This weekend, the Emerald City will be bursting with Irish pride. Consider: a two-day Irish celebration, a family race with wacky costumes, a parade with lots of leprechauns, a ballet based on a popular book series, a family date night and heart-healthy fair. If you’re looking for even more excitement, dress up in your favorite Pippi Longstocking attire and head to the Nordic Heritage Museum for the always-popular Pippi Day celebration or take a fossil journey around the globe at the Burke Museum’s annual Dino Day.


photo: Irish Heritage Club


Irish Festival at the Seattle Center
Celebrate the luck o’ 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., noon–6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Rain or shine, get your green on at the 45th annual St. Paddy’s Day parade! Grab a curbside seat and see marching bands, bagpipers, leprechauns, drill teams and lots of Irish dancers travel between 4th Ave. and the Seattle Center. Bonus: Catch a free ride on the Monorail between 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. to enjoy the Irish Festival and the closing ceremonies at the Seattle Center. Sat., 12:30 p.m. 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 fundraiser for the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. This family race will include an official 5K, a 1K Leprechaun Lap for little lads and lassies and lots of fun activities, costume contests and giveaways after the race. Sun., 8 a.m.–noon. Seattle. $15 to $50 (10 & under Free with registered adult). Registration required. All ages. Event details.


Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Calling all Fancy Nancy fans! Come see the incredible sets and costumes that will make you feel like you’ve stepped inside the book. See Nancy’s backyard Mermaid Mansion, her ballet studio and the Mermaid Ballet “Deep Sea Dances” come to life on stage. This one-hour family ballet production is sure to enchant all ages. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Bellevue. $17 to $28 (opening night celebration at Nieman Marcus plus show $19-$73). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

6th Annual Healthy Kids Healthy Families Fair
This annual free, fun-filled event focuses on healthy living and healthy lifestyles. Enjoy creative kids’ activities, exhibits, mini lectures and Ask-the-Doc, plus healthy snacks, a raffle and a special performance by Caspar Babypants. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages Event details.  

Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
Take the whole fam on a date to Crossroad Bellevue. At this month’s Family Night, enjoy an International Dance with Nicholas Petrish and Jenny Sapora as well as family game time, $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids, pizza and drink specials and more. Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Will you be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy