On March 17th, you’re sure to see a ton of people decorated in green and sporting some gear in spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. I’m sure you’ll see a shamrock or two. Looking for something to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s how you can be a part of the celebrations:

Haunted Walk – The Final Steps of Thomas D’Arcy McGee

On Friday the 13th, a day already filled with superstitions, join the Irish Society for a haunted walk honouring Thomas D’Arcy McGee. Learn about one of our nation’s founding fathers and the details of his assassination on Sparks Street. Afterwards join everyone at D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub for a drink. The cost of the walk and party is $30, or you can just join the party for $15. Learn more on the Irish Society’s website.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

On March 14th the Irish Society will host the 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade kicks off at City Hall at 11 a.m. and then will continue to Bank Street and all the way down to Landsdowne. Get in the Irish spirit and cheer on the parade as they go down the route. The Ottawa Food Bank will also be present and collecting donations along the Parade route.

The Irish Society presents The Grand Irish Party

Join the Irish Society for an afternoon of post-parade fun. It will take place from 12pm-6pm at St. Brigid’s Centre For the Arts at 310 St Patrick St. Beau’s Lug-tread and Strong Patrick on tap. You can expect plenty of music, dancing, and stories. Admissions is $10 for adults, $5 for teens and free for children as well as parade volunteers.

Brewery Tour

Why not check out a local brewery? Make a day of it and head out for one of the brewery tours. Grab a friend and head for a day of fun and beer. Brew Donkey has some great tours on right now:

On March 13th join Brew Donkey for a tour of Covered Bridge Brewing. The tour will be from 6-7:30 pm. Tickets are $28 and include a 950mL take home bottle, samples, and a guided tour (60-90 min). You can purchase tickets on the official website of brew donkey.

On March 14th join the City Beers Tour with Brew Donkey. This tour features Beyond the Pale, Kichesippi Beer Co., and Broadhead Brewing. The tour meets at 10:30 at the Brew Donkey Office at 250 City Centre. Tickets are $80 and include bus, tours, lunch and samples. Buy your tickets from brew donkey’s official website.

Groupon has some great deals right now for:

Broadhead Brewing Company which includes a 90 minute tour with six samplers and a pint glass. Groupon $12. Find the deal on groupon.

Bicycle Craf Brewery tour which includes a 60-minute tour, 355ml glass of beer, and beer glass for $15. Check out the deal on groupon.

Whiprsnapr Brewing Company tour for two which includes two Whiprsnapr mason jar glasses, tour, and beer tasting for $19. View it on groupon.

Irish Pub

You can be sure that every Irish pub and bar in the city will be bustling on St. Patrick’s Day. At pubs like Royal Oak, you’ll find green beer and a festive menu. Stop by and have a brew at a local pub. My personal favourite is Heart and Crown. If you’ve been before you may have noticed their St. Patrick’s Day Countdown clock that runs all year long. It always has a great atmosphere and good crowd. With so many rooms to choose from you’re sure to have a great time. Grab a pint and join them for live music all day. Heart and Crown is a must for St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa. Make sure to get there early because this hot spot will fill up quickly!

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