St Patrick’s Day


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

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.