Family Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in McHenry County

Don your green top hat and kick up your heels it’s time to celebrate all things Irish. If you are looking for some family-friendly events and activities to celebrate the Luck of the Irish with your kids look no further! We have everything you need to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a family in McHenry County.

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St. Patrick’s Day for Families

Events are listed chronologically. Events that require pre-registration had open spots available at the time of publication. Little McHenry County is not responsible for full events, cancellations or changes. Please be sure to click the links for the full information on each event.

Take Home Craft
March 10-17 All Day
McHenry Public Library District
Stop by the questions desk to pick up supplies for a Shamrock Man craft. Available until supplies run out.

Shamrockin’ Party
March 9, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School, Cary
Cost: $20 adults, $5 Children. 1 free child ticket (under age 12) per adult ticket purchased.
Event features dinner, entertainment, shenanigans for kids and beer ad wine for purchase. Trinity Irish Dancers will perform.

Celebracion del dia de San Patricio *registration required*
March 11, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
McHenry Public Library District
Escucha historias de San Patricio y hazunamanualidad. Listen to stories about St. Patrick’s day and make an awesome craft. Bilingual program, held in Spanish. For children in Kindergarten through second grade.

STEM Me a Story: How to Trap a Leprechaun *registration required*
March 13, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
McHenry Public Library District
Experience the story and then enjoy a hands-on STEM activity that relates to the story. This month we will read How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess. Then get ready to create your own leprechaun trap! For children in Kindergarten and first grade.

10th Annual Barrington Celtic Fest
March 15 – March 17
McGonigal’s Pub & The Loft, Barrington
This annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration stretches over two days in the heart of downtown Barrington! The celebration is focused on food, drink, fun and families are encouraged to attend during the day time house. Sunday is Family day.

St. Patrick’s Cookies and Crafts*registration required*
March 16, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
Pepper Park Coffee, Lake Barrington
Cost: $25 per child
Children can create edible pretzel treats, decorate and color coolies plus create a fun craft. Wear green for special prizes. For ages 3 and older. 

McHenry ShamRocks the Fox
March 16- 17
Miller’s Point, McHenry
Paint the town green this St. Patrick’s day! Downtown McHenry’s two-day event McHenry ShamROCKS the Fox features the Fox River dyed emerald green by Blarney Island. There’s plenty of music, family-friendly activities for leprechauns of all sizes!

dyeing the fox river
Photo credit Linda Sonderman via Tom Skilling Facebook Page

How to Catch a Leprechaun Storytime
March 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Barnes & Noble, Crystal Lake
You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap, but leprechauns are quick and sneakier than you may think. Will you ever catch one?

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 16, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Crystal Lake
Get your Irish on and Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Event features live music, kids coloring station, samples and prizes.

Leprechauns and Limercks
March 16, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble, Crystal Lake
Get your official leprechaun name, become a master limerick writer, learn how to leprechaun-proof your home, and take home fun giveaways as we celebrate the release of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
March 16, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Huntley American Legion Post 673
Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner with all the fixings and dessert as well as a cash bar. Cost is $16 at the door, kid meal (hot dog) tickets are $5.

50th Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner
March 16, 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.

St. Thomas the Apostle, Crystal Lake
Cost: $20 adults and $10 for children.
Event will feature Irish Dancers, live entertainment, cash bar, and traditional Irish dinner and sweet table.

St. Patrick’s Day Party
March 16, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Bella’s Bouncies Skate on Grand, 720 E. Grand Ave., Fox Lake
Cost is $10 per person/$15 per couple includes admission, skate rental, Dress as a leprechaun and your admission is FREE. Enjoy games, a bounce house, a “selfie” photo booth, festive drinks and more.

St. Patrick’s Day “Be Green” Event
March 17, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wilmot Mountain, Wilmot WI
Help Wilmot Mountain with their environmental vision at their Be Green event. Event will feature visits with Greenie the Wilmot Leprechaun, music, recycling, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Party
March 17, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Bella’s Bouncies, Volo
Cost is $10 wear green and save $2 on admission
Dress as a leprechaun and your admission is FREE. 

Shades of Green Hike
March 17, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Grab a warm cup of green tea and hike to see what green signs of spring are sprouting on the trail.

Find more St. Patrick’s day ideas at Little Lake County.

Celebrate St. Patrick\'s Day as a family with these family-friendly St. Patrick\'s Day events and activities in McHenry County.

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