Every year, Vancouver goes all-out for its St. Patrick's Day celebrations, including 19+ parties at Vancouver Irish pubs where the green beer and whiskey flow freely. But that doesn't mean St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver is only for adults; there are many all-ages events that let families with kids (even very young kids) enjoy the festivities, too.
Use this Guide to St. Patrick's Day Events in Vancouver for Kids & Families to find all the family-friendly events happening on and around March 17, St. Patrick's Day.
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Obviously, the biggest St. Patrick Day event in Vancouver for kids is the annual Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade. Marching its way through Downtown Vancouver, the Parade features award-winnning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, acrobats and stilt walkers, Scottish and Irish dancers, and vintage cars.
The next Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade is on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
Tip: Don't drive to the Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade! Avoid parking and traffic woes by taking the Canada Line / SkyTrain (Vancouver's rapid transit trains). Both the Canada Line's Vancouver City Centre Station and SkyTrain's Granville Station are within walking distance of the parade.
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All-Ages St. Patrick's Day Party at The Blarney Stone
The Blarney Stone in Gastown hosts an all-ages St. Patrick's Day Party on March 17 that starts at 9am and includes an Irish breakfast buffet, street performers, Irish dancers, circus acts, and balloon twisting. Kids 12 and under get free admission; the party is all-ages from 11am to 6pm (after that it becomes 19+).
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CelticFest Vancouver--western Canada's largest Celtic celebration and the organizer of the Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade--is well known for bringing incredible Celtic music to Vancouver's 19+ bars and clubs. But the festival also includes two free St. Patrick's Day events in Vancouver for kids and families: the Celtic Village & Street Market and live music at Tom Lee Music Hall.
The Celtic Village & Street Market happen at and around Robson Square in downtown Vancouver on March 12 -13, 2016; the events include a craft market and live music, and can be enjoyed before and after the Parade on March 15 (which ends just one block from the Celtic Village).
Kids can enjoy the free Irish music and dancing at the Tom Lee Music Hall, March 12 - 13, 2016.
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A "flat and fast" 5k run through scenic Stanley Park, this St. Patrick's Day tradition is great for all ages and abilities. Taking place on Saturday, March 12 (the day before the St. Patrick's Day Parade), this annual event is a fundraiser the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), and includes a fun after-party for all participants!