10 Excuses to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Lake Oswego this Weekend

Bagpipers will kick off the festivities at the St. Patrick's Day Festival at Maher's Irish Pub this weekend in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Lake Oswego’s Maher family is giving you a perfect excuse to party this weekend at their third annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival held at Maher’s Irish Brew Pub, 352 B Avenue in Lake Oswego. Events run from Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18. Need an excuse? Pick one.

1.    You need a bagpipe fix. If there’s one sound that transports you quickest to the Emerald Isle, it could be bagpipes..and it’s a lot cheaper than buying an airplane ticket. Maher’s uses bagpipers to kick off their festival on Thursday, March 15 at 5:15 p.m. and brings them back again on Saturday, March 17 at noon and 4:00 p.m.

2.    This year’s Lord of the Dance tour isn’t stopping in Portland. Who needs the Lord of the Dance when we have Maher’s Irish Dancers right in town? My two daughters are alums of Gabrielle Maher’s Irish Dance School and I can attest—they put on a high stepping, smile generating show. Catch them throughout the weekend.

3.    You want to find out why Irish eyes are smiling—it could have something to do with the liquid libations that will be flowing over the weekend. “There’s going to be a lot of Guiness being poured,” Kevin Maher predicts.

4.    You’re in search of “craic.” The closest English translation to this Gaelic word is fun or having a good time. Chances are you’ll find some at Maher’s Pub during the festivities.

5.    You’re in the mood for a good story.You’ll find that…set to music that is, as bands including Triúr Amadán, The Lost Highwaymen, and The Back Alley String Band play many of the Irish folk song favorites that speak of love, betrayal, robbery, drink, and traveling with pigs.

6.    You have a hankering for traditional Irish fare. Maher’s menu will be condensed during the festival to highlight the traditional Irish offerings like corned beef and fish and chips.

7.    Your kids are looking for something to do. Sunday is family day from 12-5 p.m. with kid-friendly activities like arts and crafts, face painting, Irish wolf hounds and the Maher’s Irish Dance School.

8.    You can donate to a good cause. Maher’s is hosting an auction to benefit Our Lady of the Lake school on Sunday at 3 p.m.

9.    You’d like to practice your Irish brogue as you raise your glass and say, “Sláinte!” (To your health)

10.    You want to see if there’s any truth to the saying, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.” Enter Sunday’s poker tournament beginning at 8 p.m. Free Timbers tickets and gift certificates await the top three finishers.

Speak up if you’re Irish and let us know how you plan on celebrating St. Paddy’s Day.

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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