Irish eyes smile during the 2017 Oak Harbor St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (File photo)

Irish eyes smile during the 2017 Oak Harbor St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (File photo)

Whidbey to revel in all things Irish this weekend

Shamrocks, shenanigans, corned beef, colcannon and more

From wearing the green to learning how to properly cook the greens, Whidbey offers a variety of St. Patrick’s Day events this Saturday and Sunday.

Although St. Paddy’s Day is always March 17 to commemorate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, some local festivities occur the day before — even two days before — to allow time to partake in plenty of shenanigans. Many restaurants and bars are hosting live music and offering traditional Irish fare.

Saturday afternoon, the Whidbey Island Irish Wildlife Society hosts its 46th St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Oak Harbor, beginning at 4 p.m. The next day, Coupeville gets into the green spirit with a St. Paddy’s Bash featuring the Shifty Sailors and Electric’ly Celtic leading jigs and Irish songs from 4-7 p.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St.

Langley and Bayview also have many activities planned, from gypsy jazz to an Irish pub party to specialty-brewed Irish beer.

Here’s some Éirinn go Brách events for north, central and south Whidbey.

Oak Harbor

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade: Parade begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor. A traditional Irish dinner, $9 per plate, will be held directly after the parade at the American Legion Hall. Entertainment by Click Music groups and Darren McCoy’s choir leading the crowd in a sing-a-long of Irish tunes. To be a part of the small-town parade or to volunteer, contact ohirishwildlifesociety@outlook.com

Pub Crawl: Adults age 21 and over are invited to try and survive the legendary Oak Harbor Pub Crawl that provides rides to various pubs between 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Raffles, appetizers, drink specials and other fun activities at each participating pub. $20 bus ticket. Fun continues afterward at Oak Harbor Tavern. Call 203-520-6417 to reserve space on bus.

Coupeville

Eat, drink, dance and be merry during Coupeville’s 12th Annual St. Paddy’s Bash from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, March 17 at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Entertainment by the Shifty Sailors and Eclectic’ly Celtic with guest appearance by Saratoga Sirens. Corned beef and cabbage and vegetarian colcannon, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, $35 ticket, limited to 110 people.

Bayview

Pancake Breakfast helps support Meals on Wheels. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, fresh fruit with gluten-free options available, $7 donation. 9-11 a.m, Saturday, March 16 at Island Senior Resources, 14595 State Highway 525, Langley.

Whidbey’s own Hot Club of Troy plays at Farmer & The Vine at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 5603 Bayview Road, Langley.

Taproom at Bayview Corner brings in local band Grain History and singer songwriter Silven Rocky to play rockin’ classic tunes, 8-10 p.m., Saturday, March 16 for St. Paddy’s Eve boogie down dance at 5603 Bayview Road, Langley.

Langley

Double Bluff Brewing Co. hosts its 4th Annual St.Patrick’s Day Fest Friday through Sunday, March 15-17. The Langley micro-brewery presents live music 6 -8 p.m. Friday (Rafael Tranquilino and Guest) and Saturday (Saint John) and limerick contests. The Big W food truck will be serving traditional Irish food all three days. It will be parked at 112 Anthes Ave., Langley.

Ott & Murphy’s Tasting Room features Island Jazz Collective, 7 p.m. Friday, March 15 with no cover. Janie Cribbs & The T.Rust Band, perform 7 p.m. Sat., March 16, $12 cover at 204 1st St, Langley.

Roaming Radish hosts an Irish pub party with Dog Eat Dog, a Seattle band of experienced and very talented musicians who are faithful to classic rock from the 1960s forward. Menu will be packed with Irish-inspired dishes including J.P’s “Luck of the Irish” Whiskey cake. $10 suggested for band, doors open 5:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at 5417 S. Crawford Road, Langley.

Learn how to cook (then eat) some Irish classics in the Learning Lab at Langley, part of a community educational hive buzzing in the back of the South Whidbey Community School. Its garden, woodshop and kitchen are offering classes of all kinds. After learning to make Irish brown bread, minted peas and colcannon from chef Lis David of Magical Feast, corned beef will be provided for an after-class St. Patty’s Day Feast, $75, 4-7 p.m., Sunday, March 17. For more information: email joe@livingdesignfoundation.org or go to www.livingdesignfoundation.org

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