Seattle has a variety of family- friendly events to enjoy over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Along with the amazing parade, family activities include an Irish festival, a St. Patrick’s Day Dash, a concert and a fun zoo experience.

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2012 Irish Festival
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall 
301 Mercer St
Seattle, 98109
(206) 684-7200

Price: Free
Date: March 17 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday March 18 – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Seattle’s Irish Festival is filled with two days of non-stop Irish fun. Everyone can embrace their Irish side through the ongoing music, dance, food, exhibits, displays, contests, movies and activities. Families can attend the different workshops where they can learn some Irish slang or, explore their Irish heritage at the genealogy workshop.

St. Patrick’s Day Dash and Leprechaun Lap
Dashes begin on Mercer St. and 3rd Ave.
Seattle, 98109

Price: Leprechaun Lap $10, St. Patrick’s Day Dash $35
Hours: Leprechaun Lap – 8 a.m; St. Patrick’s Day Dash – 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Click here for detailed event information

Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Dash is a great activity for the whole family. Participants can run, jog, walk or crawl the nearly four mile course in either timed or two non-timed sessions. Parents can join their 10 and under kiddos in the half mile Leprechaun Lap which ends in the Children’s Museum. Funds from the event will be distributed between Seattle Children’s Autism Center, the Healing Center, Rise n’ Shine, and Camp Fire USA Puget Sound Council.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade
4th Ave from Jefferson St to Pine St.
Downtown Seattle, 98109

Price: Free
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 12:30 pm

View this great Parade along the route which is scheduled to head north on 4th Ave past the Reviewing Stand at Westlake Park before officially ending at the closing ceremonies at the Seattle Center at 2 p.m.. Parade watchers can ride the Monorail between Westlake Park and the Seattle Center 1:30 2:30 p.m., free of charge to enjoy the closing ceremonies and the Irish Festival.

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St Patrick’s Day at the Zoo
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 591-5337

Prices: Adults: (13 to 64) $14.50, $12 online / Children (5 to 12) $12.50, $10 online / toddlers (3 to-4) $8.25, $6 online
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for their special St. Patrick’s Day enrichment celebration. Animals will enjoy special green attire, toys and treats including decked out green crabs, elephants enjoying grapes they find hidden in large green boomer balls and sea otters frolicking with fun green toys.

Related: Best Arts & Craft Activities For Kids In Seattle 

St. Patrick’s Day Bash with Tillers Folly
Auburn Ave Theater
10 Auburn Ave.
Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 931-3043

Price: $18 – $20
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm

Enjoy the Celtic influenced music of the Tillers Folly at a fun concert at the Auburn Ave. theater. Internationally acclaimed band members Bruce Coughlan, Laurence Knight and Nolan Murray blend acoustic/folk music in a one of a kind way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at


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