This weekend Portland is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, with a ton of fun, family-friendly stuff to do around town. Check it out!
March 16th – St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival initially began as a dinner and festival for the St. Agatha Catholic School in 1998. Over the years, the event has grown and flourished and opened up to the entire Sellwood/Moreland community and beyond. The celebration is family-friendly and includes an old-fashioned carnival, tons of Irish dancing and more high-energy entertainment under the Festival tent. Your taste buds will enjoy authentic Irish food and a selection of different options from local food cart vendors lined along the street. Each year they have hundreds of visitors from different communities, making the event a fun-filled time.
March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Can’t make it to the festival on the 16th? No worries! You’ll have another chance to participate in the parade fun with the Oregon Irish Society’s 78th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Clackamas. Admission is $12 for adults and only $4 for kids ages 3-18. You can enjoy authentic Irish music, song, and dance and have a chance to win exciting prizes. There will also be face-painting and Penny’s Puppet Show for children. Coffee and tea are complimentary, and additional food and beverages are available for purchase.
March 17th – Shamrock Run
The largest running and walking event in Oregon returns, with 30,000 participants gathering at Waterfront Park to take part in a series of competitive races, fitness walks, and children’s events. With family fun, routes for all abilities and even a two-day fair, Shamrock Run has something for everyone and all with an Irish flair! You’ll be energized throughout the course on Shamrock Sunday by the music from live bands!
March 15 -17th – Fitness Fair
The Shamrock Run mentioned above is the largest running event in Oregon and is the kickoff to the running season. The two-day Health & Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center precedes the running event. Admission is free and open to the public — not just to the Shamrock Run participants. The fair will feature more than 60 exhibitors & 80 booths displaying fitness products, sampling, games and contests. There’s plenty of fun for kids too, with “Leprechaun Lane!” Activities include pop-a-shot games, mascot appearances, balloon twisting, face painting, and giveaways. Don’t miss out!