How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in and Around Lake Oswego and Portland

These Irish eyes were smilin’ last year when my wife and I visited Sean’s Bar, the oldest surviving bar in all of Ireland in celebration of gaining my Irish citizenship.

There are lots of reasons for Irish eyes to be smilin’ this month if you live in Lake Oswego and the Portland metro area. Here are some of the more popular ones:

THE DULLAHAN IRISH PUB ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL. Our homegrown party means you don’t even have to leave town to order up your Guinness and enjoy some Irish jig. There’s a full schedule which you can find online and includes popular band favorites like the Celtic melodies of the Katie Jane Band (Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and The Stomptowners (Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) as well as performances by An Daire Academy of Irish Dance on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and an Irish Jam Session on Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Cover charges are $15/daily; $30/full weekend pass and cut the line VIP. 352 B Avenue, 503.305.8087.

KELL’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL. This annual event has expanded to both its pub locations as well as the Southwest Waterfront and will be offered over the span of two weekends: March 10-12 and March 17-18. Online tickets are available until March 10 and are $20 for the 11th and 17th or $50 for a pass that gives you admission to both pubs as well as the waterfront festival (including the boxing event). Individual tickets to the Ireland vs. USA live amateur boxing event are $35. Ticketed admission begins at 5:00 p.m. at the pubs. For a complete schedule including Irish Dancing, Kell’s Pipes and Drums and other live music, check online. 112 SW 2nd Avenue, 503.227.4057; 210 NW 21st, 503.719.7175; SW Naito Parkway and SW Salmon Street.

SHAMROCK RUN. Portland’s longest-running tradition returns for its 45th year on March 12 and features multiple distances ranging from the one-mile Leprechaun Lap for kids 10 and under, to the half-marathon. All of the races start and finish at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, offering sweeping views of Portland’s skyline, Willamette River waterfront, and at least seven unique bridges. The post-race ‘Finish Line Festival’ welcomes both runners and spectators, featuring a green beer garden and live music for a St. Patrick’s Day party like no other. Register online.

PORTLAND ST. PADDY’S PARADE. This fun neighborhood tradition is sure to make you smile as everyone (officially Irish or not) gets in the spirit donning green and playing Irish music. The 1.2 mile circuitous route takes about one hour and begins and ends at the Fernwood/Cleary School, on the corner of NE 33rd and NE Hancock. Starts at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

PADDY’S BAR and GRILL ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL. You’ll find all the usual Irish suspects here including live Irish music, bagpipers, Irish dancers, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey and more. Purchase a $20 raffle ticket to win a trip to Ireland (odds of winning are 1/500!). Friday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check online for ticket info. 65 SW Yamhill, 503.224.5626.

ST. PADDY’S PUB CRAWLS.  Purchase tickets for Portland pub crawls for either Friday, March 17 or Saturday, March 18 and enjoy discounted drinks and entertainment as you flash your wristband for access to popular bars on the digital map. Purchase tickets online.

I may be 99.8% Irish but I promise not to offer you any blarney when it comes to talking about buying or selling your home. With over 30 years of experience helping families move in, out, and around Lake Oswego, I’d love to do the same for you! Give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at or check out my website.


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 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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