Free family-friendly events in Columbus for St. Patrick's Day 2018
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St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated with two parades in the Columbus, Ohio area. The parade in Dublin will be held on the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day and the parade in Columbus will be held on March 17, the actual date of the Irish celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17 @ 11 a.m.
Convention Center Columbus, OH 43207

The Shamrock Club of Columbus will host the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Columbus. The parade will stop off at East on Naghten St. to Grant Ave. and will head south to Broad St., west to High St., and north to the Columbus Convention Center.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin
March 10 @ 11 a.m.
Dublin, OH 43017

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin bills itself “The Greenest, Grandest Parade.” The colorful parade will step off at Metro Place and will turn north onto Franz Rd., east on Bridge St., south of High St. and will end at Waterford Dr., The parade route through Historic Dublin will be about one mile long and will take about one and a half hours. The Dublin parade usually attracts about 20,000 spectators.

Dublin Blarney Bash
March 10 @ 12 p.m.
555 Metro Place North, Dublin, OH 43016

Dublin’s Blarney Bash is a family-friendly event that offers Irish themed fun and entertainment, including music and entertainment. Food and drinks will be available for purchases will have fun at the Wee Folk Area, with games, crafts, and kid-centric fun from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 plus service fee, youth 12 and under will be admitted free.

Note: The following events are not free, but they are still fun…

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Family Reunion
March 17 @ 12 p.m.
Battelle Grand Hall, Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Shamrock Club of Columbus will hold the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Family Reunion following the parade. Tickets are $15/Adults, $8/ages 5-17, Free/Children 4 and under.

Easter Bunny Brunch and Eggs, Paws and Claws at the Columbus Zoo
March 24 & March 30-31
Columbus Zoo, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

The Columbus Zoo will present special events with an Easter theme in March. The Easter Bunny Brunch, which has very limited tickets available, will be on March 24. Eggs, Paws, and Claws, presented by Kroger, will be on March 30-31. Eggs, Paws, and Claws will feature the Bunny Bonanza, with a bunch of Very Important Bunnies. The family can watch as the zoo animals get to hunt and play with colored Easter.