You don’t need the luck of the Irish to find some St. Patrick’s Day fun around Portland. From the sea of green at the Shamrock Run to the festive activities at the various McMenamins, you’ll feel like you’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when you take your wee ones out on the town. Here’s our list of the luckiest spots to please your little leprechauns.

photo: City of Greeley via Flickr

Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival 
For 100 years the school and parish of St. Agatha has resided in the Sellwoord-Moreland community. This annual spring event includes a 5k fun run followed by a neighborhood parade that are both open to the entire community. Decorated bikes, strollers and wagons can be seen winding through the streets in a festive parade led by the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band. After the parade, head to St. Agatha for a festival of live music, Irish dancing, a kid’s carnival and hearty Irish fare.

Sat., Mar. 18
11 a.m. (run); noon (parade)
Entry fees: Fun run $10/individual; $20/family
St. Agatha Catholic School
7960 SE 15th Ave.
503-234-5500
Online: stagathaschoolpdx.us

Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade 
Looking for a low-key but super-festive parade to take your crew to? This 40-year-old Hillsboro tradition held by Murphy’s Furniture kicks off with an hour-long parade through town. Groups are welcome to join the fun by filling out the entry form and paying a $20 fee to be included. Past entries include floats, car clubs and a motorcycle drill team. The fun continues with a Corned Beef and Cabbage lunch at the Hillsboro Civic Center. All proceeds go to the Hillsboro Boys and Girls Club.

Sat., Mar. 11
9 a.m. (staging); 11 a.m. (parade); noon (lunch)
Entry fee: $20/each parade entry
Hare Field
1151 NE Grant St.
Hillsboro
Online: murphysfurniture.net

photo: JBLM MWR via Flickr

Shamrock Run 
St. Patrick’s Day brings the masses to downtown Portland, where 35,000 attend the largest run/walk in the state. Choose between a 5k, 8k, 15k, half marathon run. Not a runner? Walk in the Shamrock Stride, a stroller- and dog-friendly 5k fitness walk. All ages can get in on the action in the 5k and 8k runs as well as the walk; the 15k and half marathon are only open to ages 13 and older. For shorter legs (ages 10 and younger), there’s also the Leprechaun Lap, a 1k (0.6-mile) run/walk.

Sun., Mar. 19
Run times vary, see website for details.
Entry fees: $15-$44/5Ks, 8k and lap; $54-95/15k and half-marathon
All events start at SW Naito Pkwy. and Pine St., adjacent to Waterfront Park
Online: shamrockrunportland.com

All-Irish Cultural Society St. Patrick’s Day Festival 
The All-Irish Cultural Society’s St. Patrick’s Day festival at the Ambridge Center will immerse your family in a wide array of Irish culture. Expect authentic Irish pipes, drums, a sing-along and step dancers. Children will also enjoy their own special activities, including face painting, a coloring contest and a professional puppet show. Make an evening of it by staying for the traditional Irish supper.

Fri., Mar. 17
Thursday 4 p.m. (doors open); 4:30 p.m. (entertainment begins)
Entry fees: $12/adult; $4/children and teens; kids age 2 and under are free
Ambridge Center
1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
503-286-4812
Online: oregonirishclub.org

photo: Sonny Abesamis via flickr

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins
McMenamins welcomes all ages to their annual Irish celebrations at a handful of their locations. Entertainments include free live Celtic music, Irish dancing, roving bagpipers, balloon twisters, face painters and leprechauns handing out candy.

Fri., Mar. 17
Times vary by location. See website for schedules.

Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave.
503-249-3983

Edgefield
2126 SW Halsey St.
Troutdale
503-669-8610

Grand Lodge
3505 Pacific Ave.
Forest Grove
503-992-9533

Wilsonville Old Church
30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd.
Wilsonville
503-427-2500

Hotel Oregon
310 NE Evans St.
McMinnville
503-472-8427
Online: mcmenamins.com

Kell’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival
For the 26th year, Kell’s Restaurant & Pub will show Portlanders a great time at their multi-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival, arguably the largest of its kind in the Northwest. In keeping with tradition, Family Day will be on Sunday, March 19. Activities include lots of live music, dance performances, face painting, arts & crafts and more.

Fri.-Sun., Mar. 17-19
Hours vary. See website for schedule and entertainment lineup.
112 SW 2nd Ave.
503-227-4057
Online: kellsportland.com

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

—Marianne Walters