St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and celebrations of Irish American heritage are happening throughout Snohomish and Island counties.
Irish pubs and beer gardens are not the only places serving up Irish charm this year. Revelers can find live Celtic folk music and a pipe band performance in Edmonds, a community parade followed by festivities in Oak Harbor and a benefit 5k/10k run in Arlington.
Keep your eyes out for leprechauns and celebrate responsibly.
Shawn O’Donnell’s – 122 128th St., SE, Everett
This Friday celebration will have pipes and drums, Irish dancers, Guinness giveaways, face-painting, an Irish buffet, fiddlers and live Irish music all day. The paddy starts at 7 a.m. and is open to all ages, not including the beer garden. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., the celebration will be limited to those 21 and older. Performers include Snohomish County Firefighters Pipes & Drums, Rowan Fae Irish Dancers, Kenmore Pipes & Drums, The Stumbling Fiddler, Stark Raving Plaid and Cavort Irish Band. For more information, check out www.shawnodonnells.com/stpatricksday.
The Irishman – 2923 Colby Ave., Everett
Festivities start noon Friday and go until 2 a.m. The authentic Irish pub in downtown Everett will have a beer garden and Irish food, plus live music at 4 p.m. from Irish ballader Oliver Mulholland. The event is for 21 and older. For more information, call 425-374-5783 or go to www.theirishmen.com.
The Gothard Sisters – 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds
Get ready to shake your shamrocks with Edmonds’ own Celtic folk group, The Gothard Sisters, 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The trio will mark the holiday with Celtic music, Irish ballads and step-dancing, fiddle tunes, stories and more. Tickets range $15 to $30. For more information, call 425-275-9595 or go to www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.
Art Walk Edmonds and the Northwest Junior Pipe Band – downtown Edmonds
Paint the town green at Art Walk Edmonds from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Young musicians from the Northwest Junior Pipe Band will hit the streets with bagpipes and drums around 5:30 p.m. to get everyone in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. The event is free and for all ages. Email email@example.com for more information.
Celebrate at McMenamins Anderson School – 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell
You better beer-lieve it, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Anderson School is back. The party kicks off Friday and spans the entire weekend. The all-day party Friday will have traditional Irish food, dancers and live Irish music starting at 1 p.m. Performers include Surly Goats, Pinniped, Waking Bear, Cavort and Dusty Jades. All ages are welcome. Call 425-398-0122 or go to www.mcmenamins.com/anderson-school for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
Parade lovers are in luck. The Whidbey Irish Wildlife Society’s 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday following a pub crawl that begins noon at the Oak Harbor Cafe. The parade starts on Pioneer Way in Historic Downtown Oak Harbor and ends at the bottom of Ireland Street where attendees can kiss the Blarney Stone. After the parade, people can enjoy music, entertainment and an Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage at the American Legion Hall for $15 a plate.
St. Patrick’s Day at Bayview Hall – 5642 Bayview Road, Langley
All ages are welcome to celebrate Celtic heritage with Little BIG Fest at 6 p.m. Friday at Bayview Hall. Festivities include alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments and live music from local artists including Nick Toombs, Celia Farran, Nathaniel Talbot and DJ HallPass. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door. St. Patrick’s Day at Bayview Hall is the first in a series of fundraisers for Little BIG Fest, a three-day music and arts festival on Whidbey Island. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/littlebigfestival.
Double Bluff Brewing Co. – 112 Anthes Ave., Langley
Festivities start noon Saturday and go to 8 p.m. The brewery will have live music, their Irish Red Ale and Irish Stout on tap, and traditional Irish food catered by Ikaika Bistro. Open to all ages (pets included). Make sure to put on your most green-tastic outfit as the brewery will be awarding a prize to the greenest person. For more information, check out their website at www.dblfbrewing.com.
River Time Brewing – 650 Emens Ave. N South, Darrington
Grab your forks and head to River Time Brewing for their corned beef cook off at 6 p.m. Friday. The brewery is no longer accepting competitors, but voting starts at 8 p.m. and all are welcome to enjoy a green beer and watch the competition. There is no cover charge for this all-ages event, but the brewery will be taking donations to support the rebuilding of Dos Agaves’ after a recent fire damaged the restaurant. For more information, call 267-483-7411.
St Patrick’s Day 5k/10k – Arlington
Shamrock and roll with the Arlington runners club for their St. Patrick’s Day 5k and 10k race at 9 a.m. Saturday. The 5k starts at 10 a.m and the 10k starts 10 minutes later. Attendees can park at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club and walk over to the starting line at the trail across the street marked by a yellow arch. The first 300 people to register will receive an etched glass, finisher medal and coupon for a free dole whip or cider from Elemental Cider. The registration fee is $40, but those 11 and younger can race for free with a paid adult. All proceeds benefit adults with developmental disabilities served through Eagle Wings disAbility Ministries. For more information, email Arc98223@gmail.com.
Stark Raving Plaid and the Seattle Irish Dance Company -1225 3rd St., Marysville
Celtic rock band Stark Raving Plaid and the Seattle Irish Dance Company will be honoring Irish heritage at 7 p.m. Friday. Head to the Marysville Opera House for an evening of song, dance and mischief. Tickets are $20. More at tinyurl.com/eDH-mvile-celtic.
Route 2 Taproom – 19837 Highway 2, Monroe
Get the paddy started this Friday with live music from Minimum Wage Band, who will be performing classic rock covers. There is no cover charge for this all-ages St. Patrick’s Day celebration. For more information, call 360-863-2036 or go to www.facebook.com/route2taproom.
Magical Strings – 1211 4th St., Snohomish
Enjoy music and dance from Celtic duo Philip and Pam Boulding and the Tara Academy at 7:30 p.m Saturday at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 4th St., Snohomish. Tickets are $25. More at tinyurl.com/EDH-magical-strings.
Kate Erickson: 425-339-3209; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @katerickson_.
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