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St Patricks Day family events and Parade in Vancouver

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

March 17th is fast approaching and we all know what that means……we celebrate everything that is Green, has potatos in it and is all washed down with some great dark beer more than likely known as Guinness. St Patricks day brings the Irish out of all of us and why not? It is always a good gig that lets everybody let their hair down and jig around like there is no tomorrow.

In Vancouver there will be lots of places to celebrate the occasion in the week leading up to the big day. Read on for the full list of events to celebrate Paddy’s Day.

Celticfest returns once again to celebrate in irish style and they have lots for you to see and do from great Music, excellent drinks and a parade to cap it all off.

Family orientated events.
Many if us will think of the more adult inspired events that generally involves copious amounts of Whiskey and Guinness, but its not all about the people that enjoy the ‘Craic on the lash’, there are plenty of events that involves the younger generation too…
Celtic Village & Street Market
Saturday March 14: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday March 15: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Granville Street (between Robson and Nelson Streets
Head down to Robson Square and see the whole area be transformed into a village that will transport you to Ireland. There will be live music, plenty of yummy irish food, face painting, lots of crafts and stalls plus a large stage set up by Doolins for some seriously Irish inspired entertainment.

FREE IRISH DANCING With the O’Connor- O’Brien Irish Dancers
Sunday, March 15 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Tom Lee Music Hall

Vancouver BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K for Charity
Saturday, March 14
A “flat and fast” 5k run through Stanley Park a St Patrick’s Day tradition that lets all ages of people no matter what their ability is to take part. Taking place on (the day before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade), this annual event is a fundraiser the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), and includes a fun after-party for all participants and quite possibly a pot of gold awaiting you at the finish line….(ok ok we made that bit up)

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 11am – 1pm
The parade route begins at Howe St. and Davie St. in downtown Vancouver, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets

Organized by CelticFest Vancouver, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver is the culmination of a nine-day Celtic festival–the biggest Celtic festival in Western Canada– that includes international and Canadian Celtic performers, musicians, artists, and dancers.

There are plenty of great Irish themed bars and pubs in Vancouver, here is our pick.

The Blarney Stone
Established in 1972, The Blarney Stone is the longest running Irish Pub in the City of Vancouver. This venue is a great place to watch live bands and enjoy irish favorates and other popular music that is irish themed.

Doolins Irish Pub
Doolin’s is Vancouver’s modern Irish pub, bringing traditional Irish charm amidst state of the art A/V technology, live music, and 8 TV screens. Doolin’s staff proudly wears kilts to honor our Celtic heritage, and Doolin’s live entertainers blast the Irish spirit into the heart of every patron.

The Irish Heather
If you are true foodie then the Irish Heather is for you! A great vancouver GastroPub, Whiskey Shebeen and bar all in one, Sean Heather’s flagship restaurant is a neighbourhood institution in Gastown and home to the famous Long Table Series of communal dinners.

Johnnie Foxes Irish Snug
On a personal level, this bar is quintessentially Irish, the decor, the staff, and the patrons that make the atmosphere pretty unique to what an actual irish bar is like, well this place has it and they have done it well.

Busy dates to look out for in Vancouver from January to August 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

2014 was quite the year for the city of Vancouver and our hotel with the tourism industry absolutely booming making it a remarkable and memorable year for us all!

We wish to thank all of our guests for creating a great year for us at The Sunset Inn and Suites hotel and we look forward to another busy year in 2015 and welcome all guests old and new to the Sunset again, we will always strive to make your stay memorable and hope that we add something special to the experience when visiting Vancouver!

We anticipate a high volume of visitors for the city in 2015 and we will like to show you what dates we feel are going to increase the traffic in and around the city, factors into the increase of traffic will likely be influenced by the Cruise ship season, the Vancouver Convention centre and regular annual festivals and events throughout the year. So if you are planning to visit us we hope that you can use this as a guide to see what is happening and help with your trip planning over the coming months.

It\'s You……….Vancouver. Video courtesy of Tourism Vancouver


130th Modern Language Association – 2015 Annual Convention – Jan 8th – 11th
At the Vancouver Convention centre –

Family Day – Holiday in BC February 9th
Family Day is celebrated on the the 2nd Monday of February in BC, elsewhere it’s the 3rd Monday of February.

Valentines Day – February 14th
Originally a Christian celebration of matyrs – this date is now used for lovers all over the world as a celebration of their love for each other!

TED Conference – Truth or Dare. Vancouver Convention Centre March 16th to 20th
As TED say themselves “Truth and Dare. We dare to think this will, in truth, be the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet”
Vancouver Convention Centre website:

St Patricks Day – March 17th
This is the day when we are all of a sudden irish – and why not, its a great event that encourages us to have a wee jig, drink some yummy Guinness and dress up in Green to celebrate the emerald isle.

Good Friday April 3rd and Easter Sunday April 5th
Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a religious holiday, observed primarily by Christians, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Institute of Scrap recycling Industries – 2015 Annual event. April 21st – April 25th
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is a United States-based private, non-profit trade association representing more than 1,600 private and public for-profit companies – ranging from small, family-owned businesses to multi-national corporations.


Vancouver Marathon – May 3rd
The Vancouver marathon has been included in the top 10 most exotic races due to the stunning scenery that the racers will be running through!

Victoria Day – Statutory holiday in Canada – May 18th
Victoria Day is celebrated in honor of the birthdays of both Queen Victoria and the current monarch of Canada. For many of us this marks the beginning of the Summer Season!

Memorial Day – May 25th
Memorial Day commemorates the brave efforts of the province’s veterans, particularly those who participated in World War I.

FIFA Womens Soccer World Cup 2015 – June 6th – July 5th
The championship has been awarded every four years since the 1991 inaugural tournament held in China, after the first men’s tournament was held 61 years prior. The United States beat Norway 2-1 in the final, to become winners of the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup. The current title holder is Japan.

International league of Dermatological Societies – June 8th – 13th
The International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization.

Canada Day – July 1st
Oh Canada! Is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) This came about via the unity of the three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Click here to see what will be happening at Canada Place

Independence Day (US Holiday) July 4th
Not a Canadian holiday of course, but usually a high volume of visitors come up from the South on their national day!

Institute of Internal Auditors – International Conference July 5th – 8th
Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. The IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.

International AIDS Society – 2015 IAS Conference on HIV July 19th – 22nd
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is an association of HIV professionals, with 16,000 members from 196 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS.

HONDA Celebration of Light Fireworks Display- July 25th, July 29th & August 1st
The Honda Celebration of Light is BC’s biggest event. It is not only the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, but it also attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening.

PRIDE – August 2nd
Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status last year in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events! Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world. – See more at:

BC DAY – Civic Holiday of BC – August 3rd
British Columbia Day is observed on the first Monday in August similar to civic holidays in other provinces.

Its a great weekend to be Irish! Come and along join them this St Patricks Day weekend…

Friday, March 14th, 2014

There are a lot of events coming up this weekend for the celebration of St Patricks Day which falls on Monday March 17th, not only will there be a great parade to attend, great live music to get your ‘Jig’ on, there is also the finale to the European rugby tournament called the ’6 NATIONS RUGBY’ we have a sneaky feeling that Ireland will be title holders this year.

Before we delve into the sports, lets us fill you in on the upcoming events over the weekend…

There are some excellent events to attend with the grand finale of Celtic-Fest, here is a free event you can attend with all the family.
Celtic Village & Street Market
Free for all the family!
Saturday, March 15 | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 16 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Granville Street from Robson to Nelson & Robson Square

Just follow the sounds of laughter and music…Celtic culture and spirit lights up downtown streets & squares all weekend long!
Sunday March 16 |12:30 – 4:30 pm – Featuring a live bands on the Mahony & Sons Music Stage
Further Information:

Celtic Circles
Special on-the-street locations where you can come upon Medieval sword-fighting and song and dancing olde worlde style!

CelticFest Community Stage at Robson Square
Delight in Irish and Scottish community dance groups, pipe up at the Penny Whistle Party, feel the beat at the Bodhrán Drum Circle, and groove to some hip Gaelic rap!

Celtic Street Market
Wander through happy crowds and shop! Artisan and craft booths offer everything from woven goods to jewelry, face painting and more. As we get closer to the festival, check the Street Market page for a list of market vendors.
Wander through happy crowds and shop! Artisan and craft booths offer everything from woven goods to jewelry, face painting and more. As we get closer to the festival, check the Street Market page for a list of market vendors.


Doolins Irish Pub – 654 Nelson Street @ Granville Website:
Doolins will be showing the 6 Nations rugby Live – read further below for more details…..

Ceili’s Modern Irish Pub (Granville) – 670 Smithe Street @ Granville Website:

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug – 1033 Granville St Website:

Irish Heather Gastro Pub 210 Carrall St Gastown Website:

The 10th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the festival’s largest and most popular free event, drawing people from all cultures, backgrounds, ages and all walks of life. This colourful (very green) display of fabulous sight and sound takes to the streets on Sunday, March 16th at 11:00 AM.

6 NATIONS RUGBY – Live @ Doolins.
The finale of the 6 Nations rugby will be happening on Saturday March 15th – it will be an early morning event, but if you are keen and eager get yourself down to Doolins where they will show all 3 games. This finale will have an extra bit of Spice as not only are Ireland likely to clinch the title due to an excellent points difference, and if they get the win over France it will absolutely be theirs! It will also be quite an emotional occasion for the Irish fans as their hero and now legendary player Brian O’Driscoll (who is the most capped played in Rugby union history to date) will be playing his very last game – so we anticipate it will be huge!
6 nations Website:

Just for a bit of fun here is the Big Bus team having some St Patricks Day fun!
Big Bus are awesome they are one of the best ways to see the city and they have sweet deals with the hotel, so come to the front and purchase your 2 day for the price of 1 ticket with us.

Events to enjoy in March 2014

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The event season is really beginning to to get going during the month of March, here are some of the highlights to look out for that we feel you will enjoy, we welcome back some regular annual events that are staples of the Vancouver calender, and as always March brings with it a Celtic twist for you all to enjoy and get your Jig on!

When? March 8th-16th
Yes it IS that time of year again when many of us look to our Celtic roots and immerse ourselves in the Celtic culture with Song, Dance and an extra special amount of frivolity as it is done Celtic style.
Celtic Fest is celebrating its 10th anniversary so we are in no doubt that this years shenanigans will be big and you will be treated to 9 days worth of great Music, Theatre and a great Parade to really get you in the swing of things…….it promises to be the biggest and best this year around and we are sure it will be awesome. There will be more details on the big parade down below under the St Patricks Day celebrations….

The Festival will be occurring at various venues throughout the city, please click on the link below for further information…
Celtic Fest:

When? Sunday March 9th, 2014
In memory of E. Pauline Johnson (also known in Mohawk as Tekahionwake –pronounced: dageh-eeon-wageh, literally: ‘double-life’) was a famous Canuck writer originally from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation in Ontario. In later life she was a West End resident in Vancouver until her death on March 7th 1913. She was widely known for her written works of poetry and her performances that celebrated her First Nations heritage. While living in Vancouver – she was well known here for her appreciation of Stanley Park and had written various stories regarding the Park, specifically on Deadmans Island and the famous Siwash Rock where her Ashes were scattered after her untimely death to Breast Cancer at the age of 51. Her funeral was noted as one of the largest seen in Vancouver at that time and was held on what would have been her 52nd birthday.

Pauline Johnson will also be remembered at the 17th annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner, we have written more about this event further along the page….

To commemorate her life and works, there will be a walking tour in Stanley Park in her memory and the walking tour will happen come rain or shine – all you need to do is show up with a cash donation of $10 which will go towards the Stanley Park Ecological Society.

Stanley Park History: events, walking tours, exhibits & programs:

Stanley Park Ecological Society:

When? March 16th
With Celtic Fest bowing out on March 16th – this can only mean one thing, a finale to end all finales and an excuse to be Irish on the one and only St Patricks Day!
A huge Parade as always will be making its way through the streets of Vancouver with Green and lots of Shamrocks, Green Beer and plenty of Guinness all courtesy of the Celtic Fest Finale and of course St Paddy!

There are some great Irish Bars in Vancouver for you to choose from that will of course be taking part in the celebrations, here is a little information on each of the downtown Irish bars…
The Blarney Stone

One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Vancouver, the Blarney Stone throws a huge St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17 with green beer, Irish Dancers, full Irish menu, and live music.
This year, the entire street closes down for an all-day party that runs from 9am to 2am on Tuesday, March 18. The event is all ages until 6pm.

Doolin’s Irish Pub
Doolin’s teams up with Vancouver CelticFest for five days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, March 12 – 17, and includes live bands, Celtic Folk Singers, dancers, Irish food, and more.

The Irish Heather
One of Gastown’s favourite neighbourhood bars, the Irish Heather is a classic location for tossing back Guiness and Irish Whiskey on St. Patrick’s Day!

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Vancouver’s largest Irish pub and eatery, Ceili’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with live music, Irish dancers, bag pipers, and a huge crowd.

St. Patricks Day Club Crawl 2014
Aimed at students–tickets are $25 and include transportation between venues–this St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawl starts at downtown Vancouver’s famous Roxy Nightclub or the Blarney Stone and gets you “front of the line” entrance to three more nightclubs (all entrance fees are included in the $25 ticket), plus party favours, prizes and contests.

Now in its 10th year Gung Haggis Fat Choy is now happening on March 16th.

When? March 16th
A familiar event with an unusual connection – this event marries the Chinese New Year and the celebration of the famous Bard Robert ‘Rabbi’ Burns. Now running in its 17th consecutive year the dinner will not only mark and ring in the Chinese New Year (the year of the Horse), there will be poetry read over dinner not only from the great Bard himself but will pay homage to Pauline Johnson.

When? March 17th-21st
The infamous TEDtalks come to Vancouver this month and they are in celebratory mood, TED talks are 30 years old and will be welcoming the masses at the Vancouver Convention centre, we expect the city to be pretty busy for just this conference alone.

Celticfest and St Patricks Day Parade.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Spring is coming, it really is, and that means that we will get to see many more fun events to choose from as the season starts to slowly warm and wake from the long Winter slumber.

One of the biggest events that has taken a life of its own is CelticFest and the St Patrick Day celebrations and parade. This festival is quite the phenomena, its funny how all of a sudden we become Irish overnight – and in all honesty, why not? The Irish know how to party, have a great Beer that some of you may know about, they know how to dance, and, if you believe the stereotype, are ‘to be sure’ to have Red hair and will ‘thank you a million’ for coming out to celebrate with them.

The Festival runs from March 9th to March 17th where the big day and Parade concludes this festive period. the festival is one of the biggest of the early Spring season and you should wear something green in solidarity. This years parade follows the same route as 2012

If you want to catch an awesome parade – click on the links below where you can see the best of the St Paddys Day celebrations around Vancouver. The festival attracts well over 300 000 visitors a year featuring dancers, stilt walkers, music, some Irish Wolfhounds and more – so get your Jig on!

Popular Irish style pubs to visit are -

Doolins Irish Bar.
A popular favorite on Granville Street right in the heart of the entertainment district (especially the younger crowd) This will be bursting at the seams during the St Paddy Weekend.

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug.
A small but cute bar that is opposite Doolins on Granville, this to us is by far one of the most authentic looking Irish bars and really seems to have captured the essence and flavour of what an Irish style bar actually looks like. The food here is fantastic too…!

At the time of writing, the webpage for Johnnie Fox’s seems to be under maintenance, please look at the facebook link above as this will be just as beneficial if not more!

Located a couple of blocks north from Johnnie Fox’s and Doolins, this bar also captures the imagery of what a Celtic themed bar should look like, check out the impressive display of Whisky on the walls there, so many that it takes a wee ladder to find the items.

The Irish Heather
A fantastic Irish Gastropub that has undergone some major renovations over the years. This is fine Irish dining at its best, it has a high end quality to the place without necessarily breaking the bank either, unless you choose the more expensive route. A must see dining out fixture when you are visiting Gastown.

St Patricks Day Festivities

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The big weekend is almost upon us where we dig out our lucky charms, don big red beards and wear green green green, for this is the weekend of St Patricks day, celebrated worldwide every March 17th.

Vancouver has plenty of events for you to celebrate this occasion, from Big Parades, to Green beer, and even a huge Rugby game against the English….please read further for the scoop on where to go to celebrate the Emeralds Isle biggest calender date.

The majority of the Irish bars will be welcoming one and all for this festive occasion,.so here is the list of what is Hot, Green and full of shenanigans…
The Blarney Stone – Probably its biggest day of the year for this popular bar and music venue, the Blarney Stone will be offering up a delicious Full Irish menu, Green beers and fun for all the family to enjoy, the festivities for the family begins at 9am, then after 6pm it is open for anyone over the age of 19+ . There will be Irish dancers and live music to get you in the Paddy’s Day Spirit.
Ceili’s Irish Pub (Granville St location) will have live dancers, bagpipers and a huge crowd to get you into the swing of things!
Other notable locations are, Doolins (Granville Street) Lamplighter (Gastown) The Irish Heather (Gastown) probably one of the most classic of all Irish Bars in Vancouver.

On the day itself, back in Europe there is the finale of the very popular 6 nations rugby tournament, the very final game of the 2012 season is between Ireland and England at Twickenham. Ceili’s Bar in Kitsilano will be showing the game live at kick off from 11am, this will be an incredible chance to see a potential scalp of the old enemy, wouldn’t this be an incredible way to get St Patricks day started with a win against the English….it can not get better than this. The bar will be open for the earlier match showcasing another Celtic cousin, Wales v France at 7.45am, so if you want to get ahead and start earlier head to Kitsilano at Ceili’s – 1774 West 7th, Vancouver, V6J 4T3.

There is also the St Patricks Day Street Parade, this will be on Sunday March 18th, and will wind its way north along Howe St beginning at the Drake St intersection, it will then turn onto Georgia St and finish at Georgia and Granville St where you can enjoy the fun packed Street party.

And finally, running all week is CELTICFEST….this is Western Canada’s largest celebration of all that is Celtic and of cultural heritage, now in its 8th year, this festival promises to rock your socks off throughout Vancouver, it encompasses dancing, family friendly events with over 50 free and ticketed venues for you all to enjoy, no matter what age you are, come and join in the fun!