Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in San Diego

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March 12, 2022 @ 8:00 am - March 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm PST

Close up of a fire chief high-fiving a little boy during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in San Diego, California, USA

Sun-soaked beaches and salty surfers may not exactly conjure images of a traditional St. Paddy day locale, but come March 17th, America’s Finest City makes the Emerald Isle proud. Follow along as we spill all the juicy details on where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in San Diego.

What to Do in San Diego for St. Patrick's Day

From festive floats at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to shamrock and drink special-filled pub crawls in the Gaslamp Quarter, there are countless ways to let your Irish pride shine this March.

San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade

Gather your fiercest green finery as the San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is back and better than ever! This year's theme is the ‘Irish Building America’ and promises to deliver a stirring homage to that resilient Eire spirit.

Prime yourself for plenty of fantastic floats, crazy costumes, bagpipes, horses, and more at this family-friendly event. All of the awesome entertainment will begin at Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street and commences bright and early at 10:30 am on March 12th, 2022.

Come be a part of history as the Irish Congress of Southern California commemorates this joyous event’s 40th anniversary. 

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Irish Pubs, Bar Crawls, and Concerts

2022 IRISH 4 A DAY - St. Patrick's Day Party Hop!

Three whole days of drink specials, live music, and rivers of green beer? Yes, please!

Round up your liveliest crew of hooligans, as you won't want to miss celebrating St. Patrick at the Annual IRISH 4 A DAY. Widely considered San Diego’s #1 pub crawl, this epic explosion of Gaelic gaiety will take place March 11th, 12th and the 17th.

Prepare your liver for three days of Gaslamp Quarter debauchery, including stops at the city’s most notable clubs, bars, live music venues, and restaurants.

Pub crawl highlights include pop-ins along the famous Fifth Avenue to American Junkie, Tin Roof, Whiskey Girl, Gaslamp Tavern, and more.

Ticket holders are also privy to the Opening Party shenanigans and specials, featuring DJs, leprechauns, shots of Irish whiskey, and Irish Car Bombs.

ShamROCK Festival

Get ready to get loud with your lot of jolly lasses and lads, as the ShamROCK Festival is bringing the rock and the rowdy to the Gaslamp District this St. Patrick's Day.

For over 25 years this iconic celebration of authentic Irish culture, music, and food has taken over the historic streets of San Diego.

Jam out to this year’s headliners, the Young Dubliners, as well as the Fooks, the Blindfold Monks, and more on Saturday, March 12th, 2022.

Linger over mouth-watering whiskey libations and green beer, or show off your best jig at the ShamROCK Shenanigans Stage. Those with a penchant for fashion and flash should bring their A-game as the competition to be crowned the best leprechaun at Lepra-Con promises to be fierce.

“Lucky AF!" Pacific Beach St. Patty's Pub Crawl

Thank your lucky charms that you're not traipsing through the snow and slush back East when you hit up over ten bars on the “Lucky AF!" Pacific Beach St. Patty's Pub Crawl.

Ball out like the banshee you are when you don your bright green and choose from two different ways to party.

Either get in on the Emerald Isle action early, with the pre-party on Saturday, March 12th, 2022 or save your pot of gold for the real holiday on Thursday, March 17th, 2022.

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However you choose to get your craic on, you’ll enjoy a free welcome shot at El Prez and countless drink specials at favorite watering holes such as Backyard Kitchen & Tap, Duck Dive, Moonshine Beach, Open Bar, Pacific Beach Ale House, Tap Room, and more. 

The Field

Craving a proper pint and perhaps some corned beef? Enjoy a premier pub experience when you cozy up on a leather-bound bar stool or table at the Field. This cavernous bar is chock full of real artifacts from the old country and prides itself on authentic Irish fare.

Order up a sausage roll, corned beef sandwich, or cheesy lamb Shepherd's Pie and dig in. Feeling adventurous? Spice up your Guinness with a ‘beer mixer’ such as a Black and Tan (Guinness over Bass) or Black Velvet (Guinness over Cider).

Those lucky enough to imbibe on March 17th should snag a spot early, as the St. Patrick’s merriment will begin at 11:00 am. 

Half Door Brewing Co.

Calling all beer snobs! Spend your St. Paddy’s carousing and sampling all the craft beer you can handle at the Half Door Brewing Co. in the East Village.

A family-owned business steeped in Eire tradition, their moniker is actually a nod to the Emerald Isle where a half door is a common sight, designed to let the fresh air in and keep curious farm animals out.

Slide into a plush leather sofa, and order their delicious Irish Stout, the Coleman before contemplating the merits of Bangers ‘n Mash vs. Fish ‘n Chips. 

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Where to Stay in San Diego for St. Patrick's Day

Whether you are in town solely to let loose like a leprechaun or are planning on sticking around to experience the city’s coastal charm, we offer a variety of diverse options when it comes to San Diego Hotels and Resorts.

Savor scenic ocean views in La Jolla, or embrace the historic heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter. Wherever you decide to rest your head, reserve with confidence knowing you are always guaranteed our lowest rates online.

Whether your St. Patrick’s Day plans include corned beef and cabbage, or crazy kilts, America’s Finest City is bringing the magic of Ireland to Southern California this year.

Dress the kiddies in vibrant shades of verdant green, as you cheer and dance along to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or knockback multiple car bombs and pitchers of green beer on a Pacific Beach Pub Crawl.

How Will You be Spending St. Patrick's Day in San Diego?

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March 12, 2022 @ 8:00 am PST
March 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm PST
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