Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Des Moines


While St. Patrick’s Day makes nary a blip on most calendars, it’s my favorite holiday. I spend the week before planning, baking, and cooking a fabulous feast – in between driving my daughters across the metro to Irish dance performances. It’s a busy time, but one we look forward to each year.

Here are a few of our favorite events, recipes, and crafts for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Des Moines.

Free, Fun Events

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Des Moines. Begins at noon. Route heads north on 15th Street from MLK to Grand, then turns east on Grand to 8th Street.

Des Moines Irish Dancers Foy School of Irish Dance
Des Moines Irish Dancers from the Foy School of Irish Dance

Irish Dancers at Central Library in downtown Des Moines. 1:30 p.m. A free performance by the Foy School of Irish Dance!

Tasty Recipes in the Spirit of St. Patrick’s Day

Mini Shepherd's Pies
Mini Shepherd’s Pies Baked in a muffin tin, these tiny treats are a hit with my kids.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls
Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls A twist on the tradition.
Shamrock Cupcakes
Shamrock Cupcakes These are easier than you think they will be. Tip: you can put the batter into the muffin cups before inserting the marbles. It makes the process a lot easier!
Shamrock Shake re-do
Shamrock Shake No need to run to the golden arches.

Fun, Crafty Things

Shamrock hairstyle
Shamrock hairstyle It’s easy to do (really), but takes a tiny bit of practice – and a bit of gel.
Rainbow & Gold treat
Rainbow & Gold treat The Target Dollar Spot had the chocolate gold coins when I was there the other day.
St. Patrick's Day Printables from The Toymaker
St. Patrick’s Day Printables from The Toymaker. A fun, free site. Bookmark it – she has great things for so many holidays.

Visit my Pinterest board for more fun St. Patrick’s Day Goodies. And remember…


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