Don your greenest getup and get ready to head out for some fun…but watch out and don’t get pinched. This weekend’s calendar is better than a pot-o-gold. You’ll find tons of events that include plenty of fanfare and fun like parades and carnival rides and even a bit o’ time in the snow. Read on to find out where you’ll find your St. Patty’s Day fun.

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NE Portland

Join the Cooperative Foundations Parent-Baby Play Class
Check out these RIE® based playgroups for parents and babies. In this class, your baby is the teacher. The class is led by Jackie Bartlett, MS. Fri. Event Details.

Check Out the St. Patrick Day Festival
Organized annually by the All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon, this festival specializes in showcasing talented local Irish, Scottish, and Highlands dancers along with Irish and Scottish- folk musicians. It’s a wonderfully authentic way to discover Irish culture, and even learn a step or two! This year, their very own house band and local favorite, ‘Biddy on the Beach’ is headlining. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Mt. Hood

Join the Town Challenge at Mt. Hood Meadows
The Town Challenge Series is a recreational race series designed for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The goal of the series is to provide teams and individuals the opportunity to enjoy Mt. Hood Meadows in a family friendly and recreational racing environment. Participants may race as an individual or as a team. A team consists of 4 – 6 skiers or snowboarders ages 8 and older. So get your coworkers, friends and family together and head to the mountain! Fri. Event Details.

Hit Let’s Go for the Snow at Mt. Hood Meadows
In celebration of winter sports, Toyota presents learn to ride nights! This special two-hour beginner ski lesson will be from 5p.m. to 7p.m. on the selected date. We recommend checking in by 4 p.m. at the latest, and check in closes at 4:30 p.m. even for those who have purchased online in advance. For ages 6 and older. Following the two hour lesson those attending are invited to a reception to celebrate snow sports and watch Olympic coverage at Meadows. Sat. Event Details.

Downtown Portland

Join Kell’s Festival
Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Pub plays host to the biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the city with a three-day festival filled with face painting, food and Irish dancing. This high-energy event can fill the streets, so plan on leaving extra time to look for parking or arriving by bus or MAX. Fri. Event Details.

Join Kell’s Festival
Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Pub plays host to the biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the city with a three-day festival filled with face painting, food and Irish dancing. This high-energy event can fill the streets, so plan on leaving extra time to look for parking or arriving by bus or MAX. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Sign Up for the Portland Shamrock Run
Sign up for the  40th annual Portland Shamrock Run! Shamrock has something for everyone: 5k, 8k, 15k and Half Marathon Runs, 4-mile Shamrock Stride Walk, 1k Blazers Leprechaun Lap for kids, Widmer Brothers Beer Garden for participants 21+, complimentary hot soup and entertainment for all! Sun. Event Details.


Attend the Kids Bookshop Grand Opening Celebration
Head to Maggie Mae’s Kids Bookshop’s grand opening celebration in Gresham, Oregon! This all day rainbow-themed party, from 10 to 6, will be filled with storytimes, crafts, treats, and a visit from Cha Cha the Clown!

Explore Gresham’s newest destination for kids books as well as books and gifts for all ages. Maggie Mae’s carries a wide range of multicultural, foreign language, and diverse books, so everyone can find themselves within the pages of a book. Sat. Event Details.

West Linn

Attend the 42nd Annual Peter Rabbit Pancake Breakfast
West Linn Community Preschool is hosting their 42nd annual Peter Rabbit Pancake Breakfast and Carnival to be held on Saturday, March 17th from 8A a.m.-12 p.m. at West Linn High School. The proceeds from this event will help us meet our budgetary needs for the school year, fund our scholarship program and allow us to make plans for outdoor play area improvements.

The Peter Rabbit Breakfast has been a well-loved tradition in our community since 1977 and this year we plan to make it our biggest yet! Please join us and enjoy a day full of spring time fun for all ages. There will be fun-filled carnival games, raffles, and silent auction prizes including a helicopter ride, trip to Mexico, plus much more! We are excited to offer pictures with Peter Rabbit and our special guest Rojo the Easter Llama. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend the 20th annual Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Join the fun at the Sellwood-Moreland’s 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of family-friendly all ages St. Patrick’s Day fun!

At noon the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band will lead hundreds of people and parade through the main streets of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood beginning and ending at St. Agatha School. The parade features bagpipes, Portland Fire & Rescue’s big fire truck, members of the Gaelic Football Portland Police Traffic Division’s motorcycle officers, children with decorated bikes and wagons and many people proudly wearing Irish green.

Children of all ages will enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with cakewalk. Under the heated tent festival attendees will hear live music from the Clackamas Fire Fighters Pipes & Drum, Shadows of the Revolution and more. Other entertainment includes Irish dancers.

Enjoy food from beloved local food carts PDX Sliders, Pips Donuts and more. Ireland’s famous Guinness beer will be flowing along with Hopworks favorites. Sat. Event Details.


Attend the Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Murphy’s Furniture has been hosting this old-time parade annually for more that 40 years. Come early to Hare Field to watch the staging for local school bands, floats, the Washington County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, neighboring county Rodeo Courts, and even a motorcycle drill team. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Attend Jessa Campbell’s ROCK’Inn Kids
As a Local Roots event, we will feature local performers who specialize in creating music that can be enjoyed by younger audiences. As a mother herself, Jessa is passionate about creating spaces for young ones to enjoy music at a venue their caregivers can enjoy as well! This event takes place during happy hour with happy hour prices.

What is your favorite St. Patty’s Day Event? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti