The San Antonio River Turns Green During Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 17, 18


The Harp & Shamrock is host to many large and fun events throughout the year, and one of the biggest is the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which this year falls on March 17 and 18. The festivities start at 12 p.m. on March 17 with a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the Irish heroes present at the battle of the Alamo.

At 1 p.m. the San Antonio River will transform into shamrock green and will be temporarily named, “The River Shannon.”

The fun continues from 2-9 p.m. at La Villita, with Irish and Texan food and beer, arts and crafts, and games. Guests will also enjoy the “Passport to Ireland” interactive exhibit, which offers genealogy research, the history of early Irish Texans, an introduction to the Gaelic language and much more.

The festival starts up again at 12 p.m. on March 18 and will give guests another chance to partake in the activities from the first day, as well as listen to and watch Irish bands, singers, and dancers at the Arneson River Theatre. The festival ends with the Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade at 4 p.m. and will feature decorated river barges filled with Irish bagpipes and drummers, step dancers, music, singers and a Color Guard.

The Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas seeks to keep Irish history and culture alive in South Texas. To learn more about the society and its schedule of events, visit

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