Portland St. Patrick’s Day Festival @ Kells Irish Pub | Boxing, Live Music, Beer, Irish Dance, Timbers

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St. Patrick's Day @ Kells Irish PubSt. Patrick’s Irish Festival
March 14-17, 2014
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Kells Irish Pub
112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
(503) 227-4057

Thousands of locals and expats will partake in live music, traditional dancing and Irish food and libations at the 23rd annual Kells St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the Northwest’s largest St. Patrick’s Day event. This year’s festival will take place March 14 through 17 at four venues: inside the venerable Kells Irish Pub at 112 SW 2nd Ave; in a festival tent in Kells’ back parking lot; at the new Kells Brew Pub at 210 NW 21st Ave; and in a festival tent in the Brew Pub parking lot.

The festivities will kick off Friday night with live music in the pubs and a black tie smoker – a boxing event that pits Golden Glove boxers from Ireland against the best amateur pugilists of the Northwest – in the festival tent. Over the weekend, a number of family friendly activities will also be offered in the festival tent, including face painting, Irish Wolfhounds, cheese sampling and family tree research. Throughout the festival, attendees can enter a raffle for a trip to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

Live entertainment ranges from the traditional – with Irish dancing, bagpipers, and Celtic bands playing the fiddle, harmonica, guitar and Bodhran – to the popular, with the Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond headlining the Saturday night event. International sensation Shana Morrison, daughter of Van Morrison, will also play throughout the weekend. Shana is known for her unique and wide-ranging voice and genre bending style that blends pop, blues, rock, country, R&B and jazz.

Festival admission varies by day and location. See the schedule below for a complete breakdown of activities, hours, and costs per day.

Gerard and Lucille McAleese established Kells’ Portland location in 1990. In 1991, they began the tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day Festival that has grown into the largest Irish celebration in the Northwest. The McAleeses are some of Portland’s most respected philanthropists, and the festival is an official fundraiser for Providence Child Center.

In advance of the festival, the McAleeses “sweep the ceiling,” collecting folded dollars and quarters that have been hurled to the restaurant ceiling by the wait staff throughout the year. The amount of money collected is matched by the McAleeses and donated to Providence Child Center, which offers the only pediatric residential facility in the Northwest providing 24-hour skilled nursing care for children with profound disabilities and complex medical needs. Since its inception, the event has raised nearly $225,000 for Providence Child Center.

Serving the Northwest since 1983, Kells Irish Restaurant is a local family-run establishment that is consistently voted and ranked among the top Irish pubs in the United States; it has been named the number one Irish establishment in the U.S. every year since 2007 by noted food and restaurant critic Tom Horan. With locations in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, it is a touchstone of each community that stays true to its roots. For more information, visit www.kellsirish.com.

Festival Hours & Schedule

Friday, March 14

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave

  • Restaurant and Pub Hours: 11.30am to 2am
  • Live Music: Flight of Earls @7:30pm, Coming Up Threes @9:30pm, Grafton Street @11:30pm
  • Pub Admission: $5 at 8pm

Festival Tent, 112 SW 2nd Ave (back parking lot)

  • Smoker (Boxing): Doors open 5pm, fights begin 7.30pm
  • Admission: $20 at 5pm

Kells Brew Pub, 210 NW 21st Ave

  • Hours: 11:30am to 2am, minors welcome until 9pm
  • Live Music: Boys of Malin @8pm, Flight of Earls @10:30pm
  • Admission: $5 at 9pm

Brew Pub Festival Tent, 210 NW 21st Ave (parking lot)

  • Hours: 4pm to 11pm, minors welcome until 9pm
  • Admission: $5 at 9pm

Saturday, March 15

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave

  • Pub Hours: 8am to 2am, no minors
  • Restaurant Hours: 10am to 2am, minors welcome until 10pm
  • Banquet Room Hours: 11am to 9pm, minors welcome, full menu service
  • Cigar Room Hours: 8am to 2am, no minors
  • Live Music: Hanz Araki @2:30pm, Flight of Earls @5pm, Cul an Ti @7:30pm, Grafton Street @10pm, Coming Up Threes @12am
  • Pub Admission: $20 at 5pm

Festival Tent, 112 SW 2nd Ave (back parking lot)

  • Hours: 11am to 1am, minors until 5pm
  • Live Music: Murray Irish Dance @11:30am, Cul an Ti @12:15pm, Kells Pipers @2:15pm, Grafton Street @2:45pm, An Daire Irish Dance @4:45pm, Coming Up Threes @5:30pm, Kells Pipers @7:30pm, Shana Morrison @8pm, Super Diamond @10pm
  • Admission: $20 at 5pm; free T-shirt to first 500 guests

Kells Brew Pub, 210 NW 21st Ave

  • Hours: 9am to 2am, minors welcome until 6pm
  • Live Music: Molly Malone Irish Dancing @1pm, Boys of Malin @2pm, Comerford Irish Dance @4pm, Cul an Ti @4:30pm, Grafton Street @7pm, Kells Pipers @9pm, Flight of Earls @9:30pm
  • Admission: $10 at 6pm

Brew Pub Festival Tent, 210 NW 21st Ave (parking lot)

  • Hours: 12pm to 12am, minors welcome until 6pm
  • Admission: $10 at 6pm

Sunday, March 16: Shamrock Run Day

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave

  • Pub Hours: 8am to 2am, no minors all day
  • Restaurant Hours: 10am to 12am, minors welcome until 10pm
  • Timbers Game: Live @12pm
  • Live Music: Full Schling @2:30pm, Grafton Street @5pm, Coming Up Threes @7:30pm, Flight of Earls @10pm
  • Pub Admission: $5 after 6pm

Festival Tent, 112 SW 2nd Ave (back parking lot)

  • Hours: 9am to 6pm, minors welcome
  • Live Music: Kells Pipers @10am, An Daire Irish Dance @10:30am, Coming Up Threes @11am, Molly Malone Irish Dancing @1pm, Kells Pipers @1:45pm, Shana Morrison @2pm, Murray Irish
  • Dance @4pm
  • Admission: Free

Kells Brew Pub, 210 NW 21st Ave

  • Hours: 9am to 2am, minors welcome until 8pm
  • Timbers Game: Live @12pm
  • Live Music: Molly Malone Irish Dancing @11am, Kells Pipers @11:30am, Comerford Irish Dance @2pm, Flight of Earls @2:30pm, Cul an Ti @5pm, Kells Pipers @7:15pm, Grafton Street @7:45pm
  • Admission: Free

Brew Pub Festival Tent, 210 NW 21st Ave (parking lot)

  • Hours: 9am to 9pm, minors welcome until 9pm
  • Admission: Free

Monday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave

  • Pub Hours, 11am to 2am, no minors all day
  • Restaurant Hours: 11am to 12am, minors welcome until 10pm
  • Banquet Room Hours: 12pm to 9pm, minors welcome, full menu service
  • Pub Admission: $20 after 2pm

Festival Tent, 112 SW 2nd Ave (back parking lot)

  • Hours: 11am to 1am, no minors all day
  • Live Music: Comerford Irish Dance @11:30am, Cul an Ti @12pm, Kells Pipers @2pm, Shana Morrison @2:30pm, An Daire Irish Dance @4:30pm, Flights of Earls @5pm, Kells Pipers @7pm, Shana Morrison @7:30pm, Kells Pipers @9:30pm, Coming Up Threes @9:45pm
  • Admission: $20 after 2pm; free T-shirt to first 500 guests

Kells Brew Pub, 210 NW 21st Ave

  • Hours: 11am to 11pm, minors welcome until 8pm
  • Live Music: Molly Malone Irish Dancing @12pm, Boys from Malin @12:30pm, Murray Irish
  • Dance @2:30pm, Cul an Ti @3pm, Kells Pipers @5pm, Grafton Street @5:30pm, Flight of Earls @8pm
  • Admission: $20 at 5pm

Brew Pub Festival Tent, 210 NW 21st Ave (parking lot)

  • Hours: 11am to 11pm, minors welcome until 8pm
  • Admission: $20 at 5pm

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One Response to Portland St. Patrick’s Day Festival @ Kells Irish Pub | Boxing, Live Music, Beer, Irish Dance, Timbers

  1. Nathan March 16, 2014 at 14:12 #

    I was highly disappointed with the portion size of the food we bought in the festival tent last night. I felt ripped off!

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