Best Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events In Cleveland

March 11, 2016 8:00 AM

Thursday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. Although most activities for this holiday cater to adults, there are some things out there for the kids. If you are looking to make St. Patrick’s Day a family-friendly event, here are some fun family activities taking place in and around Cleveland for St. Patrick’s Day 2016.
Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade 
Downtown Cleveland
Intersection of Superior Ave. and E. 18th St.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 556-5183

Date: March 17, 2016 at 1:04 p.m.

One of Cleveland’s strongest traditions, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is fun for the whole family. The theme for the 2016 parade is “Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland’s Quest for Freedom.” The parade will begin at 1:04 p.m. at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East 18th Street and will travel southwest on Superior to East 3rd Street. The parade ends at the intersection of Rockwell Avenue and East 6th Street.

Animal Crackers 
Brecksville Nature Center
9000 Chippewa Creek Drive
Brecksville, OH 44141
(440) 526-1012

Date: March 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

This St. Patrick’s Day, come out and explore in the beautiful Cleveland Metroparks. The Brecksville Nature Center is hosting Animal Crackers from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. This family-friendly event will be run by Naturalist Jenny McClain who will lead attendees in learning more about worms. Admission to Animal Crackers is free and will include hands-on opportunities for exploration, a craft that kids can take home, and a fun hike through the Brecksville Reservation.

Akron St. Patrick’s Day Parade 
Downtown Akron
South Main at Cedar St.
Akron, OH 44301
(330) 724-2083

Date: March 12, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

The 2016 Akron St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 12 beginning at noon. This is the 36th year for the event, and the parade route will begin at South Main and Cedar Streets, ending at Bowery Street. Come out to enjoy the Irish Dancers, floats, Irish music, honor guard, drill teams and more. Before the parade begins there will be a pancake breakfast at the AOH Club Room located at 2000 Brown Street.

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St. Malachi Church Run
St. Malachi Church
2459 Washington Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 623-9933

Date: March 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

The St. Malachi Run has been a Cleveland tradition for 36 years. Over 4,000 people come out to watch, walk or run the course, with a 2-mile run/walk option and a 5-mile option. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run is open to all ages, so you can make it a family event. There is also a costume contest during the race, so you and the kids can dress up or come out and enjoy all of the costumes. Whether you decide to take part in the race or just watch, it will be a fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day.

“C” Is For Clover 
Environmental Learning Center
7250 Alexander Road
Concord Township, OH 44077
(440) 256-2118

Date: March 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

If you have young children, then this St. Patrick’s Day activity is perfect for you. The Environmental Learning Center is hosting Alphabet Adventures. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the adventure will be “C” is for clover. This one hour program is $5 for the first child and $4 for each additional child. The fee includes a craft, snack and drink. This event is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, and requires adult participation.

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Amanda Keeler is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University in Journalism. Her work can be found on

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