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.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, most 2020 St. Patrick’s Day events in the second half of March were cancelled. Events are also unlikely to occur in their regular formats in 2021, but exact details are to be confirmed.
Saint Patrick’s Day Week
In 2021 St. Patrick’s Day is on the Wednesday of the first week of Spring Break, with the rest of the school holidays running from March 15th until the 26th.
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). In 2021 CelticFest is a virtual event running from March 11th until the 20th.
Most years CelticFest Vancouver 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. In 2021 CelticFest is running in a virtual format between March 11th and 20th. Some events this year include the following:
- Friday, March 12th, 2021 – a one-hour whiskey cocktail class takes place online beginning at 7:30 pm. Registered participants get a custom Jameson whiskey kit delivered to their homes. It costs $85 to take part this year.
- Sunday, March 14th, 2021 – a Family Day event with classes about Irish language, music and more. Events become available at 12:00 am.
- Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 – live music as part of Shamrock Bar & Grill’s Traditional Tuesdays. Advanced reservations are required as attendance is limited.
- Friday, March 19th, 2021 – a virtual game show with six teams begins at 7:30 pm today.
For more information about the festival check out CelticFest Vancouver.
Other 2021 St. Patrick’s Events
Many events in 2021 have been cancelled because of COVID-19. However, the following events are still scheduled to take place in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
- Irish Appreciation Night – an extra special night at the Blarney Stone Pub as part of St. Patrick’s Week celebrations. Samples of Guinness and Jameson are available from 4 pm to 6 pm on March 13th.
- St. Patrick’s Day Festival – a one-day celebration at The Blarney Stone Pub starting at 10 am on March 17th. Brunch, Guinness and many Irish dishes are available today and families are welcome.
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. Future years (post 2021) will hopefully be comparable.
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.
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 & Drums, Eire 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.
- St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run – a colourfully-green race around Stanley Park.
- 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.
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.
Tuesday, (March 17th, 2020) St. Patrick’s Day Events
St. Patrick’s Day took place on a Tuesday in 2020. On that date the following events were going to take place:
- Shamrocks and Shenanigans – Irish-themed improv theatre takes place at the Vancouver Theatre Sports Improv Centre on Granville Island at 7:30 pm.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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