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 approaching. Contrary to popular belief, there are many things to do aside from your usual green beer drinking and partying. Many of these activities are fun for the whole family, as well! This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday, March 17th, which means it’s the last day of March Break. So, gather the family and get ready for celebrations because isure has a list of some of the most exciting things occurring this St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day parade in Toronto

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1. Toronto St. Patrick’s Day parade

Now on its fourth year back, the St. Patrick’s Day parade is by far the biggest celebration in Toronto. Taking place on March 17th, 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, or grab a nice lunch with the family.

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 this traditional Irish gathering once a month at 3591 Dundas Street West. Their next event is held on March 17th, right on 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. Attend a St. Patrick’s Day Magic Show

Is there a more magical way to spend your St. Patrick’s Day than attending a magic show? We think not! Check out The Lucky Magic Show taking place at the Rec Room’s Mississauga location. This high-energy performance will allow you to take part in the show yourself as an assistant if you wish to do so, or simply kick back and enjoy the hilarious fun and tricks this event has to offer. There are two shows taking place on the 17th. This is a perfect way to spend the holiday with your family!

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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

Even if you are outside of the big city, check out some of your local theatres or libraries to find some fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day activities you and the family can attend! Every city will have something for you, so now’s the perfect time to do your research and start exploring.

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. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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