St. Patrick’s Day festivities always arrive at just the right time to lift our end-of-winter spirits! Portland has a long tradition of celebrating with a wide array of fun, family-friendly, and affordable St. Patrick’s Day events. Whether you’re looking for music and dancing, a community parade, or family fun-run, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate the last week of winter in good cheer. So, grab some green and set out for fun with one of these kid-friendly traditions. Scroll down to find out more

photo: Shamrock Run via facebook

The Shamrock Run
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of this beloved (and healthy) Portland event. There are 15k, half mile, and 8k distances for the serious runners plus an all-ages 5k, a 4-mile walking course, and 1k Leprechaun Lap just for kids. It’s traditional to run in costume, so expect a lot of green!

Date: March 18,  8 a.m. to noon
Cost: $15 to $85/Adults, $15/Children
Naito Parkway and Pine Street, adjacent to Waterfront Park
Portland, Or
Online: Motivrunning.com/shamrock-run-portland

Kell’s Festival
Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Pub plays host to the biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the city with a three-day festival filled with face painting, food and Irish dancing. This high-energy event can fill the streets, so plan on leaving extra time to look for parking or arriving by bus or MAX.

Date: March 16-18 hours vary
Cost: Free
Kell’s Irish Restaurant
112 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, Or
503-227-4057
Online: kellsportland.com

photo: Giuseppe Milo via flickr

St. Patrick Day Festival
Organized annually by the All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon, this festival specializes in showcasing talented local Irish, Scottish, and Highlands dancers along with Irish and Scottish- folk musicians. It’s a wonderfully authentic way to discover Irish culture, and even learn a step or two! This year, their very own house band and local favorite, ‘Biddy on the Beach’ is headlining.

Date: March 17, 3 to 8 p.m.
Cost:
Aquinas Hall
1333 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Or
Online: oregonirishsociety.org

St. Agatha St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and the Sellwood-Moreland Family Parade
If you’re looking for a dose of whimsy, the St. Agatha’s Celebration and Sellwood-Moreland Family Parade is the place to find it! What started as a school fundraiser for St. Agatha’s grown into a community-wide event featuring a fun-run, lively family parade, and carnival, with live Irish music and dancers, food carts, and a raffle. Be sure to register early if you’d like to participate in the parade.

Date: March 17 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Carnival game and raffle tickets are $1, Fun Run is $10-20

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7960 SE 15th Ave.
Portland, Or
Online: stagathasschool.net

Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Murphy’s Furniture has been hosting this old-time parade annually for more that 40 years. Come early to Hare Field to watch the staging for local school bands, floats, the Washington County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, neighboring county Rodeo Courts, and even a motorcycle drill team.

Date: March 17th 11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Hare Field
1155 NE Grant St.
Hillsboro, Or
503-640-1124
Online: murphysfurniture.net/events

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!

—Ruby McConnell