Things to Do This St. Patrick’s Day in the Greater Sacramento Area
After a two-year hiatus, Sacramento is once again turning green! St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are being held throughout the greater Sacramento area, after being on hold due to the pandemic. From parades and parties to pub crawls and concerts, there are plenty of ways to celebrate all things Irish this year. And even though St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekday (March 17), many events are scheduled for the weekends. Following are some of the best things to do this St. Patrick’s Day in the Greater Sacramento Area.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | Old Sacramento | March 12
St. Patrick’s Day comes to Sacramento early this year, with a parade and festival to be held Saturday, March 12 in Old Sacramento. The event kicks off at noon with a vendor village, featuring locally made products and food. From 12–5, live bands will perform on the ShamROCK stage. The parade itself begins at 1, winding through the streets of Old Sac.
St. Paddy’s Day Artisan Craft Fair | Camino | March 12–13
Head to Jack Russell Brewing in Camino and browse the selection of locally made artisan goods at the St. Patrick’s Day-themed vendor fair! The event will be held 12–5 p.m. March 12–13 and will feature everything from handmade soaps to baked goods to jewelry. Best of all, you can throw back a pint or two while you shop!
Rock the Yacht Cocktail Cruise | Old Sacramento | March 12 & 19
This special adults-only river cruise departing from Old Sacramento at 8:30 p.m. March 12 & March 19 celebrates all things St. Patrick’s Day! There will be St. Patrick’s Day décor and a special cocktail, plus a live DJ. Guests are encouraged to wear green. There’s also an afternoon “Sights and Sips” cruise and an “Alive After Five” cruise earlier in the evening.
Kiss Me I’m Irish Pub Crawl | Midtown Sacramento | March 12 & 17
Another pub crawl in Midtown Sacramento, this one is held on two days: Saturday, March 12 and Thursday, March 17. It hits half a dozen bars, all of which are offering specials on festive drinks such as green beer and Irish bucks. The party kicks off at Flatstick Pub, and wristbands get you into participating bars with no cover.
Father Paddy’s Street Bash | Woodland | March 17
This day-long celebration in Woodland is hosted by Father Paddy’s Pub, a traditional Irish pub that serves up traditional dishes like Irish stew, shepherd’s pie and corned beef & cabbage. The festivities begin at 9 a.m., with the street party kicking off at noon with live Irish & Celtic music by Stout Rebellion, Blame the Whiskey and One Eyed Reilly. Down the street, Thirsty Goat is also hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party with drink specials and a DJ.
St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Boxing Donkey | Roseville | March 17
The Boxing Donkey is a popular Irish pub in Roseville, so it’s no wonder they put on an over-the-top party on St. Patrick’s Day. Doors open at 8 a.m. (yes, in the morning!), with live music starting at 9:30 a.m. Irish beer and drinks will be flowing, and Irish-themed dishes such as corned beef tacos and Irish nachos will be available.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration | El Dorado Hills | March 17–20
Hosted by 36 Handles Pub in El Dorado Hills, this epic event will be held 10 a.m.–7 p.m. March 17–20, so you’ll have all weekend to celebrate! The family-friendly party will include outdoor games, a balloon artist and face painting for the kids, plus Jameson flights and Irish beer for mom and dad. There’ll also be tons of giveaways and prizes, not to mention pipes and drums and Irish dancers.
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl | Old Town Lincoln | March 17
Old Town Lincoln will host its own pub crawl this St. Patrick’s Day, with participants including Dillian’s Bar & Grill, Lincoln Speakeasy Taproom, Slice Beer Co., Ollies Beer Garden and Oliver’s Brewhouse. The event will feature specials on traditional Irish food and drinks, live Irish music, whiskey tasting, a scavenger hunt, plus games and prizes.
Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl | Midtown Sacramento | March 19
Kicking off at the Zebra Club in Midtown Sacramento, this raucous pub crawl hits more than a dozen hotspots between 4–10 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Tickets include two drinks, food and drink specials, cover charges at select venues, and a custom badge and lanyard. There’ll even be a costume contest for the most festive getup.
St. Patrick’s Day High Tea To Go | Curtis Park | March 19
This annual event at the Sierra 2 Center in Curtis Park hosted by The Novel Tea features a menu of traditional bites, such as bacon and leek tarts, Guinness bread, mince pies and shortbread cookies, not to mention a selection of Irish teas! This year, they’re offering the tea to-go. Pickup is March 19 between 12:30–1:30 p.m.