St. Patrick’s Day is the most popular Saints day worldwide and for good reason: the Irish know how to have a good time. In observant Christian cultures, St. Patrick’s marks the sole exception to Lenten Fasting and foregoing and is generally observed with feasts. However, here in the US, the green holiday is celebrated with parades, libations, shamrocks, music and dance. This St. Patrick’s fortuitously falls on a Saturday, which makes it ideal for live music revelry. Here’s our short list of some of the best concerts where it will be easy being green.
The Irish Times
3267 Motor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Hours: March 17 – 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Welcome to the Palm’s neighborhood best Irish dive bar. The Irish Times has a relaxed and casual atmosphere that is perfect for libations with friends any day, but especially so on St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17, the pub opens early at 9 a.m. and will feature three riveting Irish bands, including it regular St. Patrick’s Day headliner Green Ashes, as well as a bagpiper. In addition to its fully stocked liquor bar, two beer bars will be in service all day. All your favorite Irish fare will be in rotation, from corned beef to fish and chips.
Zipper Concert Hall
Colburn School of Music
200 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 621 – 2200
Hours: March 17 – 8 p.m.
Vox Feminia is an LA-based women’s chorale. This Saint Patrick’s Day concert weds Shakespeare’s sonnets to Gaelic-sung Irish Music. From classical works to folk songs, traditions new and old from England, Scotland and Ireland will be celebrated at the event. The latter part of the concert will include Scottish “waulking” folk songs, traditionally sung by women as they gather to clean clothes.
La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd
La Mirada, CA 90638
Price: $30 – $75
Hours: March 17 – 8 p.m.
Chubby Checker & The Wildcats are among the most iconic high-energy 1960’s bands of our time. This St. Patrick’s Day marks 50 years of “The Twist” in America and the band will be celebrating with you in style right here in LA. The show will include everything from his classic hits of the 1960’s to his show-stopping rockers of the ’80s and ’90s.
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6525 W Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Price: $36.69 – $65
Hours: March 17 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Taglyan Cultural Center is back hosting it’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Fest this year. Event tickets include an entire afternoon of free beer and wine tasting from the Emerald Isle. Authentic Irish fare will also be available for sampling and at a low cost. The highlight of the event is the fantastic Irish entertainment featuring the breathtaking music of Pasadena’s Scottish Pipes and Drum Band. Claddagh Dance Community, which has been infusing Irish culture into Southern California for nearly three decades, will also be performing.
Orange County Market Place
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA
Price: Children Under 12- Free; Adults: $2
Hours: March 17 – 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If a St. Patrick’s Day packed full of affordable family fun is in order, then look no further. Green beer, lemonade and free mint ice cream will be served throughout the day. Marston Smith, an electric cellist will rock the Ace Stage with Old Celtic faves until 2 p.m. The main stage will feature three different dance school’s performing on the hour. Finally, no less than two bona-fide leprechauns will be roaming the event.
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Kristen Lowman is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.