St. Patrick's Day: Free and cheap stuff to do this Monday

Saint Patrick's Day will be here this Monday, creating the perfect opportunity for you to start your week out with a hangover. While you probably won't be scoring any free beer tonight, there's still plenty of free things to do where admission is free, and if you're really cheap you can always pack a flask.

Come take a look and plan your holiday celebration.

See also:

Where to eat on St. Patrick's Day 2014


The parades:

The 48th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

(Downtown St. Paul)

Start your day early with the big St. Paul happening. Bring a thermos of coffee or a flask of whiskey. The parade travels east to west along 5th Street beginning at Broadway, and then wraps around Rice Park, turning south on Washington and east on 4th Street. For more info, call 651-256-2155 or visit Noon.

The Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade

(Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis)

For folks looking to start celebrating after work, this parade might be more your speed. The march starts at 11th Sreet, and travels Nicollet Mall to 5th Street. Visit or call 763-234-0669 for more details. 6:30 p.m. 

The bars in St. Paul:

All Day Celebration

(O'Gara's Bar & Grill: 164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-3333)

Featuring the 23rd Annual World's Shortest Parade (it pretty much just cuts through the bar), live music, and other fun throughout the day.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

With the Walleyes. All ages. 2 p.m.

The bars in Minneapolis:

Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band

(Triple Rock Social Club: 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399)

10 p.m.

St. Patrick's Weekend

(Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)

Yeah, it's a British bar, but both England and Northern Ireland are part of the United Kingdom, right? This party will feature a happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by bagpipes, and the O'Hammer Band. 7:30 p.m

20th Anniversary St. Patrick's Day

(Kieran's Irish Pub, 601 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-4499,

With Tea & Sympathy, Alicia Corbett, the Sweet Colleens, Broken Spoke. 10 a.m. to close.

Machinery Hill's St. Patrick's Day Explosion

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10:30 p.m.

Bars in the suburbs:

Kip's Irish Pub

(9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park)

Featuring live broadcasts with KDWB, live music from the Tim Malloys, bagpipes, and more from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day

(Ingredients Cafe & Take Away: 4725 Highway 61 N., White Bear Lake, 651-426-6611)

With Mary DuShane & Adam Granger. 6:30 p.m.

Getting there and back:

Miller Lite Free Rides

Free rides on all bus and light-rail routes, as well as the Northstar commuter train, beginning at 6 p.m. until the end of regular service. For schedule and route info, visit  

Not free, but fun:

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293,

With Irish music and dancers, marketplace, food and beverage vendors, children's crafts and stage, seminars, more. $6. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  

St Patty's Pub Crawl Minneapolis

(Brothers Bar and Grill, 430 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-339-4240,

Tour bars in downtown Minneapolis then take in the big parade. Locations include Brothers Bar and Grill, 508 Bar and Restaurant, Jackson's Hole, the Pourhouse, and Depot Tavern, where you will find food and drink specials. Some proceeds from the crawl benefit local charities. Tickets and more info can be found here. 12-6 p.m., $5-$20. 

St. Patrick's Day Rally for Sunday Sales

(First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

Want to be able to buy booze at stores on Sunday? This concert features Romantica, White Iron Band, Silverback Colony, the Minnesota Police Pipe Band. Hosted by Ian Rans. 18+. 7 p.m., $10/$15 at the door.