St. Patrick’s Day in Spokane
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and if you’re wondering if Spokane is doing anything for St. Pat’s… well, yeah! Spokane might not be Boston, but it’s no slouch when it comes to celebrating St. Patty’s Day.
Whether you call it St. Patrick’s Day, St. Pat’s, St. Patty’s or St. Paddy’s, Spokane has got you covered with plenty of green fun!
Here are the top things to do in Spokane for St. Patrick’s Day! Did we miss anything? Let us know on our Facebook page!
St. Patrick’s Day Events in Spokane, WA
St. Patrick’s Day Parade [Canceled]
The Spokane St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
When: The 2020 St Patrick’s Day Parade is set for Saturday March 14th at 12 pm (noon).
Where: Parade Map
What: The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick have once again organized a St. Patrick’s Day parade to support several of Spokane’s non-profit organizations. Organizers stress that all people are welcome to celebrate, whether you have Irish blood or not!
37th Annual St. Paddy’s Day 5-miler
This race is now a virtual race due to the coronavirus. You can still sign up and participate, but you will race ‘virtually’ against others – i.e. you can race on Centennial Trail, on a treadmill, around the park, etc.
When: Sunday March 15, 2020
Where: 1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA US 99217
What: The Bloomsday Road Runner Club welcomes you to yet another edition of this tradition. With a fast, flat course from Spokane Community College, this course will offer you the opportunity to qualify for Bloomsday Second Seed. Break your last 5 mile race time or boast your most festive St. Patrick’s Day running outfit! Bring the whole family….kids 6 and under will get to race a 300 meter run for FREE!
Price: $15 until March 13, $25 on day of race
Shawn O’Donnell’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2020 Spokane
New kid on the block Shawn O’Donnell’s is pulling out all the stops for St. Patrick’s Day in Spokane! Here’s a list of their upcoming activities:
Our festival is all ages in the restaurant and 21+ in the bar area. Stop in today and buy your 2020 St. Patrick’s Day shirt!
- Thursday March 12
- Haran Irish Dancers @ 5 and 6pm
- Friday March 13
- Floating Crowbar Traditional Irish Band 5pm
- Saturday March 14
- Spokane County Firefighters Pipes and Drums 1:30pm and 7:15pm
- Spokane Irish Dancers 2 and 3pm
- Spokane County Firefighters Pipes and Drums 1:30pm and 7:15pm
- Sunday March 15
- Irish Drinking Team’s Hangover Breakfast 10:30am
- Irish Soda Bread Bakers Contest 2pm – check our website for full details
- Monday March 16
- Irish Pub Trivia 7:30pm
- St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday March 17 – Open at 9am
- All ages until 9pm
- Restaurant and Pub open at 9am with Full Irish breakfast served until 11am
- Floating Crowbar Traditional Irish Band at noon
- Haran Irish Dancers 5 and 6pm
- And so much more!
15th Annual Irish Drinking Team Pub Crawl
Starting at 7 am on March 14 (yes, 7 am!), the Irish Drinking Team will begin at Nyne Bar but there will be plenty of events leading up to, during, and after the event. Make sure to check the official event here and get tickets!
Shawn O’Donnell’s Hangover Brunch
Visit Shawn O’Donnell’s again on March 15 for their 2nd annual Irish Drinking Team Hangover brunch, with a breakfast buffet, hangover drink specials, and more! All ages are welcome.
Annual Irish Coffee Celebration 2020
According to the event listing, “Every year we pretend to be Irish while our good friends come and show us how proper Irish Coffee is made. Tim, in a previous life served drinks at Buena Vista Cafe, home of the original Irish Whiskey cocktail. He agreed, again this year, to host this class. $25/ticket and you’ll get to learn from the pros on how Irish Coffee is made, drink delicious concoctions & keep your very own traditional glass.”
There are limited spots available and tickets are required! This event will be held on March 14 from 1 to 3 pm at Roast House.
Say NO to GREEN Beer!
When: March 14 from noon to midnight!
Where: Community Pint, 120 E Sprague Ave
What: Come join us for our 2nd annual “Say No To Green Beer” St Patrick’s Day Celebration.
Project Craft Brewing will be tapping a few special beers including:
“Figure it Oat” Hazy IPA
“Didn’t Figure it Oat” Hazy IPA
Frankie’s will be in the house cooking up some delicious Irish inspired BBQ, Food with be available at 2 until sold out.
Shepherd Tacos (3) $12
smoked lamb shoulder, pickled cabbage, goat cheese, black sauce, green onions, flour tortilla
Price: $12 meals and $3 cupcakes
For even more St. Patrick’s Day events in Spokane, make sure to check out our Events calendar here!
O’Doherty’s Irish Grille Events
When: As usual, O’Doherty’s in downtown Spokane has gone all out with its Irish festivities! O’Doherty’s Irish Grille is celebrating Irish Week, from Friday, March 13 all the way through St. Patrick’s Day. Would you expect anything less from O’Doherty’s?! Of course not!
Check out the full event list at O’Doherty’s all weekend (and into the week) long below, and expect events like:
- Green beer
- Corned beef sandwiches
- Irish music
- Irish dancers
- Music, sausage toss and more!
What Have Previous St. Patrick’s Days Looked Like in Spokane?
Not sure what to expect in Spokane for St. Patrick’s Day? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Below, check out videos from the previous years to see just how festive Spokane gets.
Rain or shine, Spokane is always ready to bring out the green!
Weather in Spokane on St. Patrick’s Day
So far, it looks like we can expect upper 40s to upper 50s for the week of St. Patrick’s Day in Spokane! We may see some spring showers, so make sure to bring an umbrella or at least a jacket with a hoodie (aka typical Spokane, WA attire).
Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day in Spokane
Courtesy of the Spokesman-Review, did you know that parade grand marshals have included city officials (mayors Vicki McNeill, John Powers, David Condon, Jim West, Jack Geraghty), actors and television personalities (Patty Duke, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mark Peterson), and a host of sports figures (Bobby Brett, John Stockton, Mark Rypien, Mike Price, Robb Akey, Jim Walden)?
In 2016, the honor went to Eastern Washington University’s star football player, Cooper Kupp. This year’s grand marshal? Matt Santangelo.
Also, while many people associate St. Patrick’s Day with beer, green, Guinness or otherwise, no drinking is allowed in the parade or along the parade route. Lucky for you, the parade is close to downtown, where there are plenty of bars and restaurants to continue the party after parade festivities, if you want!
What’s up with green beer, anyway? According to Vox, in 1910, the Spokane Press used a headline to shout, “Green Beer Be Jabbers!” (“be jabbers” is an excited swear). According to the paper, the First Avenue Bar served the beer to patriotic Irishmen and anybody else who wanted to drink a green brew.
How Does Spokane Give Back for St. Patrick’s Day?
Lucky for us all, the big St. Patrick’s Day parade in Spokane gives back! When you visit the parade this year, bring canned food or money to donate to Second Harvest Spokane. You can learn more about Second Harvest and where to donate here.
See you at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Spokane!