From Celtic events, to beer-related festivities, to film festivals, Canada’s Capital loves to celebrate Irish culture 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!
Proclamation – March 8
Join Mayor Jim Watson at Ottawa City Hall as he announces the Ottawa Irish Festival which runs from March 8 – 18, 2018. Light refreshments are served.
Irish Canadian Luncheon – March 9
On March 9th, head to the Heart & Crown in the ByWard Market neighbourhood to celebrate the strong and longstanding relationship between the Irish and Canadians. Join over 150 professionals in raising a pint as well as thousands of dollars 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 and great live music.
Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors – March 10
Curious about your Irish roots or wondering if you have any? Join the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa and the Ulster Historical Foundation for their Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors event – the only Canadian stop in the North American tour. The series of lectures is held at Ben Franklin Place.
30th St. Patrick’s Day Road Race – March 10
Feel like burning some of those green beer calories for St. Patrick’s Day? The Ottawa Irish Rugby Club is hosting one mile and two mile races which both end at Lansdowne – just in time to catch the end of the St. Patrick’s Parade. Runners are encouraged to dress in costumes to show some Irish pride!
St. Patrick’s Parade – March 10
The 36th 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.
Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party – March 10
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 cuisine, beers from Beau’s and other Ontario breweries, family activities, as well as live music from The Real Mackenzies, Carotté, Danny & KGB, The Hallions and Mountain Tay. A ticket to this family-friendly party also includes free rides on OC Transpo from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Live Celtic Music & Pancake Breakfast – March 11
Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast accompanied by live musical entertainment from the Ottawa Valley and Irish Traditional Music. The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre.
Irish Night at the Canadian Tire Centre – March 16
The Irish Society of the National Capital Region invites you to catch exciting NHL hockey action between the Ottawa Senators and the Dallas Stars at the Canadian Tire Centre. Special Irish Hockey Night tickets for the March 16 game include seating in the Ledge, dinner, unlimited salad bar, private bar and live Irish music.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Céilí – March 17
Enjoy a wonderful evening of Irish fun at the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Céilí from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in the Glebe neighbourhood. A traditional Irish stew, bread, and tea will be prepared by a professional chef Johnathan Forsynth (gluten-free vegan dish available upon request). The Céilí will be taught by expert teachers accompanied by a traditional band, and the Trillium School of Irish Dance will perform.
Irish Film Festival – March 23-April 25
A week after St. Patrick’s Day, 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.