5 Best Saint Patrick’s Day Events in Seattle

Q: Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland?

A: He couldn’t afford plane fare.

St. Patricks Day Wallingford WAAre you new to Smith & Burns luxury apartment homes… or maybe you are getting ready to pull the trigger on one of our new studio, one bedroom or two bedroom deluxe apartments? Either way, we wanted to make sure you are ready for one of Seattle’s biggest celebrations.

Rain or shine, St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and there’s plenty to do in the Emerald City. From pub crawls to a parade, it’s time to celebrate all things green. And, there’s more to do in Seattle than just drinking green beer and singing “Danny Boy”. Start by dressing in a little green and grabbing a four leaf clover for good luck. You never know, maybe a rainbow and a pot O’gold is in your future. As crazy as it sounds, pinching is allowed on this fun-filled Irish holiday, but only if the “pinchee” is not wearing green. (A note from management: Proceed on that time-honored tradition at your own risk).   

Whether you’re new to Seattle, or you’ve been around for awhile, we all our Irish for this week-long celebration. If you want to get out and do something more active than tipping back a Guinness, there’s a parade, an Irish festival, a run and more for this March celebration.

1. St Patrick’s Day Parade

Bagpipers, pirates, drill teams, Irish dancers, bands, and more all march past for one of Seattle’s best parades. The parade ends near Seattle Center.
When: March 12, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Along 4th Avenue between Jefferson and Seattle Center
How much: Free!

2. St. Patrick’s Day Dash

This run covers about four miles of ground and encourages everyone to participate, whether you want to walk or run. The mood is light with racers often dressing in costumes, so you’ll be running (or watching) leprechauns and Guinness cans jog by. Most runners, at the very least, wear green to get into the spirit.
When: March 13
Where: Seattle Center
How much: $30-50/person depending on when you register

3. Irish Festival

Irish Festival Seattle WAGet on your dancing shoes and a bit O’the green and join in the celebration. You’ll learn a little about what it means to be Irish and have fun doing it. You will have a new appreciation for some of their folklore and sayings too:

“Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening, And live everyday as if it were your last.”

There will be live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, food, games, and a lively marketplace and of course Irish tunes.
Where: Seattle center
Date: March 12-13, 2016

4) St Patrick’s After Work Party

Slip out of your corporate disguise, into Celtic costume and join the inaugural evening highlighted by clovers and cocktails galore at the St. Patrick’s Day Kickoff Happy Hour. Ticket prices vary.
When: Friday, March 11th, 2016 | 5pm – 10pm
Where: Sam’s Tavern 1024 E Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122

5) Murphy’s Pub

Want to stay a little closer to home? Murphy’s Pub is located in the heart of Wallingford and claims to be the first Irish Pub in Seattle. Who’s going to argue? Be sure to tip your cap and wish your neighbors love, laughter and lots of good luck as you take the short stroll from your new Smith & Burns home to this local iconic Irish tavern and restaurant.
Where: 1928 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
When: Everyday’s ST. Paddy’s day

Enjoy, be safe and remember:

“As you slide down the banister of life,

May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!”

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