Most of us are tickled pink that spring is almost here, but this weekend is all about going green! Don’t wait to celebrate! Portland is brimming with fantastic St. Patrick’s day activities the whole family will love including parades, festivals and 5k runs! Read on to find out where your family’s luck can take them and prepare to get pinched!

photo: Jeffrey via Flickr


Celebrate 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. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss the 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. Event Details.

SW Portland

Enjoy 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., Sat & Sun. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
This family friendly event kicks-off with a 5K fun run. At noon don your Irish green and join hundreds of people and parade through Sellwood-Moreland, featuring Sellwood Middle School Marching Band, bagpipers, Portland Fire & Rescue’s big truck, motorcycle police, children with decorated bikes and wagons and more.

Children of all ages enjoy an old-fashioned carnival including a cakewalk, face painting and games galore. Under the heated tent, listen to live music and enjoy food from PIPS Donuts, PDX Sliders, Matt & Mamere’s and Big Ben’s. Or for a more traditional take, enjoy shepherd’s pie and sausage rolls. Guinness beer will be flowing along with Hopworks Brewing favorites. Sat. Event Details.

Join the Shamrock Fun at the Portland Aerial Tram
After completing the Shamrock Run (or after cheering-on your loved ones) enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. There will be arts and crafts for the kids from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a family portrait in theTram photo booth. Relax in the kid-friendly library area. All crafts and activities are free. Sun. Event Details.

Experience the Spring Awakening
On March 19th, Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy will return to Lincoln Hall with a selection of brand new dances. Excerpts from classical ballets, such as Coppelia, La Source, Walpurgis Night and Fairy Doll will share the program with new classical and contemporary works choreographed by the creative faculty. Sun. Event Details.

Attend the 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. Event Details.

SE Portland

Play Learn & Grow at the Early Childhood Conference
Expand your knowledge at the Play Learn Grow Early Childhood Conference! Teachers and parents choose from 36 workshops to build  skills, browse vendors to find the perfect gift, and enjoy lunch from New Seasons (pre-order only) while chatting with new and old friends. Sat. Event Details.

Attend the Composting and Worm Bin Workshop
Join Bee Thinking and Schoolyard Farms for a composting and worm bin workshop. Each participant will leave with their very own worm bin, and all the information needed to harness this productivity for your home gardens. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Meet the Silhouette Artist
Third Generation Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson will be at Piccolo Mondo Toys on March 18 to create hand cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. All ages are welcome, even the squirmy ones! Sat. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day activity? Share it with us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti