St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching–which means it’s time to grab your favorite green shirt, request Friday off of work and plan whether you want to celebrate with the help of local beer crawls or enjoy some fun with the family at a parade. Regardless of how you might spend the Irish holiday, the celebration is here and California is ready to help you have a good time.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Experience Ireland without leaving the country at the 38th St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin. The event will feature three stages with Irish music and traditional dances, authentic food and beverages (including sponsored Guinness sips), over 250 art vendors, an Irish marketplace, roaming leprechauns, carnival rides, petting zoos and so much more to experience. The festival will take place on St. Paddy’s Day, March 17, and admission is free.
To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, visit dublin.ca.gov.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival
Join Balboa Park on Saturday, March 12, for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival. The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with over 120 parade displays, live music across three stages, Celtic food, craft fairs, a beer garden and a place for your kids to have fun and learn more about Irish culture. The event is free and will feature a giveaway to a trip to Dublin, Ireland, to some lucky attendees.
To learn more about St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival, visit stpatsparade.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Bash at The Shamrock Irish Pub
It should come as no surprise that The Shamrock Irish Pub in Murrieta is hosting its own bash in honor of the green holiday on March 17. Like every other year, the pub will offer its traditional Irish fare, ice-cold green brews, live music, bagpipe players and much more fun for just $20 per person.
To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day Bash at The Shamrock Irish Pub, visit theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl
Get your celebration started early on the Saturday before the holiday with the help of Benicia’s St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl. The event encourages guests to wear green (if they don’t want to be pinched) and will feature craft beer tastings from local bars and breweries on Benicia’s main street. Tickets are $25 per person, and the fun starts at 1 p.m.
To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl, visit eventbrite.com.
Rockin’ Shamrock Run
The Rockin’ Shamrock Run is a free event in Santa Monica where runners have the option to run or walk a 5K, 10K or 15K alongside the beachfront. Everyone who participates in the run will receive a medal and an Irish-themed goodie bag to take home at the end, and little ones are encouraged to come along with you for the trek. The run will take place Sunday, March 13, at 7:30 a.m.
To learn more about the Rockin’ Shamrock Run, visit abetterworldrunning.com.
St. Paddy’s Celebrations at Strad Meadery
If you are looking for a more intimate holiday bash, Strad Meadery in Rancho Cordova has you covered. The locally-owned destination is offering its meadery to help locals celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in style on Saturday, March 19. The fun will feature live music, Pappa’s Food Truck, lots of vendors, green adult slushies, treats, and activities for the little ones too.
To learn more about St. Paddy’s Celebrations at Strad Meadery, visit facebook.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at See’s Candies
From now until Thursday, March 17, participating See’s Candies are offering specialty treats to help fill your pot of gold with bites like the rare dark mint scotchmallows, creamy chocolate butter caramel dipped in dark chocolate, peppermint marshmallows and more goodies to help celebrate the emerald destination. These items are only available this season, so snag some while the special lasts.
To learn more about St. Patrick’s Day at See’s Candies, visit shopthemarketplace.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Dining at Pendry San Diego
On March 17, Nason’s Beer Hall at Pendry San Diego is dishing up a selection of green-inspired bites (like Shepherd’s Pie and chocolate stout cake), Guinness on draught and whiskey-fueled cocktails. At the hotel’s chic cocktail bar, Fifth & Rose, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Red Breast Irish Whiskey-infused cocktails including the Irish Maid, mixed with fresh lime juice, simple syrup, cucumber and mint, or No More Snakes with yellow chartreuse and belle de brillet pear liqueur.
To learn more about St. Patrick’s Day at Pendry San Diego, visit www.pendry.com/san-diego.