7 Awesome St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
When you think St. Patrick’s Day, images of raucous revelers and green beer come to mind. But this holiday is also filled with family-friendly celebrations and events that kids will love. Whether you’re looking to dance a jig or enjoy a jam session, you’re in luck! St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday, March 17, but celebrations begin a few days before and run right through the weekend. Sláinte!
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17: Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Irish Festival
This popular celebration is more than a reason for college students to get drunk. Well, during the day at least. Starting the Thursday before St. Patty’s Day, this three-day party is packed with music, pipers and dancers, and kids and family events like crafts and facepainting are free during the day.
Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17: 2012 Maher’s Pub Patrick’s Day Festival
Irish dancing, pipers, live music—there will be family activities all-day long at this popular Lake Oswego pub. Check their website for a complete list of all the St. Patty’s Day activities scheduled for this three-day celebration.
Sunday, March 17: Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This is the longest running St. Patrick’s parade in the State of Oregon! It’s also a celebration of the coming spring and a thank-you to the Washington Country community. Every year boasts its own creative theme so don’t miss out on all the fun and excitement at this year’s parade! The Hillsboro Boys & Girls Club will host games for the kids. Celebration starts at 9:00am and the parade rolls out at 11:00am.
Sunday, March 17: All Ireland Cultural Society’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Looking for the ultimate Irish experience? Go to the Ambridge Event Center where the All Ireland Cultural Society puts on their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. This is their 72nd annual celebration and is sure to provide all the traditional Irish fun and excitement the family craves. Entertainment includes a parrot show, traditional Irish dance, Irish drum bands and much more!
Sunday, March 17: Shamrock Run
The annual charity run that takes you through gorgeous downtown Portland. Choose from the 5K Fitness Walk, the 8K or the 15K run. There is a 1K Leprechaun Lap walk/run for the kids. Enjoy music at the Shamrock Entertainment Stage beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, March 17: McMenamins Pubs
McMenamins has big love for this holiday. At their many restaurants and pubs you’ll find live music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, McMenamins Irish Stout, leprechauns, the McMenamins limited-edition Devils Bit whiskey. Check website for days and times.
Sunday, March 17: Paddy’s Irish Pub
Paddy’s Irish Pub does St. Patrick’s right, shutting down SW Yamhill Ave. to make room for their tents for an all day Irish extravaganza including traditional Irish food, drink and entertainment. Entertainment includes Irish dancers, bagpipers, and 5 live bands. If that wasn’t enough, they’re also raffling off a five day trip to Ireland for two! Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and kids are welcome until 9:30pm.
Where will you and your family go to get your green on this year? Let us know in the comments below!
—Cheyenne Terbrueggen with Brian Holt & Scott Wardell