St. Patrick’s Day can seem like a chore of a holiday. Leprechaun traps and antics means crafts and messes for parents to clean up and the pub scene is not exactly family friendly. If you want to get your Irish on in Lake County without filling your house with glitter or explaining what green beer is, here are three events you can enjoy as a family this weekend.
Paddy’s on the Square
The adorable downtown Long Grove is best known for it’s summer festivals but is far less crowded in the spring. Enjoy the quaint downtown without the crowds and celebrate all that is Irish. Start at the Rivellino Art School for their Parent/Child Everything Irish Workshop. You’ll work on two canvases that are meant to be displayed together, either a celtic knot, claddagh or luck clover. The cost is for two painters and pre-registration is required. After you’re done painting, head to Paddy’s on the Square Irish Boutique. The shop, which features music, clothing and gift items from Ireland, will be featuring a performance by the McNulty Irish Dancers at 2 p.m. Finish the day out with a traditional corned beef & cabbage dinner at the Village Tavern, the oldest Restaurant and Tavern in Illinois. The Tavern will feature green beer (if that’s your preference) and live music starting at 6:30 p.m.
Barrington Celtic Fest
McGonigal’s Pub is the host of this five day festival of Irish food and drink in Barrington. While the majority of the event is what you would expect from an Irish pub, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Family Day. On this day, the full pub menu will be available including classic Irish dishes and specials just for kids (and because it’s St. Paddy’s day, there are drink specials for the adults). Kid-friendly guests and diversions will fill the day but the highlight will be the three live performances by Irish Dance Troupe. Trinity Irish Dancers (2:30 p.m.), McNulty Irish Dancers (3:30 p.m.) and Flannery Irish School of Dance (4:30 p.m.) will also all be performing. Admission to the fest is free.
Lake Villa’s St. Patrick Day Celebration
For a small town celebration, head to Lake Villa on Saturday for the parade and dinner. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off from Palombi Middle School at noon and heads to Railroad Ave. and the Lake Villa VFW. At the Lake Villa VFW (65 Cedar Ave.) they are asking the community to help fill the Rainbow Caboose with food for the local food pantry as well as join their neighbors for a Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Dinner will start immediately after the parade and is for adults for seniors and children under 12, they will also be offering a hotdog plate for .
May the luck of the Irish be with you this weekend, especially if you have a leprechaun trap to build!