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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

The Harp & Shamrock is the proud host of the City of San Antonio's biggest and best celebrations.

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 festivities

Sponsored or co-sponsored by the Harp & Shamrock Society.
All open to the public

    Saturday, March 11

  • 34th Harp & Shamrock Society 5K Run & Fitness Walk
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Park, 10700 Nacogdoches Rd.

    This is the longest running 5K run celebrating Irish heritage in San Antonio; it is also one of the longest running 5K runs in the city. Run will offer chip timing by IAAP, and “Guinness at the Finish”

    Early Bird Discount: Use code SHAMROCK through March 1 to get $5 off your registration!

    Friday, March 17

  • Harp & Shamrock Wreath Laying Ceremony
  • noon -1 p.m.
  • Entrance to The Alamo

    50th presentation honoring Irish heroes present at the Battle of the Alamo.

  • River Dyeing of the San Antonio River
  • 1 p.m.
  • San Antonio River

    River dyed green and renamed “The River Shannon.”

  • Murphy’s St Patrick’s Day Festival (day 1)
  • 2 – 9 p.m.
  • La Villita

    Co-sponsored by Harp & Shamrock Society, Paseo del Rio Association and the City of San Antonio, the festival offers Irish and Texan beer and food, arts and crafts and games with no admittance fee. The Harp & Shamrock Society’s will sponsor its “Passport to Ireland” interactive exhibit which offers genealogy research, history of early Irish Texans, introduction to Gaelic language and bag pipe, Kiss the Blarney Stone and much more.

    Saturday, March 18

  • Murphy’s St Patrick’s Day Festival (day 2)
  • noon – 9 p.m.
  • La Villita

    Co-sponsored by Harp & Shamrock Society, Paseo del Rio Association and the City of San Antonio, the festival offers Irish and Texan beer and food, arts and crafts and games with no admittance fee. The Harp & Shamrock Society’s will sponsor its “Passport to Ireland” interactive exhibit which offers genealogy research, history of early Irish Texans, introduction to Gaelic language and bag pipe, Kiss the Blarney Stone and much more.

  • Harp & Shamrock Music Festival
  • Arneson River Theatre in La Villita

    Co-sponsored by Harp & Shamrock Society and Paseo del Rio Association, it offers free non-stop schedule of Irish bands, singers and dancers.

  • River Dyeing of the San Antonio River
  • 2 p.m.
  • San Antonio River

    River dyed green and renamed “The River Shannon.”

  • Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade
  • 4 p.m.
  • San Antonio River

    The only one of its kind in the world. Co-sponsored by Harp & Shamrock Society and Paseo del Rio Association, 13 decorated river barges will be filled with Irish bagpipes and drummers, Irish step dancers, music, singers, a Color Guard, Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas members and sponsors to entertain tens of thousands of San Antonians and their visitors. The first St. Patrick’s River Parade was started in 1969 by the Harp & Shamrock Society, and continues to this day with no interruptions.

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