Portland Walking Tours

Where’s Me Gold and Green Beer?

March 12th, 2010

There are other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without being in a pub. Love for all things Irish, like corned beef and cabbage and lively jam sessions are just waiting to be had. And to those of you who refuse to let the day pass without a sip of Guinness or green beer, the pints are waiting.  Here’s where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Portland:

Ambridge Event Center is host to the  All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon’s 69th Annual St. Patrick’s Day festival. Complete with face painting, live Irish music and dance, and an evening feast of corned beef and Guinness, this is as close as you’ll get to good, clean, Irish fun on March 17.

Murphy’s Furniture is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hillsboro. The parade launches at 11am from Hare Field and loops back via Cornell Road. A corned beef and cabbage feast follows along with games & activities at the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza. If you wanna throw down $20 you can dress up your little leprechaun and march them in the parade yourself. The only rule is that you must wear green.

Biddy McGraw’s hosts weekly Celtic jam sessions throughout the year and just may offer the low-key taste of Ireland you’re looking for this St. Patrick’s Day.

And of course there’s Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, the granddaddy of all Portland St. Patty’s day parties. This party is a five-day event with traditional Irish food served all day, a slew of free daytime activities for the family, and nighttime concerts punctuated by massive alcohol consumption for the adults.