Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

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Many people enjoy celebrating Irish culture on St. Patrick's Day, and sometimes for the whole month of March. The widespread Los Angeles area offers a diversity of ways you can get a taste of Ireland from going to top Irish bars and Celtic-punk concerts to checking out pub crawls or family-friendly fairs and children's cooking classes. And with the classically great weather around Southern California, you can bet that the sun will be out for St. Paddy's Day, even in March.

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St. Patrick's Day: Beer Brats!

Those ages 10 and up interested in knowing how to prepare foods for St. Patrick's Day may want to try an Ireland-inspired cooking class at The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica. Instead of the typical classes in their commercial kitchen, cooking classes in 2021 are taking place virtually, including the St. Patrick's Day Irish Soda Bread baking class on March 17, 2021. Learn how to prepare this Irish classic, perfect for sopping up a Guinness stew or just enjoying fresh out of the oven with Irish salted butter.

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Santa Monica St. Patrick's Day PubCrawl

The Santa Monica St. Patrick's Day pub crawl was canceled in 2021.

Have some fun bar hopping for St. Patrick's Day on Main Street and the surrounding area in the beach city of Santa Monica. Many of the bars have no cover charges on this day to entice revelers with drink deals throughout the afternoon (they typically get more expensive at night). Of course, wearing green is highly encouraged.

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St. Patrick's Day at The Original Farmers Market

The St. Patrick's Day event at the Original Farmers Market was canceled in 2021.

St. Patrick's Day is an all-day celebration at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles—a historic site that opened in 1934. For snacks, Magee's Kitchen serves up its famous nitrate-free corned beef with cabbage and potatoes. And to drink, visitors can enjoy green beer and imported Irish beers which will be flowing on tap from E.B's and Bar 326. While at the market, guests will have a fun chance to stroll around and see vendors with everything from fresh produce and olive oils to Indian spices and ice cream.

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Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

The Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade was canceled in 2021.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hermosa Beach in the South Bay is an annual tradition in this beach community. More than 100 businesses, schools, and groups march in the parade which starts near City Hall on Valley Drive and goes seven blocks down Pier Avenue. You can expect to see bagpipe players, floats, horses, and even a club of Irish Setters. The parade draws about 20,000 spectators lining the streets of this casual coastal city.

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St. Patrick's Day Downtown LA Pub Crawl

The Downtown LA Pub Crawl was canceled in 2021.

This holiday pub crawl takes you bar hopping as a group at several spots in Downtown Los Angeles on St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy free express entries to up to four venues, drink discounts at the majority of the bars, group photos, and drinking games at some of the stops. Check in is usually at Adelita's Cantina, but guests should confirm details and buy tickets online in advance.

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Flogging Molly at Hollywood Palladium

The St. Patrick's Day concert at the Hollywood Palladium was canceled in 2021.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Flogging Molly—a seven-piece Irish-American Celtic punk band with a hard rock edge—along with other artists at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunset Boulevard. It's a free outdoor festival for ages 21 and up that takes place annually with various musicians, including an acoustic set with Matt Hensley and Dennis Casey of Flogging Molly, The Briggs (punk rock), Hoist the Colors (folk-influenced punk), Vandoliers (American alternative country music), a live 95.5 KLOS broadcast, and additional entertainment. There are also Irish dancers, beer games, photo opportunities, food trucks, and more.

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Greg Fitzsimmons's Annual St. Patrick's Day Show

The Greg Fitzsimmons comedy event was canceled for St. Patrick's Day 2021.

If you are aged 18 and above and would rather spend your St. Patrick's Day laughing than going to a bar, head to Hollywood Improv's Main Room for a show with Greg Fitzsimmons. He's the host of The Greg Fitzsimmons Show on SiriusXM’s Howard 101 and the popular FitzDog Radio podcast, and is also a stand-up writer who has won Emmy Awards and frequently appears on television.

Purchase general admission tickets online. You may also request a dinner reservation with your seats for which you must arrive at least an hour before the show. Cell phones, smartwatches/accessories, cameras, and recording devices are not allowed during the performance.

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Hollywood St Patrick's Day Block Party and Pub Crawl

The Hollywood St. Patrick's Day Block Party and Pub Crawl was canceled in 2021.

Hollywood venturers can grab some friends and check out a festive block party and pub crawl. You'll have a chance to enter and receive drink deals at more than 10 venues, get free St. Patrick’s Day necklaces, and chug down welcome shots at certain spots.

Buy your tickets online and check-in on the day of the event at St. Felix Hollywood restaurant for a map of all participating bars and nightclubs. Dressing in green is encouraged.

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St. Patty's Day Party With The Walker Roaders

The Echo is closed as of March 2021 until further notice.

The Echo on Sunset Boulevard, a music venue and nightclub in Echo Park, throws a St. Patty's Day Party featuring the Celtic-punk group The Walker Roaders, with James Fearnley of The Pogues, Ted Hutt from Flogging Molly, and Marc Orrell of Dropkick Murphys. The group released its first self-titled album in 2019 and has played many shows in Los Angeles.

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St. Patrick’s Day Community March and Celebration

The St. Patrick's Day Community March and Celebration in Canoga Park was canceled in 2021.

For some outdoor, family-friendly fun in the San Fernando Valley about 28 miles (45 kilometers) from Downtown Los Angeles, head to the neighborhood Canoga Park for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Community March and Celebration. Meet in front of the Madrid Theatre to join the free parade, along with bagpipers, mariachis, stilt walkers, and storytellers. There is also a free raffle and live music.

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The Fenians at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano

The St. Patrick's Day concert by The Fenians was postponed to September 25, 2021.

Those who don't mind a drive about 54 miles (87 kilometers) from Downtown Los Angeles can enjoy a visit to the lovely San Juan Capistrano in Orange County for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. As is the annual tradition, Celtic rock group The Fenians from Orange County—which came to be in 1990 and has toured the U.S. and Ireland—perform at the Coach House on the weekend before the holiday.

Making a dinner reservation is an optional add-on to your general admission but does allow guests to receive priority seating, so book in advance.

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Visit Irish Pubs, Bars, and Eateries

As of March 2021, many bars in the Los Angeles area are closed down or have strict limits on maximum capacity. Confirm the most up-to-date details with the business that you plan to visit.

On the one night you would expect to hear the music of the Emerald Isle in Irish bars, many of the Southland's best such bands take off to play St. Patrick's Day gigs in other parts of the country. Therefore, many of the Los Angeles pubs that usually have Irish music have extra space to pack in more of the drinking public. However, you can still find some venues with live music or other St. Paddy's day activities all around Los Angeles and nearby in Long Beach.

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