Heading to San Diego for St. Patrick’s Day? You’re in luck! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or prefer to rage into the wee hours of the morning, the city offers something for everyone.
Bud Light ShamRock 2015
When: Saturday, March 14; 4pm to Midnight
Where: SD Gaslamp Quarter
Cost: General admission is $40 ($45 day of) and VIP tickets start at $75.
The streets within the Gaslamp Quarter, encompassing roughly 16 blocks, will literally be green thanks to AstroTurf. The highlight of this year’s event is the re-creation of a 150-foot Irish pub right in the street. The celebration will also include live bands and non-stop fun. Reserve a cheap hotel in the Gaslamp and you’ll put yourself right in the middle of the festivities.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival
When: Saturday, March 14: Festival starts at 9am, parade at 10:30am
Where: 5th and Laurel (parade); 5th and Maple (festival)
The whole family can enjoy the city’s annual St. Patty’s Day parade and festival, just up the road from several San Diego Little Italy hotels. The parade features bands and entries from local businesses and organizations, and the festival includes live music on 3 stages, food, crafts and Irish dancing. There’s also a kids zone that will include rides, a beer garden for the adults, and a raffle open to everyone in attendance.
St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon
When: Sunday, March 15; 8am
Where: Main Street in Downtown El Cajon
Kick off your St. Patty’s celebration a few days early by getting a little exercise and helping out some local charities at the same time. In addition to the 5K and half marathon, the event includes a health and fitness expo that starts at 7:30am. Participants can wrap up the marathon by enjoying the finish line festival after completing the race, which is also a great place to hang out if you’re a spectator. A related event, the EC Craft Beer Invitational is open to adults 21 and older.
When: Tuesday, March 17
Where: Hooleys Irish Pub in La Mesa, CA and El Cajon, CA
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door
The annual event will once again feature live music and lots of Irish ale. If you wish to partake in the festivities at both locations, Hooleys will run a free shuttle service between their La Mesa location and the one in the Rancho SD.
When: Friday, March 13
Where: El Cajon VFW Hall
Considered the largest indoor St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the San Diego area, Paddy Bash features live entertainment and affordable drinks including, $3 domestic beers, $4 Guinness, and $3.75 for cocktails.
If you haven’t booked a hotel room yet for St. Patty’s Day, don’t worry—the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites has you covered. We are near the Gaslamp, Little Italy, and the airport, and offer flexible dates, free booking, and the best rates around! Give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about availability.