5 Can’t-Miss Events at CelticFest 2016 in Vancouver

Image from CelticFestVancouver.com. Credit: Derek Stevens Photography

Image from CelticFestVancouver.com. Credit: Derek Stevens Photography

Get out your shamrocks. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Western Canada’s biggest celebration of  Celtic arts and culture is returning to Vancouver.

CelticFest 2016 hits the city March 10-March 17, packing in a full week of pub-friendly music, spirit tastings, street parties and the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Here are a few can’t-miss events for those looking to wear their green with pride:

Rock out with the Irish Rovers: Ambassadors of Irish music, the legendary Irish Rovers have been touring the globe for more than 50 years. Now on their final world tour, they pull into Vancouver just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. March 17; Vogue Theatre; tickets start at $35.  Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at CelticFest 2016 in Vancouver

See the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, March 15

Photo credit: Michellerlee | Flickr

Photo credit: Michellerlee | Flickr

Ready to show your shamrocks with pride? The 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will turn downtown Vancouver into a sea of green this Sunday, March 15, with marching bands, dancers and plenty of bagpipes.

The parade marks the climax of CelticFest Vancouver, a 12-day tribute to Celtic culture. The festival includes dozens of music, dance and theatre events at venues around the city, from Celtic rock concerts to guided whisky tastings. (Check out some of the can’t-miss happenings here.)

But the biggest event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Continue reading:
See the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, March 15

Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Vancouver has a global reputation for being a green city. But for 12 days this March, that will take on a whole new meaning.

CelticFest Vancouver returns March 6-March 17, with dozens of music, dance and theatre events where you can let your shamrock shine and wear your green with pride. The annual celebration of Celtic culture includes free and ticketed happenings at venues around the city, culminating in the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15.

Here’s a look at some can’t-miss highlights at CelticFest Vancouver 2015 (prices are for advanced ticket sales online):

Traditional music: Take in the 100-voice Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir (paired with the De Danaan Irish Dancers) ($27) at Christ Church Cathedral on March 13. Or see internationally renowned fiddler and singer April Verch ($25) perform foot-stomping Irish and Scottish tunes at the Annex on March 16.  Continue reading:
Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

The 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver is This Sunday!

St Patrick's Day Parade Vancouver

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Vancouver is getting a little Irish this Sunday when the streets are turned green to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities. (*Note: streets will not actually be turning green…).

As a finale hurrah to the Vancouver Celtic Festival that has been going on from March 8-16, Vancouver will be hosting the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16th at 11:00am.

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The 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver is This Sunday!

Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013

Photo credit: CelticFest Vancouver

Get ready to green it up, folks. The Vancouver Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 will (sham)rock downtown Vancouver Sunday, March 17.

Vancouver is good at celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve got CelticFest – nine straight days of Celtic food and drink, music and dancing from March 9 to 17.  Then there’s the ultimate shake-your-shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day party at the Blarney Stone in historic Gastown on March 17.

But the biggest event by far is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which draws a crowd of 350,000+ spectators and features 2,000 participants, including Celtic and Irish dancers, award-winning pipe and drum bands, acrobats, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team, and more.

The parade starts at 11am March 17. Find all the details you need on the parade route after the jump. Continue reading:
Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

5 Can’t-Miss Events at CelticFest Vancouver 2013, March 9-17

Qristina and Quinn Bachand are performing at CelticFest Ceilidh and Mahony & Sons Celtic Village. Photo courtesy of CelticFest.

Qristina and Quinn Bachand are performing at CelticFest Ceilidh and Mahony & Sons Celtic Village. Photo courtesy of CelticFest.

It’s time to wear your green with pride.

CelticFest Vancouver, the annual celebration of Celtic culture, is rolling into town March 9-March 17.  While lots of cities have a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Vancouver offers nine straight days of Celtic food and drink, music and dancing and more.

All told, CelticFest embraces 70 events at venues all across the city, from tastings at Irish pubs, to traditional Ceilidhs with folk music and dancing to all-out street parties.

Here are five can’t-miss happenings for lovers of the Emerald Isle:

Celts on the CreekCelticFest kicks off with this free outdoor party at the Village on False Creek (formerly Olympic Village).  Stop by the plaza for a full day of heel-kickin’  Celtic music – both traditional and rock ‘n’ roll varieties – plus food and family fun.  March 9, noon-5 p.m.; Village Plaza; free.  Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at CelticFest Vancouver 2013, March 9-17

Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2012

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Get ready to put on your green clothes and shake your shamrocks: the 8th annual Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade is coming Sunday, March 18, 2012!

Vancouverites love their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, from partying at CelticFest to downing green beers at The Blarney Stone, but the biggest event by far is the Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which attracts over 350,000 spectators and features 2,000 participants, including Celtic and Irish dancers,  award-winning pipe and drum bands, acrobats, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team, and more.

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Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2012