Bud Light St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade

Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade

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

email [email protected] for more info on volunteering at this event. 

St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated on the River Walk since 1968 as a joint project of 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 hilarious audience participation activities in between the musical entertainment. 

DYEING THE RIVER WALK GREEN  (Sponsored by MadDogs British Pub)

March 16, 1:00 p.m. starting at MadDogs British Pub

March 17, 1:00 p.m. starting at MadDogs British Pub

Dye boat includes several bagpipers

ARNESON RIVER THEATRE STAGE (Sponsored by Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys)

*Saturday, March 16, Noon-8:00 p.m.

12:00 - 2:00 Fire on the Mountain clogger (dance)

          Tennessee Valley Authority (music)

1:30-1:35 Estimated time for dye boat to pass the Arneson

3:30-4:30 Ledbeters  (music)

4:45-5:45 St. Jame's Gate (music)

6:00-6:50 The Colliers (music)

7:00-8:00 RTFM (music)

*Sunday, March 17, Noon-8:00 p.m.

12:00-2:00 Celtic Comfort (music)

1:30-1:35 Estimated time for dye boat to pass the Arneson

2:00-2:15 Tater Tot eating contest

2:15-3:15 The Colliers (music)

3:15-3:45 85-piece Irish Marching Band from Kansas

3:45-4:45 Inishfree (dance)

4:45-5:45 St. Patrick's Day River Parade (13 floats)

6:00-8:00 San Patricio's Batallion (music)

Irish Garden Pub (inside the Cos House Courtyard, off Villita Way)

activities will be held both Saturday and Sunday in the Irish Garden, exact schedule TBA

Irish Storytelling (all ages will enjoy)

H & S Kelly Singers

Instrumental soloists


Jane's Irish Store (handmade Irish treasures)

*entertainment and activities subject to change

RIVER PARADE (Sponsored by Bud Light) 

Float lineup

March 17, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas - Dignitaries Siver Eagle / Bud Light H&S Members / Tir na nÓg SARWA Royalty Kelly Irish Singers H&S Members / Viva Fiesta Digital Vacations SA Gaelic Club Inishfree Irish Dancers Tobin Center San Antonio Pipes & Drums SpaceGuard H&S Members / End of the Rainbow

12 decorated floats carrying Irish entertainment wind through the downtown area. The parade begins near the Westin Riverwalk. See the map posted in the photo gallery for the parade route and the estimated time it will appear in a specific area of the River Walk.

Watch Spots

#FOMO ALERT: Looking for a great spot to watch the Parade on Sunday, 3/17?

The San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk will be selling #ShepherdsPie and #beer on the #OakTreeTerrace located on the river level near the hotel. Bring a folding chair and sit on the sidewalk in the sunshine or under the shade of the bridge. The parade will pass by twice in that area. Get your #Irish-on!

The Shops at Rivercenter, March 17 from 2-5pm, will feature live music, green beer and is another great location to watch the river parade.

Bud Light St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade