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St. Patrick’s 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 and other Irish events.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, which means lots of Irish-themed events between now and the 17th!

Saint Patrick’s Day Week

Taking place around the same time as the school Spring Break most years, CelticFest is an Irish Festival in Vancouver. In 2018 it has events on February 25th as well as on March 15th to 17th, so actually slightly before Spring Break this time round.

In 2018 St. Patrick’s Day is on the Saturday of the weekend that kicks off Spring Break, with the rest of the school holidays running from March 19th until Good Friday on March 30th and the Easter Weekend.

For the first time in several years there wasn’t a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2017, which was unfortunate, especially for young families. There were lots of other great Irish-themed activities taking place however. Again in 2018, there will be no parade.

See below for details about what to expect in 2018.

Spring Break

2018 Calendar of St. Patrick’s Events

Below is a listing of some of the many events that take place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during the week in and around Vancouver in 2018.

Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Week Events

The following Irish-themed events take place in the week leading up to the St. Patrick’s Day weekend:

  • March 10, 2018 (Saturday): St. Paddy’s Festival Kick Off Party at The Blarney Stone Pub at 216 Carrall Street from 10 pm until 3 am. This is an event for adults (ages 19+) and features music by both The Shenanigans and DJ Zeus.
  • March 10, 2018 (Saturday): Tip a Wee Dram is a fundraising event at the Scottish Cultural Centre that involves lots of whisky-tasting.
  • March 11, 2018 (Sunday): Irish Family Day at The Blarney Stone Pub at 216 Carrall Street starting at 11 am and featuring an Irish brunch and $5 Irish Caesars. Free admission from 11 am to 3 pm. Family-friendly entertainment includes stilts walkers, face painting, Hula Hoop games and Celtic dancing.
St. Patrick's Fan Outside the Blarney Stone
St. Patrick’s Day Outside The Blarney Stone
  • March 12, 2018 (Monday): Irish Appreciation Night complimentary appetizers from 6 to 7 pm, Irish beverage sampling from 6 until 8 pm and live music from 6 until 11 pm at The Blarney Stone Pub. Free admission for those who RSVP online.
  • March 14, 2018 (Wednesday): the Irish Trivia Event from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at The Blarney Stone pub at 216 Carrall Street.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Events

The following Irish-themed events take place on the St. Patrick’s Day weekend:

Friday (March 16th) Events

  • St. Patrick’s Day Eve Party an event featuring live music by The Sheets plus tunes by DJ Zeus at The Blarney Stone Pub at 216 Carrall Street. Don’t forget to wear green and to enter to win their trip to Ireland.
  • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – a concert by Vancouver’s largest all-male choir at the ACT Theatre in Maple Ridge. Tickets cost $15-34.
  • CelticFest 2018 Ceilidh – a St. Patrick’s Day party and dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre at 8886 Hudson Street in Vancouver.
  • 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.
  • Carnival at Lansdowne Centre – amusement rides and midway games in Richmond mall. It’s not a St. Patrick’s Day event, granted, but it still promises to be lots of fun!

Saturday (March 17th) 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 $27-40.
  • Tiller’s Folly St. Patrick’s Day Concert – at Centennial Theatre at 2300 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver at 7:30 pm.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawls – two university-student-focused pub crawl events take place in downtown Vancouver where a bus takes participants ages 19+ to the Tavern, Library Square and Cabanas pubs. Starting venues include a choice of either the Portside Pub at 7 Alexander Street or Roxy at 932 Granville Street. Cost starts at about $30.
  • Wolf & Hound – the Irish Pub at 3617 West Broadway features a special day with live music from 1 to 4 pm with Skystone, from 4 until 9 pm with the Lucky Pennys and from 9 pm until midnight with the Irish Walkers.
  • St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run – a colourfully-green race around Stanley Park.
  • St. Patrick’s Day at Lonsdale Quay – celebrations run from 11 am until 4 pm and include Irish dance and fiddling performances, crafts and face painting.
  • St. Patrick’s Concert – Nigel Tucker, his band and the Mission Pipe Band perform for free at Maple Ridge’s ACT Theatre from 2 to 3:30 pm. Admission is free.
  • Shamrocks and Shenanigans – Irish-themed improv theatre takes place at the Vancouver Theatre Sports Improv Centre on Granville Island at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:15 pm.
  • Ceili’s Modern Irish Pub – Richmond’s favourite Irish pub features live music, bagpipers and Irish dancers starting at 11 am.
  • 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.
  • Carnival at Lansdowne Centre – amusement rides and midway games in Richmond mall. It’s not a St. Patrick’s Day event, granted, but it still promises to be lots of fun!

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

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 2018 a scaled-back version of CelticFest takes place with a handful of events on March 15th to 17th.

For more information check out CelticFest Vancouver 2018 for a schedule of festival event show times and venues.

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.

The Blarney Stone at St. Patrick's
The Blarney Stone on St. Patrick’s Day

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.