This weekend, the Emerald City will be bursting with Irish pride. From parades and festivals to family fun runs and green crafts, there’s a little lucky something for everyone. Consider: a two-day Irish celebration, an annual race with green costumes, a parade with lotsa leprechauns, a super-fun evening with science, a ballet production with Ps and Qs, and an annual carnival designed for the minis. Also on tap: stock up on spring basics for the kiddos at the Magnolia Co-op Toy & Clothing Sale. Psst! Most items go for half-price starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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, and more. Sat., 12 p.m.–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 this 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 Jefferson St. 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 closing ceremonies at the Seattle Center. Sat., 12:30 p.m.– 2 p.m. (closing ceremonies start at 2 p.m.). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
St. Patrick’s Day Dash
Put on your green duds, lace up your tennis, and celebrate the arrival of spring by running, walking or jogging in this annual fundraiser. Now celebrating its 30th year, this family-friendly race will include a 4-mile course, a 1K Leprechaun Lap, and lots of fun activities and contests after the race. Sun., 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Seattle. $10 to $40. Registration required. All ages. Event details.
Calling all scientists! At this special family event, enjoy a jam-packed evening of scientific exploration and fun including an interactive science show, hands-on activities and refreshments. Fri., 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Redmond. $30 to $36. Registration required. Ages 5 to 12. Event details.
Tea for Ruby
In this latest Evergreen City Ballet performance, see what happens when Ruby receives a mysterious surprise invitation to tea with the Queen. Will she ever manage to be proper in time for tea at the palace? Sat., 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Bellevue. $15 to $27. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
SJCC Purim Carnival & Pool Party
This annual carnival will feature tons of fun activities for lil’ ones (think carnival games, inflatable toys, and face painting) as well as story time with the PJ Library, music and entertainment, a costume contest, yummy food, and a pool party! Sun., 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Mercer Island. Free admission (costs vary for game tickets). All ages (Purim Land activities for kids ages 5 and under). Event details.
Will you be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day this weekend? Let us know what fun things you have planned in a comment below.
Photo credit: Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page