Complete Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver

CelticFest Vancouver
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Get out your green clothes and shamrocks and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver!

St. Patrick's Day (March 17) has Irish Catholic origins, but its popularity as a celebration of all things Celtic has grown worldwide, making it a favorite holiday among Canadians of all backgrounds. And Vancouverites are no exception.

Use this guide to find the best things to do on St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver.

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    Pints of Guinness at Gravity Bar at Guinness Storehouse
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    Vancouverites love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish beer, live music, and food at Vancouver's best Irish pubs. Use this list to find the hottest St. Patrick's Day parties for adults 19+.

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    ••• Kid celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Photo © Getty Images

    Want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver with your kids? Use this list to find St. Patrick's Day events that include all ages in the fun including live music, Irish dancers, and shamrocks, without the green beer and whiskey.

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    CelticFest Vancouver
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    Western Canada's largest celebration of all things Celtic and an annual Vancouver favorite, CelticFest Vancouver is several days of music, dance, film, storytelling, and workshops that are fun for people of all ages.

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    ••• St Patrick's Day Parade in Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Downtown Vancouver BIA / Celticfest Vancouver

    Please note, this event was cancelled for 2017 and will again not be held in 2018, due to limited funds.

    Usually held on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick's Day, the Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade attracts 300,000 people annually, includes 2,000 participants, and features Celtic warriors, clowns, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, horse-mounted drill teams, Irish wolfhounds, and an aerial display.