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Make Your Plans for St. Patrick’s Day in Kent

Wear your green (and maybe your dancing shoes) and bring your appetite and thirst. It’s St. Patrick’s Day in Kent, Washington.

St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, March 17. Are you looking to raise a glass of Guinness or Tullamore Dew, or dig into a piping hot plate of corned beef cabbage or shepherd’s pie? Or maybe you’d like to skip the traditional St. Paddy’s Day festivities and dance the night away to ‘80s music. You’re in luck. You can do it all and more in (and near) Kent.

Start the party a week early with some fast boats. Kent’s Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day Pre-party 6-9 p.m., March 10. Enjoy an evening of Irish beer, spirits, food and live music, along with heaps of memorabilia, racing footage and vintage hydroplanes. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 206-764-9453 to purchase tickets or for more info.

Head to an Irish pub. Go to a place where you can commemorate the patron saint of Ireland. You can’t go wrong with delicious, authentic Irish fare, beer and spirits.

  • Family-friendly Harp Bar & Restaurant, overlooking Riverbend Golf Course, will feature live Irish music day and night, including bag pipers. Want to avoid the day-of crowds? The Harp will also have live Irish music March 16. Call 253-236-8580 for more info.

Have your St. Patrick’s Day on ice. If you’re looking for a less traditional way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, take in a Seattle Thunderbirds Western Hockey League game (or two) at Kent’s accesso ShoWare Center. Bring a date, gather up the family or plan a night out with friends. The games are jam-packed with action, and ShoWare offers loads of food and beverage choices. Want to celebrate early? The March 9 game against the Spokane Chiefs is Pub Night—10 tickets, 10 beers and 10 hats for $220. On March 17, watch the Birds take on the Portland Winterhawks. Tickets start at just $18 and parking is always free.


Be sure to check out more things to do in Kent on St. Patrick’s Day and all year round.