The 15 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.
The City of Dublin has a very lavish St. Patrick’s Day each year with a festival, gala, pancake breakfast, a run, a parade and more fun and events that take place on a series of days surrounding the holiday. Look for green wigs and plenty of fun.
San Francisco’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival has been going strong for over a century and continues to grow each year. Check out the parade but stay for the festival, which includes a variety of activities for people of all ages, along with arts and crafts, food and drinks and more.
Each year in downtown Los Angeles, Casey’s Irish Pub throws a St. Patrick’s Day Festival filled with Irish whiskey, beer, food, and plenty of music. Leave the kids at home for a night of fun—admission is free but entry is for 21 and over.
As one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day events in Northern California, the Old Sacramento 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.
The St. Pat’s Parade and 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.
In addition to its ongoing and touring exhibits, The Reagan Library in Ventura Country hosts various events, including a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, with tickets and reservations required. Located under the wings of Air Force 1, the event offers an array of Irish-inspired pub foods as well as desserts and the opportunity to enjoy many of the features of the Reagan Library. There’s also Irish musicians on hand and the opportunity to purchase adult beverages.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the ocean air and the ultimate party experience by celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at sea aboard a yacht party. You must wear green to score entry and you are very much encouraged to also follow a pirate theme, which is quite fun if you bring your whole crew.
The California Irish Festival encourages families and groups of all ages to try Celtic and Irish cuisine as well food trucks, family activities, music, beer gardens, Irish dancers, folks, singers, bagpipes, and probably a leprechaun or two. Each year, the event gets a little bigger and more and more people get in on the fun.
The Sonora Celtic Faire 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.
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.
Three stages, ongoing music, green beer, Jameson Irish 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.
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.