There are many who don’t drink on St. Patrick’s Day, and yes, that includes those of Irish descent. But it doesn’t have to be a holiday where you sit at home and think about how much your liver hurts afterward. Here are twelve fun activities that can be done while abstaining from alcohol this day: 

  1. Learn how to make your own beer

If you don’t drink at all, this is the perfect day to learn how to make your own beer. The best part about this activity is that it’s DIY, so you can choose what ingredients you want to use. If you are feeling like a bit of adventure, brew up a batch of kombucha with strawberry and ginger.

  1. Learn a new Irish word

There are a lot of words in the Irish language that we often don’t hear. If you want to learn more, take a look at the following website:

  1. Find out about the history of St. Patrick

St. Patrick is one of the most well-known Irish figures, and his story has a great deal of mythology around it. St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain to Christian parents who were captured by pagan raiders when he was just a boy. After his father died, St. Patrick was brought back to Ireland as a slave where he lived for several years before being converted to Christianity.

In addition to the history, there’s also a lot of fun reading material about St. Patrick that is available online if you’re interested in learning more about the man who changed history on this day of celebration.

  1. See what you can do at the pub

St. Patrick’s Day is also known for being a day where people go to the pub and drink heavily. This doesn’t have to be the case if you don’t want it to be. See what you can do at the pub without drinking alcohol. Some ideas are playing pool, fishing, playing darts or any other bar games, watching sports on TV with friends, listening to live music, or just sitting around and talking with your friends.

  1. Make a traditional Irish dish

If you’re feeling brave, try your hand at making your own Irish dish. This is a great way to learn about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and gain some valuable cooking skills in the process. For an extra authentic touch, make it with the ingredients found in Ireland itself–real leeks, thyme, oregano, and Guinness beer!

  1. Take a hike outside

It’s hard to find a more perfect weather day than on St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re feeling like making memories with friends, try heading out for a hike outside of the city. This will allow you to get some fresh air and enjoy the natural beauty that Mother Nature has to offer.

  1. Feeling blue? Try soap-making

If you’re feeling a little blue this St. Patrick’s Day (or any day really), try out some new activities that don’t involve drinking alcohol.

One fun activity to try is making soap! You can make your own or buy one from a store, but either way, it’s an easy and fairly quick activity that doesn’t require carrying out of ingredients. Make sure to clean up your mess right away so you don’t get any unwanted guests in your shower!

  1. Crafting time is never wasted

While the day is meant to be spent with your friends, family, and colleagues, it’s not always easy to find the time to get out of the house. However, if you want to spend some quality time with yourself this St. Patty’s Day without having a drink in your hand, try crafting! This is one activity that will keep you entertained for hours. You can make jewelry or even use your crafting skills to make a tasty meal!

You can also try other activities like playing sports. Whether you’re into running or a fan of football, there are many ways you can enjoy getting active on St. Patrick’s day without drinking alcohol.

  1. Coloring books can be relaxing

If you’re looking for some alternative activities to fill your time, coloring books are a great idea. They provide a whole new way to relax and a creative outlet while providing mental wellness benefits. Coloring books can be done with friends or on your own, so there’s no rule saying someone needs to be drinking while they color!

10. Sleep under the stars

This one is simple enough: sleep outside under the stars on St. Patrick’s Day. If you live in an area that is cold during winter, this could be risky–so make sure you don’t do it if it’s too cold (check weather reports before considering this activity). If you prefer sleeping indoors but still want to try something new, try camping out in a tent in your backyard for the day. It’ll give you a chance to experience what being outdoors is like without any of the hassles of setting up camp and packing everything away afterward.

11. Have fun with games

There are plenty of board games that are perfect for playing on St. Patrick’s Day because they’re not as competitive as other games and don’t require much effort from anyone involved. It’s easy for people who aren’t interested in alcohol to partake in these games without feeling left out or uncomfortable about their choices, which is why they’re a great option for St. Patty’s Day activities!

12. Browse around an art gallery

If you haven’t been to a gallery in a while, this is the perfect day to go. You can find many unique art pieces and artists that you might not have seen before. 

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