Irish you were here: local St. Patrick’s Day events


If you’re not sure what to do this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck. KSNT breaks down all the fun in Topeka, Lawrence and Emporia. 



If you want to grab a bite before the fun starts downtown, you can join KSNT News evening anchors Brooke Lennington, Jace Mills and Chief Meteorologist Matt Miller at the Blarney Breakfast Saturday. The event takes place at the Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant from 7 to 10 a.m. 


The eighth annual Original IrishFest will be held this Saturday at S.W. 8th and Jackson in Topeka. 

The festivities run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ve broken down all the events for you below. 

Tickets are $17 for adults in advance and $20 at the door. Children ages three to 11 are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. You can purchase your tickets here. 

Here’s a rundown of the day’s events. 

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.: 5K Run registration opens 

8 a.m.: Mass at Mater Dei Assumption Church

8 to 10 a.m.: Breakfast served in Rossiter Hall, lower level of Church

8:45 a.m.: Leprechaun Leap for kids, Irish sing-a-long in Rossiter Hall, lower level of church

9 a.m.: 5K Fun Run and 2.5K walk

10 a.m.: 5K Run awards ceremony on entertainment stage STAGE 1 

10:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: IrishFest lunch service begins

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Donkey Show Bluegrass music with an Irish twist STAGE 2 

12 p.m.  Parade begins and ends at 4th & Kansas Ave.

12 to 2:30 p.m. Beyond the Heather Traditional Irish Music STAGE 1 

12:30 p.m. A Taste of Ireland Whiskey Tasting

1:30 p.m. Premium Whiskies of the World Tasting 

2:30 to 5 p.m. Flannigan’s Right Hook Pop Irish music STAGE 2 

2:30 p.m. Jameson Family Whiskey Tasting 

3:30 p.m. Premium Evolution of Bourbon Tasting

6:00 p.m. IrishFest closes

Funds from admission supports the Easterseals Capper Foundation that helps individuals with disabilities. 

There is no parking allowed on the parade route. There will be free parking in city garages and public lots. There will also be a shuttle from 8th and Madison. 

Handicap parking is available on the west side of the Judicial Center parking lot enter from 12th Street east of Harrison.


If you’re not in the St. Paddy’s spirit, there is the NOTO Arts & Antique Festival at the Great Overland Station from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 


If you have trouble getting out of bed on Saturdays, this might be the activity for you.
The event is the Great Topeka Bed Race. People decorate their beds and race them agaisnt each other. Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. puts on the event as a fundraiser for the group.

Eric Prill with Sports Car Club of America will be competing this year, and as you can imagine, they took their bed design to the next level.

The cost is $100 to participate as a team. If you would like more information on how to sign up, CLICK HERE.


The Cyrus Hotel will be hosting their own event as well, complete with Weather Room lounge cocktails, Chicago dogs, chili and a cinnamon roll station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

They also host Kegs and Eggs on Sunday starting at 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. 


The Limerick Pub at the Pennant is open until Sunday, March 17. The Pennant has transformed their second floor bar into an Irish themed pub. No reservations are required. 


The Emporia parade runs from 4th Ave. to 12th Ave. along Commercial Street at 1 p.m. There is also a pub crawl. Tickets are $5. 


The Lawrence parade takes place Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. along the downtown business district. 

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