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Things To Do in Portland for St. Patrick’s Day 2018

  |  Happenings, Local Happenings, Portland

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! Celebrate the luck of the Irish at any of these events in Portland — featuring a number of traditional festivities celebrated in the city year after year for generations. Put on your finest green attire, raise a glass of Guinness and dig into traditional Irish fare. These St. Patrick’s Day events will ensure you celebrate this beloved Irish holiday to the fullest!


St. Patrick’s Day Beer Festival

March 15–17 | 11 a.m.–Midnight

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Festival Feckin Irish Brewing Company

You have three days to celebrate all things Irish — beer included — at Feckin Irish Brewing Company’s St. Patrick’s Day Beer Festival! This annual festival will feature over 15 small local breweries sampling Irish-style beers, live bands, pipers, Irish dancers, and traditional Irish fare. Head to Feckin’s in Oregon City for an Irish celebration you won’t forget!



Kells Irish Festival

March 16–18 | 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy live music, traditional Irish dancing, food and libations at the 27th annual Kells Irish Festival, considered the largest St. Patrick’s Day Festival in the Northwest. This year’s festivities will take place March 16–18 at four locations: inside the original downtown pub, in a festival tent in the parking lot behind the pub, at Kells Brewery, and in a festival tent in the parking lot adjacent to the brewery. Kells knows how to celebrate any occasion — especially St. Patrick’s Day!



St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins

March 16–18 | Varying Times

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins Portland, OR

Photo Courtesy of McMenamins

The iconic McMenamins is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long at their many locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. You’ll find food and drink specials, including Irish stout, Irish coffee, Irish reuben, Irish stew, and corned beef and cabbage. Irish or not, you are invited to the party of lifetime at McMenamins!



Adidas Shamrock Fitness Fair

March 16 | 11 a.m.–7 p.m. + March 17 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Gear up for the iconic Shamrock Run on Sunday with a visit to the Adidas Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center. This two-day event precedes the Shamrock Run, and participants must pick up their t-shirts and bibs at the fitness fair as there will be no race day packet pick-up. However, admission to the fitness fair is free and open to the public. There will be more than 60 exhibitors and 80 booths featuring fitness products, sampling, games and contests. Plus, there will plenty of family-friendly activities in Leprechaun Lane and a special happy hour on Friday from 4:30–6 p.m., featuring live music, Widmer Beer and appetizers.



St. Patrick’s Day at the EastBurn

March 17 | 10 a.m.–Midnight

St. Patrick's Day at the EastBurn Portland, OR

Photo Courtesy of the EastBurn

Head to the EastBurn in East Portland for a full day of Irish celebration. The Guinness will be flowing and there will plenty of corned beef and colcannon to go around. Don’t miss the live music at 10 p.m.!



Paddy’s Saint Patrick’s Day Festival

March 17–18 | 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Paddy’s Bar & Grill, Portland’s oldest Irish pub. Their 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival Fundraiser is a two-day tented street festival with live Irish music, bagpipers, Irish dancers, and traditional Irish food and drinks. Enjoy pub favorites, including Guinness and Kilbeggan specials, and sip on house cocktails, their signature Irish coffee, or a premium whiskey. There will be over 1,000 pounds of corned beef and cabbage in addition to other Irish classics like Guinness lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips. A portion of the net proceeds from this event will be donated directly to The Children’s Cancer Association. The tent is family-friendly until 6 p.m., and kids 12 and under may get in for free!



St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

March 17 | 12 p.m.

Back in 1998, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival at St. Agatha Catholic School was a small event for the school and parish. Today, it has evolved into a major community event welcoming the entire Sellwood/Moreland community and beyond. This family-friendly day features a fun run, a parade, a carnival, live entertainment, and plenty of Irish food and beer. Don’t miss the parade starting at noon and stick around for a full day of activities at St. Agatha Catholic School. Admission is free and carnival tickets cost $1.



Kells Irish Beer Fest

March 17 | 12 p.m.–1 a.m.

Sample some of the finest Irish-style beer and cider at the 2nd Annual Kells Irish Beer Festival. You can expect Irish dancers, bagpipers, fortune tellers, and special “meet the brewer” sessions. There will be an array of Northwest breweries and cidermakers and two from Ireland. Participants include Ancestry Brewing, Coalition Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Grixsen Brewing Co., Ground Breaker Brewing, Kells Brewery, Lucky Lab Brewing, McMenamins Edgefield Brewery, Migration Brewing, Mt. Hood Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing Co., Old Town Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, PINTS Brewing Co., Sunriver Brewing Co., and Widmer Bros. Brewing. Each brewery or cidery will serve an Irish-themed product, ranging from Irish red ales, stouts and cream ales, to Irish ciders, bitters and lagers.



Stumptown LepreCon 2018

March 17 | 1–10 p.m.

Stumptown LepreCon 2018 Portland, OR

Photo Courtesy of Stumptown Events

Don’t miss the ultimate costumed pub crawl this St. Patrick’s Day! Adorn yourself in your most extravagant St. Patrick’s Day costume (and yes, costumes are required!) and head to Ankeny Alley to sign in and pick up your wristband. First, you’ll head to the Kells Irish Festival, then make your way to a number of pubs throughout the city. Participants are encouraged to travel by foot between each stop and to drink responsibly!



77th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 17 | 3 p.m.

The All-Ireland Cultural Society is hosting the 77th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, an iconic Irish tradition in Portland. Enjoy continuous entertainment from 3 to 8 p.m. at Aquinas Hall, including Authentic Irish music, song and dance. Plus, there will be a special puppet show for children! Admission is $12 for ages 19 and older, $4 for children ages 3–18, and free for children 2 and under. Food and drink will be available for purchase.



2018 Adidas Shamrock Run

March 18 | Varying Times

2018 Shamrock Run Portland, OR

Photo Courtesy of Diego Diaz via The Shamrock Run

The Adidas Shamrock Run will attract over 35,000 people to downtown Portland for the largest run/walk event in Portland. Choose from a variety of races, including a 5K, 8K, 15K, and a half-marathon. Plus, there’s even a 1K Kids Leprechaun Lap and a 4-mile Shamrock Stride! All of Shamrock’s iconic courses begin at Waterfront Park near Southwest Oak and Naito Parkway and run through the heart of downtown. Register for any of the many races taking place at the Shamrock Run!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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