Weekend Planner: Shamrock Run, CHiPOLLiNO Ballet, Studio East and More

Here are some events and activities to check out in and around Kirkland this weekend.


It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend. Kirkland Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work, outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit and new places to explore.

Is there something we missed? Let us know by sharing the event details in the comments section.


  • Where/When: 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, in downtown Kirkland.
  • Why Go: Run or walk your way through beautiful Kirkland in celebration of St. Patrick's Day at the first-ever Kirkland Shamrock 5K Race & Family Fun Run this Saturday. The course runs through Kirkland with many vistas of the Olympic Mountains and Lake Washington. Runners and walkers alike will find a pot of gold awaiting them at the finish line and receive complimentary entrance to the post-race festivities at The Wilde Rover Irish Restaurant.
  • PricingRegistration is $35.


  • Where/When: 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the .
  • Why Go: The 6th Annual Geoffrey Castle Celtic Celebration falls on St. Patrick's Day this year. This should be a great party! Guests in the past have included Alan White from YES, Dan Connolly, The Gothard Sisters, the Comerford School of Irish Dance and others. Guinness and Jameson will be available in the lobby.
  • Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for youths.


International Ballet Theatre’s CHiPOLLiNO  

  • Where/When: Meydenbauer Theater in Bellevue (11100 NE 6th Street); Friday March 16, 7:30 pm; Saturday March 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday March 18, 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: One of four annual productions by Kirkland’s highly regarded , CHiPOLLiNO (The Onion Boy) is about the hero of a fairytale in which all the characters are fruits and vegetables, set in the town of Lemonia, where the plants happily live together, but under the rule of a tyrant. This is live entertainment perfect for the entire family.
  • Cost: Adults, $50; seniors, $40; students, $40 and children, $25.


  • Where/When: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at  in Kirkland.
  • Why Go: Join Studio East for the opening night of their newest production, Drowsy Chaperone. This delightful musical is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Enjoy the show!
  • Cost: Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and youths.


  • Where/When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at  in Kirkland.
  • Why Go: Come join Unique Plus as they celebrate their first birthday with a sidewalk sale and free cotton candy, balloons, face painting and hands-on craft projects! They’re also kicking off their spring collection with a special trunk show and discounts on select brands.
  • Cost: Admission is free.


  • Where/When: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at  in Kirkland.
  • Why Go: As part of the Early Music Guild’s Early Music Fridays series, the Byrd Ensemble (formerly known as the Renaissance Singers) will perform, “Josquin and the Franco-Flemish Style.” The program will trace the development of the Franco-Flemish style and will feature composers Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac, Adrian Willaert and more.
  • Cost: $20, $15 Senior, $10 Student or NUUC Member.


Rocky Horror at SecondStory Repertory

  • Where/When: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 at in Redmond
  • Why Go: Come join in the eccentric fun as SecondStory Rep presents the cult classic Rocky Horror Show. A free sing-along party will be held prior to Saturday's performance, starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • Pricing: Tickets are $15


  • Where/When: 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at  in Woodinville.
  • Why Go: You won’t want to miss this evening at Matthews Estate. The night will feature live music by Mark Morel and the Illuzionz, a local five-piece jazz band. They’ll be set up inside the Barrel Room, with a limited amount of chairs and tables available. You can bring your own picnic, or enjoy the food services of G&G Dogs and The Box.
  • Cost: Free.


  • Where/When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at  in Woodinville.
  • Why Go: Whether you have a new garden, an older, overgrown garden, or an area that needs updating or renovating, a landscape designer can be tremendously helpful. Meet and greet representatives from local, hand-selected landscape design companies in a friendly, no-pressure environment. Connect with experts, hear about their specialties and learn what they can do for you. No appointment necessary, just stop in and get encouraged, informed and inspired.
  • Cost: Free.


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