Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during Irish Week, plus other fun things to do around Seattle
What is happening
This week, with St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, a green stripe will be painted on Fourth Avenue, Ireland’s patron saint will be welcomed to the south shore of Lake Union, and a parade, marathon and more festive events will be held in honor of the Irish Heritage Club Irish week.
Spanning three weekends from March 5-19, Irish Week highlights Irish tradition, music, dance, history and more, and “whether you were born in Ireland, have a Irish abstraction or you have no connection to Ireland at all, I think people will appreciate it. and learn something,” said John Keane, board member of the Irish Heritage Club and organizer of the Irish Week event for 40 years.
Following the traditional story of Saint Patrick’s voyage to Ireland with Irish pirates around the year 400, Saint Patrick’s Landing will be recreated as part of Irish Week at 5 p.m. on March 12 in South Lake Union ( near MOHAI; 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle).
“St. Patrick was brought to Ireland in the 5th century by Irish pirates. He escaped our map for seven years, escaped to France, then eventually became a priest and a bishop, then decided he wanted to return to Ireland to Christianize the Irish. This is how St. Patrick’s Day began in Ireland,” Keane said.
During this re-enactment, the Pirates of the Emerald Isle will bring Ireland’s patron saint back to Seattle, laying him down for all to see. St. Patrick’s Landing will be followed by “Laying O’ the Green Stripe” on Fourth Avenue (from Jefferson to Pine Street) at 6 p.m. on March 12, another local tradition tied to the story.
In the 1960s, John Doyle Bishop of Seattle started the custom of painting a green stripe down a Seattle street to celebrate the holiday.
“Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, he would go out and paint the green strip on Fifth Avenue in front of his store. It became a big joke because every year the Seattle police would bring him to the station and charge him with something,” Keane said. “It would never cost him a penny, but he would get all this publicity out of it, and there would be a little story in the paper about ‘John Doyle Bishop being arrested again for painting a green stripe outside his shop’. .’ “
This miniature parade-like procession and the green strip – painted with eco-friendly paint – will mark the route of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade the following day.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Seattle’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1972, as well as the 40th anniversary of Seattle Center’s Irish Festival. the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a mile-long procession of music, dancing, Irish Greyhounds, Seattle Seafair Pirates, DeLoreans and more.
To begin the parade at 1 p.m. on March 13, the parade marshals – Enda Kenny, former Prime Minister of Ireland; Heather Murphy, a longtime member of Seattle’s Irish community; Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell; Galway, Ireland, Mayor Martina O’Connor; and Doireann O’Brien, Vice-Consul of Ireland, will raise the Irish flag in front of the King County Administration Building. The raising of the flag will be followed by trumpeters playing the Irish and American national anthems.
The parade will then head north on Fourth Avenue from James Street and end in Westlake Park. The parade’s closing ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Seattle Center, where Day 2 of the Seattle Center’s irish festival keep on going. If you’re wondering how to easily get from Westlake to Seattle Center, take the monorail! From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., you can go to the Seattle Center for free.
From noon to 6 p.m. on March 12 and 13, visitors to the Irish Festival can find vendors offering Irish and Celtic products, workshops, an art exhibition, music, children’s activities, food and traditional Irish dancing and more at the Seattle Center Armory (305 Harrison St., Seattle).
Find more information on: irishclub.org/irish-week-2022 and seattlecenter.com/events/featured-events/festal/irish-festival
St. Patrick’s Day Events
Here are some other Irish Week and St. Patrick’s Day events happening in the Puget Sound area.
Irish Business Breakfast — March 11
Irish Network Seattle hosts a conversation with Enda Kenny, former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, and Doireann O’Brien, Deputy Consul General of the Irish Consulate in San Francisco. Attendees will also be able to network and learn about Ireland’s presence in Seattle. Register online; free. 1325 Sixth Avenue, Seattle; irish club.org
St. Patrick’s Day Festival — March 12
Celtic Attic hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Festival with over 30 local artists and vendors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma. There will also be a pixie photo booth, goodie bags, treats and more. Free. 2501 ED St., Tacoma; 360-531-1107; celticattic.com
St. Patrick’s Day Dash — March 13
The 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash returns to Seattle Center with a 5k run, leprechaun lap (1k loop for kids), post-dash party, costume contests, live music and even more. The 5K race will start at 8:45 a.m. Register online; prices vary. Seattle Center International Fountain, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle; stpatsdash.com
St. Patrick’s Day Mass — March 17
Participate in the Mass readings and prayers of St. Patrick’s Mass celebrated in Ireland at noon. Free. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2702 Broadway E., Seattle; irish club.org
Irish Genealogy Seminar — March 19
Enjoy a day of Irish genealogy research led by genealogy specialists Steven Morrison and Jean Roth 9:00am-5:00pm Workshop includes introductions to Irish genealogy research, Irish Quaker migration, resources and more. Register online; $40. 844 NE 78th St., Seattle; irish club.org
What else is going on
Here are some other events taking place March 11-17 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for review, complete the form at the bottom of the post. Please check event websites for more information, including coronavirus requirements.
Cider and Beer Trail — March 11
Kent Downtown Partnership Presents Cider & Ale Trail 6-9 p.m. Attendees will sample specialty beers and ciders donated by regional brewers. There will also be a live musical performance. Half Lion Brewery, 2 Towns Cider House, Black Fleet Brewing and more will be in attendance. Buy tasting tickets (includes 10 tastings, disposable glass, bracelet and program guide) online; $35. 202 West Gowe Street, Kent; 253-813-6976; downtownkentwa.com
RAGS Wearable Art Sale 2022 — March 11-13
The 28th Annual RAGS Wearable Art Sale and Gallery Competition returns to an online event for its 28th year supporting Pierce County YWCA Domestic Violence Rescue Services. Creative jewelry, clothing and accessories from more than 50 artists are offered for sale at the boutique-style exhibit. RAGS also features a gallery of unique works with winners in several categories earning cash prizes. Free. ywcapiercecounty.org/wearable-art-sale
Mountain Pride: Pride in the Pow — March 11-13
In partnership with Seattle Pride and QPOC Hikers, Crystal Mountain celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community with this three-day Pride event, which includes a snowshoe tour and dinner, ski lessons, drag performances and more. Register online; prices vary. 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw; 833-279-7895; crystalmountainresort.com
Once Upon A Symphony — March 13
Philharmonia Northwest presents a children’s concert in person and online at 2 p.m. Participants will learn what each instrument in the orchestra can do and write a song together. Buy your tickets online; prices vary. 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle; 206-675-9727; philharmonianw.org
Read Virtual Writers — March 13
Presented by the Seattle Public Library and the African American Writers Alliance, this monthly reading series features local writers reading their diverse repertoire of poetry, short stories, novels, and essays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will end with a question-and-answer session. , followed by an open-mic session. Register online; free. spl.org
Pi Day Celebration at Kirkland Urban — March 14
Join Kirkland Urban for a celebration of Pi Day with a pi recitation contest, interactive scavenger hunt, giveaways from various retailers at Kirkland Urban, a live DJ, and other kid-friendly activities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. h Free. 425 Urban Plaza, Kirkland; www.kirklandurban.com
South American stunners for PNW Gardens – March 16
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society presents an in-person class that explores the variety of South America’s horticultural riches for gardens as well as our avian and pollinator friends at 7 p.m. Register online; $15/non-members, $10.50/members. 12001 Main Street, Bellevue; 425-452-2750; bellevuebotanical.org
2022 Salish Sea Early Music Festival — March 17
The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents four performances in Seattle with repeat performances in towns around Puget Sound and across Canada for its 11th annual early chamber music festival. The festival begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 17 with “Russian Guitar and Flute by Beethoven for our Ukrainian Friends” and runs until May 26. Suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25 (18 and under are free). 8208 18th Avenue NE, Seattle; 206-523-9636; salishseafestival.org/seattle
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the Weeknd’s After Hours Til Dawn Worldwide The stadium tour will stop in Seattle on August 25 at Lumen Field. Ticket sales for the North American dates began on March 10. theweeknd.com/tour