Regardless if you’re of Irish decent or just in it for the green beer, on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is entitled to celebrate in signature shamrock style. This year, test your Irish luck, indulge in some leprechaun shenanigans (ie whiskey) or at least flaunt that green t-shirt that’s been sitting idle since last year.
On Sunday, March 17, you can party as the Irish do at the annual ShamROCK Block Party. Or start the weekend fun early with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival at Balboa Park on Saturday, March 16. You can also rock your finest green and gold styles on a morning run at the St. Patrick’s Day 10K at Mission Bay Park or partake in the East County debauchery that is Hooleyfest.
Celebrate with friends and family at our favorite St. Patrick’s Day parties and scroll down for more family-friendly celebrations.
Boom Box Thursday: Shenanigans at Ivy Nightclub – Thursday, March 14
On Thursday, Ivy Nightclub becomes the place to escape everyday normalcy and enter into pure shenanigans. The party will include a live tattoo show and live art by the Infusion Project, along with beats by hot local DJs.
9 p.m. ivyentertainmentsandiego.com
St. Patrick’s Weekend at The Field – Friday & Saturday, March 15-16
Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day weekend at The Field starting on Friday with live music by The Fooks at 9 p.m. Then on Saturday morning, get going with some rugby at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast served before the parade. After the Balboa Park parade (see more on that below), head back to The Field for some corned beef and cabbage, along with a pint of Guinness at San Diego’s most authentic Irish pub.
Various times. thefield.com
Zane Patrick’s Day at McFadden’s – Saturday, March 16
Zane Lamprey from Drinking Made Easy - the show that travels the country in search of the best drinks and pubs - is back on the road to party with San Diego. Dust off your drinkin’ shoes, because the 4th Annual Zane Patrick’s Day is bringing the feisty Irish celebrations with no holding back. Held at McFadden’s San Diego, the TV personality Pleepleus along with Zane and Steve McKenna will party with the people at the open bar (featuring wine, beer and mixed drinks) accompanied by a live Irish band. There’s also a costume contest, drinking game area, Irish limerick contest, Irish dance contest and VIP private area and bar.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. General admission: $75 advance; $85 at the door. VIP: $150 (includes an extra hour of open bar). drinkingmadeeasy.com
Hooleyfest at Hooleys La Mesa and Hooleys Rancho San Diego – Saturday, March 16
Anyone who lives in East County knows that the famed Hooleyfest is a rambunctious tradition still alive on St. Patty’s Day in San Diego. Every year, Hooleys in Rancho San Diego and Hooleys in La Mesa bring together great local entertainment, food and plenty of green beer. On Saturday, March 16th, Hooleyfest will start the fun at 6 p.m. and spotlight a slew of bands playing Irish jams including Lexington Field, The Brewer Boys and Zoo 2 (a U2 Tribute Band) in La Mesa and 7 Celtic Nations Pipe Band, Tony Cummins, Full Moon Fever and 80z All Stars at Rancho San Diego. Hooleys will also offer free rides home to attendees who live within a five mile radius of either event.
6 p.m. General Admission: $20 advance; $25 at the door. VIP: $50. hooleyfest.com
Irish 4 A Day Party Hop at various locations - Saturday, March 16
This massive “party hop” will send ticket holders through 20 participating hotspots in the Gaslamp Quarter. For 12 hours, you can explore the best nightlife that San Diego has to offer, which will include drink specials, an opening and closing party and additional VIP perks. The opening bash kicks off at 2 p.m. at Brick + Mortar, and the closing celebration will take over Belo Nightclub starting at 9 p.m. The exclusive Club VIP Passport will secure 11 drink tickets through venues such as Analog, F6ix, Bailiwick, Vin de Syrah, Stingaree, Side Bar, Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse and more. Bring friends – group discounts are available for six or more.
2 p.m. to 2 a.m. $29 advance; $40 day of. irish4aday.com
Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse – Saturday, March 16
Starting at 3 p.m., the sexy, sassy Pussycat Dolls of the Dollhouse will sport shamrock suits at this greened-out affair. Partygoers can take advantage of $5 Jameson shots and green beers while DJ Decon gets the party pumping with hot tracks. Dress in your best green gear!
3 p.m. PCDDollhouse.com
ShamROCK 2013 in the Gaslamp Quarter – Sunday, March 17
Grab your green gear and head to the Gaslamp Quarter for the 18th Annual ShamROCK Block Party, presented by Jameson and The Field. From 2 p.m. to midnight, take your jig to 6th Avenue between E and G Street, F Street between 5th and 6th Avenues and G Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. The ShamROCK bash might not be in Dublin, but you’ll get as close as you can with 60,000 square feet of green Astroturf covering the downtown quarters. Party perks include three stages of live entertainment with Irish band the Young Dubliners and local DJs Beefam, Chris Cutz, Drop the Lime, Kurch and more. Plus, don’t miss the Irish River Dancers, a 150-foot Irish Pub, authentic Irish grub and over 20,000 high-energy locals celebrating the luck of the Irish. (Main image)
2 p.m. to midnight. General admission: $35 advance; $45 at the door. VIP: $55 advance; $65 at the door. sandiegoshamrock.com
St. Patty’s Day at Shout! House – Sunday, March 17
Indulge the Irish way: drinking heavily, singing at the top of your lungs, and shaking those shamrocks like you were meant to! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Shout! House in the Gaslamp with doors opening at 5 p.m. and get in the Irish spirit with the dueling pianos staring up at 6 p.m. This no-cover event will serve up $2.50 Miller Lites, $5 Jameson and $1 off Redbull drinks.
Doors open 5 p.m. No cover. theshouthouse.com
St. Patrick’s Day at the Kilt at Tilted Kilt – Sunday, March 17
Celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day at the Kilt, where tradition comes alive to the tune of kilt-clad girls ready to put you in the patty spirit. Join the Tilted Kilt on March 17th starting with an Irish breakfast at 9 a.m. Drink specials will run all day. Check out the exclusive Irish Hooley menu along with $3 drafts and Bloody Marys from 9 a.m. to noon. Finish strong with a shot of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey for $4.
All day. tiltedkilt.com
Five/Ten Sunday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition at Side Bar – Sunday, March 17
Every now and then, Side Bar gives us an extra day to party. By the luck of the Irish, we’re getting another Five/Ten on St. Patrick’s Day. Catch beats by Kyle Flesch and rock the dance floor from, well, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. sidebarsd.com
Rolling Blackout Sunday at F6ix – Sunday, March 17
If you’re used to seeing all black at the Rolling Blackout Sunday series in F6ix, you’re in for a shock. They’re bringing out “all green everything” for the holiday, along with $5 Jameson, Bailey’s and Guinness all night.
9 p.m. f6ixsd.com
Saint Paddy’s Day PubCrawl at various locations – Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17
Embrace your inner Irish roots and drink the night away in honor of the Irish icon: the pub. With the luck of the Irish and the organizers of PubCrawls.com, you’ll sip your way to top spots in the Gaslamp Quarter. This year, the Irish pub crawl is going extra big with three days of debauchery. Sign up on Friday, March 15 with registration from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 16 with registration from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 with registration from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., all starting at Taste & Thirst. Put on your best shamrocks and delight in pub specials, such as $2 draft beers, $3 well mixers and $4 shots of whiskey. Grab your friends and get to movin’!
$10 for each day; $20 for three-day pass. pubcrawls.com
Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival at Balboa Park – Saturday, March 16
The tradition continues with the 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 16th, kicking off at 10:30 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. The parade will head up Fifth to Upas Street, then return down Sixth Avenue to Juniper Street. Featuring over 120 entries, the community is welcome to watch marching bands, floats, police and fire department units, bagpipers, representatives from Ireland, antique cars and the reigning Miss Colleen. Following the parade, the Irish Festival will rejoice in all things green at Balboa Park. Families can enjoy entertainment on two stages along with craft booths, two beer gardens, a kid’s zone and the Celtic Village.
Festival 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Free to public. stpatsparade.org
St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run at Mission Bay Park – Saturday, March 16
Start your St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the right foot with the 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run. Taking place at Mission Bay Park, the event also includes options for a two and four mile run or walk. This race gives a t-shirt to all participants, a special Irish award for the best Irish themed running costume and an after-party with Domino’s Pizza and craft beer from Stone Brewing Co. and Ballast Point. Proceeds benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital.
Race starts 7:45 a.m. Race day registration at 6:30 a.m. Adult 10K: $33. kathyloperevents.com
North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival – Saturday, March 16
The 2nd Annual North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will feature a slew of parade floats competing for prizes such as Best 30-Second Performance, Best Irish Theme and Best Dog Costume. While the parade kicks off at 10 a.m., the festival will start up at 9 a.m., offering a craft beer garden from the Aztec Brewery and a concert performed by the Grand Marshall Celia Lawley (a Celtic fiddler) and Steelin’ Tin. Families can also find arts, crafts, food and rugby games. Get out your green and join the fun in downtown Vista.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. northcountystpatricksdayparade.com
In Case Trio St. Patrick’s Day Sing-a-Long at Jimmy Love’s – Sunday, March 17
Mike Reidy, Bill Hall and Noel Hall of the In Case Trio return to Jimmy Love’s this St. Patrick’s Day for a final sing-a-long from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For over 40 years, the three have been a fixture at local Irish events, carrying on a tradition and legacy that stirs crowds to join in the festivities.
2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.