Best Family-Friendly Activities In OC For St. Patrick’s Day 2014

March 14, 2014 6:00 AM

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(Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

(Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce)

(credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce)

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.

(credit: Tustin Chamber of Commerce)

(credit: Tustin Chamber of Commerce)

Leprechaun Leap 5K
Tustin Hangar/The District at Tustin Legacy
2437 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 544-5341
Date: March 16, 2014 at 7am

You drive by it several times a week. You’ve always wondered what’s inside. Now, here’s your chance, not simply to see, but to run through the legendary Tustin Hangar. Take the opportunity to visit this famous, though mysterious landmark, spend quality time with the family and do something healthy for yourself. Who knows what shape you’ll be in the day after St. Pat’s. Proceeds benefit The Tustin Community Foundation and Chamber of Commerce, non-profit organizations.

(credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce)

(credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce)

Hermosa Beach 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
South Bay
1315 Valley Drive
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 376-0951
Date: March 15, 2014 at 11am

For a St. Patrick’s Day tradition involving pageantry and community, rather than blackouts and stained teeth, pay a visit to glorious Hermosa Beach. Classic cars, marching bands, bagpipes and all of the green decor you’ll ever wish to see are on hand. The parade begins at City Hall on Valley Drive, then follows Pier Avenue down to the intersection of Hermosa and 10th Street. Stick around for fine shopping and dining, and hang out at the beach. It’s sure to be a nice day no matter what.

Related: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations For OC Families

(credit: David Hardenberg/Getty Images)

(credit: David Hardenberg/Getty Images)

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance
San Clemente Community Center
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-3602
Date: March 15, 2014 at 5pm

If you are dying for a traditional Irish feast, and who isn’t, San Clemente’s 47th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance is where you will find it. Gorge on corned beef and cabbage, created and provided by local Carbonara’s Restaurant. Then stay and dance it off. Hosted by the Exchange Club of San Clemente, the event benefits community organizations including Boys & Girls Club and Marine Corp. Community Services. Wear green, eat heartily, dance to your level of ability and support some worthy causes.

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Kids getting festive (Credit, C. Schmidt)

St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Green Celebration
Orange County Market Place
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 723-6616
Date: March 16, 2014 at 10am

You love watching them on PBS, now come see local “World Class Irish Dancers” headline OC Market Place’s 8th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Four Irish-based dance academies will be performing, along with musicians, a snarky magician and “Haute Trash” fashion show. Savor fare from gourmet food trucks and receive green life lessons from Earth Resource Foundation, which hosts the Eco Parade and Scavenger Hunt.

Related: Best Parent Gathering Places In OC

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Christopher Schmidt is a freelance writer experiencing and espousing the glory that is Orange County. Driven to travel, drawn to sports, spirits and celebrity, Chris’ work can be found on

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