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.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, March 17. Celebrate all weekend long at celebrations across the county.
ShamROCK in the Gaslamp Quarter – Saturday, March 15
Grab your green gear and head to the Gaslamp Quarter for the 19th Annual ShamROCK Block Party, presented by Jameson and The Field. From 4 p.m. to midnight, take your jig downtown where 80,000 square feet of Astroturf will be rolled out. Party perks include three stages of live entertainment with boisterous bands and hot DJs. Plus, don’t miss the Irish River Dancers, a 150-foot Irish Pub, authentic Irish grub and over 20,000 high-energy locals looking for the luck of the Irish. sandiegoshamrock.com
St. Patty’s Day Celebration at Shout! House – Saturday, March 15
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 6 p.m. and get in the Irish spirit with the dueling pianos staring up at 6:30 p.m. This no-cover event (with Shamrock wristband) will serve up $3 green beer and $5 Jameson. theshouthouse.com
San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival at Balboa Park – Saturday, March 15
The tradition continues with the 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 15, kicking off at 10:30 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and 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 in Balboa Park. Families can enjoy entertainment on two stages along with craft booths, two beer gardens, a kid’s zone and the Celtic Village. stpatsparade.org
Fortune 421 Party at Wavehouse – Monday, March 17
Sink your toes in the sand as you hold a green beer in hand. Fortune 421 brings a big fest to Wavehouse with beats by DJs Brady Spear and Beefam, a beer pong tournament and green beer specials plus $5 Jameson. 12-5 p.m. wavehousesandiego.com
Hooleyfest at Hooleys La Mesa – Monday, March 17
Anyone in East County knows the famed Hooleyfest is a rambunctious tradition still alive in San Diego. On St. Patty’s day, head to Hooleys Irish Pub at Grossmont Center in La Mesa for live music by Tony Cummins, Jukebox and Lexington Field and free rides home within a five mile radius. $20 advance; $25 day of event. 21 and up. hooleyfest.com
St. Patrick’s Weekend at Harrah’s Resort – March 14-17
The resort is going all-out with a full St. Patrick’s Day weekend, including a neon green floating lounge party on the lazy river, Irish music and food, $50,000 in giveaways and a Sunday brunch buffet not to miss. Our top pick in the four-day celebration is a live performance by The Fighting Jamesons at 7 p.m. on March 16. The traditional Celtic music with an energetic approach will rock the resort, plus there’s a pre-party at Corked in the Courtyard from 5 to 7 p.m. harrahssocal.com
Insider Tip: The Field
Gaslamp’s favorite Irish bar will open early to celebrate 16 years of Ireland in the Gaslamp. Don’t forget to step in and get a bite amidst all the celebrations.
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