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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Vancouver

St. Patrick's Activities

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 and all week there are Irish celebrations including Vancouver’s CelticFest, parties at pubs and other Irish events.


ST. PATRICK’S DAY CANCELLED!

As a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus, St. Patrick’s Day in Metro Vancouver was all but cancelled! Mayor Kennedy Stewart ordered all City of Vancouver restaurants and bars to remain closed on March 17th. Events at venues like Vancouver TheatreSports also announced that they are closing for the foreseeable future, and events like CelticFest also won’t be taking place.


Saint Patrick’s Day Week in 2020

In 2020 St. Patrick’s Day was on the Tuesday of the first week of Spring Break, with the rest of the school holidays running from March 16th until the 27th.

Taking place around the same time as the school Spring Break most years, CelticFest is an Irish Festival in Vancouver. In 2020 it had events on February 20th as well as on March 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 22nd, 27th and 28th (although ones in the second half of March were cancelled).

See below for details about what to expect during the St. Patrick’s Day season in 2020.

2020 Calendar of St. Patrick’s Events

Below is a listing of some of the many events that were scheduled to take place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during the week in and around Vancouver in 2020.

Saturday (March 7th, 2020) Events

  • Celtic Fest in Surrey – a free St. Patrick’s Day-themed event with Celtic music, a scavenger hunt and other family-friendly activities at the Museum of Surrey at 17710 56a Avenue in Surrey between 1 and 4 pm.

Thursday (March 12th, 2020) Events

  • Roedde House Jazz – live music at the Roedde House Museum at 1415 Barclay Street in Vancouver’s West End from 7 until 9 pm. Today’s “Songs for St. Patrick” concert is with William George on vocals and Stephen Smith on piano. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

Spring Break

Friday (March 13th, 2020) Events

  • St. Patrick’s Day Pub Night – Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours in New Westminster offers adults ages 19+ a three-hour cruise with Celtic DJ music, Irish-themed food and drink for sale. The trip goes from 7 to 10 pm.
  • CelticFest 2020 Ceilidh Mor – a St. Patrick’s Day party and dance at the Hellenic Community Centre at 4500 Arbutus Street in Vancouver. The event features entertainment with the BC Regiment Irish Pipes & DrumsEire Born Irish Dance Company and the Celtic band Blackthorn. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and free for children ages 12 and under.

Saturday (March 14th, 2020) Events

  • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – a concert by Vancouver’s largest all-male choir at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street. Tickets cost $15-40. (CANCELLED)
  • St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run – a colourfully-green race around Stanley Park. (CANCELLED)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Pub Night – Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours in New Westminster offers adults ages 19+ a three-hour cruise with Celtic DJ music, Irish-themed food and drinks for sale. The trip goes from 7 to 10 pm.

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Sunday (March 15th, 2020) Events

  • Songs for St. Patrick – live Irish-themed music at the Roedde House Museum at 1415 Barclay Street (which isn’t far from Robson Street near Broughton). The concert is with Stephen Smith on piano with singing by William George. Admission is between $12 and $15. See our article about the Roedde House Museum for details.
  • St. Patrick’s Weekend Family Festival – a kid-friendly party at The Blarney Stone Pub at 216 Carrall Street starting at 11 am and featuring an Irish brunch. This event goes until 3 pm and family-friendly entertainment includes stilts walkers, face painting, Hula Hoop games and Celtic dancing. (CANCELLED)

Vancouver TheatreSports

Tuesday, (March 17th, 2020) St. Patrick’s Day Events

St. Patrick’s Day takes place on a Tuesday in 2020. On that date the following event takes place:

  • Shamrocks and Shenanigans – Irish-themed improv theatre takes place at the Vancouver Theatre Sports Improv Centre on Granville Island at 7:30 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – a concert by Vancouver’s largest all-male choir at the ACT Theatre in Maple Ridge. Tickets cost $15-30. (CANCELLED)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Festival – an all-day party at The Blarney Stone Pub starting at 10 am. Entertainment includes Celtic dancers, DJ music and bagpipers until 2 am. People under 19 are allowed in until 5 pm with a guardian. (CANCELLED)

CelticFest Vancouver

Most years there is also CelticFest Vancouver which features numerous events over the week of and weekends just before and after St. Patrick’s Day (i.e., March 17th). In 2019 a scaled-back version of CelticFest took place with a handful of events on March 15th to 17th as well as a number of dates in February. For more information  about the festival check out CelticFest Vancouver.

Irish Pubs Around Vancouver

Looking for an Irish pub to celebrate the St. Patrick’s season at? Then click Vancouver Irish Pubs for some Celtic suds and fun.

Other Information

Click Spring Break in Metro Vancouver for ideas on things to do during the school break with your family, or North Shore Family Activities for adventure ideas and things to do in North and West Vancouver.

For lists of other events in the Lower Mainland click March Calendar or Festivals & Events.