Bagpipers, dancing, superheroes: Portlanders are a lucky bunch when it comes to family events this weekend. There are numerous St. Patrick’s Day events that will make your little leprechauns jump for joy. And get ready to don your secret identity for a Portland Children’s Museum favorite, a full-day Superhero Celebration! And learn about Trackers kids camps and programs while enjoying hands-on activities and demonstrations from animal tracking to fire by friction (look, no matches!).

West side

NWCT: Richard Scarry Day’s Busytown (pictured) Join us for Richard Scarry themed fun that includes a special visit from your favorite Busytown characters (including Lowly Worm), interactive storytime, coloring activities, and photos with the Busytown folk. March 17 – April 1. Tickets from $13. Best for ages 4 and up. Event details.

PCM: Superhero Celebration Day Get ready for a full-day Superhero Celebration! Meet the Star Wars costuming club Cloud City Garrison and create a one-of-a-kind superhero cape in our studios. Don’t forget your camera; this is an event to remember. Sat. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Free with Museum admission; additional fees apply for some crafts. All ages. Event details.

East side

Trackers Camp Open House Learn about Trackers programs while getting hands-on experience tying knots for canoe building, watch metal forged by the fires of blacksmithing and even using an old-fashioned drop spindle to make yarn. Sat. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

All-Ireland Cultural Society St. Patrick’s Celebration The All Ireland Cultural Society is putting on their 71st annual St. Patrick’s Day family celebration at the Ambridge Event Center. Sat. 12:00 am – 8:00 pm. $5 (12 – 20) $10 (21+) 11 and under free. All ages. Event details.


St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins Music, dancing, the annual golf tournament—enjoy the holiday spirit of St. Patrick’s Day at any of their numerous locations. Check their website for more details. Sat. Times vary by location. Most events are free. All ages. Event details.


Eola Hills Sunday Brunch Eola Hills is taking their much acclaimed Sunday brunch and putting an Irish spin on it to honor St. Patrick’s day. Bring the whole family to this event for a nice wind down from the excitement the day before. Sun. 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. Rickreall. $10-$20 (age dependent). All ages. Event details.

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen