From Celtic events, to beer-related festivities, to film festivals, Canada’s Capital loves to celebrate all things Irish 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!
Ottawa Irish Festival Proclamation – March 5
Join Mayor Jim Watson at Ottawa City Hall at 4:30 p.m. as he kicks off the Ottawa Irish Festival which runs from March 5 – 17, 2020. Light refreshments are served.
Children’s Irish Party – March 8
This free event invites all families with young children to celebrate Irish heritage. Enjoy crafts, magic, mascots, snacks and fun at St. Patrick’s Basilica in downtown Ottawa.
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts programming – various dates
This deconsecrated church located in the vibrant ByWard Market area is the home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre. The Centre has multiple spaces, including a pub in the lower level, where regular events and special programming are held – some of which are free!
Programming on March 8 includes a Live Celtic Music & Pancake Breakfast, Ottawa Irish Music Session, and Songs from the WELL. On the evening of March 13, the special St. Patrick’s celebration hosted by Kyle Burghout Music presents traditional Irish music performed by musicians from across Canada and abroad.
Irish Canadian Luncheon – March 13
The Heart & Crown in the ByWard Market neighbourhood celebrates the strong and longstanding relationship between the Irish and Canadians. Join over 150 professionals in raising a pint as well as funds 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, Irish dancing and live music.
St. Patrick’s Parade – March 14
The 38th 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 in the Glebe neighbourhood.
Ottawa’s St. Patrick’s Party – March 14
The Irish Society of the National Capital Region and Beau’s Brewery host the Ottawa St. Patrick’s Party. The fun 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 food, craft beer, family activities, as well as live music. This popular event is family-friendly.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Céilí – March 14
Enjoy an evening of Irish fun at the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Céilí at Blessed Sacrament Church in the Glebe neighbourhood. A traditional Irish stew, bread and tea will be served (gluten-free vegan dish available upon request). The Céilí will be taught by expert teachers accompanied by a traditional band, and the Trillium Academy of Irish Dance will perform.
Irish Film Festival – April 3-5
Continue the celebrations in April! 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 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.