From Celtic events, to beer-related festivities, to film festivals, Canada’s Capital loves to celebrate all things Irish in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. Soak up some Irish culture on and around St. Patrick’s Day at the following events and activities. Sláinte!
Irish Night at the Canadian Tire Centre – February 24
The Irish Society of the National Capital Region invites you to catch exciting NHL hockey action between the Ottawa Senators and the Calgary Flames at the Canadian Tire Centre. Tickets for Irish Night at the Rink include seats and dinner in the Ledge Carvery & Bar.
Proclamation – March 7
Join Mayor Jim Watson at Ottawa City Hall at 4:30 p.m. as he kicks off the Ottawa Irish Festival which runs from March 7 – 17, 2019. Light refreshments are served.
Irish Canadian Luncheon – March 8
The Heart & Crown in the ByWard Market neighbourhood celebrates the strong and longstanding relationship between the Irish and Canadians. Join over 150 professionals in raising a pint as well as funds for two great causes: the Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa and the Tara Centre in Omagh, Ireland. Included in the festivities are good food, cold drinks, Irish dancing and live music.
Children’s Irish Party – March 10
This free event invites all families with young children to celebrate Irish heritage. Enjoy crafts, magic, mascots, snacks and fun in the Scavi of St. Patrick’s Basilica in downtown Ottawa.
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts programming – various dates
This deconsecrated church located in the vibrant ByWard Market area is the home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre. The Centre has multiple spaces, including a pub in the lower level, where regular events and special programming are held – most of which are free! A few highlights around St. Patrick’s Day:
- Live Celtic Music & Pancake Breakfast: This very affordable pancake breakfast is accompanied by live traditional Irish music. This regular event takes place on the second Sunday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Ottawa Irish Arts Session:
- Ottawa Irish Arts Session: Sip a drink while listening to live traditional Irish music, or learn to play it! This regular event is held on the second Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m. in Brigid’s Well Pub.
- Swingin’ Sunday: Take a journey through non-Irish popular music including 30’s and 40’s swing and blues, vintage pop and more. Live shows such as this are held at 5:30 p.m. on most Sundays in Brigid’s Well Pub.
- Triple Trouble: Start off St. Patrick’s Day with performances by Ottawa’s Mullan sisters, award-winning teen musicians and step dancers. This family-friendly show starts at 11:30 a.m.
- Kieran Howes: Keep the fun going and get the kids moving and singing along with Monkey Rock Music’s Kieran Howes.
- Patrick’s Day Session (Seisiún): Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional live Irish music starting at 5:30 p.m. in Brigid’s Well Pub. (Sessions are normally held on the last Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.)
St. Patrick’s Day Road Race – March 16
Burn off some of those green beer calories by participating in the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club’s annual one mile and two mile races which both end at Lansdowne (just in time for the Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party). Runners are encouraged to dress in costumes to show some Irish pride!
St. Patrick’s Parade – March 16
The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade starts at Ottawa City Hall at 11:00 a.m. Follow the fun on Elgin Street, Laurier Avenue West, and south on Bank Street until the parade ends around 12:00 p.m. at Lansdowne in the Glebe neighbourhood.
Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party – March 16
Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party starts in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne as soon as the parade pulls in (around 12:00 p.m.) and doesn’t stop until 10:00 p.m.! Enjoy Irish-inspired food, beers from Beau’s and other Ontario breweries, family activities, as well as live music. This popular event is family-friendly.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Céilí – March 16
Enjoy an evening of Irish fun at the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Céilí at Blessed Sacrament Church in the Glebe neighbourhood. A traditional Irish stew, bread and tea will be served (gluten-free vegan dish available upon request). The Céilí will be taught by expert teachers accompanied by a traditional band, and the Ottawa Irish Dance School will perform.
Irish Film Festival – March 29-31
Continue the celebrations later in March! The Irish Film Festival presents recent films of all genres from Irish filmmakers, as well as Irish music, dance, and other arts. Events are held at the newly renovated Arts Court Theatre in the Downtown Rideau area.
Pubs and bars around town – various dates
Ottawa’s countless pubs, bars and other businesses in neighbourhoods across the city offer special menus, drink specials, giveaways and events around St. Patrick’s Day. There are too many to list!
Brew Donkey Tours – year-round
Whether you’re looking to discover Ottawa’s vibrant craft beer scene on weekends around St. Patrick’s Day, or any time of year, Brew Donkey’s got you covered! Depending on the tour, the Brew Donkey bus might take you to multiple craft breweries, distilleries and other cool locations throughout Ottawa and its outlying areas, with great samples along the way. Cheers!
For more fun festivities throughout the year in Ottawa, take a look at our Festivals and Events page.