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.
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.
followed by the Irish and US national anthems
Friday, March 10th
in front of the King County Administration Building (near Pioneer Square downtown)
500 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA
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:
IN LOFT LOBBY AT SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY:
Irish Soda Bread Cooking demonstration
March 11th and 12th
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.
IN UPPER LEVEL LOFT AT SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY:
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
IRISH REELS FILM FESTIVAL
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.
ON MAIN LEVEL AT SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY:
Music performed by many traditional Irish musicians and dancing groups
Sat. March 11, 12 noon-6 pm
Sun. March 12, 10 am-6 pm
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 https://www.waterwayscruises.com/St_Paddys_party_cruise_2017
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
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 BlarneyStoneSeattle.com
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 www.conorbyrnepub.com 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 http://fadoirishpub.com/seattle
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 http://kellsirish.com/seattle
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.
Owl & Thistle http://www.owlnthistle.com 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 http://www.paddycoynes.net
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 http://www.shawnodonnells.com
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.
T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub https://tsmchughs.com
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.
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.
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.
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)
Irish Reels Film Festival| All screenings in the Seattle Center Armory: Loft Suite 3
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
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.
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!
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 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.