There’s something entertaining about celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day – especially if you can enjoy another culture’s history by being mischievous.
For instance, the one year you and your friends went downtown for some green adult beverages and pinched all those not wearing green. The pinching got a little out of hand after a few more rounds of the green refreshments, and all your friends made fun of you the next day for impersonating a leprechaun (embarrassing!) but when you think about the upcoming holiday, you can’t help but put a little jig in your step.
That is the precise reason why Saint Patrick’s Day never gets old – the holiday has you feeling the luck of the Irish and ready to do it all over again. The following events are ones that will really take the Irish Soda Cake this year. So if you’ve never celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day or need to relive this spirited holiday, check them out. Be warned: Saint Patrick’s Day is not only for the thirsty, so take a look at the family friendly events happening too!
Saint Patrick’s Day in Orange County
Celebrate all things green during the 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival at the OC Market in Costa Mesa on Sunday, March 16th from 10AM to 4PM. A combination of the Irish spirit and eco-friendly living will be featured at the FREE full day event. Everything from an eco-friendly car display and worm composting, to world class Irish dancers and special Irish Gourmet Food Trucks, make this a Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration that will have you feeling the luck of the Irish and environmentally friendly too!
The OC Zoo animals will receive holiday themed “toys” and “treats” during the Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 15th. Watch the animals eat green popsicles, play with green paper chains, and maneuver their way into decorated cardboard boxes. In honor of the “green” holiday, donations of gently used blankets, comforters, towels, boxes of any size, dog and bird toys will be accepted as a form of admission and will be used by the OC Zoo animals.
Take your youngsters on a treasure hunt for a leprechaun’s gold at Pretend City in Orange on Monday, March 17th from 10AM to 1PM. Children will also have to chance to participate in Sensational Story Time, a Lucky Leprechaun Group Game, and Science Secrets: Leprechauns Magic to have some fun with the myth of Leprechauns and Saint Patrick’s Day traditions.
Saint Patrick’s Day in Los Angeles
Live music, tasty food, holiday drinks, and a ton of fun await you at the Original Farmers Market on Fairfax. From 1PM to 9PM on Monday March 17th, indulge in green and imported Irish beers and Magee Kitchen’s famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. If you’re not a fan of boiled cabbage, other food options include green cookies and donuts!
Green beer will be flowing at The Den on Sunset Boulevard on Saturday and Sunday March 15th and 16th. An Irish DJ will be playing back to back both days with Sunday being the real fun day. The party will really explode on the 16th with a Photo Booth, BBQ, food specials, and drink specials. In the kitchen will be Corned Beef cooked in Guinness, Corned Beef Sandwich on Rye, Cabbage & Potatoesm and of course Irish Soda Bread. Doors open at 3PM on Saturday and 11AM on Sunday.
Join in on the holiday fun on Saturday, March 15th at 11AM. Presented by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce, the 20th Annual Hermosa Beach Saint Patrick’s Day Parade begins at the staging area near the tennis courts on Valley Drive. The popular Hermosa Beach tradition draws an estimated 30,000 people each year to enjoy the show but also great dining, shopping and beautiful beach weather in Hermosa Beach.
Saint Patrick’s Day in the Inland Empire
What better way to spend Saint Patty’s day than to spend the entire weekend celebrating it at a pub? Three full days of Irish inspired beer, food, music and merchandise will have you celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in true Irishman fashion. Enjoy fare like Corned Beef Hash Breakfast Burritos, Drunken Irish Sandwiches, Green Beer Infused Corn Dogs, and Banger Sausages with Braised Red Cabbage, Potatoes, and whole grain mustard for the full Saint Patrick’s Day experience.
From 4PM to 6PM join in a “wee bit o’ fun” at the Orange Terrace Community Center and search for a pot of gold. The event is great for the youths in your life ages 5 to 12 and costs $2 to join others in Ireland’s most famous celebration.
Saint Patrick’s Day in San Diego
Join in on the good fortune at the Gaslamp Quarter for the 19th Annual ShamROCK on March 15th at 4PM to Midnight. Streets will be colored green with over 80,000 square feet of Astroturf with a pot of gold at the end of the largest outdoor party on the West Coast! Multiple stages will play host to various musical performances including trance DJs, Irish River Dancers, and favorite SD & LA DJs. The pub will have endless green BEER and plenty of Jameson Irish Whiskey to create your most favorite Saint Patty’s libations.
These are just a few of the Saint Patrick’s Day events happening in Southern California that look like they might top last year’s Saint Patrick’s Day. Do you have any others to add? Let us know in the comments below and may the luck of the Irish be with you this weekend!