If you haven’t taken the opportunity to visit Lake Chelan in the springtime, now is your chance! Once you experience St. Patrick’s Day in Chelan, you’ll fall in love with our small-town charm.
With activities and events happening all weekend long, families and friends alike will find Irish fun at every turn. Enjoy puppy parades, 5k runs, whiskey tastings, live music and so much more! Need help planning your weekend? View our online itinerary planner.
Lake Chelan Lions Shamrock Shuffle 5k — March 17, 8:30-10:45 am
Kick off St. Patrick’s Day with a 5k fun run that supports a worthy cause, all the while taking in the amazing views of Riverwalk Park! Funds raised will help support the Lake Chelan Lions Club in educating and supporting local diabetes awareness. The Lions Club will use donations to send several diabetic children to a Lion Camp specializing in diabetes care and education.
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Wayne Kelly Memorial Top Dog Parade — March 17, 12:00pm
The shining jewel of St. Patrick’s Day, the Wayne Kelly Memorial Top Dog Parade is a quintessential small town experience. Kilts, bagpipes and pups clad in green all march through downtown and have been doing so for nearly 40 years.
Originally, the St. Patrick’s Day parade was small–just a handful of Lake Chelan Community Hospital staff members and their children and pets marching down Woodin avenue dressed in potato sacks. As the years went on, the tradition grew and grew.
In the 90’s, the parade was renamed in lasting tribute to Wayne Kelly, hardware store owner, community pillar, dog lover, and all around good guy. Today the Wayne Kelly Memorial Top Dog Parade is an event worth visiting our beautiful valley for. You can watch, march or enter your pooch in the best-dressed contest.
The Taste of the Irish — March 17, 1pm-4pm
Downtown Chelan will be your passport to Ireland as your taste buds explore some of Chelan’s favorite Irish dishes and libations. This is the first year of the Ale & Whiskey tasting event in downtown Chelan. Taste local whiskeys at Campbell’s while you listen to live music or visit downtown shops and taste a variety of local ales while you shop.
Tickets are available online now!
St. Patrick’s Day in Manson
Take in all the Lake Chelan Valley has to offer by swinging into the Manson area for its Taste Manson event. Indulge in any of the 20 tasting rooms throughout Manson and take a shuttle to your next destination. And if you get hungry, head downtown for Manson’s Meat in the Street festivities! This 4th annual chicken wing cook-off at My Buddy’s Place in downtown Manson begins at 2 pm. Come down early to enjoy music, drink specials and barbeque tips from the pitmasters!
Dig in, St. Patrick’s Style.
No St. Patrick’s day festivities would be complete without food, and the Lake Chelan Valley gives you a pick of great food and fun events. If you’re looking for some authentic Irish fare, visit the Chelan Senior Center for classic corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots while Irish fiddler, EliAnn Plantz plays Irish tunes.
Vin du Lac will also be offering a 6-course Irish inspired dinner paired with fabulous Vin du Lac wines. Get inspired with the wine, the flavor and the beautiful views!
Late night fun.
St. Patrick’s day doesn’t have to end once the sun goes down. You can have your pick of bands and DJs throughout downtown and dance the night away. Stormy Mountain Brewing will also be hosting rock band Waterdog so you can dance the night away!
For a springtime weekend adventure, visiting Lake Chelan for St. Patrick’s Day will never disappoint. Come fall in love with spring and get to know the community of characters that make our valley so very worth visiting.