The 9 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in California!

California is big on celebrations and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. From north to south and in between, California’s communities go all out on St. Patrick’s Day, with parades, festivals, music, food and more. And of course, you can usually find an Irish pub or two brewing up some green beer for the occasion if you happen to find yourself unable to make a parade.

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Saint Patrick's Day Parade And Festival, Sacramento, CA

As one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day events in Northern California, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is worth checking out. A variety of cultural communities come together to send dancers and marcher out in festive Celtic attire. Be prepared for a crowd as the parade has over 1,000 participants and the event attracts many thousands each year.

Saint Patricks Day Parade and Irish Festival, San Diego, CA

The St. Pat’s Parade and Irish Festival has a different annual theme each year and is filled with a variety of things to do and see. Check out the parade before checking out the entertainment and rocking out and enjoying a variety of music, from bagpipers to rock. And of course, there’s food and drink and more fun to help you enjoy the festive atmosphere.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hermosa Beach, CA

Local bands, Irish bagpipers and others march around the streets of Hermosa Beach to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day parade each year. Tens of thousands of spectators enjoy the annual event, which includes floats, horses and other spectacles (leprechauns?) before heading off to enjoy Hermosa Beach’s best food, shopping and fun.

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party & Pub Crawl, Hollywood, CA

The biggest St. Patrick’s Day event of the year involves wristbands and a map to find pots of gold, also known as free drinks, at Hollywood’s best bars. Bring your buds in on the fun, which goes into the wee hours of the next morning and includes photo booths, food, music, plenty of bars with deals on drinks and even dancing the night away.

Lucky Run, Davis, CA

For those that like to celebrate holidays with a healthful activity, Davis hosts the Lucky Run. Three races of different lengths give runners something to look forward to as spring begins. Good luck winning or scoring VIP tickets.

Calaveras Celtic Faire And Concert, Angels Camp, CA

The Calaveras Celtic Faire and Concert offers a whole lot of attractions in one short weekend. Each year, you can see a jousting tournament, complete with knights and a round table. There’s also a whiskey tasting, clan tents to give you a look at modern history, dancers, fire eaters, magicians and more.

The Irish-American Crossroads Festival, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Musical events, readings, dance, walking tours and other activities celebrate Irish American history in the area during the month of March. Various events and activities take place in different locations in the Bay Area as the event is a collaboration between different cultural entities to promote awareness about Irish American history.

San Diego Shamrock, San Diego, CA

Three stages, ongoing music, green beer, whiskey, Astroturf and plenty of green make for an annual block party attended by people from all over the world. San Diego's historic Gaslamp district is transformed for a night into party central, with dancers, rock bands and a variety of ways to enjoy yourself.

Murphys Irish Day, Murphys, CA

People from all over Northern California head to the small gold rush town of Murphys to celebrate Irish culture. Look for bagpipes, singers, dancers and other musicians along with entertainment and the opportunity to explore Murphys small businesses and charm. A highlight of the day is the raffle event, which features tickets to Ireland and benefits the community of Murphys.

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