Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Iowa City Area

Updated March 7, 2021

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s not because I’m Irish or because I love green beer. I always think of St. Patrick’s Day as a celebration of spring! Once we get to March 17, I like to think we’re closer to a spring rain than we are to a winter snow storm (mother nature I’m looking at you!).

I don’t know about you, but the way I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day has changed over the years—although it seems that drinking something green has real staying power. Here are some family friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Iowa City area this year!

Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Iowa City Area

St. Patrick's Day in the Iowa City Area

Where to Eat

If you are prefer to self-isolate, many of these establishments offer carryout or delivery via CHOMP Delivery.

Donnelly’s Pub
110 E. College St., Iowa City
Enjoy pub classics and get in the spirit with a reuben sandwich and Irish stew!

Mickey’s Irish Pub
11 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
Another Iowa City classic with tasty bar food and drinks.

Tin Roost
St. Patrick’s Day Specials
840 W. Penn St., North Liberty
Offering festive food specials including reubens, green beer, stout beer, and more!

Celebrate at Home

1.) Read or listen to Green Eggs and Ham. Then make it for breakfast!

2.) Check out these 30 easy St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas list, including painted rocks. Then take a walk and leave your four leaf clovers and gold for someone else to find.

3.) Make Shepard’s Pie for dinner.

4.) Make these St. Patrick’s Day rainbows for dessert (My kids and I make these every year!).

Related: Check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in the Iowa City area!


Kate is the mom to Jack (2006), Liz (2007), and Alice (2011) and an avid Cubs fan through marriage. She's an assistant professor of mathematics and STEM education at St. Ambrose University and also moonlights as a mathematics teacher at South East Junior High in Iowa City. Between soccer, running club, tumbling, and piano lessons she likes to cook, run, and do yoga. She's also a sucker for 5Ks with cool swag and awesome medals.


  1. Thank you for adding the canceled to our Library programs. We cancelled for what we feel as doing our part for the community. The building remains open (for now) if you want to stock up on books. Also out of an abundance of caution, we removed all toys from the kids room. We were cleaning and cleaning and just could not keep up.


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