You don’t have to be Irish to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Past Events

St. Patrick’s Day is known as an event that is associated with the colour green, shamrocks, luck and anything Irish. This year St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday March 17th 2014. What are you doing this St. Patrick’s Day? Need some ideas? Listed below are exciting activities that are fun and enjoyable.  Some are before St. Patricks day over the weekend so you don’t have to worry about starting the week off after a big night of celebrating on Monday night.

Family Fun

St. Patrick’s Day Parade-Sunday March 16th 2014
The annual St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 12PM on Sunday March 16th 2014 at St. George and Bloor. The Parade will continue along Bloor Street down Yonge Street and finishes on Queen Street at Nathan Philips Square. The parade features entertaining floats, bands, dancers and marching groups from Toronto’s Irish and multicultural community. This year’s Grand Marshal is Irish boxer Katie Taylor who is the reigning Olympic, World, European and Irish Champion.  For more information, go to

Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk- March 16th, 2014
runThe 15th anniversary Archilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk through the heart of Downtown Toronto is on Sunday March 16th, 2014. The race starts at 10:15 AM at 255 Bremner Blvd,Toronto outside of Steam Whistle Brewery @ the Roundhouse.
Visit Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk online registration system on the Events Online Website to register for the event. Online registration closes on Monday March 10th, 2014 at 11:59 PM or until the event reaches the capacity of 1500 participants. For more information, go to

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The Lucky Ball- Thursday March 13th, 2014

The 2nd Annual Lucky Ball is on Thursday March 13th, 2014 at Revival Bar (783 College St.). The event supports the Fort York Food Bank and is a fun way to celebrate. The Fort York Food Bank is a multi-service agency focused on reconnecting people with their community. For more information, go to

St. Party’s Day-March 14th-15th 2014
logo2The Carlsberg St. Party’s Day is on March 14th-15th 2014 at Andrew Richard Designs (571 Adelaide Street East). This two day festival unites people from all backgrounds as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For more information, go to

St.Patrick’s Day Club/Pub Crawl 2014- March 15th, 2014
Club/Pub crawls to three of Toronto’s night clubs on March 15th, 2014 for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The night begins at Product Nightclub (364 Richmond St. West) from 9PM-10PM, then at 10PM, the buses will depart and continue to a mystery location before stopping at Fiction Nightclub. For more information, go to

SPD St. Patty’s Day-Saturday March 15th 2014
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Amsterdam Brewhouse & Harbourfront on Saturday March 15th 2014. Enjoy performances by live bands and DJs at Amsterdam Brewhouse & Harbourfront. There will be a full food menu. Purchase tickets for guarantee entry to the event. Event starts at 11AM for those with early bird tickets. For more information, visit

The Uptown Loft St. Paddy’s Bash- Saturday March 15th 2014
PrintCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Uptown St. Paddy’s Party on Saturday March 15, 2014 at 9PM. The night will start off with St. Paddy’s Ice Breaker games then the dancing will begin. Event costs $5 if you wear green, $10 if you show up not wearing green. For more information, visit

For a list of more St. Paddy’s day events and other events in Toronto visit our Toronto Calendar at

Experience St. Patrick’s Day like the Irish do!

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Past Events, Toronto


Grab your lucky clover, because it’s that time of year when green can be seen all over Toronto, from the attire of city-goers, to the beer flowing in the pubs. If you’re looking to experience St. Patrick’s Day like the Irish do, then CityEvents has a few suggested events besides your local pub with Irish dancers and green beer.

Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 17, 2013:

Do you feel lucky today? Well the luck of the Irish is spreading across Toronto on March 17th, 2013 at the 26th annual Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Put on your green outfits and head down to St. George and Bloor Street for the start of the parade at noon. Grab your friends and family for an afternoon of Irish celebrations and who knows you may find a pot of gold. (See image for the full parade route).



St. Patrick’s Day Brunch, Sunday, March 17, 2013:

If you are looking for more family friendly fun this St. Patrick’s Day, The Gladstone Hotel is the place to be from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Featuring The Bellwood’s Trinity, a local Queen West acoustic trio; they specialize in children sing-alongs, Irish jigs, as well as Canadian and American folk songs. Bring the family down for some sing-alongs, Irish music and even a puppet show. Brunch is available for $16.00 per adult and $10.00 per child. If you are looking for a great way to celebrate like the Irish, join them later in the evening for more fun, live music and of course some drinks!


St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, Friday, March 8, 2013:

Do you want to make a difference this St. Patrick’s Day? On March 8th, 2013 you can help fight hunger in Canada and Ireland by attending the largest and longest St. Patrick’s Day lunch in the world. Located at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, this is an afternoon you don’t want to miss. Your day will include a pre-lunch “Make Yourself Irish” reception, featuring live Irish music and a three-course lunch to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Pre-lunch begins at 11:00am, lunch starts at 12:30pm, and finally the post-lunch party at 3:00pm continuing on until 5:00pm. Also, featuring headline entertainer, Brendan Grace, from the Ireland Fund of Canada. Come out for an afternoon of Irish celebrations with an open bar, special guests, and live music. Make a difference this St. Patrick’s Day and have a great time doing it.–30th-Annual-St-Patricks-Day-Lunch–2013


The Lucky Ball, Thursday, March 14, 2012:

If you’re looking to party it up, but also give back this St. Patty’s Day, then head on over to the inaugural Lucky Ball in support of the Fort York Food Bank. There will be an open bar, hour d’oeuvres, and great music from musical director & DJ, Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning. The event is on Thursday, March 14th from 8:30pm to 2:00am, at the Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. West. Tickets are $100, and attire is cocktail chic.



14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Run for Achilles, Sunday, March 17th:

However, if you are looking to help others, be active, and see the heart of Toronto on St. Patrick’s Day, then you and your team need to check out the 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run which benefits charities such as Achilles Canada, a non-profit organization committed to helping disabled individuals receive the benefits of running. The run begins at 10:15am on Sunday, March 17 at the Roundhouse, 255 Bremmer Blvd. Following the active portion of this event, there will be Irish music, and refreshments at the Steam Whistle Brewery.


St. Party’s Day, March 16 & 17th:

Interested in a large beer-fueled festival to celebrate this lucky holiday? Then you want to go to the St. PARTY’s Day event at Ontario Place (Lake Shore Blvd W at Ontario Place Blvd). This Budweiser sponsored event takes place Saturday, March 16th & Sunday, March 17th from 11am to 8pm, and tickets cost $20. The festival will feature heated tents, Irish music & dancers, and more than 15000 attendees in which to mix and mingle with!


St. Patrick’s Music Therapy Night, Sunday, March 17th:

But if you are in need of some music therapy this St. Patrick’s Day? Then the St. Paddy’s Day Bash at the Rivoli is the event for you! Enjoy the musical stylings of Mike Evin, Amanda Mabro, Chris Assaad, Don Kerr, and special guest, Rachel Sermanni, on Sunday, March 17th with doors at 7:30, and the show starting at 8:00pm, at 334 Queens St. West. Tickets are $10, and proceeds go to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.

However you end up celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day, the team at CityEvents wish you a very lucky holiday and feel free to share on our Fan Page:


Celebrate the Luck of the Irish in Toronto

March 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Past Events, Toronto

Do you often feel your heart skip a beat when you see a four-leaf clover? Do you get excited when you see the makings of green beer or leprechauns? You my friend have the luck of the Irish, and CityEvents has everything you want to know about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto, for little to no cost! St. Patrick’s Day is a favourite holiday of CityEvents, CEO, Deb Lewis and is often a day off at the company. We are extremely lucky to be living in an explosively fun city like Toronto, where there is so much to do and see every day. That is why, on an occasion like St. Patrick’s Day, there are plenty more fun things to do right in the core of downtown Toronto. Make St. Patty’s Day 2012 memorable, go out, have fun, be green, and meet new Torontonians!

There is no better way than to get into the St. Patty’s Day mood, than by going to the St. Patrick’s Day parade! Sunday March 11th, the parade will start at noon on Bloor and St. George. Irish dancers will pipe, drum, dance and skip their way east to Yonge, then head south to Queen, and turn back west, ending the parade just past Nathan Phillips Square.  This is the perfect chance to go outdoors, drink, have fun and meet new Torontonians who share your love for St. Patty’s Day.

If you’re feeling the need to give, donate or volunteer this St. Patrick’s Day, then we have something for you too! For all you philanthropists out there, on March 18th at 10:15 a.m., come and be apart of this year’s 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Run and 5k Walk. Registration costs $50.00, and includes a free t-shirt, and a hot bowl of Irish chili and pint of Steam Whistle beer after the run. After the run, participants are invited to relax while listening to live music and entertainment. It will start and finish at 255 Bremner Boulevard, outside of Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse. All proceeds from the event and donations will go to Achilles Canada; a foundation helping Canadians with disabilities participate in running.

Another volunteer opportunity for this St. Patrick’s Day is The Shamrock at the Amsterdam Brewery, a benefit for the Parkdale Food Bank. On Saturday, March 17th, from 5pm to 2am, people will be bringing donations or non-perishable food items, while enjoying classic Irish dishes, live Celtic music and green beer.

If like most people you want to spend the night in a pub, but not sure which one, we’ve got one with enough green beer to last you until March 2013! The best time you will have at a pub on St. Patty’s Day will be held on March 17th, at the Irish Embassy. The evening will include live music, accompanied by Irish dancers throughout the night, and limited time offer food specials to complement your green beer.

If you’re not a pub or bar person, but want a fun St. Patty’s Day with friends, green beer, and live music, then don’t look any further; St. PARTY’s Day is here to save the day. It is an all day event on March 17th, on 92 Front St., in the St. Lawrence market in the north building. Starting at 11a.m., this all day event will showcase a number of live bands, pots of gold, and all the green beer your Irish heart desires.

Last, but certainly not least, if all else fails, or you don’t like crowds, bring Ireland to you. Stay at home; make yourself a big pot of Irish potato soup, make your own green beer, and work on your Irish accent.

If you do plan to venture out for St. Patty’s Day, to find the pot of gold, make sure you have a safe ride home.



Planning a Party for St. Patrick

In a city with so many cultures, it is only natural that Toronto would celebrate a day of full spirited Irish traditions.  March 17th is fast approaching, and with our Irish luck this St. Patrick’s Day has landed on a Saturday!  Many will want to take advantage of the weekend and throw parties in the spirit of the leprechaun.  Here are some simple tips that will make your party the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


St. Patrick’s Day is all about green.  Most importantly you must wear green attire and encourage your guests to do the same.  Then one trip to the dollar store will save you money and maybe even save you a headache.  First pick up green shamrock decorations, along with stickers, balloons and construction paper.  Then make sure you grab green plates, cups, and cutlery for your St. Patty’s snacks.  Even with a small budget, you find all of your décor needs for under $20.

Food and Beverage 

The theme of this party is simple.  Green all the way through, even in the food!  Food colouring will be your best friend and your worst enemy.  Just add a few drops into beer, soda and even some food to get the feel good green effect.  Make sure to use the dye in plastic cups to avoid staining your own glassware.  Stick with classic finger foods and a variety of Irish beers.  Everyone can enjoy some classic food with a delicious new taste of beer.

Here are some ideas for Irish Brews that can be found at varying LCBO’s…

  • Guinness Irish Stout
  • Harp Irish Lager
  • Smithwicks Irish Amber Ale
  • Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

For the ladies, try Animee Rosé Beer, an internationally known brew that has become very popular in Ireland and is available through Molson Coors.  The sweet and light taste will be splendidly refreshing this March month.


Finding the right music for an event can be very tricky when trying to satisfy a variety of people.  Here are some east coast Canadian artists that you can integrate into your own personal play list to get the perfect Celtic sounds.

  • Great Big Sea
  • The Barra MacNeils
  • Loreena McKennitt
  • Natalie McMaster
  • The Rankin Family
  • Ashley Mac Isaac


  • Pot of Gold – Balloon Pop

Take a bunch of cold balloons and fill some with a chocolate coin, some with real coins, some with plastic shamrocks and keep a handful empty.  Each guest has the chance to pop a balloon to find their lucky prize inside.  The excitement comes from the mystery of what is in the balloon.

  • Lucky Coin Grab

Fill a pot with chocolate coins and three Canadian loonies.  Each guest will have a chance to grab.  Either they will get a chocolate coin, or they will get a real dollar.  The three who pick the dollar will win St. Patrick’s Day merchandise.  They will get to choose between a hat, t-shirt, or shamrock beads.  Your prizes can vary depending on what you have available.

So whether your tradition is as simple as sporting some green gear for the day or drinking a pint of green beer, the tradition of the Irish is easy to carry on when you follow these simple party tips.

Best of luck!

-Samantha Crimi

CityEvents Intern