This weekend, the Emerald City is going to be bursting with Irish pride. Consider: a two-day Irish celebration, a parade with lots of leprechauns, a story told with Bunraku puppets, a production based on three of Beatrix Potter’s “rabbit tales” and two races for little lads and lasses. If that’s not enough excitement, hit the Pied Piper Family Event Series with Roberto the Magnificent or the Kent Kids’ Art Day which returns this weekend to the Kent Commons.

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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 and Celtic vendor booths, kids’ contests and activities. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Rain or shine, grab a curbside seat and see marching bands, bagpipers, leprechauns, drill teams, and lots of Irish dancers travel down 4th Ave. Bonus: At Westlake, catch a free ride on the Monorail to enjoy the Irish Festival and to watch the closing ceremonies at the Seattle Center. Sat. 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 fundraiser. Now celebrating its 32nd year, this family race will include an official 5K, a 1K Leprechaun Lap and lots of fun activities including a costume contest and giveaways after the race. Sun. Event details.

Eastside

Hanako and the Cherry Tree
This tall tale told with Bunraku puppets is sure to keep the kids entertained. Watch what happens when Mr. Yama (a wealthy penny pincher) encounters young Hanako and a bizarre series of events begin to happen, including an encounter with mythical Japanese creatures—aTengu, an Oni and a serpent. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Kirkland Shamrock Run
This fun-filled 5K, celebrating Kirkland, healthy living and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day, is not to be missed. Dust off your jogging stroller, put on your green garb and race to the pot o’ gold waiting for you at the finish line. Psst! This year, all pint-sized racers will receive a medal, bib and kid’s shirt with their $15 registration fee. Sat. Event details.

Peter Rabbit Tales
Mark your calendars for this heart-warming production based on three of Beatrix Potter’s “rabbit tales”: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Mr. Tod. See what happens when a nasty badger, Tommy Brock, decides to steal Lopsy and Benjamin’s babies and what ensues when Peter and Benjamin set off on an adventure to rescue their bunnies. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

What do you have planned this weekend? Will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy