St. Patrick's Day, with its parties and green beer, isn't known for being the most family-friendly holiday. That doesn't mean families can't have plenty of fun, and do it without spending any money, either. Whether it's a parade or an annual family-friendly celebration, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has some great free events for people of all ages to enjoy and celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Parade and Festival
March 11 @ 11 a.m.
Who doesn't love a parade, especially when it's the biggest one in the Southwest? Head to Greenville Ave. to catch it in Dallas for St. Patrick's Day for the 38th year, featuring marching bands, bagpipes, dancers, and more--including lots and lots of green--on a two-mile route.
Sid's Story Time
March 16 @ 11 a.m.
Sid Richardson Museum
309 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
Although it's not a St. Patrick's Day event, quiet, calm activities can be great for kids--especially young ones--and the Sid Richardson Museum offers just that with Sid's Story Time. This month's reading is Horned Toad Canyon for children ages three through eight and an adult companion. A gallery activity will follow the reading.
Cowtown Goes Green
130 East Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164
Spend the day after St. Patrick's Day with the whole family at the Fort Worth Stockyard's annual Cowtown Goes Green, the city's biggest and most family-friendly St. Patrick's Day celebration. The event will offer plenty of activities for kids, including armadillo races, a petting zoo, face painting, live music, and a Western/Irish-themed parade after the 4 p.m. cattle drive--and it's all free.
Spring Break at the Nasher
March 14-19 @ 11 a.m.
2001 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
Enjoy a full week of free programming at the Nasher, with something for everybody, including tours, games, stories, and hands-on projects.
Cedar Ridge Preserve
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249
Don't feel like hitting a big, noisy celebration? Enjoy a quiet, peaceful day in nature at the Cedar Ridge Preserve, a natural habitat with 600 acres, nine miles of trails, picnic areas, and more. A small donation of $3 or more is requested and appreciated but not required.