5 Must-See St. Patrick’s Day Attractions in Orange County
St. Patrick’s Day in the United States might be most known for its parades and events in New York, Boston or Savannah, but you know what? None of these locations has the warmth and the beautiful Pacific Coast on the day, so why go somewhere still cold and snowy when you can bust out the shorts and rub shoulders with Hollywood’s finest? Whether you are from southern California or simply visiting, there are all sorts of different attractions, events and activities for you to take in. These are five of the must-see you need to experience.
St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
This takes place on March 17, the actual St. Patrick’s Day. It is an all day street festival that takes over downtown LA. It is based at Casey’s Irish Pub on 613 S. Grand Ave., but here you’ll be able to consume your fair share of beer and whiskey, as 20,000 guests tend to arrive and enjoy the 300 kegs of beer and the 100 cases of whiskey. So, whether you want to just mingle with the crowd or you have your drinking hat ready, this is the perfect spot for you.
Rock and Reilly’s 4th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party
There is just something about taking over a large section of the city in order to enjoy the day. This takes place on Saturday this year and a total of 12 bars spread around 8911 Sunset Blvd all share in the festivities. It does cost $20 ahead of time or $30 at the door to get in for the all day event, but once in you can enjoy stops inside one of the bars or the beverages that are flowing outside of the bars. Guinness will naturally be on tap, but if this is just too strong for you Bud Light is available as well. Plus, there are carnival games and a raffle, with the grand prize winner is able to eat at Reilly’s for an entire year. Plus, there are several food trucks on sight and it really has everything you might need. A portion of the ticket price does go to charity.
Shamrock ‘N’ Roll at Queen Mary
Come on out to 1126 Queens Hwy in Long Beach for this event. Not only can you enjoy the festivities of St. Patrick’s day, but you can enjoy it from the water on the Queen Mary. You can enjoy the pub games, traditional Irish food, not to mention all sorts of different live bands, all of whom are going to be playing starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m., which gives you time to head out to your next destination. The ticket price to come aboard is $20.
Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
While St. Patrick’s Day has become more of a drinking holiday for adults, it does not mean your kids are not able to enjoy some of the festivities. Everyone loves a good parade, and here they can take part. Around 100 local businesses, school marching bands and civic organizations march down Pier avenue during this seven block parade. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the traditional bagpipers and even a host of dogs from the Irish Settlers Club of Southern California. The parade does start at 11 a.m., so make sure to show up early for a quality spot.
St. Paddy’s at One Colorado
Located at 41 Hugus Alley, you can celebrate the holiday with not only Irish based crafts, but you can also enjoy the Irish dance lessons that are given. You can also just relax while you watch dancing.