Though it may not seem like it, winter is slowly coming to an end here in Ontario. With the promise of spring and warmer weather, this means St. Patrick’s day is slowly approaching! Contrary to popular belief, there are many things to do aside from your usual green-beer drinking and partying. Luckily, we have a list of some of the most exciting things occuring this St. Patrick’s Day. Since St. Patty’s falls on March 17th, the last day of March Break, you may be looking to celebrate with your family. Let’s take a look at some of the St. Patrick’s Day activities and events happening below.

St. Patrick's Day parade in Toronto

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1. Toronto St. Patrick’s Day parade

Now on it’s third year back since 2020 due to COVID, the St. Patrick’s Day parade is by far the biggest celebration in Toronto. Taking place on March 19th, this is the perfect place to head out with your family and celebrate the luck of the Irish! Dress up in green and head downtown to join in on the fun. The parade route begins at noon around Bloor and St. George and travels down Bloor, Yonge and Queen Street. The best part, attendance is completely free! When you’re done, you can pay a visit to any of the numerous Irish pubs downtown and relax with a green beer.

2. Attend a traditional Irish Céilidh 

If you have some older kids in your family, celebrate a traditional Irish Céilidh (pronounced “Kaylee”). This is perfect for people who want an authentic Irish experience! These are held throughout Ontario, but if you are in Toronto, Open Door Céilidh hosts the traditional Irish gathering once a month at 3591 Dundas Street West. Their next event is held on March 18th, a day before St. Patrick’s Day. There is no doubt that this will be one of the most exciting events in the city when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

3. St Patrick’s Day at Toronto Public Libraries

A great way to spend the lucky holiday if you have children is to visit one of the many Toronto Public Library locations! Take this as a chance to learn about a new culture, or get close to your family’s Irish heritage. Many locations are offering family-friendly activities this holiday, including music, crafts, and folk tales. One great event for kids is coming up on March 16th at the Morningside location. Stop by from 2-3 pm and enjoy some crafts with your little ones!

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4. Do some Saint Patrick’s Day crafts and activities at home

If you and your family would rather stay in this St. Patrick’s Day, have some fun at home and make some crafts inspired by the holiday. There are many different ideas when it comes to fun crafts at home with your kids. You can make lucky four-leaf clovers out of construction paper, bake some tasty treats, or have some real St. Patrick’s Day fun by adding some green food colouring to your meals! For more ideas, check out this article by Child’s Life for fun and exciting St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas.

5. Don’t live in Toronto? Try your local Saint Patrick’s Day events

If you don’t live in Toronto and still want to get out and celebrate with your family, do some research to see if any local events are being held. This is also a great option if you do live in Toronto, but want to venture out. For example, St. Catharines is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day family celebration from March 17th-19th every day from 10 am to 2 pm at the St. Catharines Public Library. This fun event will feature traditional Irish songs, dance, and crafts, perfect for the whole family. The best part? Admission is free!

Remember, if you plan on driving on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to stay safe and DO NOT drink and drive! If you are the DD for the day, be sure to drive cautiously and watch out for other drivers and pedestrians on the roads.

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