Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Many of these events may be closed at the last minute. Stay safe! 

While for this St. Patrick’s Day life may not be back to normal, there’s still no reason you can’t safely celebrate! St. Patrick’s day is a day many honor Ireland’s patron saint however over the years it has been transformed into a mostly secular holiday where the Irish culture is celebrated. This year several parades, races, and festivities have been moved to a virtual setting allowing everyone in the family to participate from the comfort of home. Read on for details on the best and safest way for you and your little leprechauns to celebrate the luck of the Irish with these Portland St. Patrick’s Day Events.

photo: Photo by Johnny Cohen on Unsplash

Portland St.Patrick's Day Parade

The 2021 St. Patrick‘s Day Parade is going Virtual! There are just 5 easy steps to join in on the adventure. 

  • SEND AN E-MAIL TO: portlandstpaddysparade@gmail.com 
  • They will reply with a personal link.  
  • You can use the personal link to upload you 2021 St. Paddy’s Day pictures and videos. Changes can be made up until March 7th. 
  • The virtual 2021 Portland St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be posted HERE on Sunday March 14th. 

Remember, the submission deadline is March 7th! 

*Please limit photos to 5 and keep videos short and concise.


Online: portlandstpaddysparade.com

photo: Photo by Miguel A. Amutio on Unsplash

Shamrock Run and Fitness Fair

The Shamrock Run will celebrate 43-years in 2021. However this year things will done a bit different as the event is going virtual! The virtual run will be done on the honor system, meaning, you do not have to submit proof that you completed your distance. That also means you may run at any time you wish! 

Register for the virtual event to receive:

  • Official long-sleeve 2021 Shamrock Shirt

  • Reusable Shamrock Tote Bag

  • 43% off all Shamrock Merchandise

Sign up January 15th through March 14th and 10% of your registration and store purchases will be donated to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Register for the virtual run by February 12, 2021, to guarantee delivery of your swag by March 14th!

Online: shamrockrunportland.com

photo: Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Portland’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

The Oregon Irish Society is very excited to be hosting their first ever VIRTUAL St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! After 80 years of honoring St. Patrick’s day they are determined to keep festivities going, pandemic style. Visit their page any time on March 17th, 2021, and you’ll find an abundance of videos to celebrate your day in true Irish style! You can expect Irish music, dance, song, and more, PLUS videos for kiddos!

You can head to their Facebook page for sneak peaks and updates leading up to the event. It will be a St. Patrick’s Day to remember!

Online: oregonirishsociety.org

photo: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tourney at Edgefield

Golfers of all skill levels and ages are welcome at this friendly, individual-format, 20-hole tournament on Edgefield's par-3 Pub Course. Adults can grab an Irish Stout to start the day and win prizes for on-the-course contests.

Purchase tickets online, at the Edgefield Gift Shop, or through eTix by calling (919) 653-0443 or (800) 514-3849.

Weds., Mar. 17, 12 noon check-in; 1 p.m. start time

$35/ participant

All ages welcome


Edgefield Golf Course

2126 S.W. Halsey St.

Troutdale, OR


Online: mcmenamins.com

photo: Photo by Yan Ming on Unsplash

St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Edgefield

A year ago St. Patrick's Day was about the time it felt like the world fell apart. Not only did most everyone have to cancel festivities, but many places were shut down entirely. This year with caution and care McMenamin’s is excited to invite you to their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. 

You'll find McMenamins Irish Stout, Irish food specials, live music and more. May the luck of the Irish be with us all in 2021. Sláinte!

Online: mcmenamins.com

photo: Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

McMenamin’s St Patrick’s Day, All Locations

Enjoy one of McMenamins’ classic seasonal brews and hear live music during St. Patrick’s Day Across the Land, a casual weekend celebration at several participating locations throughout Portland. Kid-approved favorites on every menu make dining out at McMenamin’s an easy and affordable option for celebrations like this one. Check the website to find a location near you and more details. McMenamin pubs, restaurants and bars are open for takeout, delivery, outdoor dining and most with limited indoor seating. Please call ahead to see what the best and safest option is for your family. 

Sat., Mar. 14- Tues. Mar 17, times vary

Many participating locations

Online: mcmenamins.com

photo: Photo by Mat Reding on Unsplash

Virtual Tour of Blarney Castle

If you've ever dreamed of traveling to Ireland it's very likely that Blarney Castle is on your wish list. Blarney Castle is a well preserved 15th century building located in the small town of Blarney Ireland. This enchanting castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic making it a fascinating place to explore. There are many myths surrounding this castle including one that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you'll be granted the gift of gabbing! While travel is made much more challenging these days the internet allows us to take adventures all over the world. This St. Patrick's Day gather round the kids and take a virtual tour of Blarney Castle! 

Online: blarneycastle.ie

photo: Photo by Jess Bailey on Unsplash

Stay At Home Crafts

If you are looking to get creative and start some new family traditions this is the perfect craft for your family. While it was once true that leprechauns only lived in Ireland they have since naturalized all over the world in parks, the woods, and gardens. All you'll need to do is gather up a few materials, including a cardboard box or shoebox, a stick (or pencil in a pinch), a pillowcase, and food and trap your very own leprechaun. Follow three easy steps outlined here


Online: redtri.com

–Elissa Cirignotta



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