How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Huntsville with Your Coworkers

It’s time to grab a Guinness with the team and head downtown for some grand craic – or a really good time, as the Irish would say. You’ve been spending all week, heads down in the weeds with your coworkers, hitting tight deadlines, hammering out dozens of emails, chasing leads, making spreadsheets – and it’s time for a wee bit of a break.

Huntsville has a lineup of St. Patrick’s Day events that will help you let off some steam and enjoy a carefree afternoon or evening with your workmates. Now, don your best green outfit, order your favorite beverage in a purple cup, and hit the streets of the Rocket City.


 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Did you know that the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually on American soil? Though this holiday has been observed by the Irish for over a thousand years, it wasn’t until 1601 that an actual parade was held to celebrate the saint in what is now modern-day St. Augustine, Florida.

Huntsville carries on that tradition with its own parading fanfare, organized and executed by the Irish Society of North Alabama. This family-friendly parade starts at 11:00am on Saturday, March 12th at Holmes Ave., winds through downtown and Big Spring Park, ending near the Post Office on Clinton Street. Viewing can take place on the public sidewalks along the route, so bring your folding chairs and come early to find parking and stake out your spot. View the full parade route here.

St. Patrick’s Day ParadePhoto Source

Straight To Ale

Straight to Ale After Party 

Come for the parade and stay for the after party at Straight to Ale! You won’t want to miss the Huntsville Fire Department Bagpipers or the Makers & Creators Market inside the brewery. Ale’s Kitchen will be serving up Irish menu items as well as drink specials and Irish brews all day long. Don’t leave early and miss the Whiskey River Kings and the Pine Hill Haints – their tunes will be pouring from the speakeasy with the secret entrance. 👀

Painting Class at Pinot’s Palette

Painting Class at Pinot’s Palette

Spark creativity within your team and find your flow state at Pinot’s Palette this St. Patrick’s Day. On Thursday, March 17th, from 6:45pm to 8:45pm, book a team-building St. Paddy’s Day themed painting class. Cost is $38 per person. Visit their website to grab a spot before they are fully booked!

The Poppy & Parliament

The Poppy & Parliament

For its 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, this lovely downtown English pub (and a BSS favorite) will be serving take-away orders of pig-on-a-spit the Irish way, with a side of cabbage and mashed potatoes, as well as their traditional fish and chips. Take note – these are the only two (to-go) menu items the kitchen will be offering on Saturday, March 12th and Thursday, March 17th. But the bar will be open and flowing with Guinness and other Irish-inspired libations. Keep a look out on their Facebook page for updates on this event.

Dragon Forge Café

Dragon Forge Café

Slip away from the office for an afternoon caffeine boost at this fantasy themed coffee shop. They have a knack for planning events for every special holiday, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Located inside Lowe Mill, Dragon’s Forge Café will have a harpist plucking lilting melodies from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Thursday, March 17th while their kitchen serves St. Paddy’s inspired food and drinks.

UCP's An Irish Evening

UCP's An Irish Evening

For a fun-filled, family-friendly, truly Irish shindig, come to the Historic Huntsville Depot Roundhouse, on Friday, March 11th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. UCP’s An Irish Evening will kick the night off serving Irish cuisine and other local fare with live music from Celtic trio Black Market Haggis, followed by festive games, a St. Paddy’s Day photo booth, a silent auction, and more.

Coinciding with National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month (represented by the color green), this event benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley, Inc., as it has been doing for the past 22 years. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online or at the door.

Huntsville Museum of Art

Huntsville Museum of Art

Every Thursday, the Huntsville Museum of Art offers a discounted admission rate of $5 starting at 5:00pm and ending at 8:00pm. For St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a special $5 After 5 with wine for purchase and the sounds of Irish ballads sung by local soprano, Diana Lucas. Make it a team event and explore the gallery with your coworkers for a delightfully artistic experience.

Salty Nut Brewery

Salty Nut Brewery

Huntsville is known for its bustling craft beer scene and a plethora of places to grab a brewski with your workmate. On Saturday, March 12th, Salty Nut Brewery will be getting into a partying mood for St. Patrick’s Day with limited release brews and live music. Wild Life in the Working Class will be playing all your favorite 80s hits, starting at 5:00pm.

The Martin Bar & Bistro

The Martin Bar & Bistro

This one is for all your coworkers who are Saturday early risers—and you too, if you happen to be one of them. Starting at 6:00am on Saturday, March 12th, The Martin will be serving breakfast, along with $2 Green Beer, $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey, $5 Irish Car Bombs, and $5 Corn Beef and Cabbage throughout the day.

There’s no better way to bond with your team than with a little food and drink. Hopefully these Rocket City recommendations for St. Patrick’s Day provide an avenue of fun for your next after-work happy hour, team building event, or evening out with your favorite workmate.

May good luck be with you wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. 🍀


 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lizzie Oldacre is Blue Summit Supplies’ Marketing Manager. She’s incredibly positive, has lived on four different continents and knows how to wear the hell out of a silk scarf. If she’s not working or writing this blog post, you can find her horseback riding, singing in Italian or baking brioche cinnamon rolls.

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