6 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Seattle

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. From a costume-inspired 5k dash and festival to Irish pub celebrations and underground tours, Downtown Seattle has festive events for everyone.


St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Photo courtesy of stpatsdash.com

As Seattle’s largest single-distance run/walk, jog or crawl, the St. Patrick’s Day Dash brings out the human pot of gold and leprechauns in us—all of a good cause. The nearly four-mile course takes you downtown from the viaduct to and from the Aurora Bridge. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume. The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash benefits the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest children’s charities: Camp Fire USA Puget Sound Council, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Rise n’ Shine and the Healing Center.

Saturday, March 17
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street


2012 Irish Festival

Photo by Greg Nye

The granddaddy of all St. Patrick’s Day events, the 2012 Irish Festival is a two-day event taking place at Seattle Center. The festival features booths selling Irish and Celtic products, live Irish music, singing, dancing, cultural displays and activities. Festival seminars and workshops include Irish Language Workshops and Genealogy Workshops. Family-oriented activities include children’s contests, Irish Musicians with Champion Irish Stepdancers from around the Pacific Northwest. Children will enjoy “Smilingest Irish Eyes Contest” and the “Most Irish-Looking Face Contest.”

Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18
10am to 6pm. Saturday, 12pm-6pm Sunday
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Mercer Street at 2nd Avenue


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Photo by Greg Nye

It wouldn’t be a holiday in Downtown Seattle if there wasn’t a parade. The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. at 4th Avenue and Jefferson Street. The parade will travel north up 4th Avenue, past the Reviewing Stand at Westlake Park and finally, finishing off at Seattle Center for closing ceremonies at 2 p.m. The Monorail is also free to ride from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17
12:30 p.m.
4th Avenue and Jefferson Street


Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant’s 11th Annual Paddython

Doors open at 5:15 a.m., complete with a proper Irish breakfast, pints of Guinness and themed t-shirts. The day-long festivities include traditional Irish music, food and entertainment, as well as a Super Saturday 6 Nations Rugby Tournament. Live music includes the talents of True Romans, Junior on the Prowl and Kennedy Brothers. There is a $10 cover charge at noon, $15 after 4pm, and none for the covered patio section.

Saturday, March 17
601 First Avenue





Kells 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Irish Festival

Kells Irish Restaurant will host an all-day celebration featuring Irish music, dancing, traditional foods and entertainment. Hundreds of people come out for this event, which closes down Post Alley and includes next door POST Restaurant & Lounge for an additional entertainment stage. Corned beef, Irish stew, Ballycastle Sausage Rolls and Ethna’s Irish Soda Bread, baked daily at Kells. Other delicious dishes and refreshments will be served throughout the celebration. Music will start at noon and for those 21 and over, a $20 admission will be charged at the door. Price includes a festival t-shirt. Proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the BIG CLIMB and the Pike Market Clinic.

Saturday, March 17
1916 Post Alley



St. Patrick’s Day Underworld Tour

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Underworld Tour in Pioneer Square! Wander through the history of Seattle and learn about the drinking ways of founding father Doc Maynard, throw back a few beers, and see if you have the luck of the Irish. Participants can also enter to win a Shamrock Recovery Kit, valued at $75 worth of traditional cures for the after-effects of too much fun. Tickets cost $21 per person and can be purchased online.

Saturday, March 17
608 First Avenue

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  • mary duffy
    March 3rd, 2013 at 20:35

    What is happening for 2013? 2012 was all wonderful. Everyone seemed to have a good time.