Fun Sober Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

st patrick's day paradeMany people view American holidays like St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to party and get drunk, but you don’t have to spend your St. Patrick’s day that way. If you’re an addict in recovery, there are still plenty of fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day sober. Although celebrating sober is a very different experience, many people in recovery find holiday events and celebrations to be even more fun and memorable this way.

If you’re looking for fun ways to spend your St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few great sober activities available in each of our primary sober living locations.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day Activities in Austin, TX

Residents of our Austin, Texas sober living houses have plenty of opportunities to celebrate a sober St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some of the local St. Patrick’s Day events and activities going on in Austin.

St. Patrick’s Day Austin

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, Austin, TX; $16 for adults, $7 for children

Described as an “authentic display of Irish culture and pride,” Austin’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration features live, local entertainment from Celtic musicians, delicious Irish food and drink, and fun, family-friendly activities that anyone can enjoy. Although there will be alcoholic beverages on-site, this event does not revolve around drinking and there are plenty of other fun ways to spend your time there with friends or family this St. Patrick’s Day.

Doc’s Drive-In Theatre St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

11540 Satterwhite Rd. Buda, TX; free

Looking for a unique and fun way to spend your St. Patrick’s Day this year? Doc’s Drive-In Theatre in Buda is hosting an old-fashioned St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the whole family. Watch a movie drive-in style and then crash for the night in one of the venue’s cute movie-themed tiny homes in Weewok Village, just next door to the drive-in theater.

St. Patrick’s Day Games and Festivities

St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church, 800 West Park Street, Cedar Park, TX; free

This year, St. John Orthodox Church is hosting the Celtic Games, featuring a modified Caber Toss, Stone Throw, Snake Toss, and a friendly game of “King of the Maze.” There will also be food and beverages on-site, live music, and dancing.

St. Paddy’s Day Yoga

Williamson Conference Campus, 1607 Colony Creek Drive, Austin, TX; free (donation suggested)

Instead of spending your St. Patrick’s Day drinking, enjoy an hour of guided yoga and a complimentary green smoothie and snacks afterward. Make sure to bring your own mat and invite a few friends along with you too! All ages and levels of experience are welcome to join.

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    Sober St. Patrick’s Day Activities in Houston, TX

    Residents of our Houston, Texas sober living houses should take advantage of a city full of sober activities this St. Patrick’s day. Here are a few ideas.

    Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    401 Franklin St., Houston, TX; free

    Houston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is a free event and one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the nation. The event will also feature an award ceremony and afterparty in Market Square after the parade. A fun way to kick off St. Patrick’s Day, this event is also an awesome opportunity to explore downtown Houston if you haven’t already.

    St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Wanderlust Market

    2120 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX; free

    Featuring more than 50 international artisan and food vendors, Wanderlust Market invites you to stop by on St. Patrick’s Day for fun, St. Patrick’s Day-themed surprises for the whole family. Wanderlust Market is held every third Saturday of the month and gives you the opportunity to experience cultures from all over the world without ever leaving Houston.

    Luck of the Irish Virtual 5K

    any time; anywhere; $20-$30

    This unique 5K is a virtual race, so you and your sober living roommates can run it together on your own time, at your own convenience. If you’ve always wanted to run a 5K or similar race, this is a great opportunity to break into that while spending St. Patrick’s Day achieving something great with friends. Not to mention, 15 percent of every registration fee is donated to the National Hemophilia Foundation to find better treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders.

    Macaron Magic Workshop

    The Happy Macaron, 1210 E 29th Street, Houston, TX; $50

    If you enjoy eating macarons, why not learn how to make them? Try your hand at it by attending a macaron-making workshop at Houston’s The Happy Macaron. This special St. Patrick’s Day-themed workshop is a hands-on baking class where you’ll learn how to make delicious chocolate mint and Irish cream macarons with decadent fillings. The perfect activity for you and your friends in sober living, this St. Patrick’s Day event is sweet, fun, and an interesting way to learn a new skill.

    Sober St. Patrick’s Day Activities in Colorado Springs, CO

    Residents of our Colorado Springs sober living houses are located in an ideal spot near downtown Colorado Springs, so that makes attending the annual parade and St. Patrick’s Day festivities fun, easy, and convenient.

    Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

    Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO; cost varies

    The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Colorado Springs is chock full of fun ways to spend your St. Patrick’s Day without a beer in hand. With a 5K race, 50K bike ride, a sports expo, and the annual parade in Downtown Colorado Springs, this annual community event is great for people of all ages and interests.

    Colorado Springs Chorale Presents “Crossings”

    Shockley-Zalabak Theater, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs; $25

    If live music and dance is more your style, and you’re less interested in St. Patrick’s Day-themed events, you may enjoy the Colorado Springs Chorale’s presentation of “Crossings,” a special performance of Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst. This show is a concert celebrating the blend of various cultures, art, style, and languages from Africa, Chile, the U.S., and more.

    The Verdict St. Patrick’s Day Party

    Stargazers Theatre, 10 South Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs; free

    See The Verdict, a Colorado Springs’ classic rock dance band live in action at Stargazers Theatre for free. They’ll be performing a variety of different songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, featuring hits from artists like The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Cars, The Beatles, and more as you dance the night away with your friends.

    Whether you’re spending this St. Patrick’s Day in a sober living home in Austin, Houston, or Colorado Springs, you and your sober friends can enjoy all kinds of sober holiday fun this coming weekend.

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