As we all know, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. But that doesn’t mean us workaday slaves can’t celebrate this luckiest of holidays – we simply have to party a little earlier! Check out your celebration options here.

Go to the Stockyards on Saturday and attend Cowtown Goes Green, a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The parade begins at 4 p.m., but there’s a lot going on before that, including pony rides, face painting and live Irish music. And it’s all FREE! The event gets going around 1 p.m.

If you’re looking for something a little rowdier, head east to Dallas and the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s sure to be a crowded – and very green – good time. The parade will begin at Park Lane and go south to Yale Blvd. beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade is free. There will be a 21-and-older afterparty featuring music from the Old 97’s immediately following the parade; tickets are $12 and can be purchased at this link.

Take your kids to your local Lowes home improvement store on Saturday to build a wooden tabletop basketball goal, courtesy of their Lowes Build and Grow program. Visit to RSVP for the event (times vary depending upon location; call ahead to check).

If you have bookworms for kids, be at the Barnes & Noble at Hulen and Overton Ridge for children’s storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, many Home Depot locations will be holding a free workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. titled “Spring Outdoor Preparation.” Come learn about weeding, garden tool maintenance and other things to help bring your yard out of its winter funk. Visit to check participating locations and RSVP.