This weekend is so jam packed with stuff to do, you’ll have a hard time choosing. Not only are there St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals everywhere, there’s also Bricks Cascade’s LEGO Convention, the Shamrock Fitness Fair and storytime with real roller girls. Read on to get the deets.
photo: Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Run, Parade and Cakewalk Your Way Through Sellwood-Moreland’s St. Pat’s Fest
A 5k Fun Run kicks-off the festivities, followed by hundreds of families parading through Sellwood-Moreland. The parade includes the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band, bagpipers, Portland Fire & Rescue’s big truck, motorcycle police, children with decorated bikes and wagons and a lot of people wearing Irish green. Children of all ages enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with cakewalk under the heated tent hear live music from the Clackamas Fire Fighters Pipes & Drum, Will Stanton Bagpipes, Hasketron, Joy, Mary Campbell Quartet and Dan Stowell Band. Get into the spirit with Irish dancers and a singalong complete with lyrics. Last but not least, enjoy authentic food, corned beef sandwiches, shepherd’s pie and sausage rolls. Guinness beer will be flowing along with Widmer Brewing favorites. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
LEGO Maniacs Unite at Bricks Cascade Convention
Bricks Cascade’s annual convention will have tons of LEGO models to see, a play area for kids to indulge in their own creativity, and vendors selling LEGO-related items. Kids will also be able to chat with model builders, who will be on hand to answer any questions about their unique creations. Sat.-Sun.,10 a.m.-4 p.m., $8/person, All Ages. Event details.
Shamrock Your World at the Fitness Fair
In conjunction with the Shamrock Run, Adidas is hosting a Shamrock Fitness Fair that’s open to the public. 70 exhibitors will take part in the fair and will include a special Leprechaun Lane for kids, with Timber Joey, CLIF bars, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Gentech Dentist, Live 95.5 and the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Walk. Fri.-Sat., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Storytime with Author of Roller Girl
Local author and artist, Victoria Jamieson, will read from her middle grade graphic novel, Roller Girl. After the reading, members of Portland’s own Rose City Rollers derby team will be on hand to demonstrate some of their best roller derby moves. There will also be a drawing for a piece of Victoria Jamieson’s original artwork from the book. Treats included! Sat., 2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Everyone’s Irish at Kell’s Irish Fest
Every year, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub serves up a celebration of epic proportions, which includes family-friendly activities, in addition to their adults-only party. During their designated family hours, visitors can expect yummy food, live music, Irish dancers, crafts and face painting for kids. Minors are welcome in the back tent and restaurant area. Sat.-Tues., various start times, Free, All Ages. Event details.
Erin Go Bragh: It’s Murphy’s Furniture’s 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. Sat., 11 a.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Fill Up at the Annual Peter Rabbit Breakfast
Join in the fun of this West Linn tradition that’s been around for 39 years! Feast on pancakes, play carnival games, groove to live music, enter to win raffle baskets and a silent auction. The Peter Rabbit Breakfast supports the West Linn Community Preschool (WLCP), a non-profit, parent cooperative preschool for children 3 to 5 years old. Sat., 8 a.m.-noon, $4-$6, All Ages. Event details.
What’s your St. Patty’s Day tradition? Let us know in the Comments below!