Shamrock the Weekend: 11 Awesome St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

When you think St. Patrick’s Day, images of rambunctious 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 nosh on some corned beef and cabbage, you’re in luck. St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday, March 17, but celebrations begin on Friday and run right through the weekend. Sláinte!

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Friday, March 14: Ladybug Nature Walk
These guided tours are perfect for preschoolers and parents who want to indulge in a naturalistic world of green. Environmental Educators make sure that the walks move at the right pace as they introduce little ones to forests, water, insects and more.

Friday-Monday, March 14-17: Cycle City
Take a spin over at the in-house exhibit at Portland Children’s Museum. Little trekkers and cyclists will love this interactive series. They’ll be delighted by the many activities, from creating a unique bike to pedaling along a video tour to investigating how motion generates energy!

Friday-Monday, March 14-17: 2012 Maher’s Pub Patrick’s Day Festival
Traditional Irish dance, pipers, live music— there will be plenty of Irish faire at Maher’s this St. Patty’s Day weekend. Sunday is the family activities day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., kids will get to play games, make crafts and even get their doggie fix with some Irish wolf hounds! Check their website for a complete list of all the St. Patty’s Day activities scheduled.

Friday-Monday, March 14-17: Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Irish Festival
While this weekend party may be all boxing and beers, Kells Irish Restaurant also has a tent packed with kid festivities like arts & crafts, Irish dancers, face painting and more! Their tent is open from Saturday (11a.m. – 5 p.m.)  and Sunday (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.).

facepaint-st-patricksdayphoto credit: Garry Knight via creativecommons flickr 

Saturday, March 15: Luck O’ the Library Celebration
Come join your fellow librarians and readers at the Beaverton City Library. Located in the Murray Schools Branch from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., kids and adults can indulge in some crafts, games and prizes. No registration or fees required at this all ages event.

Saturday, March 15-16: Zombie Love, A Musical
The world premiere of this charming original musical is one not to miss! Take your kids on a journey with Mortimer, a bleeding-heart zombie as he looks for his true love. Hilarity ensues as he tries not to lose his body parts.

Saturday, March 15: Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This St. Patrick’s parade is the longest running parade in the State of Oregon. As a celebration of the coming spring and a thank-you to the Washington Country community, Murphy’s Furniture brings a creative line-up of fun and excitement! The Hillsboro Boys & Girls Club will host games for the kids, and Sports Look will provide tasty Corned Beef and Cabbage meals. Celebration starts at 9:00am and the parade rolls out at 11:00am.

hillsboro-parade-stpattys-dayphoto credit: Tom Brandt via creativecommons flickr

Sunday, March 16: Paddy’s Irish Pub
Paddy’s Irish Pub does St. Patrick’s right by putting up tents for an all day Irish extravaganza of  traditional Irish food, drink and entertainment. This pub is the end point of the Shamrock Run, so it’s bound to be lively all Sunday! Head over early to avoid the $10 cover. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and kids are welcome until 9:00 p.m.

Monday, 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 annual celebration is sure to provide all the traditional Irish fun and excitement the family craves. Entertainment includes traditional Irish dance, Irish drum bands and much more!

Monday, 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.

Monday, March 17: Mr. Ben at Mississippi Pizza
Sing away the Monday blues with Mr. Ben. This kindie rocker takes the stage at 5 p.m. to entertain kids of all ages. While pop sips on a cool brew, kids can enjoy some cheese slices — everyone wins at this yummy location.

Where will you and your family go to get your green on this year? Let us know in the comments below!

—Cheyenne Terbrueggen with Christal Yuen