St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto is the best St. Paddy’s party this side of the Emerald Isle. Thank our city’s rich multi-cultural heritage, which includes (literal) boatloads of Irish immigrants who landed in Toronto in the wake of the famine of 1847.
It wasn’t an auspicious beginning, to be sure, but in the decades that followed, the Irish population of Toronto grew and the culture has shaped our diverse city.
In addition to celebrating Irish heritage, St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto is a celebration of what makes us distinct. So whether you’re Irish, or Irish-descent or Irish-at-heart for one day a year, The Six is the place to be this March 17, 2020.
Keep reading. Here are the best ways to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto.
Steam Whistle St. Patrick’s Party
When: Saturday, March 14, 2020. 1 pm to 12 am.
We’re painting the Roundhouse green! Join us at our brewery for the best St. Patrick’s Day party in Toronto. Raise a glass of your favourite green bottled beer and enjoy grub courtesy of our Biergarten and Food Dudes. Vegan options available, and the party goes until midnight. VIP tickets available!
Tickets sell out fast, so secure your spot now!
St. Patrick’s Day Toronto Parade
When: Sunday, March 15, 2020. Starts at noon.
Kick-off St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto here. Starting on Bloor Street at Queen’s Park and ending on Queen Street and University Avenue, the annual Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade is organized by the St. Patrick’s Day Society–a non-profit organization that acts as custodians of Irish tradition.
Offering a feast of green as far as the eye can see, this parade is St. Paddy’s fun for the whole family. Music, treats, and good craic abound!
21st Annual Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K, 10K and 1K Kids Run
When: Sunday, March 15, 2020. Starts 10:15 am
Feel like smashing out a quick run before raising a glass to more traditional St. Paddy’s Day activities? Then head on down to the 21st Annual Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K, 10K and 1K Kids Run at our home, The Roundhouse Park.
All participants will receive a race tech shirt, new running buff, finisher medal, and–after the race–a warm meal, a pint of beer and Irish entertainment. If you still have some energy to burn, take a tour of the Roundhouse Brewery and then come on by the Biergarten for some more beer and grub.
Register for the race here.
St. Patrick’s Patio Party
When: Tuesday, March 12, 2020. Starts at 11:00 am.
Held at the iconic Hemingway’s Restaurant at 142 Cumberland Street, the St. Patrick’s Patio Party takes up all the floors–including the heated and covered rooftop patio. Enjoy traditional Irish music by Jig Street between 6 pm and 9 pm, as well as fine Irish fare, green beer, best-dressed prizes and swag giveaways.
Not gonna lie: there are dozens of St. Patrick’s Day Toronto parties, but if you’re looking for something really fun and really authentic to do the day-of, head to Hemingways.
Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors
When: Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 8:00 pm.
The Golden State Warriors take on the Raps at the Scotia Bank Arena on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto–and you know what that means! Chances are, the boys are gonna don some signature green gear! Consider this game your St. Paddy’s Day primer.
Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils
When: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm.
If the boys in blue are all you can think about on this day of green, you’re in luck: they’re hosting the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Arena. Just like the Raps, you’re likely going to see the Leafs sporting green jerseys, so pour yourself a green beer and settle in for one hell of a game against the Devils.
And speaking of green beer…
How to Make Green Beer
The easiest and best way to make green beer for your St.Patrick’s Day Toronto festivities is to start with a light coloured beer, like our Steam Whistle Pilsner or Pale Ale.
BEFORE you pour your beer into a beer glass, add 5-7 drops of green food colouring–more if you want a darker green. Next, pour your beer in. This will help mix in the food colouring without you having to stir your brew.
That’s it! Easy, delicious, green beer to get you in the mood to raise a glass to toast spending St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto, surrounded by friends and family!
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