Happy (almost) Saint Patrick’s Day, El Segundo! The story of Saint Patrick isn’t the cheeriest one- he was actually enslaved in Ireland in the late 4th century, but eventually escaped and worked to convert the Irish to Christianity. He’s responsible for the establishment of many schools, churches, and monasteries, and inspired numerous legends and tall tales. While the holiday stems from religious roots, it has since become a day of fun and festivities for all.
This weekend, in addition to the classes and events we usually enjoy here in the South Bay, we also have St. Patty’s Day parades, festivals, and family fun to look forward to. Don’t forget to wear green!
1. Saint Patty’s Day Fun!
Visit Pretend City
WHAT: Pretend City, Irvine’s unique and well-loved children’s museum, invites kids of all ages to participate in fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Create shamrocks, build your own leprechaun trap, hunt for gold, and more!
WHEN: Sunday, March 17 from 11 am – 5 pm
WHERE: Pretend City Children’s Museum- 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
DETAILS: Admission is $13.75/person, activities included.
St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll
WHAT: This Saturday, the Queen Mary will be transformed into a St. Patrick’s Day experience. Enjoy Irish food, drinks, and lots of fun as you wander, stroll, or dance around the ship to the sounds of traditional Irish music, performed live!
WHEN: Saturday, March 16th from 7 pm – 12 am
WHERE: The Queen Mary- 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach
DETAILS: Tickets include access to the ship and all St. Patrick’s Day Eve event areas.
Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
WHAT: Taking up four entire city blocks, the massive annual party will feature more than 400 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, countless bartenders, 12 hours of DJ sets, and traditional Irish food from Casey’s.
WHEN: Sunday, March 17th from 11 am on!
WHERE: 613 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90014. Entrance at Wilshire & Flower.
DETAILS: This is a 21+ only event. Casey’s opens at 6 am. The festival is open to the public with a $20 entry fee after 11 am.
N’owt but Stout Festival
WHAT: At the Yorkshire Square Brewery in Torrance, celebrate the second annual N’owt but Stout Festival, showcasing carefully crafted dark beer from over 25 breweries, personally selected by Yorkshire Square’s head brewer, Andy Black.
WHEN: Saturday, March 16th from 1 – 5 pm
WHERE: Yorkshire Square Brewery- 1109 Van Ness Ave, Torrance
DETAILS: For $45 admission, guests have access to unlimited pours from 1 – 5 pm, food trucks, live music, and will go home with a commemorative glass.
25th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
WHAT: Watch over 100 local businesses, organizations, and school marching bands take part in a seven-block parade down Pier. Many participants focus on the Irish theme of the holiday, including bagpipers, festive floats, horses, and fluffy friends from the Irish Setter’s Club of So-Cal.
WHEN: Saturday, March 16th at 11 am
WHERE: The parade begins at the staging area near City Hall on Valley Drive, makes a left onto Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.
DETAILS: More information about the parade available here.