Portland on St. Patrick’s Day is filled with friendly and affordable family festivities. From parades to fun-runs there’s plenty of dance and music-filled ways to celebrate Irish traditions, culture and jolly good cheer. Set out this holiday to one of these community events to welcome the beginning of spring with a touch of green.. Scroll down to find out more

photo: Shamrock Run via facebook


The Shamrock Run
Now more than forty years old, this beloved and healthy Portland event is a bucket list item for any true Portlander. There are 5, 8, and 15k, distances for the serious runners an all-ages 4-mile walking course and 1k Leprechaun Lap just for kids (with free green capes for maximum cuteness). It’s traditional to run in costume, so expect a lot of green!

Date: March 17th 8 a.m. to 5 pm
Cost: $49 to $99/Adults
Naito Parkway and Pine Street, adjacent to Waterfront Park
Portland, OR
Online: Motivrunning.com/shamrock-run-Portland

Kell’s Festival
Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Pub is perhaps the best-known and certainly the longest-running St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the city. The traditional festival runs for three days and Sunday is family day- 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.

Date: March 15-17th hours vary
Cost: Free
Kell’s Irish Restaurant
112 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR
Online: kellsportland.com

photo: Giuseppe Milo via flickr


St. Patrick Day Festival
The All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon organizes this annual festival that specializes in showcasing a broad range of local talent including Irish, Scottish, and Highlands dancers along with traditional folk musicians, food and face painting. With its all-comers welcome attitude, it’s a wonderfully authentic way to discover and participate Irish culture!

Date: March 17th, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $12/Adults $4/kids
Aquinas Hall
1333 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Or
Online: oregonirishsociety.org


St. Agatha’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and the Sellwood-Moreland Family Parade
For a big dose of Portland keeping it weird head to the St. Agatha’s Celebration and Sellwood-Moreland Family Parade. St. Agatha’s school fundraiser has grown into a community-wide event complete with a bedazzled fun-run, lively family parade, and carnival with live Irish music from the Sellwood Middle School Marching band (among others) and dancers, food carts, and a raffle. Be sure to register early if you’d like to participate in the parade.

Date: March 17th 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Carnival game and raffle tickets are $1, Fun Run is $10-20
7960 SE 15th Ave.
Portland, Or
Online: stagathaschoolpdx.us/st-patricks-day

photo: jpmpmontreal via flickr

McMenamins Kennedy School
McMenamins Kennedy School has three days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned, making it easy to fit a little bit of the luck of the Irish into any busy weekend schedule. Join them in the gym for Molly Malone’s dancers, local favorite Biddy on the Beach and more and stay to eat from their special holiday menu of traditional Irish favorites.

Date: March 17th, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $12/Adults $4/kids
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, Or
Online: mcmenamins.com/events/199676-st-patricks-day-across-the-land

Dirty Leprechaun Fun Run Hillsboro
For an altogether untraditional way to celebrate the day sign up for the Dirty Leprechaun mud-run challenge and obstacle course. This day-long series of events includes a kids-only 1.1 obstacle course that’s all about the effort- entrants participate without being timed. Adult-only events continue throughout the day alongside bonfires, music, and food. This event has limited space so register in advance!

Date: March 16th, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $12/Adults $4/kids
Lee Farms
21975 SW 65th Ave
Tualatin, Or
Online: terrapinevents.com/event/dirty-leprechaun-portland-5k-mud-run

Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Murphy’s Furniture hosts its 41st annual old-time parade in Hillsboro again this year! Come early to Hare Field to watch the staging for local school bands, floats, the Washington County Sherriff’s Mounted Posse, neighboring county Rodeo Courts, and even a motorcycle drill team.

Date: March 16th 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
Hare Field
1155 NE Grant St.
Hillsboro, Or
Online: murphysfurniture.net/events

—Ruby McConnell


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