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 in 2020. From going to top Irish bars and Celtic-punk concerts to checking out pub crawls or family-friendly fairs and children's cooking classes, there's a little something for everyone.
Have some fun bar-hopping for St. Patrick's Day on Main Street and the surrounding area in the beach city of Santa Monica. At least 12 bars will not have cover charges and will have drink deals between 2 p.m. March 14 and 2 a.m. March 15, 2020, though prices may increase after 10 p.m. Enjoy the dance party with a DJ playing until 2 a.m.
Buy tickets online before you go. Visitors must check in at Circle Bar or Barney's Beanery from 2 to 10 p.m. on March 14 for a map of participating venues—registration ends exactly at 10 p.m. Wearing green is encouraged and attendees must be 21 and older.
St. Patrick's Day is an all-day celebration at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles—a historic site that opened in 1934. On March 17, 2020, Magee's Kitchen serves up its famous nitrate-free corned beef with cabbage and potatoes. 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.
2020 marks the 26th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hermosa Beach in the South Bay. More than 100 businesses, schools, and groups will march in the parade on Saturday, March 14. It will start at 11 a.m. 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.
This pub crawl will take 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. It will occur from 8:30 p.m. on March 13, 2020, until 2 a.m. on March 14.
Check in is usually at Adelita's Cantina, but guests should confirm details and buy tickets online in advance.
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. Starting at noon on March 17, 2020, a free outdoor festival for ages 21 and up will take place 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 will also be Irish dancers, beer games, photo opportunities, food trucks, and more.
The Flogging Molly show begins at 6 p.m. Special guest musicians include Mad Caddies and Street Dogs. Purchase tickets online; it's a general admission, standing room only show.
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 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) on March 14, 2020, 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.
Hollywood venturers can grab some friends and check out a festive block party and pub crawl produced by Nasstive Entertainment, starting at 2 p.m. on March 14 through 2 a.m. on March 15, 2020. 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 between 2 and 6 p.m. 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.
Those ages 16 and up interested in knowing how to prepare foods for St. Patrick's Day may want to try an Ireland-inspired cooking class on March 15, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica offers a three-hour course in a commercial kitchen to learn to cook with stouts and beers. You'll make beer-braised bratwursts, caramelized onions, housemade buns, seasonal salad, and Guinness chocolate cake.
Enjoy the water, coffee, and tea provided, but bring your own beverage if you'd like to sip on beer or wine while you dine. Carry a container along as well to take home any leftovers. You'll be all set once you reserve online—just arrive punctually, wearing comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes.
The Echo on Sunset Boulevard, a music venue and nightclub in Echo Park, will have 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. Hoist the Colours and musician, composer, and actor Zander Schloss will join the 8 p.m. show (doors open at 7 p.m.) on March 17, 2020.
You can buy tickets online in advance.
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 on March 14, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet in front of the Madrid Theatre to join the free parade, along with bagpipers and mariachis, stilt walkers, and storytellers. There will also be a free raffle and live music.
If you're near Newport Beach about 43 miles (69 kilometers) south of Downtown Los Angeles in Orange County, consider bar-hopping, enjoying drink specials, and meeting some new friends in some of the city's cool spots on St. Patrick's Day. This organized Newport Beach Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl takes place in the coastal city on March 14, 2020, from 12 to 7 p.m.
To join, buy a ticket online. When you register at Baja Sharkeez between 12 and 4 p.m., you'll receive a list of participating venues.
Those looking for a fun way for their children between 8 and 14 years old to celebrate the Irish holiday can take them to a March 14, 2020, baking workshop from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Le Pain Quotidien Fashion Island bakery in Newport Beach. The kids will make St. Patrick's Day cookies to take home and an individual pizza to eat for lunch.
The class is small, so sign up for a spot in advance. A chaperone for each child must be present.
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—will perform at the Coach House on March 14, 2020, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).
Tickets cost $25 for general admission; making a dinner reservation is optional but does allow guests to receive priority seating, so book in advance.
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 in LA, Long Beach, a coastal city about 23 miles (37 kilometers) from Downtown Los Angeles, and Orange County, approximately 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Downtown Los Angeles.