St. Paddy’s Seattle


On St. Patrick’s Day 2017 (March 17th ), don your green and choose one or many ways to celebrate this year! Watch or join a step dance, learn to make soda bread, watch a Celtic movie or parade, sprint in a race, see an exhibit, attend a mass for peace, learn your genealogy or the Gaelic language. Or maybe just listen to rousing “trad” acoustic music while possibly sipping something green (Beer? Kale Smoothie?). Whether you’re descended from the Emerald Isle or not, we can all enjoy this holiday. Below are some local events and places to partake in shamrock fun, starting this coming weekend.

Variety of fun Irish events at Seattle Center. Photo: seattlecenter.com

For Starters….

Irish Flag-Raising

followed by the Irish and US national anthems

Friday, March 10th
12:20 pm
in front of the King County Administration Building (near Pioneer Square downtown)
500 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Landing of St. Patrick

per Irish Heritage Club site
Friday, March 10th

6pm on South Lake Union
St. Patrick was originally brought to Ireland by Irish pirates around 400 AD. Over 1600 years later, the Pirates of the Emerald Isle will deliver St. Patrick back to the Emerald City, dropping him off at South Lake Union (near MOHAI) at 6 pm Friday evening, March 10. No admission fee and kids are welcome. Climb on board at F X McRroy’s at 5 pm for the trip to South Lake Union. After welcoming St. Patrick, we’ll ride back to McRory’s by 6:30 pm for the Green Stripe Laying.

The Laying O’ the Green [Stripe]

Friday, March 10tho
7 pm
Participate in this mini-parade that lays down/marks the parade route that starts at 4th and Jefferson downtown.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 11th
At 12:30 pm
On 4th Ave. travelling north from Jefferson St., passing the reviewing stand at Westlake, then via the Monorail to Seattle Center Armory. Closing ceremony at the Seattle Center Armory at 2:30 pm.


Seattle Center Armory’s Irish Festival

305 Harrison Street, Seattle
More in-depth details on Irish Festival here.
March 11th and 12th:


Irish Soda Bread Cooking demonstration

March 11th and 12th
2-3 pm
This also includes demos on making other traditional foods: potato pancakes, cooking root vegetables, and Christmas/wedding cake. Samples of contest winners’ soda bread also available.


Doug Plummer Irish Photography

Seattle-based photographer’s photos of the western edge of Ireland
Antique Irish Postcards & Bartlett Engraving
collection by John and Alice Cooper, and their granddaughter Keely Cooper
Take a glimpse into Irish history through thousands of postcards, many from the late 1800s-early 1900s.  48 reproductions of an engraving pre-dating the Great Potato Famine by a few years.



1 pm “Basic Irish Genealogy”
3:00  “The Immortal Irishman” Reading and Book-signing
3:30  Children’s “Most Irish-Looking Face” Contest
4:00 “Learning the Irish Language”


1 pm “Basic Irish Genealogy”
1 pm  “Political Pressures in Irish Music
1:45 pm Children’s “Smilingest Irish Eyes” Contest


Six different documentary films that capture different aspects of Ireland are playing both March 11th and March 12th.
Seattle Center Armory Loft, Suite 2. See film summaries & times here.


Music performed by many traditional Irish musicians and dancing groups

Sat. March 11, 12 noon-6 pm
Sun. March 12, 10 am-6 pm


St. Paddy’s Day Dash


Sunday, March 12th at 8:30 am
Join 10,000+ people carrying a ribbon of green for almost 4 miles.
The run starts at T.S. McHugh’s near the Space Needle.

St. Patrick’s Day Mass for Peace

Friday, March 17th, 12 Noon
St. Patrick’s Church, 2702 Broadway E (just off Roanoke), Seattle.
For information, call 425-582- 2688 or email Mass@irishclub.org

St. Paddy’s Party Cruise

Friday, March 17th
Waterways Cruises and Events
Enjoy a 3-hour cruise on Lake Washington and Lake Union with a DJ, appetizers, desserts, full-service bar, trivia and prizes. All with a great view of Seattle.
$56.99, including taxes and fees

Irish Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, March 25th, all day
Luther Memorial Church
13047 Greenwood Ave. N.
Full schedule at www.IrishWeek.org

Seattle Gaels Field Day

Sunday, March 26th, noon to 3 pm
Magnuson Park
Try your hand at games such as Hurling, Camogie, and Gaelic Football.
For more information: www.SeattleGaels.com


LOCAL IRISH PUBS (including some in your neighborhood) 

Call or check links for cover charges, and what’s included in it (sometimes a free t-shirt or gift card, etc.).

Blarney Stone Pub & Restaurant

1416 1st Ave. (across from Pike Place Market)
Friday, March 11th 6-9 pm- Irish Bank “The Pope’s Nose”. Contact for more St. Patrick’s Day information.

Conor Byrne’s
5140 Ballard Ave. NW (in Ballard)
Opens at noon on 3/17. Live music starts at 1:00, various bands/groups. Skillet street food all day.

FADO Irish Pub
801 1st Avenue (Downtown)
Open: 9:00 am on 3/17/ Live Music Starts at 11:00 AM to Close.  21+ only starting at 2:00 PM.

Kells Irish Festival
1916 Post Alley (near Pike Place Market)
Live Irish music begins on March 8th and runs through March 18th at Kells Irish. A tent going up in Post Alley on Thurs. March 16th, which stays up through the weekend. Dancing, traditional food on menu, and much more. A great lineup of Irish bands direct from Ireland and the Pacific Northwest.

Molly McGuire’s
610 NW 65th St (northern Ballard, near Phinney Ridge and Greenwood)
Contact for St. Paddy’s information.

The Old Pequilar
1722 NW Market St. (in Ballard)
Four live music groups/bands and Irish food from 12 noon to 2 am on St. Patrick’s Day.

Owl & Thistle
808 Post Ave. (Downtown)
Five bands playing, including a bagpipe band, starting at 1 pm on March 17th.  Open 11 am-1:30 am.

Paddy Coyne’s
2 locations: 2801 Alaskan Way, #103 (Pier 70 on Downtown waterfront) and also 700 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 100 (in Bellevue)
Traditional Irish fare always on menu, call or email for St. Paddy’s information

Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub
3 locations: Smith Tower, 508- 2nd Ave. (Pioneer Square), 3601 Fremont Ave. (in Fremont) and 122- 128th St. SE (South Everett)
Contact your location for St. Paddy’s information.

Sully’s Lounge
1625 Queen Ave. N. (in Queen Anne)
Opening at 12 pm on March 17th
(206) 283-3900
No cover charge!

T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub
21 Mercer St (1 block from Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne)
On March 12th , the St. Patrick’s Day Dash begins here, so T.S. McHugh’s is serving breakfast until 11:30 am that day.
Traditional Irish pub fare always on menu, but a special traditional menu also available on March 17th.  Live music all day and all night: one music group begins at noon, and the other begins around 6 pm ending around 1:00 am.  In-between music sets, there will be bagpipe music and Irish step dancers as well.

The Irish Heritage Club in Seattle is a wealth of information regarding all things Irish, including many of these events. This page, about “Irish Week 2017”, contains more information about events and activities that happen throughout the month of March. Click on the flyer on that page.

As the old Irish blessing goes, “May the road rise up to meet you, and the wind be always at your back” on St. Paddy’s Day, and always.

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