast to go

☘️ Music

It’s St Patrick’s Day weekend, so you know the parties are going to be extra!

There’s something for everyone, including those who want to go to early shows and get home before it gets too wild or for the weekend warriors who are looking to rage from 7 a.m. until they drop.

Explore>> DAYTON MUSIC INSIDER: Local music goes EXTRA hard for St. Patrick's Day weekend

☘️ Weather

Want to know when to go out? When to stay home? What to wear besides green of course? Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said the weekend will be more mild and sunny on Saturday, with St. Patrick's Day on Sunday being the chillier of the two days. Good thing most of those tents are heated.

We will be updating this story with the most accurate weather information as St. Patrick’s Day gets closer.

>>MORE: The latest weather updates from WHIO 

☘️ Parking

Parking can be a source of stress around big events.

Val Beerbower of the Downtown Dayton Partnership urges St. Patrick’s Day revelers to take advantage of parking lots in and around the Oregon District, including the Holy Trinity Church lot, 272 Bainbridge St., Dayton.

There is also street parking and paid lots on and off Wayne Avenue and elsewhere in the Oregon District.

“It would be super swell if people don't park in the residential neighborhood,” Beerbower said.

Many residents, some of whom are elderly, do not have off street parking and use spots in front of their homes.

Beerbower said there will also be spaces in the Oregon District Garage. Formerly known as the Convention Center Garage, the facility is a short distance from downtown and Oregon District bars and restaurants.

Hourly rates are $2 per hour with a maximum rate of $6 per day. Parking is $1 daily after 6 p.m.

Beerbower said those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early on Saturday can use RTA’s Flyer to get between downtown and Oregon District establishment to bars and restaurants on or near Brown Street. The RTA Flyer does not run on Sunday. It runs 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

>> Here’s how to use downtown Dayton’s free shuttle

On Sunday, a free shuttle will run between Flanagan’s Pub near the University of Dayton and the Dublin Pub will start at 10 a.m. and run every 30 minutes until midnight.

Wayne Avenue will be shut down from Fifth to Hugo beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday through midnight Sunday, according to Dayton police.

>> WATCH: Try these 7 parking hacks ⬇️:

☘️ Safe Rides

BEFORE adult beverages are involved, you may consider getting a ride to the festivities.

>>DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE: 6 ways to help you get home safely in Dayton 

Uber and AAA are offering special deals in some cities so that party goers don’t get behind the wheel after drinking.

Check your Uber app to if any discount codes apply.

If you need a safe ride home, both AAA and Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck will be supplying free cab rides home to Montgomery County residents.

🚌FREE SHUTTLE BUS: Sunday only, there is a free shuttle that starts at 10 a.m. in front of The Dublin Pub on the corner of Fifth St. and Wayne Ave. It will run every 30 minutes to Flanagan's Pub near UD. It is free and runs till midnight.

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