St. Patrick’s Day: What to do in Vancouver this weekend


They might as well go ahead and cancel Monday.

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means a great many Vancouverites will be nursing a hangover when (and if) they drag themselves in to work the next day. Many holidays are an excuse to drink, but to hear the revellers on Granville Street, in Gastown, and wherever else the green beer is served tell it, that’s what St. Patrick’s Day is all about.

It’s a great day for a pub crawl, and if you’re looking for a map, we’ve got one for you. Our St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl, originally published this time last year, will take you to eight Irish bars in downtown Vancouver, each one offering special drink deals and entertainment to make your outing a special one.

But if you’re looking for something else to do, perhaps even something a little more family-friendly than an Irish pub transformed into an Irish club, we’ve got you covered there too. Here’s a quick guide to some of the St. Patrick’s Day events taking place in Vancouver this year.

CelticFest Vancouver: St. Patrick’s Day Family Celebration

CelticFest Vancouver, run by a non-profit society of the same name, has been running since late February, but the annual festival celebration of Celtic culture saves its best for the big day, naturally. On Sunday, the St. James Hall will host the St. Patrick’s Day Family Celebration, a free, all-ages afternoon event with music, arts and crafts, gaelic sports, face painting, and all sorts of other holiday-appropriate fun. If you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s Day event for your kids, look no further.

Where: St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
When: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K

Perhaps you want to run off some of those calories in advance? If so, sign up for …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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