CelticFest Vancouver 2011 & St Patricks Day Parade

Comments 68 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Leading up to the 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 20th, CelticFest Vancouver will provide days of entertainment and activities downtown. A few of the major events include the following:

Beauty and Beast CelticFest #12
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CelticFest Vancouver Kick-Off
When: Tuesday, March 15, starting at 11:30am
Where: Procession begins in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery and heads to the music stage on the Plaza at Pacific Centre (Georgia & Granville).
Info: BC Regiment Irish Pipes & Drums, Brave Heart Warriors, Eire Born Irish Dancers from the Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy, The Colin Grant Band. This will be the site of free lunchtime concerts throughout the week as well.

A Whisky Kiss – 5th Annual Scotch-Tasting
When: Wednesday, March 16, starting at 5:00pm
Where: (March 16 at Doolin’s Irish Pub)
Info: Tickets are $30 in advance

Celtic Village
When: Saturday, March 19, 11:00am – 6:00pm & Sunday, March 20, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Granville between Georgia and Smithe
Info: Free admission and performances along with activities like the Gaelic Football & Hurling Skills demo.

Brewmaster’s Dinner
When: Saturday, March 19, starting at 5:30pm
Where: The Cellar (1006 Granville at Nelson)
Info: Tickets are $35 in advance

BIG St. Pat’s Night Out!
When: Saturday, March 19, starting at 7:00pm
Where: The Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St)
Info: Featuring Spirit of The West with special guests, The Starbirds. Tickets are $30 in advance

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: Sunday, March 20, starting at 11:00am
Where: The parade route will start at Howe & Drake and will proceed north along Howe Street to Georgia Street. Turning right on Georgia, it will end at Granville. The Celtic Village will be open before and after the parade so that the family can enjoy even more free activities. Check out the the CelticFest website for street closure and bus re-routing information.

A full festival schedule is available online including more tasting events, concerts, and a Celtic film festival at Edgewater Casino.

CelticFest Vancouver has offered Miss604.com readers the chance to win tickets to the BIG St. Pat’s Night Out! with Spirit of The West and The Starbirds March 19th. Here’s how you can enter:

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    Update The winner is eileen h – congratulations and have a great time!

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    1. SanazThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 11:36am PST

      Sounds like a fun event, I watched the parade from my bedroom’s window last year as it was snowing!

    2. DianeThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 11:38am PST

      Hooray for St Patrick’s Day!

    3. Scott alexanderThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 11:41am PST


    4. adamThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 11:42am PST

      me wants some green beer

    5. Jon JenningsThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 11:44am PST

      Excellent! I promise to drink Guinness like nature intended and not pissy lager with green food colouring added.

    6. CraigThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 11:46am PST

      Haven’t seen SOTW for awhile now. Would be great to see again.

    7. JessicaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:02pm PST

      Spirit of the West makes me so happy. I would love to go to this show.

    8. KimThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:18pm PST

      Never seen Spirit of the West yet – what a great way to spend St. Paddy’s Day.

    9. LindaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:26pm PST

      Sounds like such a fun show to attend! 🙂

    10. JenThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:31pm PST

      I love seeing SOTW live!!! A great show for sure, I would love to go 🙂

    11. JAThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:31pm PST

      I would love to see them live!

    12. Rachael QThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:35pm PST

      Would love to see Spirit of the West!

    13. douglasThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:41pm PST

      Lucky Day!!!!!

    14. VanessaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:49pm PST

      I would love to go to this!

    15. KatieThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:54pm PST

      Would be excited to check this out!

    16. nocalThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 1:15pm PST

      Would be great!!

    17. AlisonThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 1:43pm PST

      It’s been years since my last SOTW show. I think it’s time to change that.

    18. TeresaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 2:11pm PST

      I like Spirit of the West.

    19. ErinThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 3:12pm PST

      I’d love to drink green beer and listen to SOTW!

    20. HeatherThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 3:54pm PST

      I’m from Nova Scotia! Wooeee

    21. Aileen ReardonThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 5:18pm PST

      So fun for everyone! Can’t wait to go this year as I was working last year. 😀

    22. PooyaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 6:50pm PST


    23. EricaFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 12:15am PST


    24. ScottFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 3:50am PST

      That would be awesome! Looking forward to the parade for sure!

    25. MaryanneFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 10:29am PST

      I always love a Spirit of the West show!

    26. PabloFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 10:29am PST

      Me please, me please. Most under-rated local band in Tom Landa and Starbirds. SOTW Rocks the party, of course!

    27. BrendaFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 10:39am PST

      I love Spirit of the West & this sounds like a really fun event!

    28. LisaFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 12:13pm PST

      Pick me! Pick me! I’m a homesick maritimer in need of a serious boost of fun and music! Pick me!

    29. SandraFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 3:20pm PST

      Sounds like a great time!

    30. Michelle WilliamsonFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 4:54pm PST

      I love Guinness!

    31. Karen O’ MahonyFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 6:01pm PST

      Cant wait to experience my first St Paddys Day outside of Ireland…. and where better than Vancouver 🙂
      Happy St Patricks Day Canada x

    32. RebeccaFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 6:46pm PST

      This sounds even better than a Shamrock Shake, count me in!

    33. rinoSaturday, March 5th, 2011 — 11:48am PST

      I love the Spirit of the West. It sounds like a blast!

    34. taniaSaturday, March 5th, 2011 — 11:49am PST

      Sounds like a really good time!

    35. MarianneSaturday, March 5th, 2011 — 5:51pm PST

      Let’s have some great ‘green’ tea!!

    36. TaraSaturday, March 5th, 2011 — 9:23pm PST

      Sounds fun!

    37. MeghanSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 1:48pm PST

      I would love to win those tickets!!!

    38. JoanSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 3:31pm PST

      We were in Ireland two years ago and the music was fabulous!

    39. BethSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 3:48pm PST

      I’m half-Irish, so that’s got to count for something!

    40. VaniaSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 8:01pm PST

      I’m not Irish, whatever. Gimme some beer! Cheers!

    41. MaryanneSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 11:41pm PST

      Sounds like a good time!

    42. Danielle ScottSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 11:51pm PST

      I would love to see spirit of the west!

    43. LeonoraMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 9:37am PST

      Sounds like a fun concert; cheers!

    44. eileen hMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 10:55am PST

      Spirit of the West’s Best Drinking Song: “Home for a Rest”. I defy you not to dance a jig to it.

    45. AshaMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 6:17pm PST

      I saw Spirit of the West’s John Mann in The Vancouver Playhouse’s production of Beyond Eden last year. It was spellbinding.

    46. AnaTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 12:26am PST

      I’m not Irish but Spanish with Celtic background. It would be great to win these tickets!

    47. BrendaTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 10:40am PST

      I have an Irish passport and would love to see Spirit of the West. Save This House is my favourite roadtrip CD.

    48. coreyTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 11:18am PST

      I love the Irish

    49. SunheeTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 11:57am PST

      My hubby’s a proud 1/4th Irish! We love the music!

    50. JuliaTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 2:45pm PST

      Fun, fun, fun! I hope I win!

    51. GordonWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 11:41am PST

      Always a good time. Great fun!

    52. JodiWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 11:42am PST

      We’ve got tickets for the Ceilidh but would love to see SOTW too!

    53. Jenny L.Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 11:52am PST

      Sounds fun!

    54. Don ForanWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 11:59am PST

      My great-grandmother was born in Belfast- so kiss me I’m Irish.

    55. Amy W.Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 3:57pm PST


    56. TracyWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 4:05pm PST

      Love this band! They never disappoint. Happy St.Patrick’s!

    57. IainWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 4:21pm PST

      You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best.

    58. MeghanWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 4:53pm PST

      I’d love to go see Spirit of the West! And I love Tom Landa! Both great talents.

    59. BrianWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 8:18pm PST

      I want some tickets!

    60. TanyaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 12:54am PST

      I am so proud that SOTW is local.

    61. BrianThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:00am PST

      I love Spirit of the West- been meaning to re-create the North Vancouver pub crawl from their appropriately named song “The Crawl” for awhile now!

    62. RafaelaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:11am PST

      I can’t wait!!

    63. HarjitThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 4:05pm PST

      I’ll be ready, don’t want to get pinched 😉 I’m looking for a lucky leprechaun, rainbow, pot of cold and a 4 leaf clover!!

    64. DavidThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 4:58pm PST

      Vancouver Celticfest Would be such a Great Time

    65. ElleThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 9:07pm PST


    66. Janice CotterThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:21pm PST

      Living the life of Riley!

    67. Christopher GallagherSunday, March 13th, 2011 — 6:24pm PDT

      Slainte everyone!

    68. Dante MedinaMonday, March 28th, 2011 — 6:01am PDT

      Great Green day!

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