It has long been established that you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. All you need is a penchant for a good time and a higher-than-average tolerance for over consumption. It will also help if you are an Orange County resident, or fortunate visitor. The OC goes green and goes big on St. Patrick’s Day. The taverns will be open for business, naturally, though a great number of family events will take center stage. Come out for a parkland stroll, an educational tour and a fun run. OC has all you need in hangover-free family festivities.
Leprechaun Leap 5K
Tustin Hangar/The District at Tustin Legacy
2437 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
Date: March 15, 2015 at 8am
Join thousands of fellow Orange County residents as they take part in the Leprechaun Leap 5k Race. The 4th Annual Leap 5k will take place near the Tustin Hangar and is fun way to take part in the day. Runners can either run, walk, or bring your strollers and/or dogs. In addition, you can be sure that people will be wearing green for the festivities. Post race activities include an expo, live entertainment, an award ceremony and much more. Proceeds from the run will benefit Heroes and Healthy Families as well.
Hermosa Beach 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
1315 Valley Drive
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Date: March 15, 2015 at 11am
For a St. Patrick’s Day tradition involving pageantry and community, pay a visit to glorious Hermosa Beach. On hand, nearly 100 local businesses, as well as school marching bands will march down Pier Avenue during the seven block parade. Bagpipers, floats, and dogs from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California will also join in on the fun. Even better for kids, there will be a Kiddy Carnival, a petting zoo, as well as international foods, and Irish music galore. Want to dance? There will be that too!
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance
San Clemente Community Center
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, CA 92672
Date: March 15, 2015 at 5pm
If you’re in the mood for an Irish feast, visiting San Clemente’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance is the place to be this year. Irish is the theme this year, and you’ll enjoy traditional foods like corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings. The event benefits local charities too, so what’s better than that?
St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Green Celebration
Orange County Market Place
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Date: March 15, 2015 at 10am
What’s free and honors the Irish? The Orange County Market Place Saint Patrick’s Day Festival on March 15! With performances of traditional Irish dance and music, as well as a magical leprechaun, face painting, green foods and much more, this festival will be all you need to put a smile on your children’s face.
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St. Patrick’s Day at Pretend City
Irvine, CA 92618
Date: March 17, 2015
Visit Orange County’s best children’s museum for St. Patrick’s Day for an exciting day celebrating all things Irish. With a leprechaun visit, a hunt for pots of gold, Irish art, and other activities, your children will be begging to come back next year. Make sure to dress your kids in green!