St. Patrick’s Day Events


With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!


Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.


Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level

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.

Photo: graymalkn /flickr. creativecommons.org licenses by 2.0

Your guide to everything St. Paddy’s Day in Belltown and beyond!

Friday, March 13th
Pirate’s landing of St. Patrick at South Lake Union with Special Guest, US National Boxing Champion Queen Underwood | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Way back around 400 AD, Irish raiders captured St. Patrick and brought him to Ireland. On Friday March 13th the pirates of the Emerald Isle will be bringing him back, dropping him off in South Lake Union (near MOHAI) at 6 p.m.
Join in the fun and help the Pirates by climbing aboard the Ride the Ducks’ Boat at F X McRory’s at 5 p.m. for the trip to South Lake Union. The Ride the Ducks’ boat will return back to McRory’s by 6:30 p.m. for the Green Strip Laying.
Cost: Free
Kids are welcome.
More info at: http://irishclub.org/irish-week/#

Green Strip Laying | 4th Ave, 7 p.m.
This is a mini parade to lay down the route of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (happening Saturday, March 14th) down 4th Ave starting at Jefferson Street at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Kids are welcome.

Saturday, March 14th
Irish Week Festival, Seattle Center Armory, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate and explore Ireland’s cultural roots through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, Irish food and drinks, games and more. Live Irish tunes, dancing and the Irish jig will keep the energy high though out the weekend.

Irish Flag-Raising, 12:20 p.m.
Just before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off, watch as the Parade Grand Marshals join the Mayor of Seattle in raising the Irish Tricolor flag, followed by the Irish and US National Anthems played live.

St. Patrick’s Parade 4th Ave, 12:30 p.m.
Kicking off Seattle’s 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Parade Grand Marshal and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal will lead the parade up 4th Ave.  Recognized by CNN as one of the “Five places to get your green on,” the parade will travel north from Jefferson, after passing the Reviewing Stand at Westlake Park, and ends at the Seattle Center with Closing Ceremonies at 2 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl | 12:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Everyone loves some green beer on St. Patty’s, a $10 wristband gets you into all participating bars free of a cover charge.
Cost: $10 (for a pass)

Kells Irish FestivalIrish Reels Film Festival | All screenings in the Seattle Center Armory: Loft Suite 3
Saturday Screenings:
12:00 p.m. – The Irish Pub: Trailer
2 p.m. – Shorts Program
4 p.m. – Natural Grace: Trailer

Sunday, March 15th
St. Patrick’s Day Dash | 8:30 a.m.
Seattle’s largest single-distance run/walk, jog or crawl where the winners cross the finish line before the last person starts. Over 15,000 people participate creating a ribbon of green through the streets of Seattle.

Irish Week Festival | Seattle Center Armory 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate and explore Ireland’s cultural roots through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, Irish food and drinks, games and more. Live Irish tunes, dancing and the Irish jig will keep the energy high though out the weekend

Irish Reels Film Festival | All screenings in the Seattle Center Armory: Loft Suite 3
Sunday Screenings: 
12 p.m. – TBD
2 p.m. –  The Irish Pub: Trailer


If you’re in the Belltown/Pike Place Market area this weekend, you can’t go wrong with either of these St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. They’re close enough that you could even make a stop at both!

Kells Irish Festival

Participants come from far and wide for this festival, now in its 31st year, featuring Irish bands from Ireland and from around the Pacific Northwest. The festivities began on Sunday, March 9, but will continue through St. Patty’s day itself, Monday, March 17. Traditional Irish dishes will be on the menu, so leave room for corned beef, Irish stew, Ballycastle sausage rolls, Irish soda bread, and of course, Kells’ own Irish brews! Admission is $20, and pre-purchased passes include a festival t-shirt. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pike Market Clinic. For more information and a full schedule of events, click here.

Kells is located at 1916 Post Alley (between Stewart and Virginia Streets), Pike Place Market.

The Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike’s Pre-Patty’s Celebration kicks off Saturday 3/15 with The Fire Inside Celtic Band, and the pub will be celebrating all day on Monday the 17th. Come down to see the Elliott Bay Pipe & Drum band and sample house-made corned beef and cabbage and top it all off with a Pike Kilt Lifter Ale or XXXXX Stout!

The Pike Pub & Brewery is located at 1415 1st Avenue.


Saint Patrick’s Day is just over a week away, but Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub in Belltown is getting the festivities going early with their annual Irish Festival! Beginning this Friday, March 8th, the festival runs through the next week to culminate with a huge party following the St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 17th.

Kells St Patricks FesitvalKells hosts the largest St. Patrick’s Irish Festival in the Northwest each year, and this year is their 30th anniversary celebration. Each day during this year’s Belltown events at Kells, there will be live music from Irish musicians and bands like Liam O’Riordan, the Smokin Shamrocks, The Blarney Bhoys, Martin O’Huigin, and more. Click here to learn more about the bands and musicians.

The Irish pub opens at 11:30 a.m. each day of the festival until Saturday and Sunday (March 16th and 17th), when they’ll open early at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. consecutively. There will be no cover charge until Friday, March 15th, with a $5 admission fee after 9 p.m. The cover charge for the Sunday Festival finale will be $20 and includes a Festival T-shirt while Kells’ supplies last. Check the festival schedule for more details.

Proceeds from the 30th Anniversary Irish Festival at Kells will benefit the Pike Market Clinic, which provides health care services for homeless, low-income and uninsured individuals.

Get your pass for the festival at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub at 1916 Post Alley, and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! “If you can’t go to Ireland, come to Kells.”

Featured photo by Flickr user dmartinka from the 2007 Kells Irish Festival.