With Ottawa’s Irish Festival running from March 9-18 there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do throughout the week. Not only are there are activities to participate in as part of the festival, and many Irish pubs around the city that are sure to be celebrating Irish heritage for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.
Proclamation – March 9
Join Mayor Jim Watson at Ottawa City Hall as he proclaims Irish Week to be from March 9 – 18! This event will take place in the Jean Pigott Hall from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, light refreshments will be served.
St. Patrick’s Parade – March 11
The 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade will start at City Hall at 11:00 AM and end in Lansdowne at 12:00 PM.
Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party – March 11
Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party starts at Lansdowne as soon as the parade pulls in and doesn’t stop until 11:00 PM! Here in the Aberdeen Pavilion you will find Irish inspired cuisine, live music from The Peelers, Bodh’aktan, and BLAKDENIM. A ticket to this family friendly party also includes free rides on OC Transpo from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Ceili – March 11
Running from 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM at Blessed Sacrament Church, this dinner and Ceili (dance) is sure to be a wonderful evening of Irish fun. A traditional Irish stew, bread, and tea will be prepared by a professional chef Johnathan Forsynth, (there is a gluten-free vegan dish available upon request). The Ceili will be taught by expert teachers and be accompanied by a traditional Ceili band. Live entertainment will come in the form of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Solo Dancers.
Irish Night at the Canadian Tire Centre – March 14
There will be an exciting hockey game at 7:30 at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Ottawa Senators VS. Tampa Bay Lightning. Tickets for the Ledge seating will include the game, dinner, an unlimited salad bar, private bar, and same floor washrooms.
Celtic Music Concert – March 14
The world renowned Irish Celtic music duo of Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly will be performing at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, home of the National Irish Canadian Culture Centre. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and free for children 12 years and under accompanied by an adult.
St. Patrick’s Day Run – March 18
Feel like burning some of those green beer calories for St. Paddy? The Ottawa Irish Rugby Team is hosting a 5K and a 10K race which starts at Pretoria Bridge. There will be prizes for best dressed so make sure to show some Irish pride!
Irish Film Festival – March 31-April 2
The Irish Film Festival will be held at Arts Court and starts with an opening reception Friday March 31, it will show 6 Irish films over the course of 3 days.