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12 things to do on St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver

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Daniel Chai Mar 14, 2017 6:29 am 3,859

Grab your finest greenery and hit the town for St. Patrick’s Day fun! Here is Daily Hive’s checklist of 12 Irish-themed events to do around Vancouver for St. Patrick’s Day.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Belfast Girls

  • What: Jaki McCarrick’s captivating play, Belfast Girls tells the story of five young women who escape starvation in 1850 Ireland by winning passage on a ship bound for Australia as part of Earl Grey’s “orphan scheme.”
  • Where: Vancity Culture Lab – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 15 to 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-30

Celtic Village at Robson Square

CelticFest

Image: CelticFest / Facebook

  • What: Celebrate all things Irish at the Celtic Village and Street Market. Taking over Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, the Celtic Village will be filled with music, dance, food, shopping and more! This weekend-long street fair also features music on the Main Stage and Howe Street Stage, highland games demos, BC’s best pipe bands, street performers, festive vendors, face painting, and more.
  • Where: Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
  • When: March 17 to 18 from noon to 11 pm
  • Tickets: $10 cover charge after 7 pm, free before

Paddy Waggin’s St Paddy’s Day Party

  • What: Paddy Waggin’ is a traditional Irish/Canadian folk rock band hailing from Vancouver. Rooted in traditional Irish folk but with rock/punk influences, they play originals and traditional Irish, plus cover songs from newer Celtic groups. Paddy Waggin’ plays Falconetti’s East Side Grill for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Where: Falconetti’s East Side Grill – 1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports League’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Irish-themed improv all night long, with Lucky Charm Leprechauns roving the Theatre bringing hilarity and a chance to win a pot o’ gold to all they encounter. VTSL will hold a 50-50 draw at each show, while over in Poet’s Corner, Celtic Colleen will improvise custom limericks tailored to each guest.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:15 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$23.50

Stickybuds – St. Patrick’s Day

  • What: Stickybuds has been touring the world and releasing music for over a decade. DJ, Producer, Teacher and Enthusiast; Tyler has dedicated his life and love to the music that he finds himself immersed in. He has been a resident of Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival for the last 12 years.
  • Where: FIVESIXTY – 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 from 10 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Leprechaun Toonie Skate

  • What: Ice skating, face painting, magical crafts and a pot of gold games.
  • Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: March 17 from 2:30 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: $2, free for children three years and under. Skates and helmet included.

The McGillicuddy’s Family Reunion

  • What: An improvised Irish family reunion gone horribly awry – based on your suggestion. “What’s the Worst That Could Happen” explores the family life of a single person coming home for the holidays. The catch? Periodically, the host will ask you, the audience, “What’s the worst that could happen?” and then the answer to that question actually happens!
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

The Dreadnoughts 10 Year Double-Show PunkSTRAVAGANZA

  • What: One part roaring sea shanty, one part haunting folk melody, and a solid chaser of gut-crunching street punk:The Dreadnoughts are Vancouver’s biggest, baddest, drunkest, punkest folk band. They celebrate their 10 year anniversary with special guests, new songs and a new member.
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$30

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) at The Rio Theatre

  • What: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some lean, green fighting machines. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the original live-action feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular animated television show. A quartet of mutated humanoid turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 11:55 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $8

Vancouver Whitecaps Irish Day Celebration

Image: Vancouver Whitecaps FC / Flickr

  • What: March down to BC Place with Whitecaps FC supporters groups and check out live Irish music in Terry Fox Plaza before heading in to watch Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC. After the game, head back to Celtic Village for headline Irish Acts and the Mill Street Beer Garden (free admission with your Whitecaps ticket).
  • Where: Meet at Celtic Village – Robson Square
  • When: March 18 at 11 am
  • More InfoOnline

CelticFest Ceilidh

  • What: Join Blackthorn and Guests for a full night of music, dance and craic. With Amy Stephen, Mairi Rankin, Jocelyn Pettit, Mary Brunner and Michaela Cunningham. Also featuring the BC Regiment Irish Pipes & Drums, Shot of Scotch and De Danaan Irish Dancers.
  • Where: St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre – 3150 Ash Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 18 from 6:30 to 11:45 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25

BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K

  • What: Put a little Irish in your step. Come out for a flat and fast 5 km in scenic Stanley Park, with net proceeds going to support Canadian Diabetes Association. Urban Fare will be hosting the food zone in the outdoor tent, plus Granville Island Brewing will be hosting an afterparty with green beer, food, a DJ and more.
  • Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: March 18 at 9:30 am
  • Registration: Online, $33-$38. Donate or raise $100 or more and you will receive a free entry.

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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