If you’re in Indy this weekend, you’re in for a real treat, as the second weekend of March brings both basketball and Blarney to Indianapolis. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the biggest party in town will shut down the east block of Georgia Street in our downtown core. What better way to kick off the weekend than enjoying a few green beers while listening to live music and watching March Madness? Count-Me-In.
Head downtown on Friday, March 17, and enjoy great food, good drinks, and live music from The Late Show, The Doo, and My Yellow Rickshaw. You can catch the early rounds of the college basketball tournament playing on the big screen the entire day. The party kicks off at 11 am and goes until 10 pm! It's the biggest St. Patty's Day party in town and you don't want to miss it. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door (21+ only).
The 37th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will take the streets of Indy on Friday as high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe bands, and Irish organizations will march through the downtown core. The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is free and lasts from 11:30 am to 3 pm.
The Parade also hosts a festival from 10 am to 3 pm on Vermont Street with Irish entertainment, food, interactive displays, and a beer garden located in the middle of the Parade route.
Noon – 12:40 pm Oklahoma State
12:45 – 1:25 pm Jacksonville State
1:30 – 2:10 pm Michigan
2:15 – 2:55 pm Louisville
4:25 – 5:05 pm Dayton
5:10 – 5:50 pm Kentucky
5:55 – 6:35 pm Wichita State
6:40 – 7:20 pm Northern Kentucky
Session 1, 12:15 pm
(7) Michigan vs. (10) Oklahoma State
(2) Louisville vs. (15) Jacksonville State (following game 1)
Session 2, 7:10 pm
(7) Dayton vs. (10) Wichita State
(2) Kentucky vs. (15) Northern Kentucky (following game 3)
Session 3, TBD
Times and teams based on Friday’s results
Don’t fret! There are several ways to enjoy the weekend even without tickets to the big game. (See Blarney Bash for idea #1). Take a stroll along the Central Canal, which will be dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day. Want to still watch basketball? Hit up one of over 300 restaurants within walking distance of downtown, or build your own bar-crawl and hit several hot spots. Do a little shopping on Mass Ave, a five-block diagonal stretch of boutique shops, local restaurants and bars. Looking for a little basketball nostalgia? Head up to Broad Ripple and pop into Plump’s Last Shot, a dive bar/restaurant owned by Bobby Plump, the man who inspired the “shot heard around the world” in ESPN’s #1 movie Hoosiers.
If you’re looking for adventure, head over to White River State Park, a 250-acre urban park in downtown Indianapolis. This park features the Central Canal, the NCAA Headquarters, and seven family-friendly museums (including the Indy Zoo, which brings back Butterfly Kaleidoscope this weekend). Head to the Indiana State Fairgrounds to check out our minor league hockey team, Indy Fuel, as they take on the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday and the Quad City Mallards on Sunday (tickets start at just $14).