PARTY TIME! What to know about Dayton’s biggest and baddest St. Patrick’s Day bashes

UPDATED (March 11, 2020) — We checked in with organizers of some of Dayton’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this morning to learn most are still planning their events in the midst of the coronavirus spread, but are taking extra precautions. 

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Even if you’re not Irish (or hit with the double whammy of being of Irish descent AND a redhead, like I am *sigh*), there are still numerous reasons to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For one, it might be the only day of the year when you can get away with drinking exorbitant amounts of beer before 3 p.m.

To celebrate the luck of the Irish, local taverns, restaurants and bars are gearing up to make this a St. Patrick’s Day to remember with colorful and fun bashes. And sure, you can celebrate just about anywhere, green beer or not. But these are the best of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Gem City.


Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam


The biggest and baddest St. Patrick’s Day celebration around town (and quite possibly in the state) is at the Dublin Pub in downtown Dayton. The Dublin Pub will celebrate its 22nd St. Patrick’s Day this weekend.

Don’t expect to find any green beer at this Irish pub, though. Expect only the real deal.

The Dublin Pub’s taps will be filled with Guinness and other brews from The Emerald Isle. Cider will be available, but domestic beers will not be. For the first time, Dublin Pub with serve Kilkenny beer at its St. Patrick’s Day bash.

There will be a huge tent to extend the celebration outdoors with live music and entertainment for hours and hours (and hours and hours).

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In 2014, the Dublin Pub was named one of the top 10 Irish pubs in the nation by the “Tom Horan’s America’s Top Ten Club.”

The Dublin Pub will open at 11 a.m. for lunch on Monday, March 16. The St. Patrick’s Day pre-party starts at 6 p.m. that night, along with the first annual Dublin Pub 1 Mile Run, which also features a costume contest. General admission is $10 for both the pre-party and St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day officially kicks off at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17 with the “admission line pre-check” at the Wayne Avenue entrance. Purchasing the VIP Experience ($50 per person) will earn you admission for Stranger VIP Night and St. Patrick’s Day.

Get a jump start on the party with a Saturday night kickoff with Father, Son & Friends on March 14. The Big Hoopla Family Festival will take place in the Oregon District on Saturday, March 15.


When: Monday, March 16, beginning at 11 a.m., and Tuesday, March 17, beginning at 4:30 a.m

Where: The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

More info: Website

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Join this all-encompassing Irish party with live bands, beer, Irish dance and food.

This is the schedule of musical performances taking place on Tuesday, March 17, beginning at 6:30 a.m.:

6:30-8:30 a.m. — Rocky Creek

9-9:30 a.m. — Miami Valley Pipes & Drums

10-10:20 a.m. — McGovern Irish Dancers

11-1 p.m. — Big Mother

2-4 p.m. — Shadowlife

4:30-5 p.m. — Nugent School of Irish Dance

6-7:30 p.m. — Dulahan

8:30-10:30 p.m. — Blind Karma

Admission is $10 and includes a free re-entry with a wristband and shuttle to and from the Dublin Pub from 10:30 a.m. to midnight.

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When: Beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17

Where: Flanagan's Pub, 101 E. Stewart St., Dayton

Cost: $10

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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This celebration is truly gonna ROCK.

WTUE's St. Pat-Rock’s Day is taking over the city of Fairborn for the second year in a row. The streets will be closed for a big block party with live music, food trucks and ice cold beer.

104.7 WTUE will be broadcasting live from the party starting at 10 a.m.

The band lineup includes:

10 a.m. - Bagpipers

10:30 a.m. - Dulahan

2:45 p.m. - Full Frontal

5:30 p.m. - Spungeworthy

8 p.m. - R.I.N.D.

Chick McGee and Josh Arnold from The Bob & Tom Show will also be making an appearance at this St. Patrick’s Day bash. The event will take place rain or shine, with tent coverage throughout street.


When: Tuesday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: West Main Street in Fairborn

Cost: $10 wristband for the whole day. Free parking and free WIFI on location.

More info: WebsiteFacebook




The first portion of the tavern’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations takes place on Saturday, March 14, with the Harrigan’s 5K, a race that begins at 9:30 a.m. and benefits The Alzheimer’s Association, United Rehabilitation Services, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and South Community. After the race, the tavern will be hosting live music by Ithika from 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Then, on Sunday, March 15, the tavern will celebrate the holiday with performances by Father Son and Friends, the McGovern Irish Dancers and revel in Celtic music from 6-8 p.m.

And finally, on the big day, Harrigan’s Tavern will be hosting a number of musical performances, including:

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Father Son and Friends

1:30-3:30 p.m. - DJ Chad

4-7 p.m. - Live music with Sonic Mojo

7-10 p.m. - DJ Chad


When: Beginning on Saturday, March 14, at 9:30 a.m. and running until Tuesday, March 17 at 10 p.m.

Where: Harrigan's Tavern, 4070 Marshall Road, Kettering

Cost: Free, with the cost of fare

More info: Facebook

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