13 Events & Activities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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Editor’s note: Many of these annual Seattle-area St. Patrick’s Day events and activities have been canceled for 2021 or have gone virtual. COVID updates have been included with each event. If you’re looking for virtual ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, try these. Find more Seattle-area events here.

Break out your green garb because Seattle is doing St. Patrick’s Day right. Whether you and the kids want to trap a leprechaun, dash to the end of a rainbow or simply want to watch a parade go by, we’ve rounded up the best St. Patrick’s Day events and activities in and around the Emerald City. Read on to sham-rock your weekend!

photo: Ryan Johnson via flickr

1. Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade festivities start at 12:20 p.m. when the Irish flag is raised in front of the King County Administration Building, followed by trumpeters playing the Irish and US National anthems. At 12:30 p.m., the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal lead Seattle’s 49th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade up 4th Avenue, traveling north from James St to the reviewing stand at Westlake Park. Expect clowns, bagpipe players and maybe even a gaggle of leprechauns to march down the streets, with the procession traveling past Westlake Center. From there participants are invited to travel for free via the Monorail to the Seattle Center for closing ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. during the Irish Festival in the Armory.

COVID update: This event has been canceled for 2021.

Cost: Free

Downtown Seattle
Starting at Fourth Ave. & James St.
Seattle, WA
Online: irishclub.org

2. Leprechaun Hunt
Leprechauns are popping up in the garden. Will you be lucky enough to spot one? Join us for this self-guided scavenger hunt to find out. Over the years, we’ve learned that there are four things that attract leprechauns: shamrocks, mischief, rainbows and gold. Find all four to win a prize, and possibly catch a glimpse of a leprechaun!

COVID update: This event has been canceled for 2021.

Cost: Free

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
20312 15th Ave. N.W.
Shoreline, WA
Online: kruckeberg.org

3. Leprechaun Trap Workshop
They’re secretive little tricksters and legend says you’ll get a pot-o-gold if you can catch one. Join us for a fun family workshop and make your own trap. The trap is a small planter designed with materials from the garden and other whimsical items to lure mischievous leprechauns. This activity is geared toward ages 4-8, but all are welcome. Register online.

COVID update: This event has been canceled for 2021.

Cost: $25-$35 per trap

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
20312 15th Ave. N.W.
Shoreline, WA
Online: kruckeberg.org

photo: photo library

4. Kirkland Shamrock Run
Put on your green garb, lace up your tennies and participate in the Kirkland Shamrock 5K and Kids Race. This Eastside event is a fun-filled road race celebrating Kirkland, healthy living and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day! Come join multitudes of other Irish culture enthusiasts to run or walk through downtown Kirkland. The Kids Race, a short jaunt around Marina Park for wee ones, will take place after the main race. The price is $15 and includes a medal, bib and shirt and a run through the race start and finish archways.

COVID update: Families can participate in the Kirkland Urban Shamrock Adventure Run in 2021. This scavenger-hunt-style race will be held Sat., Mar. 13, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Cost: $15-$50

Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, WA
Online: kirklandshamrockrun.com

5. Irish Festival Seattle
Seattle Center Festál presents Irish Festival Seattle in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club (IHC). It’s a two-day celebration of Irish heritage, culture and arts with traditional music, step-dancing, lectures, genealogy workshops, Irish films, exhibits, displays and more. Your kids will marvel at the historic Rock of Cashel built entirely from LEGO bricks, while you can hope to win two free tickets to Ireland at the Sunday drawing.

COVID update: This event will be held virtually in 2021. Catch the live 90-minute celebration online Sat., Mar. 13 at 1 p.m. or watch the rebroadcast on Mar. 17.

Cost: Free

Seattle Center Armory
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA
Online: seattlecenter.com

photo: iStock

6. Pirates Landing of St. Patrick
St. Patrick was originally brought to Ireland by Irish pirates around 400 AD. Over 1600 years later, the Seafair Pirates will deliver St. Patrick back to the Emerald City, dropping him off at South Lake Union (near MOHAI). Once he’s landed, you will be able to get a ride back to Pioneer Square by 6:30 p.m. for the Green Stripe Laying.

COVID update: Families can enjoy a live broadcast of this event in 2021 on Mar. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

South Lake Union – Near MOHAI
860 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
Online: irishclub.org

7. Green Stripe Mini Parade
Meet in Pioneer Square, across the street from the CenturyLink Field north parking lot at 6:30 p.m., to secure a spot on the flat-bed truck that paints the green stripe along 4th Ave. in preparation for Saturday’s big parade. Stripe painting will begin at 4th Ave. & Jefferson St.

COVID update: This event has been canceled for 2021.

Cost: Free

419 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
206-548-9859
Online: irishclub.org

photo: ventura parade

8. St. Patrick’s Day Dash
The St. Patrick’s Day Dash is a family tradition that attracts many generations. Young Leprechauns Dash 1K before three waves of the area’s best athletes, weekend warriors, walkers and strollers head out on a 3 mile ribbon of green through Seattle. The Leprechaun Lap starts at 8 a.m. Race waves start at 8:30 a.m. Finish up with awards and a costume contest at 9:45 a.m.

COVID update: Families can register to run the St. Patrick’s Day Dash around Green Lake on Mar. 13 or 14, 2021.

Cost: $30-$115

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA
Online: stpatsdash.com

9. St. Patrick’s Day at the Zoo
See amazing animals, talk to the keepers who care for them and watch animals enjoy “lucky” treats and enrichments for St. Patrick’s Day. (Psst… the enrichments encourage natural behavior that keeps animals healthy.) Don’t forget to look out for all the green-colored animals in our zoo (Hint: You’ll find most of them in Kids’ Zone.).

COVID update: This event has been canceled for 2021.

Cost: Included with admission

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA
Online: pdza.org

 

photo: courtesy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

10. St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Team up with your kid to hunt for a pot of gold in the Kelsey Creek barnyard. You’ll also create holiday crafts and enjoy some QT with the farm animals. Registration is required.

COVID update: This event has been canceled for 2021.

Cost: $25/Bellevue residents; $30/non-residents

Kelsey Creek Farm
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue, WA
Online: bellevuewa.gov

11. Lucky Leprechauns
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Join us for art, games, music, and all things green! Don’t forget to have your leprechaun wear something green so you won’t get pinched! There’s a pot of ‘gold’ waiting for you at the end of the rainbow! Child and caregiver class. Instructor: Miss Karen. 2-5 years old. Pre-register for the event by calling: 425-452-4106.

COVID update: This event has been canceled for 2021.

Cost:  $21/Bellevue residents; $26/non-residents

Northwest Arts Center
9825 N.E. 24th St.
Bellevue, WA
Online: bellevuewa.gov

12. St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Time to get your Irish on and celebrate this fun community tradition at the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade steps off at 11 a.m. at 6th & Pacific in downtown Bremerton.

COVID update: This event has been canceled for 2021.

Cost: Free

Downtown Bremerton
Starting at 6th & Pacific Ave.
Bremerton, WA
Online: downtownbremerton.org

photo: iStock

13. Woodinville Leprechaun Leap – March 13
The Leprechaun Leap 5K & 10K starts on the Sammamish River Trail at Wilmot Park. The 5K is a fast, flat out and back course, ideal for all abilities; walkers, strollers, and friendly dogs on a fixed leash are welcome. Our 10K course is flat, with 2 gentle rollers. Don’t forget the 1K Sprite Sprint that’s free for kids 6 & under. Costumes encouraged for everyone!

COVID update: Families can also complete this race virtually in 2021.

Cost: $35-$45/person; free kids dash

Wilmot Park
13701 N.E. 171st St.
Woodinville, WA
Online: runsignup.com

—Allison Sutcliffe & Kristina Moy

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