Celebrate the return of St. Patrick’s Day to Portland with a fun mix of events that will appeal to everyone in the family. Last year we honored the patron saint of Ireland through mostly virtual means, but this year the celebration will be the best of both worlds—with a hybrid mix of virtual and in-person events across Portland. Join in a parade, watch some traditional Irish dancing and music from your home, or run a half-marathon where a 12 oz. pour of beer awaits you at the finish! Read on to find out more.

Portland St.Patrick's Day Parade

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The 33rd Portland St. Paddy's Day Parade returns live and in person! The parade will start at 1p.m. sharp and the meeting point is at the Fernwood/Beverly Clearly School in NE Portland (33rd and Hancock). The parade has been a tradition since 1990 in the Portland area and this year marks an especially welcome return to a cherished local Irish tradition here in Portland. It's a great event for the whole family to participate in!

Mar. 13, 1 p.m.
Online: Event Details

Shamrock Run and Fitness Fair

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The Shamrock Run is the crown jewel  or "Pot of Gold" of the St. Patrick's Day celebration here in Portland. It's a fun race with a plethora of options for runners and walkers of all abilities. From a kid-friendly "Leprechaun" 1K lap, to distances of 5k, 8k, 15K, Half-Marathon, and a 4 mile "stride," the Shamrock Run has something for all abilities and ages. Perhaps there are no pots of gold beneath rainbows (at least that we've found in Oregon), but there is a medallion (possibly gold), that awaits you after your run plus, a bowl of Bob's Red Mill oatmeal, and 12 oz. pour of beer! Check out the website for info on registration and race start times. A fitness fair will also take place at the Oregon Convention center on Friday March 11 and Saturday March 12 before the race begins on Sunday.

Mar. 11,12 & 13 
Online: Event Details.

Portland’s Annual Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

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On Thursday March 17th celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the All-Ireland Cultural Society as they host a variety of local Irish dancers, singers, musicians, (and bagpipes) on their Youtube channel. The event is completely free (although you can make a donation). 

You can head to their Facebook page for sneak peaks and updates leading up to the event. It will be a St. Patrick’s Day to remember!

Online: Event Details.

St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tourney at Edgefield

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Golfers of all skill levels and ages are welcome at this friendly, individual-format, 20-hole tournament on Edgefield's par-3 Pub Course. Adults can grab an Irish Stout to start the day and win prizes for on-the-course contests. Purchase tickets online or at the Edgefield Gift Shop. 

Weds., Mar. 17, 12 noon check-in; 1 p.m. start time
$35/ participant
All ages welcome

Edgefield Golf Course
2126 S.W. Halsey St.
Troutdale, OR

Online: Event Details

McMenamin’s St Patrick’s Day, All Locations

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Enjoy one of McMenamins’ classic seasonal brews and hear live music during St. Patrick’s Day Across the Land, a casual weekend celebration at several participating locations throughout Portland. Kid-approved favorites on every menu make dining out at McMenamin’s an easy and affordable option for celebrations like this one. Check the website to find a location near you and more details. McMenamin pubs, restaurants and bars are open for takeout, delivery, outdoor dining and most with limited indoor seating. Please call ahead to see what the best and safest option is for your family. 

Mar 17, 18, 19 times vary
Many participating locations
Online: Event Details.

Virtual Tour of Blarney Castle

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If you've ever dreamed of traveling to Ireland it's very likely that Blarney Castle is on your wish list. Blarney Castle is a well preserved 15th century building located in the small town of Blarney Ireland. This enchanting castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic making it a fascinating place to explore. There are many myths surrounding this castle including one that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you'll be granted the gift of gabbing! While travel is made much more challenging these days the internet allows us to take adventures all over the world. This St. Patrick's Day gather round the kids and take a virtual tour of Blarney Castle! 

Online: blarneycastle.ie

St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Science Experiments

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A little green food coloring can go a long way! Check out some of these amazing St. Patrick's Day crafts and science experiments. Or look for our guide on how to catch a Leprechaun. While it was once true that leprechauns only lived in Ireland they have since naturalized all over the world in parks, the woods, and gardens. All you'll need to do is gather up a few materials, including a cardboard box or shoebox, a stick (or pencil in a pinch), a pillowcase, and food and trap your very own leprechaun. Follow three easy steps outlined




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