The Emerald City is bursting with Irish pride this weekend! From parades to festivals to family fun runs, there’s a little something for everyone! Consider: a two-day Irish celebration, a race for wee lads and lassies, a parade with lots (and lots!) of green, a super-fun evening with PSC, a hilarious show guaranteed to make you smarter and happier, and a stylin’ show for your American Girl. Also on tap: Seattle Children’s Family Fest will feature tons of hands-on activities, a concert with Johnny Bregar, a Teddy Bear Clinic, free bike helmets, and tours of the new Building Hope emergency expansion.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2 - Seattle


Irish Festival at Seattle Center
Celebrate the luck of the Irish at this annual celebration featuring non-stop Irish music and dance performances, art and cultural displays, educational workshops and lectures as well as Irish/Celtic vendor booths and children’s contests and activities. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade (pictured)
Rain or shine get your green on at this annual St. Patty’s Day parade! Grab a curbside seat and see marching bands, bagpipers, drill teams, and lots of Irish dancers travel between 4th Avenue and Jefferson Street and the Seattle Center. Bonus: Catch a free ride on the Monorail between 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm to watch the closing ceremonies at the Seattle Center. Sat., 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (closing ceremonies start at 2:00 pm). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day Dash
Put on your Irish duds, lace up your tennis, and celebrate the arrival of spring by running, walking or jogging in this annual family-friendly race. Now in its 28th year, this fundraiser will include a 4-mile course, a half mile Leprechaun Lap for little ones, and lots of fun activities and costume contests after the race. Sun., 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Seattle. $10 to $35. Registration required. All ages. Event details.


Science Spectacular
Calling all scientists! Enjoy a jam-packed evening of scientific exploration and fun with the folks from the Pacific Science Center. Fri., 6:30 pm. Redmond. $25 to $30. Registration required. Ages 3 to 12. Event details.

Doktor Kaboom!
Go on an amazing (and educational!) journey of the modern scientific world with Doktor Kaboom! Through humor and comedy, Dr. Kaboom! will demonstrate spectacular applications of the physical sciences which will leave you astonished and cheering for more! Sun., 11:00 am & 3:30 pm. Kirkland. $15 to $20. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

American Girl Fashion Show
This annual show and major fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital is not to be missed! In addition to an interactive and stylish showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl, there will be a marketplace to purchase American Girl items, a raffle, silent auction, and fun take-home treasures. Sat., 11:00 am, 2:30 pm & 6:30 pm; Sun., 11:00 am & 3:00 pm. Bellevue. $55. Tickets required. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

How will you and your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below. 

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Jal Schrof/Irish Heritage Club