Dust off your shamrocks and get ready to embrace the Irish spirit as we’ve rounded up the best St. Paddy's Day events the city has to offer
1. CelticFest Vancouver
Take in traditions from across the pond with live music and entertainment at CelticFest Vancouver (now until March 18th at various venues) where you can catch performers like Delhi 2 Dublin (pictured) and The Paperboys. On the weekend (March 18th and 19th), check out the Celtic Village where streets will be filled with food, shopping and all-round merriment.
Robson Square, 800 Robson Street; free admission
2. St. Patrick’s Day 5k
Put an Irish jig in your step and kick-start the weekend celebrations with the annual BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K through Stanley Park. With all proceeds going towards the Canadian Diabetes Society, it doesn’t matter whether you walk, run or riverdance across the finish line. Just dress in your finest green gear and enjoy the beautiful scenery while helping raise awareness for a good cause. If that’s not enough to tempt you, then maybe the post-race party hosted by Granville Island Brewing will. Enjoy a celebration of food, entertainment and green beer that’ll surely help numb those aching limbs.
March 18th, Stanley Park Pavilion, 9:30 a.m.
3. Ireland versus England rugby
Rugby fans rejoice! As Ireland faces its last match against England in the European 6 Nations tournament, why not take the opportunity to experience it live at Doolins Irish Pub. The $20 cover charge will let you cheer on the boys in green with a breakfast and pint in hand. May the luck of the Irish be with them!
March 18th, 654 Nelson Street, 10 a.m, $20
4. The Blarney Stone St. Patrick's Day celebrations
Party all week at the Blarney Stone pub, where they’ll be hosting a range of events in honour of St Paddy’s Day. From whiskey-infused evenings to family-filled festivities, there’s sure to be something in their week-long celebration that everyone can enjoy. Check out the events here.
Now until March 17th, 216 Carrall Street
5. The Keltic Landing
"Unlock the heritage" and discover this brand new two-day event that celebrates a journey through Celtic and Gaelic history. Each evening will be vastly different as guests enjoy food, drink and entertainment that truly encompass both cultures. Get your tickets here.
March 17th (Celtic) and March 18th (Gaelic), 6.p.m
The Imperial, 319 Main Street
6. Entertain at home
If heading out into busy crowds to drink the day away isn’t really your thing, then celebrate in the warmth of your own home and invite friends and family over for a St. Paddy’s Day party. It’s common to get together with family on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, so why not make it a tradition of your own and spend it with the people you love? It also gives you the opportunity to explore different recipes, and nothing says “Kiss me, I’m Irish” quite like this homemade Guinness Black Magic cocktail.
7. CelticFest Surrey
Head to the Surrey Museum and enjoy a day filled with fun family activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, including Celtic musicians, Irish dancers and crafts. There will be something to keep your little ones entertained all day long!
March 18th, 17710-56A Avenue
1.p.m to 4.p.m, admission by donation