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A David Bowie St. Patrick marches in the Downtown Springfield St. Patrick's Day Parade
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One “Weekend Update” isn’t enough to tell you about St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Downtown Springfield

March 14, 2019

Every week we send out a “Weekend Update” email. (if you don’t already receive it for some strange reason, you can sign up here.) That email highlights four events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to help you plan your weekend.

The hardest part of writing that email is deciding which four events to pick. There are many weekends when downtown is jam-packed with fun. This weekend is one of them. There’s much more fun than we could pack into our e-blast, so we’re giving you an expanded look here. To make it easy, we’ve broken the weekend down into four categories.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

The big event of the weekend is the 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade steps off at Commercial Street at 2 p.m. It winds through Park Central Square before disbanding at South and Elm. You can join the celebration and awards ceremony at Patton Alley Pub starting at 4:30.

But that’s far from the only St. Pat’s Day adventure you can have.

Finnegan’s Wake will host its 9th annual Drunken Bruncheon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16 and 17. Enjoy an all-you-can eat buffet for $12.99 and listen to live music by The Getaways. The Detectives will provide the entertainment on St. Patrick’s Day. A free 21-and-over show starts at 7 p.m.

The St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl starts at 9 p.m. Your $15 wristband gets you access to 15 different spots, including Boogie, Ernie Bigg’s, Bubbles and The Outland Complex.

Dublin’s Pass will be a St. Patty’s hotspot all weekend long. The fun kicks off with the ShamRox Run at 8 a.m. March 16. There will be a 5K, a 15K and a Beer Mile, as well as the first-ever ShamRox Beerfest. The fun continues with live music Saturday and Sunday.

Love craft beer? Springfield Brewing Company is celebrating with special food and family-friendly activities. They’ll also be serving green beer and McDaniel’s Draft, their delicious Irish-style dry stout. Mother’s Brewing Company will have GB’s Original Dry Stout pouring for $4 all day. They’ll also tap a special Paddy’s Firkin at 5 p.m. It’s a green kiwi version of Cobra Scare…with glitter!

Tune in to live music

The St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl will feature lots of live music, of course. But there are still tunes to be heard if you aren’t interested in that scene. The Gillioz Theatre presents Kip Moore’s Room to Spare Acoustic Tour March 16. The Complex welcomes Big Smo that same night.

Patton Alley Pub also has a March 16 show, catering to the non-pub crawlers. Devlin Pierce and the Song headlines a free concert at 9. Just $7 gets you into The Golden Girl Rum Club to hear Paul Cherry, Ohtis and Joe Misterovich at 10.

Looking for some fun on St. Patrick’s Day? The Complex welcomes Grammy Award-nominated pop-punk band Bowling For Soup. The Outland Complex, as always, will have Friday night shows. Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe offers free music Friday and Saturday.


Ready to laugh? The Mystery Hour will have a live taping March 15 at the Gillioz. Host Jeff Houghton’s guests include actor Efren Ramierz. You might have seen him in the role of Pedro in “Napoleon Dynamite.”

The Blue Room Comedy Club welcomes Ben Kronberg for three shows, one Friday and two Saturday. His TV appearances include Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly. Springfield Improv will also offer three shows this weekend, including flagship show The Home Team and literary improv show “Use Your Words.” Friday night’s offerings also include “No Strings Attached’ puppet improv. Yes, you read that right. Puppet improv. It’s only $5.

Hoop it up

There are a pair of basketball championship events happening in the downtown area this weekend. They both tip off Friday, March 15.

Drury University is host to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Midwest Regional at the O’Reilly Family Event enter. The Lady Panthers (31-0) aren’t just the top seed in the eight-team tournament, they’re the No. 1 team in the nation. If they win this single-elimination tournament, they will head to the Elite Eight and play for a national title.

All-session passes are $25. Individual session tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for students and children aged 12 and under. Drury’s faces Kentucky Wesleyan at 6 p.m. March 15. You can find more information about the regional on the Lady Panthers’ website.

Missouri State University’s JQH Arena is the site for the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown. The top boys and girls high-school basketball teams in Class 4 and Class 5 will play for state championships March 15 and 16. Tickets are $9 per session. Children age 5 and under do not require a ticket. More details are available through JQH Arena.

And that’s not all

Even that doesn’t give you the full rundown of events this weekend! There’s the Man Show Expo, Anniversary Weekend at Martha’s Vineyard and so much more. Want the full list? Visit our online calendar. We’ll see you downtown!