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? Share it with us on our Facebook page!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: Saturday March 16, beginning at 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!
O’Doherty’s Irish Pub Events
When: Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17
11723 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
What: O’Doherty’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in a big way with entertainment on both weekend days. Performers will include Irish Dancers from the Celtic Youth Association, Spokane Valley Fire Fighters Pipes & Drums, and national championship dancers instructor Elizabeth Coyle. Come by for some green beer!
36th Annual St. Paddy’s Day 5-miler
When: Sunday March 17 at 10am
Where: Spokane Community College
What: The Bloomsday Roadrunners Club welcomes you to yet another edition of this tradition. The course is flat and fast, and you could win prizes from drawings. Kids six and under can run the 300 meter race for free!
Price: $15 until March 15, $25 on day of race
Irish Drinking Team Pub Crawl
When: Saturday March 16, starting at 7am
Where: Nyne Bar, Red Room Lounge, Lucky’s Irish Pub, Lions Lair, Fast Eddies, Globe Bar
What: Beginning with a breakfast for registered crawlers, this crawl begins at Nyne Bar and goes five more times into the mid-afternoon! You can start or stop whenever you want, though the camaraderie may just pull you right in. Don’t forget the meet-and-greet the night before, and always drink responsibly!
Price: Buy some clothing (a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie, or jersey) from the website and come along!
Garland District Pub Crawl
When: Saturday March 16, 4 to 8pm
Where: Garland District
What: If you’re interested in a different spot, several locations will honor the wristband given to you when you sign up for the Garland District Pub Crawl. Try something new!
Price: Advance $7/Day of $10
Say NO to GREEN Beer!
When: Saturday March 16, 1 to 5pm
120 E Sprague Ave
Spokane, Washington 99202
What: Bale Breaker Brewing and Frankie’s Wood Fired Creations are teaming up to provide the anti-green celebration for those who prefer their beer golden or brown. The menu, however, still offers Irish fare for a reasonable price!
Price: $12 meals and $3 cupcakes
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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
As you can see from the videos above, Spokane celebrates St. Patrick’s Day rain or shine! This year, the forecast predicts clouds but so far no rain. Alas, be prepared for cold weather – it’s not supposed to break 50 degrees this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day!
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? Bing Crosby (in memory).
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!