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This St. Patrick’s Day, take part in one of Portland’s many celebrations of Ireland’s patron saint. Originally a religious holiday, St. Patrick’s day has been transformed into a mostly secular celebration of Irish culture here in the states, and Portland is one of many cities to get decked out in green on this annual holiday. With parades, races, festivals, and live music at local Irish restaurants and pubs, you and your family can find a way to join in the fun. Read on for all the details on celebrating the luck of the Irish with your little leprechauns a these Portland St. Patrick’s Day events.
The Royal Rosarians St. Paddy’s Day Parade
Celebrate the luck of the green by watching or participating in the Royal Rosarians’ 31st annual NE Neighborhood St. Paddy’s Day parade, a 1.2 mile loop that begins and ends at Beverly Cleary School. Families, bikes, and tricycles are welcome to join in on the roughly 1-hour walk. Just want to watch? Grab a spot on NE Hancock between NE 32nd & NE 19th Ave. Check the map for more details. Since 1912, these “greeters and ambassadors of goodwill” have served Portland by marching in parades and representing the city as the Rose Capital of the World. The St. Paddy’s Day event is a beloved parade among Portland locals.
Sunday, Mar. 15, 1 p.m. (marchers assemble at 12:30 p.m.)
Parade starts and ends at NE 32nd Ave. & NE Hancock
Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hillsboro
Want to march in a parade? Gather your family and friends together to form a parade group! Entries are available for Hillsboro’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a loop beginning and ending at Hare Field in Hillsboro, with all proceeds from entry fees benefitting the Hillsboro Boys and Girls Club. Sponsored by Murphy’s Furniture, this parade celebrates the hope of spring and features a new route for 2020. If you’d rather watch the marchers, check the website for a handy PDF map of the route. Finish off your parade day with a Corned Beef and Cabbage Fundraiser (noon- 2 p.m.), with indoor and outdoor seating options.
Saturday, Mar. 14, 9 a.m.-12 noon.
1151 NE Grant
Post-Parade meal, 12 noon-2 p.m.
Hillsboro Senior Center
750 SE 8th Ave.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival at St. Agatha’s Catholic School
This annual parade and festival entertains the community of Sellwood/Moreland and beyond. Starting and ending at St. Agatha Catholic school, this parade kicks off the family-friendly festival, which features an old-fashioned carnival, book fair, live entertainment including Irish dancing, authentic Irish food and local food cart vendors.
Saturday, Mar. 14, 12 noon- 5 p.m.
7960 SE 15th Ave.
Multiple distance courses make this festive annual downtown run a favorite with Portlanders of all ages. Enter your kid in the 1K (0.6 mile) Leprechaun Lap (ages 10 and under, with adult permitted) where finishers receive a cape and medal. Or you can join in the Shamrock Stride, a stroller-friendly 4-mile walking course. Register ahead of time to ensure a spot. All races gather at iconic Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Whether your family participates in a run or not, you can celebrate at the Finish Line Festival, with a green beer garden and live music.
Sat. & Sun., Mar. 14-15, starting as early as 8 a.m.
SW Naito Parkway between Pine and Salmon Streets.
St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tourney at Edgefield
The Craft Factory St. Patrick’s Day Event
Bring your family to this special themed crafting event, where you can learn to craft clovers together. Feeling lucky? Spin the prize wheel for a chance to win discounts on upcoming events, including free crafting sessions. Light refreshments round out this fun event honoring St. Patrick’s Day, at a place that celebrates creativity year-round.
Saturday, Mar. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
7832 SW Capitol Hwy., Suite B
This beloved Portland Irish restaurant and brewery doesn’t just celebrate St. Patrick’s Day– at Kell’s it’s an entire weekend. The festival tent is open on Saturday and Sunday, with minors allowed until 4 p.m. Sunday brings Family Day in the tent, with no cover and plenty of entertainment: Check out music, pipers, dancing, vendors, crafts and more. Whichever day you choose to go, minors are always allowed on the restaurant side of Kell’s for dining.
Saturday, Mar. 14- Tuesday, Mar. 17
Head to the Aquinas Hall for the Oregon Irish Society’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Enjoy hours of live entertainment, including authentic Irish dance and music, plus face-painting and a puppet show for children. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Tuesday, Mar. 17, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. (doors at 2:30)
1333 NE MLK JR. Blvd.
Annual Shamrock Cruise on the Portland Spirit
The party’s on the move at this annual three-hour cruise aboard the Portland Spirit. You and your crew can glide over the Willamette while enjoying food, drink, and Irish music and dancing, all put on by the Oregon Irish Society.
Sunday, Mar. 2:30 p.m -5:30 p.m. (boarding at 2 p.m.)
110 SE Caruthers St.
Photo: via Shutterstock
For a more low-key St. Patrick’s Day experience, head to one of Portland’s many Irish restaurants and pubs, most family-friendly. We’ve highlighted our favorites below.
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.
Sat., Mar. 14- Tues. Mar 17, times vary
Many participating locations
St. Patrick’s Day at T.C. O’Leary’s
This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, your family can enjoy Irish dancing from local Irish dance schools, with performances at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at 3 p.m. on Tueday, March 17. Sunday promises to be especially kid-friendly, with face-painting on the spatio from 2-4 p.m. and live Irish music inside. If you’re feeling mellow, you can always curl up with a kids’ book of Irish legends or fairy tales and enjoy TC O Leary’s delicious Irish comfort food. On a regular basis, kids are allowed until 10 p.m. daily, with a kids’ menu, toys, and coloring pages.
Sat.-Tues, Mar 14-17
2926 NE Alberta St.
Photo: via Allie C. via yelp
Raven and Rose
Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner over St. Patrick’s Day weekend at this historic Portland landmark, housed in the 1883 Ladd Carriage House. You and yours can tuck into a full Irish breakfast, corned beef, shepherd’s pie, or fish & chips– just a few of the options on their extensive menu.
1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
Clancy’s Irish Pub
Head to Clancy’s in Sherwood’s Old Town for their 3-day, 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, with live music and more. Order up chowder and chips and find out why this family-owned restaurant remains a favorite with Sherwood locals and visitors alike.
16066 SW 1st St.