CityMash.com - The fourteenth annual CelticFest will be taking over downtown again this March and it is bigger and louder than ever. You can totally immerse yourself in the best of Celtic culture from across all seven of the Celtic nations.
All week long, from the 11th, you can find Saint Patricks Day warm-up events at the Blarney Stone and you can enjoy a complete Celtic experience at Robson Square for the entire St’ Patricks Day weekend.
The Blarney Stone
In the lead up to Saint Patricks Day on March 17th, you can visit The Blarney Stone on March 12th for a Family St Patricks Family Brunch. On March 14th you can visit them for a Guinness Paring Dinner or the 15th for an Irish Trivia night. For all of their dazzling Saint Patricks Day entertainment check here.
As well as the live music every night at The Blarney Stone, there are a variety of theatre events around Vancouver in the lead up to the 17th. You can catch ‘Belfast Girls’ at the Vancity Culture Lab, or ‘Almost a StepMom’ at the Havana Theatre.
Free events at Robson Square on the 17th
The big day itself kicks off at 12:00 pm with music in Robson Square. Entertainment includes Irish Dance, the SFU Pipe Band, and finishing off with the fantastic Deli 2 Dublin rocking the Robson Square stage.
The Whitecaps join the celebration
On Saturday the 18th the Whitecaps will help celebrate at the Celtic Village at 11:00 am. Get your specially priced tickets to the Whitecaps match then march with the supporters groups to BC Place Stadium where there will be yet more music. After the game, you can march back to the village for more acts and a fabulous beer garden.
The Celtic Village
Robson Square and the Art Gallery Plazza will be transformed into a Celtic Village that is alive with music, highland games demos, pipe bands, street performers, food trucks, face painting, street vendors, and more.
You can buy some legendary Celtic treasures from the street market or maybe pick up some of the masterpieces or the gifted artisans displaying their works.
The village is free from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm after which there is a $10 cover charge for the nighttime music and drinks.
Sadly no Parade
Unfortunately this year, due to financial issues, there will not be a St. Patricks Day Parade, but you can soak up the atmosphere all weekend.
So come on over to Downtown, bring a cara and enjoy the craic, there’s plenty of spleador!
Translation: So come on over to Downtown, bring a friend and enjoy the serious work of play, there’s plenty of exuberance and joy.