9 Essential St. Patrick’s Day Events in Sacramento
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! This action-packed holiday falls on the weekend this year, which means you have plenty of days to celebrate all things Irish. Whether you prefer an Irish musical performance or a bar crawl through the city’s finest Irish pubs, there’s something for everyone to do this St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento. Take a look at some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day events in the area, from kid-friendly cruises to beer-centric Irish parties.
March 11 + 17 | Varying Times
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer- and donor-powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Each St. Patrick’s Day, the organization hosts a number of events across the country where participants shave their heads to help raise money for this incredible cause. You can help this organization conquer childhood cancer in a few ways — by making a donation, volunteering, or shaving your head at a local event. No matter what, your involvement will make a significant impact on the fight for cancer!
The Sacramento area will have several events during the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Consider joining one of the following teams, whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate to the cause.
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center: March 11 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
deVere’s Irish Pub: March 11 | 5–9 p.m.
New Helvetia Brewing Co.: March 17 | Time TBD
March 16 | 1 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Old Sacramento Waterfront
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Sacramento is a community tradition that should not be missed. Watch hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green parade through this historic district alongside Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic reenactors, and various cultural organizations. The 23rd annual parade steps off promptly at 1 p.m. from Neasham and Front Streets at the waterfront, proceeding throughout the historic district. Last year, more than 35,000 people showed up to the parade, including visitors from all throughout Northern California. The Old Sacramento Waterfront St. Patrick’s Day Parade is completely free to attend.
March 16 | 3 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of 5Hundy Social Club
It’s back! Hosted by Xoso Sport & Social League and the 5Hundy Social Club, the annual St. Paddy’s Day Crawl is considered the city’s largest (and luckiest!) pub crawl of the year. Simply buy your souvenir event t-shirt and wear it at the designated bars in Midtown, where you’ll collect various food and drink specials! Get your tickets now, and stay in the loop by following Xoso on Facebook.
March 16 + 17 | Varying Times
Shamrock’n Weekend is filled with a variety of active events, all of which benefit the Triumph Cancer Foundation, a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization that empowers cancer survivors to recapture their lives after cancer treatment through physical fitness. On Saturday, little ones can participate in the half-mile Kids’ Leprechaun Dash. Or sign up for the 5K or 10K race immediately following the kids’ dash. Plus, the Shamrock’n Half Marathon is on Sunday, which you can do in addition to the 5K or 10K for a special doubleheader medal! Whatever race you decide to participate in, Shamrock’n Weekend is a wonderful way to be active while supporting an amazing cause.
March 17 | 11 a.m.
Barcrawlerz is hosting a special Sacramento bar crawl like no other. Kiss Me, I’m Irish features drink specials at some of the best bars in town. Simply pre-purchase a bar crawl wristband, check in to get your wristband and map with a list of participating bars and their specific drink specials. The wristband gets you into the participating bars with no cover, and the drink specials will be available all day and night. Get your $15 tickets for the Kiss Me, I’m Irish bar crawl!
March 17 | Varying Times
Celebrate the holiday from a unique perspective — floating along the scenic Sacramento River. This St. Patrick’s Day, Hornblower River Cruises is hosting special one-hour cruises, featuring a face painter and balloon artist for kids. This is a fun and interactive way to experience the wildlife and natural beauty that this historic waterway has to offer. Choose from the various cruise times, keeping in mind that boarding begins 15 minutes prior to each departure time.
March 17 | 2 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Harris Center for the Arts
This special performance at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom offers a truly authentic way to celebrate this Irish holiday. St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland features principal dancer Connor Reider, members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, the Kerry Voice Squad, three lassies performing Irish songs, and traditional bands with fiddles, uilleann pipes, banjo, bodhrán, guitar and flutes. This Irish celebration will transport you straight to Ireland!
March 17 | 3 p.m.
The Sacramento RiverTrain is combining their two most popular events, the Beer Train and Old Vine Express, and throwing in a St. Patrick’s Day theme for this special train ride on Sunday. The St. Patrick’s Day Beer and Wine Tasting Train will feature beer and wine tasting and music from a live band. Sample from a number of breweries on board, including Fort Rock Brewing Company, Knee Deep Brewing, and Drake’s Brewing, and a selection of wines from Northern California wineries. Plus, each guest can enjoy a free corned beef and cabbage sandwich on board! Purchase tickets in advance for this unique St. Patrick’s Day experience.
March 17 | 7 p.m.
Photos Courtesy of the Mondavi Center
The Mondavi Center in Davis is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Jackson Hall. The evening begins with a pre-concert beer tasting in the Yocha Dehe Lobby, followed by the Mondavi Center debut of JigJam, a powerhouse quartet blending traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana. Next up, hear from Grammy Award-winner Eileen Ivers, one of the greatest innovators and pioneers in the Celtic genre. Grab your tickets for this unforgettable musical journey!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We wish you a fun, safe and lucky holiday. Let us know which local events you’re looking forward to!