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Parades, green beer and music: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Inland Northwest

March 13, 2019 Updated Thu., March 14, 2019 at 12:05 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day may fall on Sunday this year, but St. Patrick’s Day festivities kick off Friday. This year, the weekend features events for pint-sized partiers, those looking to drink the day away and everyone in between.

Whether you’re full Irish or just Irish for the day, here’s a look at some of the ways you can paint the town green this St. Patrick’s Day.


St. Patrick’s Bleeping Bad Blarney Bash

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash features live music from Keilidh Shillelagh, dancing and dance lessons from the Silver Spurs costumed dancers, Irish beer (21 and older with ID) and Irish fare for sale, a best dressed costume contest and much more.

The museum’s exhibits, “Luminous: Dale Chihuly and the Studio Glass Movement,” “Into the Arctic,” “The Inuit Art of Povungnituk,” “As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition, and Plateau Art” and “Secret Life of an Artifact” will be open for viewing. (Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave., 7 p.m., $20, through

Meet and Greet with the Irish Drinking Team

Before taking part in the Irish Drinking Team’s Pub Crawl on Saturday, participants can meet the team and pick up their shirt, jersey or hoodie, enjoy food and drink specials and sing the Irish Drinking Team chant with original members. Wearing a shirt or jersey from a previous year’s event is highly encouraged. (O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, 525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., 7 p.m. Free admission)

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Specials

Stop by Max at Mirabeau at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center Friday through Sunday for a variety of food, beer, wine and cocktail specials. On the menu: corned beef slider ($2), green Coors Light ($3), Guinness bottle ($4), Irish coffee ($5), Emerald Rain Martini ($8.90) and Irish Derby ($9.90).


Trego and Smackout Pack

Talk about bittersweet. At this show, Trego, formerly Folkinception, will celebrate eight years as a band and the debut of new guitar player Justyn Priest. But this St. Patrick’s Day celebration also marks roots-rock band Smackout Pack’s final show. (The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave., 8 p.m. $10-$12, through Eventbrite.)

Art Party at Tsuga

Stop by Tsuga Northwest Arts and complete a variety of crafts with new studio artists. Complete a spring-themed kids craft for free with Patricia Pertzborn Robinson, or create a ceramic shamrock pendant with Shiree D. Ross, starting at $5.

J. Dub Designs will help participants decorate their own glass beer mug, and Chris Walker Chorvat will host a glass blowing demo. As a special treat, the person who finds the glass shamrock hidden somewhere in the shop gets to keep it. (Tsuga Northwest Arts, 1114 S. Perry St., 11 a.m.)

2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Spokane

The parade begins at noon, beginning at Boone Avenue, heading south on Washington Street and moving west between Main Avenue and Spokane Falls Boulevard. The more than 250 entries will be led by grand marshal Tony Lamanna, representing Spokane Honor Flight, a nonprofit that veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor. The parade is organized by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a nonprofit organization started in 1978.

Shea Tea Folkin Irish Band

After the parade, those 21 and older can join the Shea Tea Folkin Irish Band at nYne Bar and Bistro for an afternoon of music. The band requests fans bring “a pleasant disposition and some semi-durable dancing shoes.” (nYne Bar and Bistro, 232 W. Sprague Ave., 1:30 p.m. Free.)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Coeur d’Alene

The parade, sponsored by Idaho Central Credit Union, begins at 4 p.m. at Eighth Street and Sherman Avenue and will end at First Street.

Get Your Green On Craft Party

Children ages 5 and older can make rainbow- and green-themed crafts to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. (Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St., 2 p.m. Free.)

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Children can also make leprechaun, rainbow and glittery crafts at Mobius Children’s Museum. (Mobius Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave., 10 a.m. Free with museum admission.)

14th Annual Irish Drinking Team Pub Crawl

Irish Drinking Team members can grab breakfast at nYne Bar and Bistro from 7-9 a.m., and there will also be a glitter bar for face painting, starting at $5. The first 100 people through the door will get a goodie bag.

To become a member of the team, participants have to buy any of the team’s merch, including a shirt, hoodie, jersey or sweatshirt.

Trucker hats, Flexfit hats, scarves, accessories and can coolers are also available for purchase, though those items don’t qualify for event entry.

Participants can follow the team around all day or plan their own schedule. The day starts bright and early at 7 a.m., but participants can join in at any time.

The crawl will be at Red Room Lounge at 9 a.m., Lucky’s Irish Pub at 10:30 a.m., Lion’s Lair at noon, Fast Eddies at 1 p.m. and the Globe Bar at 2 p.m.

(nYne Bar and Bistro, 232 W. Sprague Ave. Breakfast is free for registered participants.)

Irish Coffee Celebration

Learn how to make an Irish coffee, then take home your own traditional glass. There are a limited number of spots available. (Roast House Coffee, 423 E. Cleveland Ave., Suite C, 1 p.m., $25, through Eventbrite.)

Coeur d’Alene Firefighters Pipes and Drums

Catch performances from the pipe and drum corps during its pub crawl of more than a dozen locations in Coeur d’Alene: Capone’s (3 p.m.), All Things Irish (3:30 p.m.), St. Patrick’s Day Parade (4 p.m.), O’Shay’s (5 p.m.), Slate Creek (5:30 p.m.), Paragon Brewing (6 p.m.), Daft Badger (6:30 p.m.), Capone’s (7 p.m.), Coeur d’Irish (7:30 p.m.), Eagles (8 p.m.), Moose Lounge (8:30 p.m.), Crafted (9 p.m.), Crickets (9:30 p.m.), the Ironhorse (10 p.m.) and Beacon (10:30 p.m.). Times are approximate.

Garland District St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

This year, there are eight stops on the pub crawl, and $800 in cash prizes up for grabs. Participants will receive a bag and map when checking in with ID. (ZipperZ, 913 W. Garland Ave., 4 p.m., $7/advance through Eventbrite; $10/day of event.)

St. Paddy’s Day with Bale Breaker and Frankie’s Catering

You won’t see green beer at Community Pint’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but you will find offerings from Bale Breaker Brewing Company, like the latest Caskmates barrel-aged stout in collaboration with Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Bale Breaker, the award-winning Yakima brewery, also will debut four experimental releases, Ubuntu IPA, Spin Again Hazy IPA, Pulp Free Kettle Sour and Raspberry Beret Stout.

Frankie’s Wood Fired Creations and Catering will serve Irish-inspired food from 2-6 p.m. including Central Texas Corned Beef, Irish Cheddar Red Potato Mash, roasted peas and carrots, Irish Soda Bread Biscuit and Irish Slammer Cupcake. (Community Pint, 120 E. Sprague Ave., noon.)

St. Patty’s Day

Globe Bar and Kitchen will offer Jameson and food specials, and green beer, plus music from DJ Kemyst, Freaky Fred and Cierra Luna. (Globe Bar and Kitchen, 204 N. Division St., 8 a.m.)


Floating Crowbar

Floating Crowbar, the quartet of singers and multi-instrumentalists Morgan Andersen, James Hunter, Rick Rubin and Don Thomsen, perform a mix of Irish instrumental tunes and contemporary and traditional Irish songs. (Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights, 3 p.m. Free.)

Hangover Brunch with the Irish Drinking Team

After spending all day Saturday partying with the Irish Drinking Team, recover with the team during their Hangover Brunch at nYne. There will be giveaways, a chance to swap stories from the pub crawl and plans for next year’s pub crawl. (nYne Bar and Bistro, 10 a.m., free admission)

Paddy’s Day Shakedown with the Shea Tea Folkin Irish Band

End your weekend of celebrating with another performance from the Shea Tea Folkin Irish Band, this time at the Lantern Tap House. (The Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St., 6 p.m. Free.)

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