Seeing Green: 11 Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the good ol’ Emerald City, there’s no shortage of fun family-friendly activities. From parades to festivals to fun runs, Seattle is literally bursting with Irish pride! So gather your lil’ lads and lassies, put on your green duds, and read on for a full list of kid-centric ways to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish this St. Paddy’s Day.

St Patrick's Day Dash

Leprechaun Lap Practice Run: Saturday, March 8
Calling all pint-sized leprechauns! Lace up your tennies, put on your lucky green duds, and join the folks at the Seattle Children’s Museum for a practice run around the International Fountain in prep for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 16. After the run, enjoy healthy snacks and free admission to the Museum. Accompanying adults and siblings will receive a discounted admission of $7 per person.

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa

Kells Irish Festival: Sunday, March 9 – Monday, March 17
Sometimes St. Patrick’s Day is not St. Patrick’s Day without a pub. Kells, in the Pike Place Market, serves up food, drink, dancing, and live Irish music to a festive crowd. This is a marathon celebration that will last over a week, with special hours and a festival tent on St. Patrick’s Day itself.

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
Pike Place Market
1916 Post Alley
Seattle, Wa 98101

Green Stripe Laying Mini-Parade: Friday, March 14
Meet at FX McRory’s at 6:30 p.m. to secure a spot on the flatbed truck that paints the green stripe along 4th Ave. in preparation for Saturday’s big parade. Then, watch as the Irish Heritage Club paints a large shamrock in Westlake plaza and join the impromptu céili dance! 

FX McRory’s
419 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98104

st. patrick's day parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 15
Meet at Fourth Ave. at Jefferson St. at 12:30 p.m. in downtown Seattle for the launch of Seattle’s beloved annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Expect clowns, bagpipe players, and maybe even a gaggle of leprechauns to march down Fourth Ave., with the procession ending at the Seattle Center. Parade sponsors, Irish Heritage Club, encourage onlookers to participate in the march, so feel free to join in on the fun. Insider Tip: Don’t forget to dress the family in green to avoid unexpected pinches!

Downtown Seattle
Fourth Ave. at Jefferson St.
Seattle, Wa 98104

2014 Irish Festival: Saturday & Sunday, March 15-16
Thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s annual Irish Festival at the Seattle Center. Kids can dance to traditional tunes while watching energetic Irish step dancers and explore the awesome kids’ activity center. Even better, wee lassies and lads can participate in good-natured contests for the “Most Irish-Looking Face” and “Smilingest Irish Eyes.” And parents will especially love the cultural exhibits and vendor booths selling Irish and Celtic products and treats.

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109

Bellingham St. Patrick's Day Parade

Annual Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 15
Want to get out of town for the day? Meet at Cornwall Plaza at noon on Saturday and join the traditional pipe and marching bands, dancers, and floats as Bellingham launches its own “green” version of a St. Paddy’s Day parade.

Cornwall Ave. & Ohio St.
Bellingham, Wa 98225

Go Green at the Zoo: Saturday, March 15
Watch the animals at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium enjoy green-themed toys and treats in honor of St. Paddy’s Day. Plus, get into the Irish spirit with special activities throughout the day, discover what it means to “be green,” and learn about the Zoo’s green practices.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, Wa 98407

st patricks day at point defiance zoo

St. Patrick’s Day Dash: Sunday, March 16
Welcome spring and celebrate all-things-green at the city’s liveliest annual race. At this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Dash, expect to find plenty of strollers in a sea of 15,000 runners and walkers participating in the annual race. Kids already itching to dress up for Halloween will love this run featuring racers in all sorts of Irish-themed costumes—from long and lean leprechauns to wobbly pots of gold. And just for kids ten and under, the nearly 1k Leprechaun Lap will start bright and early, at 8 a.m. Awards are presented for “Best Decorated Stroller” and “Best Young Leprechaun” at 9:30 a.m., so be sure to stick around for after-race festivities!

Leprechaun Lap & Dash starts at 3rd Ave. and Mercer St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
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Alderbrook Resort & Spa’s 2nd Annual St. Paddle’s Day: Sunday, March 16
If you’re feeling a bit competitive this St. Paddy’s Day, put your racing skills to the test at this annual maritime celebration. The racing event, which celebrates watersport activity on the beautiful lower Hood Canal, will include friendly competitions, games and activities along with traditional Irish fare and live fiddling. Competitors of all ages and skill levels are invited to bring and show off their own watercraft, or rent one of Alderbrook’s kayaks, stand up paddle boards or wherrys at a reduced rate.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa
7101 Washington 106
Union, Wa 98592

St. Patrick’s Day at the Museum: Monday, March 17
Put on your green clothes (to avoid unnecessary pinches) and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the folks at the Seattle Children’s Museum. Join them for an Irish-themed dance party and a green story time plus lots of St. Paddy’s day crafts including Leprechaun disguises and houses and Irish inspired necklaces.

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109

st. patrick's day activities at seattle children's museum

Leprechaun Tricks & Treats Party at Twirl Cafe: Monday, March 17
Take your lil’ leprechaun over to Twirl Cafe for a special playtime, festive snacks and lunch specials, and St. Paddy’s Day-themed art projects. Psst! Don’t forget to leave your shoes out… a St. Paddy’s leprechaun will be visiting Twirl and just might put a treat inside!

Twirl Cafe
2111 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109

Did we miss your favorite St. Paddy’s Day event or activity? Let us know in a comment below?

– Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Facebook page, St. Pats Dash Facebook page and Seattle Children’s Museum