Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto with the famous St. Paddy's Day Parade and green drinks is a right of passage everyone must experience.

On March 17, we Torontonians may not all be Irish, but we love throwing a great céilí, as the Irish would say. Here’s your guide to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto.

See a St. Paddy’s concert before the big day

Immerse yourself in the magic of Irish music and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with Westlife! Don't miss their high-energy concert packed with the greatest hits on their first-ever North American tour. The Westlife: The Hits Tour – A St Patrick’s Day Special takes place March 11–13 in Meridian Hall. Purchase your tickets today before they’re gone.

Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mark your calendars for a vibrant celebration of Irish heritage! The Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off on Sunday, March 17, at noon, weaving its way through the city’s heart from St. George and Bloor Streets West, east on Bloor, south on Yonge and ending on Dundas Street. Best of all, admission is free and the event is fun for all ages.

To maximize your enjoyment, remember these tips: arrive early to secure a good spot, embrace the spirit by wearing green, and use public transportation. Don’t miss this iconic Toronto tradition!

Share a drink at the top bars and pubs

Be forewarned, anywhere that’s considered an Irish pub in Toronto will be packed, but they will also be where you’ll find the most festive drinks, liveliest music and Irish spirit. 

On St. Paddy’s Day in Toronto, Irish bars open up early, so you’ve got plenty of time to get a good spot and hunker down with a pint of green Guinness and some Irish fare. Some popular spots include Stout Irish Pub in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood, The Wheatsheaf Tavern, where bargoers have enjoyed drinks and community since 1849 and The Galway Arms, a traditional Irish hideaway. 

Explore Toronto’s nightlife scene further for more beer and whiskey-filled bars, breweries and pubs.

Make it a weekend getaway

While Toronto shines during St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the city offers much more than a single day of revelry. Whether you’re seeking cultural experiences, breathtaking sights or delicious culinary options, a weekend in Toronto promises something for everyone.

Start your adventure with a visit to the iconic CN Tower, offering panoramic views of the city and beyond. Delve into history at Casa Loma, a majestic castle showcasing turn-of-the-century grandeur. For cultural immersion, explore the Royal Ontario Museum, which houses diverse collections spanning art, archaeology, and more.

Foodies and craft beverage lovers will delight in vibrant neighbourhoods like Kensington Market and Distillery Historic District, brimming with restaurants, breweries and cafes.

Accommodation options cater to every style and budget. Stay in a plush boutique or luxury hotel in the City Centre or any of the eclectic neighbourhoods in Toronto welcoming all ages.  

With its blend of natural beauty, dynamic arts scene and diverse culinary landscape, Toronto promises a weekend getaway filled with unforgettable experiences, even beyond the vibrant celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day.