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How to celebrate a booze-free St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh

Because sometimes you’re just not feeling kegs and eggs

Luck o the Irish to you.

Luck o the Irish to you.

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Rossilynne Culgan

Maybe you’re just not feeling the kegs and eggs this year. Or maybe Guinness is never your thing.

Fear not, you can still bedeck yourself in green clothing and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day — even without alcohol.

After all, the celebration began as somber, prayerful occasion, according to history.com. These folks were definitely *not* barfing green beer onto Carson Street.

Even if you don’t want to go the super solemn route, you can still have fun celebrating St. Patrick’s day with these nine booze-free (or booze-light) activities.

Ready to paw-ty.

Ready to party.

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Start your day with a ‘lucky empanada’

Snack on a "lucky empanada" at this Black Forge Coffee House and Mi Empanada collaboration. A vegan and vegetarian option will be available. "Mouth watering, golden crispy empanadas will we waiting to meet their match, it’s like speed dating, but with food," the event listing says.

Where: Black Forge Coffee House at 1206 Arlington Ave. (Allentown)

When: March 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.


Support St. Baldrick’s Foundation

With its goal to fund childhood cancer research, this St. Patrick's Day fundraiser strives to raise $75,000. There are plenty of ways to get involved from volunteering to donating to shaving your head.

Where: Claddagh Irish Pub at 407 Cinema Drive (South Side)

When: March 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Experience Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Break out all your green clothes and head Downtown for Pittsburgh's massive St. Patrick's Day Parade with floats, bands and Irish groups. This year's parade is dedicated to the late U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Daniel M. Rooney. The parade begins at the Greyhound station at Liberty Avenue and 11th Street, then continues along Grant Street, the Boulevard of the Allies, and Stanwix Street, before ending at Commonwealth Place.

Where: Various locations Downtown

When: March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

How much: Free


Try your luck at finding bargain antiques

Try your luck scoring some bargains at Ohio River Antique Mall's Saint Patrick's Day party. Everything will be at least 20 percent off, and some vendors will offer deeper discounts at this three-story antique mall where you can find everything from clothing to furniture to jewelry and trinkets.

Where: Antiques on Ohio River at 4331 Ohio River Blvd. (Bellevue)

When: March 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Search for a pot o’ gold

Search for gold in Schenley Park on St. Patrick's Day at this Venture Outdoors geocaching event. Learn about hand-held GPS to discover magical treasures or "caches." No experience is necessary.

Where: Schenley Park at 101 Panther Hollow Road (Squirrel Hill)

When: March 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: $12 ($8 for members) — fee includes GPS rental


Get fit while learning about St. Patrick’s Day

Maybe you like your history lessons with a side of fitness. Carry heavy things while exploring the history of St. Patrick's Day at this 7-to-10 mile Go Ruck challenge.

Where: Point State Park at 601 Commonwealth Place (Downtown)

When: March 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

How much: $50


Party at the library

If a party at the library sounds like your kind of thing, stop by after the St. Patrick's Day parade for festivities including themed crafts, activities and music. It's a family-friendly fest.

Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Downtown at 612 Smithfield St. (Downtown)

When: March 17, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

How much: Free


Paint a Celtic cross

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, learn how to paint a Celtic cross at this workshop. Take home a canvas painting of your masterpiece.

Where: Kolor-N-Kiln at 1230 Robinson Center Dr. (Robinson Township)

When: March 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How much: $35


Attend ShamROCK-n-ROLL, a fundraiser for animals

This JD & The Squires concert benefits Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley. General admission ($20) covers the show and a drink ticket, while VIP admission ($45) adds early entry, table seating, a St. Patrick’s Day feast, and a meet-and-greet with the band.

Where: The Oaks Theater at 310 Allegheny River Blvd. (Oakmont)

When: March 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: $20 - $45