Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day Festival

March 16, 2018 - March 17, 2018
Time: 12:00PM - 8:00PM

Location: La Villita- 418 Villita Street / Arneson River Theatre

St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated on the River Walk since 1968 as a joint project by the San Antonio River Walk Association and the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas. This tradition continues today.  Green Bud Light will be sold at the Arneson River Theatre along with Irish and other ethnic foods. Festival entertainment includes a family-friendly interactive activity called Passport to Ireland. Other festival activities include face-painting, henna artistry, caricatures, photo booth, Irish novelty items for sale and officially-licensed River Walk merchandise plus a bunch of new activities in between the musical entertainment.

Other fun activities still in the planning stages include a potato eating contest, pot-of-gold search, rainbow wrap, hot potato pass, pretty knees contest, and much more.  

March 16 & March 17 at 1pm, Dyeing of the River Walk Green is brought to you by  MadDogs British Pub. River dyeing starts at their River Walk establishment both days.

March 16 & 17, festival is from Noon-8pm

March 17, River Parade 4pm,  14 decorated floats carrying Irish entertainment wind through the downtown area. The parade begins near the Homewood Suites

March 16-18, St. Patrick's Day Artisan Show, booths are located along the River Walk extension close to the Shops at Rivercenter

Concert & Festival at the Arneson River Theatre

Friday, March 16, 2018, Entertainment: Arneson River Theatre

12:00-2:00pm   The Native Texans

2:00pm             Hot Potato Game, rows compete in passing the potato for a rollicking hilarious good time

2:15-3:15pm     Kelly Singers

3:15pm             Gold Coin Search, kids find gold coins and turn them in for candy

3:30-5:30pm  San Patricio's Batallion

5:30pm             Rainbow Wrap, 2 adults work in pairs to wrap one in rainbow-colored crepe paper, first 3 to sign-up at event

5:45-6:45pm     Ledbetters

6:45pm             Nelly's Nice Knees Contest, Ladies 18+ vie for the prettiest knees, first 6 to sign up at the event, winner determined by audience applause 

7:00-8:00pm     O'Malarkey

Saturday, March 17, 2018, Entertainment: Arneson River Theatre

12:00-2:00pm    Fire on the Mountain Cloggers and the Tennessee Valley Authority

2:00pm              Tater Tot Eating Contest- seeeking10 contestants, Rules and entry video at

 2:15-3:15pm     Harp and Shamrock Kelly Singers

3:15pm              Gold Coin Search, kids find gold coins and turn them in for candy

3:30-5:00pm      Celtic Comfort    

4pm                   Fourteen decorated floats filled with Irish entertianemnt wind through the downtown River Walk beginning at the Homewood Suites Hotel

5:00pm              Bounce the Blarney Ball, the whole Arneson audience tosses the ball till the music stops-then what happens next will make you laugh

5:15-6:15pm      Inishfree Irish Dancers

6:30-8:00pm      RTFM Celtic Underground

Bud Light St. Patrick's Day Festival