The countdown to St. Patricks’s Day is heating up! Only 12 days to go until the big day but events are happening around the region all month long and we’ve got the scoop on where to find the “craic”. What is craic, you ask? This Gaelic word doesn’t have an exact English translation – the closest you’ll get is “fun”. So put on something green (or risk being pinched by a leprechaun), grab your friends and family and get craic-ing!
Shamrock, Photo by cobalt123 via flickr.
White Rock’s Irish Festival
Celebrate Irish Heritage Month in White Rock with music, poetry, workshops, contests, dancing, food and more! Events have been going on since March 1st but don’t worry; there are still plenty of activities to participate in. Catch some live music at Jimmy Flynn’s or Tommy Salsa’s, sign up for an Irish Drum Workshop at the White Rock Community Centre and check out the Irish Party at “Slainte” by the Pier Gastrobar. For a complete list of festival events click here.
When: March 1 – 31, 2013
Canadian Diabetes Association’s BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k – Vancouver
Support the Canadian Diabetes Association and run or walk a scenic 5k route through Stanley Park. Individual entry fees are $35 and teams of 5+ members can enter for $31/member until March 13. The race starts and ends at the Stanley Park Pavilion and then you can enjoy the famous GIB (Granville Island Brewing) After Party complete with beer, Irish stew, cupcakes, DJ and more!
When: 10am on Saturday March 16, 2013
There are tons of free & ticketed events and concerts happening during CelticFest Vancouver, including the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Vancouver on March 17th at 11am. A whiskey tasting at The Cellar and a Celtic Comedy Night at the Vancouver Fan Club are also on the agenda during the festival – click here for the festival schedule. Be sure to check out the Mahony & Sons Celtic Village on the 16th & 17th! Granville Street will be full of vendors, music and even a kid’s Celtic Corner.
When: March 9 – 17, 2013
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Photo by janheuninck via flickr.
Discovery Saturday: Celtic Fest 2013 – Surrey
The Surrey Museum is hosting a Discovery Saturday event on March 16th where you can experience all things Celtic! Discover Celtic music and dancing, learn about Celtic history through local community groups and get creative with Celtic crafts. Admission is by donation for this all ages drop-in event.
When: 1pm – 4pm on Saturday, March 16, 2013
St. Patrick’s Day Pool Party – Hope
The Dan Sharrers Aquatic Centre in Hope is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Pool Party on the 16th! Admission is only $3.25 and there will be games, prizes and fun for everyone.
When: 6pm – 8pm, Saturday, March 16, 2013
Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub – Whistler
If you’re in Whistler head out to the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub and celebrate with live music all day long from The Splinters & Ruckus Deluxe. With some of BC’s finest beers on tap, it’s a great place to celebrate with friends!
When: 7am – 1am on Sunday March 17, 2013
The Blarney Stone – Vancouver
St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal at The Blarney Stone, with events happening on the 15th, 16th and 17th. Enjoy green beer, music by Killarney & Usual Suspects and no cover before 8pm on Friday. Saturday and Sunday the Blarney Stone opens at 9am and there will be Irish dancers, street performers, pipes and drums, green beer and lots of craic!
When: March 15 – 17, 2013
Irish Dancers, Photo by donnaidh_sidhe via flickr.
Central City St. Patrick’s Weekend – Surrey
The Central City Brew Pub & Restaurant in Surrey will have live music, drink specials and Irish cheer from March 15th – 17th. Check out musical performances by Headwater on the 15th, Pat Chessell Duo and Blackberry Wood on the 16th, and David Blair and Blackberry Wood on the 17th.
When: March 15 – 17, 2013
2nd Annual St. Patricks’s Day Dinner Dance & Silent Auction – Abbotsford
This Abbotsford-Sumas Rotary Club fundraiser is being held at Bradner Hall in Abbotsford. Tickets are $50 each and include dinner and a live band. There will be draws and great prizes to be won!
When: 5:30pm – 1am on March 16, 2013