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Top San Diego Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

Year-round beautiful weather and abundant local attractions are reasons enough to visit San Diego. However, the city goes Irish during the week of St. Patrick’s Day with activities and events for all ages to enjoy. If you’re vacationing in our beautiful city and staying at one of our welcoming San Diego hotels for the holiday, don your green finery and have some fun enjoying these activities.

Leprechaun Run

On Saturday, March 12th, the city hosts the fourth annual San Diego Leprechaun Run 5K in addition to the Kids 1K race. The events take place at Pacific Beach on Garnet Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Registration is open now for all competitions. Each participant receives a timing chip when registering. 

The Leprechaun Run is the first in the 2022 RUN PB Challenge, which also includes the Pacific Beach 5K and the San Diego Santa Run. Participating in all three events entitles runners to special finishing bling. Signing up for all of the events early provides runners with a specialty bib.

40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins on March 12th at 10:30 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street. More than 120 entries are scheduled to be in the downtown-area procession. Pick a spot to see the floats, high school marching bands, dancers, equestrian teams, dignitaries, and clowns. Guests staying in San Diego hotels will be delighted when they watch this parade, which is the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi River.

Balboa Park hosts a number of festivities following the parade. The festival lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes a presentation of the flag at 9:45 a.m. Three stages in the park are scheduled to present live entertainment in the form of step dancers, Irish folk bands, and singers. The park will have a beer garden and a kid’s zone along with numerous craft booths and a Celtic village serving traditional ethnic foods.

2022 Irish 4 a Day

The St. Patrick’s Day Party Hop takes place on Friday, March 11th from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, March 12th from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Thursday, March 17th from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The pub crawl begins at the American Junkie and includes more than 15 bars, nightclubs, and restaurants along Fifth Avenue. The Gaslamp Quarter festivities include live music.

San Diego ShamROCK Music & Beer Festival

The Gaslamp Quarter transforms into a Celtic carnival block party on Saturday, March 12th. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts until midnight. Live Celtic and Irish rock bands are scheduled to perform. The day’s lineup includes the popular Young Dubliners. The selection of scheduled live entertainment also features performances by traditional Irish step dancers. Along with plenty of green beer, the festivities provide adult guests with the chance to test their luck by playing Giant Beer Pong, Giant Lucky Jenga, and Pot of Gold Cornhole. For tickets and more information, visit the sandiegoshamrock.com website. 

With so much to enjoy around St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego, you’ll want to stay for a while, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable yet cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and proximity to the most popular attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544 to make your reservation.

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