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Where to Go to Bleed Green This Holiday 

Written By: Nicole Fera and Ryan Leuteritz San Diego St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day has always been known for its lively parties and events. Now you could throw your own party, but that’s stressful, time consuming, and not to mention what you’re going to do with all that extra green food colouring. You should be spending your St. Paddys day tearing it up in the city as carefree as can be!  Thankfully, this time, between huge block parties and family-friendly fun, San Diego is the place to be. We’ve waded through the sea of green beer and Irish Car Bombs to find the perfect spots for you to rock your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt this year. San Diego St. Patrick’s Day

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day

It’s Time to ShamROCK

If you’re looking for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day block party, look no further than ShamROCK. They take over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter with over 50,000 square feet of astroturf, three stages of top DJs and Irish rock bands, and 25 bars and restaurants participating in drink and food specials. With over 20,000 attendees, this is one of the popular events of the in the city, and not one to miss!

Hours: 4 p.m. – midnight
21+ only
General admission: $55 until March 16, then $65 on March 17th
Vip: $100 until March 16, then $120 on March 17

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day

Be Irish 4 a Day at This Party Hop

This two-day party hop also takes place in the Gaslamp Quarter, with all the bars being along 5th Avenue. They are providing 10 welcome shots at 10 different bars each night and of course, Jameson, Irish Car Bomb and green beer specials. Each night will end with a bang as the final parties are at the exclusive nightclubs PARQ on Friday and OMNIA on Saturday.

General Admission: $25
731 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day

What Could be More St. Paddy’s Than a Pub Crawl?

The St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl offers two events, one on Friday, March 16 and another on March 17. Choose your date, then show up at Taste & Thirst on 4th Avenue at the designated time and receive a map of your pub locations for the night, where they will be  serving specials like $2 beers and $4 shots.

General Admission: $30
Taste and Thirst
715 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

March at the 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival 2012 #irishcongress #stpatssandiego #bagpipers

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This parade is touted as the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade west of the Mississippi. This year the theme is “Celebrating Our Irish Roots,” so come celebrate with different floats, marching bands, antique cars, and traditional Irish representatives. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on 5th Avenue, leaving you right in the center of the St. Paddy’s Madness.  

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade
5th Avenue and Laurel Street
San Diego, CA 92101


Sweat it out at the St. Patrick’s Day 10K

Cheers! ☘🏃🏽🙈 #MorningRun #StPartricksDay

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If you’re trying to get active (and then have a few drinks later), then the St. Patrick’s Day 10K is the way to go. The event begins at promptly 7:50 a.m. with a 10K around Mission Bay Park and ends with an epic craft beer garden featuring pizza and beer from Ballast Point and Coronado Brewery. This event comes with a high quality tech shirt and everyone who finishes the race is awarded a medal.

Mission Bay Park
2688 E Mission Bay Dr
San Diego, CA 92109


All Aboard the St. Patricks Beer Train Trolley!

The St. Patrick’s Beer Train Tour is has become so popular that it runs all March long, leaving time for all your other festivities. The train takes you to four breweries in SD and has you pair their local craft beers with their amazing food options.  The tour also provides an interesting history of SD while you enjoy your beautiful coastal train ride.


San Diego St. Patrick’s Day


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