St. Patrick’s Day Weekend: March 14-16, 2014
This religious holiday commemorating St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was first celebrated in this country in 1737 in Boston. The festive celebration of Ireland’s culture includes rivers, fountains, roadways and parade routes turned green. Recognizable icons of the day are the three-leafed shamrock which, according to legend, is how St. Patrick explained the Trinity; the leprechaun, a Celtic fairy said to have a hidden pot of gold; and the blarney stone that, when kissed, gives the kisser persuasive eloquence (blarney). The Irish have borne their traditions everywhere they have populated and prospered. As well as attending church services and parades, this is one of the busiest days of the year for bars and restaurants serving traditional corned beef and cabbage, Irish beer and Irish whiskey. Be sure to wear a shamrock on your collar, or at least green in your clothing, and be sure you don’t get pinched!
Shamrock N Roll at the Queen Mary!
- $15 online ($20 at the door)
- Parking is $5 with event validation
Where: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
St. Patrick’s Day is Monday this year…boo! So we are hosting “St. Practice Day” on Saturday, March 15, where you can celebrate the revelry, the tradition and the spirit of Ireland aboard the legendary Queen Mary with a rocking St. Patrick’s Day Celebration unlike any other.
Shamrock ‘N’ Roll, an annual Queen Mary event, features an amazing lineup of live entertainment sure to make you dance a jig all night long. So try your best Irish brogue and sing along to a mix of good ol’ Irish party tunes and upbeat Celtic rock music that would make St. Patty proud. Click here for more information…
When: Sunday, March 16
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE to attend
All things green will share the spotlight during this festival which combines a bit o` the Blarney spirit and eco-friendly living. Everything from earthworm and food composting and trash fashions to champion Irish dancers and leprechaun magic. Click here for more information…
St. Patrick’s Beer Tasting
Where: 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067
Special holiday beer tasting with corned beef and cabbage at San Clemente Wine Company. Celebrate with beer flights and corned beef tacos as well! Call for reservations! Click for more information…
When: March 15-16, 2014
Where: Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main Street in Santa Ana
Join us for a special weekend with adventures in living science. This special animal-themed weekend will include a Dookie Desk learning station and Amphibian Table with special visitors including live animals and Malcolm the bird from Animal Grossology! Click here for more information…
Reduced Admission to the OC Zoo
Where: Orange County Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
Cost: General admission for the zoo is $2 per person, ages 2 & under are free. Parking is $5 per car.
Zoo animals will be receiving St. Patrick’s Day themed “toys” and “treats” throughout the day. Kids can make a St. Patrick’s Day craft. In honor of this “green” day, we will be accepting donations of gently used blankets, comforters, and towels, boxes of any size, dog and bird toys, and perfume. All of these items are used for the animals.
For each item donated, you will receive one free zoo admission. Click here for for information…
A great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is getting a group of friends together and hitting up one of Orange County’s Irish pubs. Green beers, Irish songs, and good friends makes for a fantastic celebration!
Here is a list of suggestions of great pubs to go to: