Monday, February 26th, 2018
Find St. Paddy’s Day Fun in Bellingham

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. It’s an annual affair that keeps us coming back for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  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 March 17, 2018. 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.

A crowd gathered on Railroad Avenue in Bellingham, watching the parade. Photo courtesy of Boundary Bay Brewery.

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.

(Previously written by Teresa Schmidt, updated for 2018 events.)

Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro

Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro, 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.

Photo courtesy of Boundary Bay Brewery.

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.

Janet, on the right, waving to the crowd. Photo courtesy of Boundary Bay Brewery.

At 12:00, 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.

Grand Marshal of 2016, Todd Elsworth, preparing group to start the parade. Photo courtesy of Boundary Bay Brewery.

Boundary’s celebration begins at noon, 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.

Littler Bikers coming down the street in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo courtesy of Boundary Bay Brewery.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the doors open at 10:30. 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! This year the brewery will even have their Irish Style Red to celebrate the occasion.

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub, 5309 Guide Meridian, Bellingham 360-398-1702

Glynn O’Neill doesn’t wait until March 17th 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.

Glynn's Shamrock Pub, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

Glynn O’Neill

Behind the bar since 1976, Glynn has seen it all, including some pretty raucous St. Patty’s Day celebrations over the years. Music, dancers, and bagpipers were once Glynn’s annual standbys, but the economy has taken a toll on his little bar, so he’s had to scale things back a bit.

Glynn will be pouring Guinness and Harp, and yes—green beer. There’s even karaoke on so if you’re anxious to flex your pipes on a rendition of “Danny Boy,” Glynn’s is your place for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Uisce Irish Pub

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.

Uisce Irish Pub, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

The Bar at Uisce Irish Pub

After the parade, everyone is invited to Uisce to enjoy live music with Paedar MacMahon, the Whiskey Lickers and the Bellingham Pipers. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Runnin’ O’ the Green

Runnin O the Green 2016. Courtesy of Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

Make St. Patrick’s Day all that much more fun by joining for 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 March 17, 2018. The cost of the race is $35 day of the race.

3rd Annual Irish Dinner and Silent Auction – Meals on Wheels Benefit

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 10, 2018.

Get your green on and join Meals on Wheels and More for their 3rd Annual Irish Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. 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 – Fairhaven, the Community Food Co-op, and at BrownPaperTickets.com. Last year’s dinner sold out, so don’t wait to get your tickets!

More details about the event can be found here. 

Northwest Ballet Theater Presents: Celtic Legend

The Mount Baker Theatre welcomes visitors and locals to come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the excitement of Irish music and contemporary dancing with “Celtic Legends.”

The show will be on March 17, 2018, from 7:30 p.m to 10 p.m., and will cost $10-$35 per ticket. More details about the event can be found here.

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)

Aslan Brewing Co. 

1330 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

McKay’s Taphouse

1118 E. Maple Street (Off Samish Way) Bellingham, WA

Hops N Headz 

3207 Northwest Ave Bellingham, WA 98225

Wander Brewing

1807 Dean Ave. Bellingham, WA.

Elizabeth Station

1400 W. Holly St. Bellingham, WA.

EAT Restaurant

1200 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA.

Semiahmoo Resort

9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine, WA.

Get out your green gear, put on a funny hat, come downtown for the parade, and then revel in the music and festivities at your favorite place to get your Irish on!

Bellingham bagpipe players warming up before the parade begins. Photo courtesy of Boundary Bay Brewery.

 

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