7 Ways To Spend St. Patrick’s Day

Whether you want to take in some Irish music or simply have a few drinks at the pub, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.

March 6, 2017

Celebrate St. Patty’s day with some Celtic Music

On March 17, Goitse comes to Festival Place for a performance of Irish traditional music. The group was crowned Live Ireland’s “Trad Group of the Year” in 2015, so rest assured that they’re the real deal.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

…and even more Celtic music

If Goitse’s performance whet your appetite for Celtic music, you can return to Festival Place on March 19 for a performance by The Leahys. For years, the siblings have been performing their mix of instrumental, traditional, roots and Celtic music, and they’re sure to thrill.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Enjoy a festival filled with Irish entertainment

The Serca Festival of Irish Theatre returns for another year, from March 16 to 19, and is the perfect way to learn more about Irish culture. Enjoy Irish theatre, music, dance, poetry and more during the four-day festival.

Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Ave., sercafest.com

Learn to prepare classic Irish dishes

If the food is your favourite part of any celebration, this may be the perfect St. Patrick’s Day activity for you. Join Chef Doreen Prei and Kathryn Joel at Get Cooking on March 17 for an evening of Irish cuisine. Prepare mussels with cider and bacon, Irish soda bread, Irish stew and colcannon, and a Guinness cake for dessert.

Get Cooking — MacEwan University Student Residence, 11050 104 Ave., 780-566-2106, getcookingedmonton.com

Lace up your running shoes for a festive run

On March 12, Running Room is putting on their annual St. Patrick’s Day Trail Run — and there are plenty of options. For those looking to take it easy, the 10K Shamrock Walk or 5K Leprechaun Walk may be just the ticket. For those who want to push themselves a bit, either the 5K Pot of Gold Run or the 10K Good Luck Run are a great way to celebrate the holiday in an active way.

Mother Margaret High School, 2010 Leger Rd., runningroom.com

Check out an Irish documentary

Older Than Ireland, screening on March 17, tells the story of a hundred years of life seen through the eyes of thirty Irish men and women, aged 100 or over. Funny and poignant, the documentary explores the journey of each individual from the dawn of Irish independence to modern day Ireland.  

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Have a pint at an Irish pub

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the help of some Irish spirits at any of Edmonton’s Irish pubs. Each pub has different specials and Irish fare, so decide where you’ll ring in the holiday.

Various locations:

O’Byrne’s Irish Pub, 10616 82 Ave., 780-414-6766, obyrnes.com

Kelly’s Pub Edmonton, 10156 104 St., 780-451-8825, kellyspubedmonton.com

Fionn MacCool’s, 10200 102 Ave./780-424-4330 and 4485 Gateway Blvd./780-435-6796, primepubs.com

Duggan’s Boundary, 9013 88 Ave., 780-465-4834, duggansboundaryirishpub.com

Devaney’s Irish Pub, 11113 87 Ave., 780-433-6364, devaneyspub.com


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