Irish eyes are smiling, and they’re not the only ones! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and it’s time to honor everything from the Emerald Isle. So, don some green and know that the luck of the Irish is with you with the following celebrations that include song, dance, music and parades taking place all around Portland from March 7-17.

St Patricks Day Parade Kids_via flickr creative commons jmpminmontreal

photo: jpmpinmontreal via flickr

Beaverton Farmers Market St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Get in the spirit 10 days early with Irish music, dancers and a kids’ St. Patrick’s day themed coloring contest.

March 7
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
12375 SW 5th St.

Sellwood-Moreland’s 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade
This tradition, that started at St. Agatha Catholic School and grew to include the whole community, includes a 5k fun run followed by a parade winding through the streets of Sellwood. Check out the cakewalk after the parade and live music all day. Guinness and Widmer beer will be available for the grown-ups in the food and music tent. 5k Fun Run registration is $10/individual, $20/family.

Sat., March 14
11 a.m. (run); noon (parade)
St. Agatha Catholic School
7960 SE 15th Ave.

St Patrick Parade

 photo:  r0sss via flickr

Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Every year, Murphy’s Furniture puts on this parade as a thank you to Washington County and as a fundraiser for the Hillsboro Boys and Girls Club. You don’t have to just sit on the sidelines, though. Anyone who’d like to register an entry just needs to do so ahead of time. Simply send in $20 and an entry form, and all of the sudden, you’re part of the show. After the parade, head to the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza in downtown Hillsboro for a corned beef and cabbage lunch. All proceeds from the parade entry fees and the lunch go to the Boys & Girls Club of Hillsboro.

March 14
9 a.m. (staging); 11 a.m. (parade start)
Hare Field (Staging area)
1151 Northeast Grant St.

Irish dance

photo: Irish dance by Adam Baker via flickr

Kell’s St. Patrick’s Festival
Kell’s takes St. Patrick’s Day seriously — and by seriously, we mean they really pull out all the stops! Check out the full entertainment line-up online. Kids’ activities in the afternoon will include face-painting, Celtic music, delicious food and plenty of Irish dancing.

March 14-17
Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
112 SW 2nd Ave.

Shamrock Run
Join 35,000 of your neighbors for the largest walking and running event in the state. Grownups can choose a 5k, 8k, 15k, half marathon run, or 5k fitness walk (which allows strollers). Kids 12 & under can get in the action with a 1k “Leprechaun Lap” run/walk.  Entry fees $15-44.

March 15
Waterfront Park
SW Naito Pkwy. between Pine & Salmon Sts.

luck of the irish

photo: via morguefile

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamin’s
Leaping leprechauns, they really love St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamin’s. Several of their locations are doing up the day in a big way. Expect live music, dancing, balloon twisters, face painters, and roaming leprechauns giving out candy. Check out the full schedule of festivities at Kennedy School, Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Wilsonville Old Church, Grand Lodge, and Hotel Oregon online.

March 17
Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave.

2126 SW Halsey St.

Cornelius Roadhouse
4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd.

Hotel Oregon
310 NE Evans St.

Grand Lodge
3505 Pacific Ave.
Forest Grove

Wilsonville Old Church
30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd.


photo: Shamrocks via morguefile

Gresham Library: St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans
Play St. Patty’s Day-themed games, make a holiday craft, and see what those literary leprechauns have been up to. Kids 5-11 can join in the green fun.

March 17
4-5 p.m.
Gresham Library
385 NW Miller Ave.

How will your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments!

— Kelley Gardiner