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 18, 2016 from 6pm 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 for this year’s Shamrock ‘N Roll annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 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. In addition, there will be plenty of live entertainment for you to enjoy as well. Live music from the likes of Hoist the Colors, California Celts and Craic Haus will be on hand, with the main event kicking off at 6pm on the Promenade Deck (Queen’s Salon and Royal Salon).
St. Patrick’s Day Noontime Celebration at Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Date: March 17, 2016 at 11am
Join fellow Angelenos for a parade and free concert at Pershing Square. 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 as well. 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! Festivities begin at 11am, and the concerts with the likes of Bad Haggis, Hollywood U2 and Clearly Dancers will start at 12pm.
One Colorado St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
41 Hugus Alle
Pasadena, CA 91103
Date: March 13, 2016 at 5:30pm
For a free family-friendly day out for St. Patrick’s Day, One Colorado in Pasadena will be celebrating in style with lots of great music. Kids and adults alike will be able to kick up their heels to the music of The Bracken Band Quartet with a live performance for St. Patrick’s Day in the One Colorado courtyard. The majestic sounds of Irish music will be influenced by an eclectic mix of local and British artists like Van Morison, The Waterboys, Alison Krauss, U2, The Chieftans, and many more.
Leprechaun Leap 5K
The District at Tustin Legacy
2437 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782
Date: March 13, 2016 at 7am
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 12, 2016 at 11am
For their 5th 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.