Whether you’re Irish or not, Portland is a fantastic place to be on St. Patrick’s Day. Between our growing number of Irish pubs and popular community events, you will find plenty of ways to celebrate. Since the holiday falls on a Friday this year, prepare for a full weekend of family-friendly festivities! So, don that kelly-green feather boa you wear once a year, and dress your kids in their shamrock sunglasses and silly leprechaun hats. It’s time to round up the family and celebrate Paddy’s Day in Portland!
Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Saturday, March 11)
1151 NE Grant St., Hillsboro
At the 41st annual Murphy’s Furniture St. Patrick’s Day Parade, parade-goers will enjoy floats, cars, equestrian groups, motorcycles, dirt bikes, bagpipes, and more. Festivities continue after the parade with a corned beef and cabbage feed in the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza. The Boys and Girls Club also sponsor a shamrock hunt for children.
11 a.m. Parade starts at Hare Field, heads east to Cornell Road, then south on Cornell to Main Street, turning west to 2nd Ave, then north to Grant Street, before heading back east to Hare Field.
All-Irish Cultural Society St. Patrick’s Day Festival (Friday, March 17)
1333 NE MLK, JR. Blvd., Portland
This year marks the 76th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival hosted by the All-Irish Cultural Society of Portland. Adults and children alike will enjoy Irish dancers, live music, a puppet show, bagpipes, a raffle, and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
4:30 – 9:30 p.m.
St. Agatha’s Parade and Festival (Saturday, March 18)
7960 SE 15th, Portland
Join the hundreds of visitors who take part in the St. Agatha’s parade through Sellwood and Westmoreland. The parade, featuring the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band, will kick off the festival as hundreds of visitors, including children with decorated bikes and wagons, travel the parade route proudly wearing their green. Enjoy the live music, Irish dancers, and bagpipes during the festival following the parade.
11 a.m. 5K Run
12 p.m. Parade
12 – 5 p.m. Food and Beer Garden
12:30 – 4 p.m. Carnival
Shamrock Run (Sunday, March 19)
If you’re looking for a more active way to celebrate the holiday with your family, sign up for Oregon’s largest walk/run. The Shamrock Stride is an all-ages 5k fitness walk where strollers and dogs are welcome. Children ten and under can take part in the 1k Leprechaun Lap, and ages three and up can participate in the 5k or 8k Shamrock Run.
All events start at SW Naito Pkwy. and Pine Street, adjacent to Waterfront Park. Start times vary. See shamrockrunportland.com for details.
Family-friendly Irish Pub Events
T.C. O’Leary’s (March 17-19)
2926 NE Alberta, Portland
The celebration lasts all weekend at T.C. O’Leary’s, one of Portland’s newest Irish pubs. Children are welcome daily until 11 p.m. at this cozy and family-friendly establishment.
March 17 Opens at 7 a.m. Drink specials, live music, photobooth, and fun all day long.
March 18 Opens at 11 a.m. Balloons, face painting, and coloring contest.
March 19 Opens at 11 a.m. Guinness engraving event from 5 – 8 p.m.
Paddy’s 2017 St. Patrick’s Day 3-Day Festival (March 18-19)
65 SW Yamhill St., Portland
The Paddy’s tented street party will open Friday, March 17 and will include stage dancers, music and bagpipes. Kids 12 and under are free and are welcome until 9:30 P.M. each night.
March 18 Opens at 5 p.m.
March 19 Opens at 8 p.m.
Kell’s St. Patrick’s Family Day (Sunday, March 19)
Kell’s Downtown – 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kell’s Brewpub – 210 NW 21st Ave, Portland, 12 – 5 p.m.
Grab some corned beef and cabbage with your brood at either of the Kell’s locations. Check out the live music, Irish dancers, bagpipes, vendors, face painting, crafts, balloons, and more.