St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year. Here are all the places where you can get your Irish on this weekend.
The weekend guide also has non-Irish-related activities for you as well.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
The 38th annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the one-day festival, hosted by the Irish Congress of Southern California.
More than 75 food and craft booths are expected at the festival, including a beer garden, two band stages and a Celtic Village. There is also a Kids Zone complete with a young performers stage featuring traditional Irish music as well as carnival rides and crafts.
The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The parade route goes up Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street and goes to Upas Street then loops around down Sixth Avenue and ends at El Prado.
The festival starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and goes to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party and Pub Crawl
For some St. Paddy’s Day fun that is more of the adult variety, St. Patrick’s Day Block Party and Pub Crawl is the place to be.
More than 10 venues are part of this pub crawl, which starts at the Tin Roof and its St. Patrick’s Day party, complete with photo booth, live Irish music and DJs. The pub crawl also includes drink coupons and free welcome shot vouchers at participating Gaslamp Quarter bars and clubs.
The party starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and the pub crawl starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18.
San Diego shamROCK
If you’re looking for the biggest St. Paddy’s Day party, look no further than San Diego shamRock. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this music festival.
There are three stages of nonstop music featuring Irish rock, Celtic bands, top DJs, go-go dancer and traditional Irish steppers.
shamRock goes from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $80 for VIP.
Thousands of glimmering butterflies fly free among colorful plants of succulent nectar at the Butterfly Jungle in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which is now opened. Visit the North County park to witness thousands of beautiful butterflies surround you.
The event helps support the conservation of sustainable habitats for butterflies, as farmers contribute to the butterfly population by raising pupae for zoological exhibits worldwide. Visitors are encouraged to wear bright colors so the butterfly will be attracted to you.
The exhibit is opened daily from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. through April 15. Admission is included with the admission to the park.
San Diego Latino Film Festival
The 25th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival opens this weekend and runs through next weekend. The festival was the brainchild of Media Arts Center San Diego and was initially established as a student film festival and is now one of the biggest and well-respected festivals in the world.
The Latino Film Festival goes through March 25. Times and locations vary. Tickets are $12 for individual screening passes and there are passes available for multiple screenings. For more info, see our festival preview here.
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