This St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll find the end of the rainbow in Gastown as the neighbourhood gears up to celebrate. If there is anywhere in the city to get as close as possible to the real Irish experience, it’s here.

On Sunday March 17th, the neighbourhood will be alive with shamrocks, shenanigans, and a whole lot of green, including the return of the Carrall Street party, live traditional music, Irish dancing, and a giveaway to Dublin (you heard us correctly). Calling all leprechauns, rogues, lads, and lassies! Everyone is welcome to come to Gastown for some real “craic agus ceol”. And with celebrations on the go every day leading up to Sunday, you’ll feel like you’re looking over a four leaf clover.

The Return of the Street Party

Carrall Street

The Gastown Paddy’s Day Street Party returns on March 17 after a 5-year hiatus. There’ll be plenty of live traditional music, Irish dancing, pipes and drums, and beer gardens by the Blarney Stone and Smith’s Irish Pub as the cobblestone streets transform into Vancouver’s own little Ireland. This is an all-ages event.

Address: 200 Block Carrall St

Timing: Sunday March 17, 10am – 6pm

The Blarney Stone

Celebrate at Vancouver’s longest standing Irish pub with the Ultimate 51st St Patrick’s Day Festival!

Door open at 9am for an Irish Brunch Party. Entertainment ALL DAY long!

  • Live Bands
  • Celtic Dancers
  • Piper
  • DJ

Address: 216 Carrall St

Timing: Sunday March 17, 9am – 2am (and all weekend)

Purchase advanced tickets here.

Smith’s Irish Pub

With live music and entertainment all day long.

  • O’Brien’s Irish Dancers
  • Joe & Becky
  • DJ Paul the Wall

Address: 208 & 212 Carrall St

Timing: Sunday March 17 (and all weekend)

Learn more here.

The Portside Pub

Live music all day from rock band Aviator Shades :: In the night they’re keeping your day buzz going strong with Alex Rhek and The Stunt Man bumpin’ beats till 2am!

Address: 7 Alexander St.

Timing: Sunday March 17

Learn more here.


The Lamplighter

Paddy’s day is just around the corner and the Lamplighter is here for it. To kick off the celebrations of all things Irish, they’re running their ROAD TO DUBLIN competition for another year. From March 1st to Paddy’s Day, win a trip to Dublin for you and a guest to visit the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street and finally learn what every Irish means by ‘it’s better at home’.

Up until Paddy’s day, they’re also offering $6 Jameson, $10 Guinness and $12.50 Irish Boiler Makers to help you get in the spirit of things.

Address: 92 Water St.

Timing: March 1-17

Enter to win here.