A city with a strong nightlife makes for a memorable St. Patrick’s Day. Sacramento’s downtown/midtown grid along with its surrounding cities is filled with festive fun during this holiday. From pub crawls to family friendly activities, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish this year.
March 14 – 6pm-8:30pm, Community Learning Center & Cooking School
Presented by the Sacramento food co-op, this event features chef Emily Webber presenting some great vegan St. Patrick’s Day dishes. Included: vegan Irish stew, colcannon, soda bread, Irish beer and sweet pea mint chocolate chip ice cream. Plenty of green and health for all! Admission is $45, or $35 with a co-op membership.
March 16, 1pm – Old Sacramento
Join Sacramento residents on the streets of Old Sac to cheer on marchers decked out in green. Parade perfomers include Irish and Highland dancers, bagpipe players and actors portraying historical figures. It’s free to attend and kicks off at 2nd and L streets.
March 17, 9am-March 18, 1:30am – De Vere’s Irish Pub Sacramento
Sacramento’s resident Irish pub will be celebrating its favorite holiday all night long. Join the party and enjoy great deals on food and drink.
March 17 – Sacramento
The Shamrock’n Half Marathon features runners from all over Sacramento decked out in their favorite Emerald-colored duds. Come join 7500 other fitness fans for the 5K – this year’s half marathon is already sold out.
March 17, 11am-12:30am – Rubicon in Sacramento
This St. Patrick’s Day, come celebrate with a specially prepared meal that extends a salute to the Irish. On this day only, Rubicon will be serving corned beef and cabbage along with their resident favorite – an Irish Red Ale. Their full beer menu will also be available along with their standard food choices.
March 14, 4pm – Franklin Community Library
Bring your kids to this charming seasonal activity where they will have the opportunity to “build” a leprechaun trap. Then, take it home and fill it with some gold chocolate coins or other suspicious leprechaun booty on St. Patrick’s Day morning.
March 16, 9am – McClellan Park, Sacramento
This is one colorful race as you complete a 5k doused in powdered hues. Run or Dye is happening during St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Sacramento, and runs about $40 for registration. It often sells out quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible to enjoy both some exercise and vibrancy.
March 16, 11am-2pm – St. Mark’s Preschool, Sacramento
The 23rd annual St. Mark’s Preschool Play Day is happening on March 16th and includes plenty of carnival games and food choices for the whole family. Enjoy their silent auction along with face painting for the kids and hand crafted goods for sale by local vendors.
March 14-17, Three Stages at Folsom Lake College
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento than to take in a performance of America’s favorite green ogre? Three Stages at Folsom Lake College will be performing the hit musical stage version Thurs-Sun of St. Patrick’s Day week. Tickets range from $45-$79.
If you’re looking for a more exciting or traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration, visit the historic R district downtown for their annual pub crawl and other special menus and events put on by local bars. Whether or not you’re Irish, this is a great holiday to celebrate with friends when you need to just let loose and enjoy yourself. St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful reason for friends, family, food and fun in Sacramento.