When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Bellingham and Whatcom County know how to do it right! It’s true, there is no place like Bellingham for St. Patrick’s Day (or Weekend.) It’s an annual affair, from a serious trail run featuring goofy green outfits to a green-themed grand parade, and lots of green beer, anyone searching for the luck o’ the Irish—and lots of fun—will find it.
The Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The infamous Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Saturday, March 16, 2019. It begins at noon at the corner of Ohio St. and Cornwall Ave., and will head south on Cornwall Ave., turn right at E. Maple and end at the at the parking lot at the Northeast corner of E. Maple and Cornwall Ave right by Boundary Bay Brewery. Spectators welcome. If you would like to participate in the parade check the details here.
Whether you’re of Irish heritage or just pretending to be, a welcoming pub serving Irish ales and corned beef and cabbage, with Celtic music, dancers and bagpipers can almost transport you to the Emerald Isle. As the luck of the Irish would have it, visitors and residents to our fair city have more than one such magical place from which to choose.
1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA
Since the brewery opened in 1995, St. Patrick’s Day has been BIG at Boundary Bay. Owner Ed Bennett and General Manager Janet Lightner pull out all the stops to make sure Bellinghamsters get all the Irish they need this time of year. This year, Boundary Bay will be having live music at three locations to celebrate the holiday – the Taproom, Beer Garden and The Mountain Room. The details of the music are to be announced.
Janet is the force behind the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She started with a dream and now she’s getting ready for the annual super-successful parade. We might have rain, we might have sun, but without Janet, we wouldn’t have a parade, so say “thanks” next time you see her.
At noon, the parade begins at the corner of Ohio St. and Cornwall Ave., continues up Cornwall, and ends around the corner from Boundary on Maple Street.
Boundary’s celebration begins at noon on Saturday too. The beer garden will be full of green-clad fun-seekers, bagpipers, drummers, Irish dancers and musicians. The party goes for traditional Irish music and dancing in the Mountain Room and the Beer Garden. You can get your fill of Dry Irish Stout, Irish Red and the rest of the Boundary Bay Brewery lineup.
Boundary Bay Brewery entertainment on Saturday, March 16
Bellingham’s Backyard (The Beer Garden)
Noon-2:30 p.m: Flattery
1 p.m: Bellingham Pipes and Drums Band
The Mountain Room (1103 Railroad Ave.)
1-3 p.m: The Devilly Brothers
2 p.m: Opus Dancers
4 p.m: Bellingham Fiddle Club
6 p.m: The McLaughlin Irish Dancers
On actual St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, the doors open at 10:30 a.m. Entertainment and traditional Irish fare will be available all day. Boundary Bay Brewery’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is not to be missed, and won’t be forgotten!
Boundary Bay Brewery entertainment St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17
11 a.m: Evan Ingalls
12:45 p.m: Gallowglass
3 p.m: Bellingham Firefighters Pipes & Drums Band
3:30 p.m: Grace Gouran & Aaron Malcomb
5 p.m: Sea Shanties with Robt. Sarazine Blake, Peter Blake & Aaron Malcomb
6 p.m: Bellingham Firefighters Pipes & Drums Band
7-10 p.m: Robt Sarazin Blake & The Dublin Letters
Penk O’Donnell Irish Dancers in the Bistro & Taproom: Noon/2 p.m./4:30 p.m./6:30 p.m./8:30 p.m.
601 W Holly Street Bellingham 360-752-3377
There is plenty to look forward to this St. Patrick’s Day at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham.
Chuckanut’s Irish Stout has been tapped to get the celebrations started. Chuckanut’s housemade Corned Beef (braised in Chuckanut beer) & Cabbage entrée will be served up at the Kitchen beginning March 15 and all weekend long or as long as it lasts. On March 16, watch for Chuckanut at the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade with their very own float! After the parade, head to Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen for real Irish style celebrations. Then on March 17, enjoy Irish inspired food, beers and Irish music.
Chuckanut has you covered on St. Patrick’s Day with Irish stew or corned beef, drink, and Irish music and dance. Enjoy Chuckanut’s food specials tastefully paired with the Dry Irish Stout while watching Irish dancers at 5:30 p.m. and listening to Irish music starting at 6:30 p.m. in the back patio. All ages are welcome so celebrate with the entire family.
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen was awarded the National Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery/Brewer of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The full service “Kitchen” serves from 11:00 a.m. every day to guests of all ages with an eclectic fresh local menu.
Glynn’s Shamrock Pub, 5309 Guide Meridian, Bellingham 360-398-1702
Glynn O’Neill doesn’t wait until March 17 to deck the halls in shamrocks and leprechauns. They are permanent fixtures in this establishment, just a few minutes north of Bellingham located on the Guide Meridian, at the northwest corner of Smith Road. Finding the driveway can be tricky. It’s just past the building on the left. Look for the huge parking lot where the taco truck hangs out.
Once inside, it’s clear that Glynn’s qualifies as a dive bar under our previously determined criteria: it’s open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; they have pull tabs; the restrooms are questionable and of course, there’s liquor. Glynn’s also features paneled walls, tons of Irish- and beer-themed paraphernalia hanging from the ceilings, and both Guinness and Harp on tap.
Behind the bar since 1976, Glynn has seen it all, including some pretty raucous St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.
This year the fun begins on Friday, Mar. 15 with a special Irish menu, drink specials and Karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturday Mar. 16 continues the fun with a live band and live bagpipes (for Glynn’s birthday!) It all culminates on Sunday, Mar. 17 with more live band, bagpipes, special menu and drinks.
Uisce Irish Pub, 1319 Commercial St., Bellingham WA
Uisce is Bellingham’s very own authentic Irish pub. Located in the heart of downtown Bellingham, Uisce (pronounced ish-kah) has been owned and operated by Molly McGarry and Dave Rooney since 2006. Dave is from Dublin, and Molly grew up in San Francisco. Their adventures took them to New York, Virginia, and Seattle, but they returned to Bellingham to pursue their quest for Irish pub perfection.
Uisce is a classy, yet comfortable place, where you can cozy up to the fire or play a game of darts. The beautiful wrap-around bar seats dozens of happy customers, served by bartenders in white shirts and black ties. The Irish whiskey and scotch selection are second to none (Glenfiddich 15 year? Yes, please!), and of course, Guinness and Smithwick flow from the taps, along with several other international, regional and local brews. And at Uisce, you can be sure they know how to pour a proper pint.
After the parade, everyone is invited to Uisce to enjoy live music. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Make St. Patrick’s Day all that much more fun by joining the festive Runnin’ O’ the Green 5k run/walk and 8k run starting & ending at Boundary Bay Brewery Bistro. Enjoy Maggie’s Fury after the event along with dancing and smiles. Drawing prizes will be given at the awards ceremony, along with trophies for the top 3 male and female in each race.
The race check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 16, 2019. The cost of the race is $35 day of the race, or a little less if you register online.
This year, in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, there will be an Irish Dinner and Silent action at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Enjoy a traditional Irish Dinner of corned beef and cabbage provided by Haggen Market Street Catering (vegetarian option available), Celtic music by Drowsy Maggie, a variety of local brews from Boundary Bay Brewery, a silent auction, a photo booth, and more. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, Village Books.
Additional places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Around the County
Kulshan Brewing Co. – both locations
2238 James St. Bellingham, WA 98225
(all ages in the tap room)
K2 – 1538 Kentucky St. Bellingham, WA 98225
(21+ only in the tap room)
1330 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
1118 E. Maple Street (Off Samish Way) Bellingham, WA
3207 Northwest Ave Bellingham, WA 98225
1807 Dean Ave. Bellingham, WA.
1400 W. Holly St. Bellingham, WA.
9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine, WA.