With St. Patrick’s Day on a Sunday this year, celebrants are sure to party hard for two days. I previously wrote an article about the Irish Pubs in Dallas that will be serving up Irish beers and whiskeys, but St. Patrick’s Day is not all about loud music and free-flowing beer. For those seeking a more tame celebration, here are three family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day events in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art
Friday, March 15, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – midnight
1717 N. Hardwood, Dallas, TX
The Dallas Museum of Art does not have an Irish party planned for St. Patrick’s Day, per say. Their monthly Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art in March, though, will have plenty of green. The main theme for the night is Wizard of Oz. Kids can have their picture taken in the emerald city. Children’s activities begin at 6:00 p.m. and include Tom & Jerry traveling to the world of Oz. Parking on city streets is usually free after 6:00 p.m.
Dash Down Greenville 5K
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
Adults: $25 – $30 for early registration, $45 day of race, children 12 and under: $15
E. Lovers Ln. and Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX
The Greeneville Block Party is the highlight of Dallas’ St. Patrick’s Day activities. Although this area, which is lined with bars, the fun should be fairly tame during the Dash Down Greenville. All proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank, which feeds hungry families throughout DFW. Officials are expecting over 8,000 registrants for this fun run/walk, so be sure to leave early for the 8:00 a.m. start. This is a great opportunity to wear green and support a local charity with your family and friends.
Note: Because over 8,000 people are expected, strollers and dogs are not allowed at the Dash Down Greenville.
Cowtown Goes Green
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX
The most family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event in Dallas-Fort Worth is at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Cowtown Goes Green is specifically billed as, “The city’s largest and most family friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration.” There will be many activities for children, including face painting, Radio Disney contests, music, gunfights and others. Of course, a St. Patrick’s Day party is not complete without an Irish-themed parade. Fort Worth’s version will be a combination of cowboys from Texas and redheads from Ireland. Best of all, all these events are free for families.
Tip: Anyone coming from Dallas might want to take the TRE over to Fort Worth, to avoid traffic getting into and out of the Stockyards. Those who do drive to the Fort Worth Stockyards can find free parking in the dirt parking lot on the far end of the area.
Rob Toccs lives in Dallas and is looking forward to spending St. Patrick’s Day with his family.
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