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Friday, Mar 09, 2012 - Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife

St. Patrick's Day events and parties in San Diego

Where to celebrate the Irish holiday this year

By Melanie Ehrenkranz
Is it March already? Wasn’t it just New Year's? Pinch me, this can’t be. With March Madness, National Pi Day, Women’s History Month and National Peanut Month (yes, it’s a thing), comes a favorite holiday of whiskey, beer, four-leaf clovers and the luck of the Irish. Saturday, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day. How will you get your green on? Don’t feel blue if you still don’t know—we’ve put together a list of St. Paddy's Day parties and events in San Diego:

Miller Lite shamROCK in the Gaslamp Quarter. Can’t afford a plane ticket to Ireland this weekend? That’s OK. This Saturday, the streets of downtown San Diego will be temporarily converted into a little piece of Dublin, with rolling green Astroturf hills, live Irish music and a bounty of beer and whiskey. From 2 p.m. to midnight. $30-$45. Proceeds benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Festival in Balboa Park. Marching bands, floats, bagpipes, roller skaters and antique cars are only a few of the 120 entries that will be ringing in St. Paddy’s with a spirited display through the streets of San Diego put on by the Irish Congress of Southern California. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Spirit of Ancient Ireland.” Starts at 10:30 a.m. 

32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run & 2-4 Mile Run/Walk at Mission Bay Park. Do good this weekend and hit the pavement (and not from drinking too much). This run benefits Rady Children’s Hospital and participants can register the day of the race. If you’re really feeling the Irish spirit, an award will be given for the best “Irish” attire. Begins at 7:45 a.m. $30-$40. 

The Luck of the Irish St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl starts at Taste & Thirst, 715 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Draft beers for $2, two-for-one mixed drinks and $4 shots. Drink your way through St. Paddy’s at several San Diego bars hosted by The World’s Largest Pub Crawl. Costumes are mandatory. Celebrate this Saturday with leprechauns and beer maidens from midnight to 4 a.m. Prices vary. 

Paper Airplane Festival at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza. It may not be a conventional way to commemorate March 17, but Balboa Park is observing Family Science Day with the art of paper airplanes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $17.50 general admission, children under 12 free. 

Hooleyfest at Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill. California Celts, Jukebox and All Liquored Up perform at the Rancho San Diego location (2955 Jamacha Road, Ste. 21). Tony Cummins, Wanted: Bon Jovi Tribute Band and California Celts to play at the La Mesa location (5500 Grossmont Center Drive, Ste. 227). Live music and libations all night long. From 5 p.m. to midnight. $15-$30. 

Dublin Square St. Patrick’s Day 2012 at Dublin Square Irish Pub (554 Fourth Ave., Downtown). Another local Irish bar pulling out all the tricks this Saturday, starting bright and early with a traditional Irish breakfast at 7 a.m., and continuing on into the night with live music and entertainment from 2 to 5:30 p.m. 

Paddy’s Bash at Gallagher’s Irish Pub, 5046 Newport Ave. Come to this Ocean Beach bar for live music by The Bad Blokes, The Fooks and Dannicus. The pub will also be dishing out their famous homemade corned-beef plates. Starts at 7 a.m. 

Zane Patrick’s Day at McFadden’s, 731 Fifth Ave. This Gaslamp watering hole says this event is "drinking made easy." Tickets include an open bar, all-you-can drink for four hours. Irish band Skibbereen will play. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $75 advance purchase online. 

Charity Event – Girls on the Run at Rough Draft (8830 Rehco Road, Ste. D in Mira Mesa). One of San Diego’s newest brewpubs hosts a charity event. Maybe the 10K isn't your style, but you can watch the NCAA game on big screens and enjoy cuisine from the Food Farm food truck and help out a good cause. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging girls to live healthy lifestyles. Open from noon to 6 p.m. 

Not Your Irish Grandmother’s Corned Swordfish at Sea Rocket Bistro, 3382 30th St. in South Park. Sea Rocket's new chef Tommy Fraioli is whipping up corned swordfish and cabbage. Also on the menu are fried potato tacos, Irish nachos and Black & Tans made with local craft beer. Open 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended.

The Second Annual Corned Beef Festival On Saturday, March 10, Iowa Meat Farms (6041 Mission Gorge Road) and Siesel's Meats (4131 Ashton St.) are inviting foodies to get some tips on how to prepare the perfect St. Paddy's Day meal. Try their old-fashioned barrel-curred corned rounds, brisket and more.

33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose Irish lit-loving folks are invited to read their favorite passages from James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Edmund Burke, Sean O'Casey and others at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at D.G.Wills Books (7461 Girard Ave. in La Jolla)., According to owner Dennis Wills, "Messrs, Guinness and Harp will officiate the proceedings."

 
 
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