Spring is just around the corner and what a better way to celebrate than with all the amazing St. Patrick’s Day festivities this weekend. Denver hosts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country and all sorts of Irish-themed happenings throughout the metro area. If you’re looking to hit all the major hot spots or wanting to start your own traditions, you’re in luck! Here are some of the best ways to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Denver.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 16
Firstly, if you haven’t been to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Denver, you have missed out on Denver’s largest annual parade! Whether you’re just going with friends or bringing the kids along, the parade should be your top priority to attend. The parade starts at 19th and Wynkoop at 9:30 a.m. but make sure to get there early as an estimated 200,000 spectators will be joining you! This isn’t your average parade either – the nearly 4-hour spectacle includes 10,000 marchers, Irish step dancers, stagecoaches, and of course plenty of Irish music!

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party – Saturday & Sunday, March 16-17
Fadó Irish Pub may have closed the doors to their pub downtown, but they’re still throwing a block party all weekend long! In the heart of LoDo, Fadó’s block party will feature live bands, outdoor bars, and food trucks. Perfect for what’s looking to be a beautiful weekend weather-wise. The event goes on throughout the day Saturday and Sunday at Mile High Spirits Distillery. Admission is $20 but proceeds will benefit the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation.

St. Patrick’s Brew Run – March 16
If you’re looking to be a little more active while you partake in all the St. Patrick’s Day traditions, the Brew Run is the event for you! Rocky Mountain Brew involves a run/walk starting at 10 a.m. (sign up starts at 9 a.m.) and includes awards and a costume contest followed by an after-party with Irish food trucks, St. Patrick’s Day brews, yard games and the beer olympic games!

More of the “play it by ear,” type? Head to any number of Irish pubs in the Denver Metro area – all of them have celebrations of their own planned and plenty of Guinness and corned beef too!