Here's your guide to St. Patrick's Day weekend fun around the Sound

The St. Pat's Day festivities happen all weekend, plus Comic Con, coins, and quilting

March 15, 2019
Guy dressed like a leprechaun

© Volodymyr Melnyk |

It's always good when St. Patrick's Day falls on a weekend, and when the weather's more like spring than like winter -- and this weekend, the stars align for a great St. Pat's celebration. My only issue: I truly have NO green clothes. I don't even think I have green socks, and I do have a lot of colorful socks. Maybe I've got something with a green stripe in there. I'll check my sock drawer, and you check this list of stuff going on around the Sound and find yourself some fun this weekend!


  • Rat City Roller Girls Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 11am. Battle of the Home Teams:  Grave Danger, Sockit Wenches, Throttle Rockets and DFL will battle it out in a two day event.  The Rat’s Nest in Shoreline.
  • Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Saturday, 6:05pm. The T-birds host their final home game of the regular season against the Portland Winterhawks at ShoWare Centre in Kent.
  • Seattle University & Seattle Pacific Track and Field Saturday, 10am. The Seattle Pacific Doris Heritage Invite at West Seattle Stadium.
  • Puget Sound University &  Pacific Lutheran University Track and Field Saturday, 10:30am. The Loggers and the Lutes are in Tacoma for the Peyton Scoring Meet.
  • St. Paddy’s Day Run Saturday. Start the morning with 5K (9am), 10K (8:40am), half marathon (8:10am), or kids’ 1K (11am) along Commencement Bay.
  • Landing of St. Patrick Friday, 5:30pm.  Watch the landing by boat at 5:30 p.m. at South Lake Union. See St. Patrick again at the Green Stripe Laying at 7 p.m. when the route for Saturday’s parade is marked on 4th Avenue. Free.
  • Irish Flag-Raising Saturday, 12:20pm. Join the mayor of Seattle and parade dignitaries at the Irish ceremony, followed by the playing of the Irish and U.S. national anthems, in front of the King County Administration Building. Followed by trumpeters playing the Irish and US National Anthems. Free.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, 12:30pm. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal lead Seattle’s 48th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, including Irish bands, pipers, dancers, and 2,000 marchers, up 4th Avenue, traveling north from James St to the reviewing stand at Westlake Park.    From there participants are invited to travel for free via the Monorail to the Seattle Center for closing ceremonies at 2:30 pm during the Irish Festival in the Armory.
  • Irish Festival Saturday & Sunday. Two days of music, singing, dancing, workshops, children’s activities and booths selling Irish and Celtic products. On both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy demonstrations, samplings and discussions on Irish cuisine and libations including traditional Irish soda bread and tea, potato pancakes, Irish bacon and sausages. Also -- the Irish Reels Film Festival, Irish art, photography and historical exhibits, genealogy workshops and a drawing for a free vacation to Ireland on Sunday afternoon. Seattle Center Armory. Free.
  •  Kirkland Shamrock Run Saturday. Wear green to the 10K, 5K, and kids’ race, which begins at Kirkland Marina Park and ends with a party at Wilde Rover. Walkers are welcome.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dash Sunday. Wear green or a costume to the 5K, which goes from Seattle Center to downtown and back on 4th Avenue. Afterward, head to the giant beer garden at Fisher Pavilion for age 21+. The Leprechaun Lap is a 1K dash for kids age 10 and younger.
  •  Emerald City Comic Con Through Sunday. THE destination comic and pop culture show for the Pacific Northwest delivering the best that the comics and pop culture industry has to offer directly from the creators, bringing super fans exactly what they crave: interaction with quality content and guests and an inclusive space to celebrate their fandom. In 2018, Emerald City Comic Con soared to 95,000 fans over four days and featured hundreds of comic book guests, celebrity guests and more. At the Convention Center.
  •  Dar Williams Friday, 8pm at the Neptune Theatre. 
  • Hot Java Cool Jazz Friday, 7pm. Top bands from five local high schools wow the audience in Paramount Theatre.  It’s one incredible night of music with performances by five of the best Seattle-area high school jazz bands. As part of Starbucks' ongoing commitment to supporting the local youth, all proceeds from ticket sales to this benefit concert go to support each school's music program.
  • Coin Show Friday – Sunday. The state’s oldest and largest public coin show is at the annual convention of the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association, Tukwila Community Center.
  • Quilters Anonymous Annual Quilt Show Friday – Sunday. Admire more than 500 quilts, see free demonstrations of various quilt-making techniques will be offered throughout each day. Quilts, fabrics, and other quilt-related goods will be available for purchase from the vendors in the merchant mall.  Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. 
  • Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival Friday – Sunday.  Celebrating the incredible variety of migratory birds that flock to the coastal waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo Bay at the northwest corner of Washington State. This major stopover on the Pacific Flyway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, BC is designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) and is the anchor for the North Cascades Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail.  With expert speakers, exhibits, and kids’ activities. Free except field trips.
  •  Holi Hai Saturday, 1pm and 9pm. Wear white and get covered in powdered color at outdoor stations at the India color party as we celebrate the coming of spring, the joy of friendship and equality for all.  Events include a dance performance, dance lesson, DJ dance music, and drink specials at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont. (The 1 p.m. show is for all ages; 9 p.m. show is for age 21+.)
  • Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair Saturday, 1:30-4:30pm. Check out high school science projects and watch scientists award prizes at the Science and engineering fair in the cafeteria at Bellevue College. Free to the public.
  • Debuts and Discoveries  Saturday, 5pm. What do One Hope Wines, Ducleaux Cellars, Mettier Brewing, and d’s Wicked Cider have in common?  Each is a new Washington beverage or food vendor that has been previously featured at “Debuts & Discoveries,” a beer, wine, and spirits tasting that showcases some of the newest and best producers in Washington.  Taste beer, wine, and spirits at this tasting event which promises “an evening of food, music, and celebration” that also supports charity in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park for age 21+. Bring cash for the food trucks.
  • Spring Book Sale Saturday & Sunday (Preview Friday.) Browse 100,000 books and movies starting at $1 by Friends of The Seattle Public Library, in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.
  • Pinocchio Sunday, 12:30pm and 3:30pm. A perfect introduction to theater and dance featuring young dancers telling the story of the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy at McCaw Hall. The show is an hour long ballet and has a 15-minute intermission.