Go green on St. Patrick’s Day with your kids while also experiencing the luck of the Irish with a little leprechaun action on the side. To put a splash of Erin Go Bragh in and around this St. Patrick’s Day, consider all kinds of Irish fun, from full-on parades to musical diversions and the chance to sample authentic fare from Ireland. The following are five activities to discover with your kids on St. Patrick’s Day 2014 in and around Los Angeles.
Shamrock ‘N’ Roll
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Date: March 15, 2015 from 7pm to 1am
The whole family will bond after singing Irish party songs and listening to an abundance of Celtic rock music on the legendary Queen Mary. You won’t go hungry because there will be plenty of dining before, after and during the dancing that begs for your entire clan to join in on the action no matter what the skill level each individual has to offer.
St. Patrick’s Day Noontime Celebration at Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Parade: 10:30am, Concert: 12pm
Join fellow Angelenos for a parade and free concert with Celtic rockers Swagger. On hand for the special day will be food trucks serving up a myriad of great and delicious options. For adults, a beer garden is offered. Starting at 4th and Hill Street, the parade will go south on Hill Street past the park on 7th and then head north on Olive on its way back to the historic Pershing Square. Parking is available at pay parking lots, and this event is free and a perfect family-friendly way to celebrate the big day!
One Colorado St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
41 Hugus Alle
Pasadena, CA 91103
Date: March 15, 2015
For a family-friendly day out for St. Patrick’s Day, One Colorado in Pasadena will be celebrating in style with crafts, Irish dancing, as well as dance lessons. From 3pm to 4pm, there will be a Clearly Irish Dance performance and lesson where traditional Irish dances will be performed and followed by an interactive dance lesson where the audience will get to take part in a jig or two. Then, from 5pm to 7pm, live Irish music will be on hand from Kevn O’Malley.
Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival
Fairplex at the Pomona Fairgrounds
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766
Date: March 7 & 8, 2015
The annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival affords a great chance to introduce your kids to appropriate culinary treats like Irish stew served in a bread bowl, fish and chips, bangers and corned beef sandwiches. Also on tap are musical offerings, storytellers and step dancers representing the Emerald Isle in all of her glory. This Pre-St. Patrick’s Day event also features traditional dancing, Irish rock bands including the Young Dubliners, as well as jousting matches, sheepherding demonstrations and much more!
Leprechaun Leap 5K
The District at Tustin Legacy
2419 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
Date: March 15, 2015 at 8am
Walkers, strollers and canines get ready. It’s almost time for the Leprechaun Leap, a 5K experience benefiting The Tustin Community Foundation and the Tustin Chamber of Commerce where everyone wins. Music, mementos and awards are waiting at the end of the line at the District at Tustin Legacy. Don’t forget to dress up in your favorite St. Patrick’s Day attire because there a prize for that, too.
Hermosa St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Hermosa Pier Hermosa Beach, CA
Date: March 14, 2015 at 11am
For their 4th annual parade, join revelers and watch as all kinds of entertainment, all sporting the color green, traverse the parade route that starts at the intersection of Valley and Pier Avenues and ends on Hermosa and Eighth Street after hitting a long length of Hermosa Avenue going south. After cheering on your favorite paraders (the old school cars are especially popular), expect to chow down on customary Irish grub and watch talented Irish performers dancing jigs. Enjoy listening to Gaelic music from a special stage at the Pier Head.