The 14 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in South Dakota!
From 5Ks, to parades, to pub crawls, South Dakota’s many celebrations make it among the very best to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Throw on some green attire, take a swig of Guinness, and hit up these 14 attractions across the Mount Rushmore State this March 17!
Deadwood, South Dakota’s legendary Wild West town, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day across multiple days with pub crawls, the Leprechaun Olympics, parades, and live music. Open containers are allowed in special zones with an official cup. The Leprechaun Olympics feature events such as bean bag toss, ring toss, name that tune, beer pong, and more. Everyone turns in score sheets at the awards party and prizes such as bar tabs, free night stays, and gift certificates are available to win. Tap into your philanthropic side by going to the St. Panties (no, that’s not a typo!) Day Fundraiser in Saloon #10 to benefit the American Cancer Society. The town of Deadwood reports well over 1,200 participants annually.
Put on your best St. Patty’s attire and come run the mile in Sioux Falls! Multiple 5K and five-mile courses are available for the more ambitious runners. Up to $2,000 in cash prizes is awarded for breaking course records on the five-mile, 5K, mile, or Irishman. Winners of the team competition have $200 donated to a charity of their choice. Runners with the best costume win the famous Leprechaun Show Trophies. Still not challenged? Top athletes can compete for the Irishman title by running all of the races.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Sioux Falls kicks off with the annual “Painting of the Shamrock.” The painting is followed by the parade. It is a “people’s parade,” meaning anyone can participate as long as they’re wearing a button. The buttons cost $3 and all proceeds are donated to the Special Olympics and other children’s charities in the Sioux Falls area.
Watertown’s annual Peace Love Green St. Patrick’s Day Celebration features events such as the Shamrock Shuffle 5K Fun Run, Little Miss 3rock and Mr. Leprechaun Contest, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Participants are encouraged to wear festive clothing, and the best dressed will win awards. Pre-registration cost is $25 or $30 the day of the event. Don’t forget to head over to Dempsey’s Pub, where drawings will be held for prizes including a fridge filled with Guinness and corned beef and a trip for two to Ireland.
The annual Dublin Dash is hosted by the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and everyone is invited to attend. Post-race prizes will be awarded at Murphy’s Pub. Early registration cost is $15 or $20 the day of the race. And while you’re at it, make sure to donate to the School of Mines & Technology!
The parade begins in the morning, following St. Patrick’s Day, and goes down Main Street. Don’t forget to wear your favorite green attire! Following the parade, a dinner is held in the evening with live music and authentic Irish cuisine.
The parade is on March 17 and starts at Georgia Morse Middle School on East Capital Avenue and works its way down Pleasant to Pierre Street to the Legion Cabin. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and show their heritage and family names.
In addition to the parade, Pierre also is home to the annual Irish Stew Feed, hosted by the Pierre/Fort Pierre Lions Club. Attendees will be served delicious traditional Irish stew. The cost is $6 for adults and $2 for kids 10 years and younger. It will be held directly after the parade on March 17. All proceeds from the meal are used to support vision projects such as eye exams and glasses for individuals in need in Pierre.
On March 17, seniors can don their best green attire and feast on tradition Irish grub at the Aberdeen Area Senior Center! Come see that celebrating isn’t just for the young!
Head to the Knuckle Saloon in Sturgis on March 18 for a wild St. Patty’s Day party. The event will feature live music, delicious Irish food specials and of course, green beer!
The Spearfish Recreation & Aquatics Center will host its annual 5K Leprechaun Leap on March 18. Registration cost is $25 with t-shirt or $15 without t-shirt. Runners are encouraged to get into the holiday spirit and wear green or Irish clothing. Light refreshments will be available at the finish line.
Run for a good cause on March 25 to benefit the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools. The Leprechaun Fun Run is aimed toward runners elementary age or younger. Kids can run the quarter mile, half mile, or the one mile. The Shamrock Run is open to all ages. There is a 5K competitive race and two-mile fun run. Registration will be accepted the day of the race but t-shirts will not be guaranteed. All runners are invited to a free Big Rig BBQ after the race.
Head down to McNally’s Irish Pub for a huge St. Patty’s Day party. There will be live music, an Irish-themed breakfast, and a limited Irish menu along with Bud Light green taps. McNally’s also hosts a “Month Count Down to St. Patrick’s Day” party on February 17 for those who just can’t wait until March.
Learn the traditional Irish dance with the Sioux Falls Céilí Band at the Old Courthouse Museum. The dance is very similar to square dancing and is fun and easy for beginners to pick up on.