Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Events

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

st-pattys-paradeSt. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival 
March 16. The 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival kick’s off a day ahead of the actual holiday with more than 120 parade entries including marching bands, floats, police and fire department units, the Emerald Societies, clowns and bagpipe contingents. The day begins with a flag raising ceremony followed by an Irish festival complete with a Celtic village, beer garden, live music and dancing. Festival opens at 9 a.m. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Juniper and Sixth Street, Balboa Park. 858.268.9111.

ShamROCK Gaslamp Block Partyshamrock-gaslamp
Mar. 17. The Gaslamp Quarter transforms with the luck of the Irish into the greenest party this side of Dublin as more than 60,000 square feet of Astroturf turns the streets into an outdoor Irish pub. The party’s three stages will be jam-packed with go-go dancers and live bands. Of course, there will be green beer and traditional Irish fare on hand. Tickets includes in and out privileges, specials and waived cover charges at participating nightclubs and restaurants. 21+. Main entrance at Fifth Avenue and G Street.

St. Patty’s Cruisest-patty's-cruise
Mar. 16. Cruise the bay on the William D. Evans, a composite of many steamboats that actually plied America’s rivers in the 19th century, with two DJs playing top party hits and bartenders serving specialty drinks at two cash bars. On this special St. Patty’s sail, passengers can groove on a two-story dance floor or wander about the boat’s three levels to marvel at handcrafted mahogany doors, hand-woven rugs and a vaulted skylight made from 50,000 pieces of European stained glass. 8:30 p.m-1 a.m. Board at the Bahia Resort Hotel, 998 W Mission Bay Dr. San Diego. 858.488.0551.

Mar. 16. La Mesa’s annual Hooleyfest returns this St. Patrick’s Day with plenty of music, drinks and merriment. Catch live sets from Lexington Field, The Brewer Boys and Zoo 2 (a U2 tribute band), before taking advantage of the complimentary ride home anywhere within a five-mile radius. 21+. $20/advance, $25/door. Hooleys La Mesa, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa. 619.713.6900. 

Epic Beer Festival
Mar 15-16. The inaugural Epic Beer Festival is poised to live up to its name with more than 80 craft breweries serving samples of more than 200 beers, including local favorites Alesmith Brewing Co., The Bruery, Karl Strauss, Lightning and The Lost Abbey. With three different three-hour sessions available, there’s plenty of beer to go around. $40. San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego. 303.900.2235. 

Science Family Dayscience-family-day
Mar. 16. This park-wide event features hands-on activities, films and exhibits exploring nature and science, a butterfly release, up-close encounters with insects and human bones, and much more to spark an interest in science. Science Family Day also includes one of the world’s longest DNA models, which will be paraded down the Prado, and plenty of giveaways. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission at a host of participating museums. Family Day activities take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 619.239.0512.

Festival of Science & Engineeringscience-festival
Mar. 16-23. With its eclectic offering of events and science-inspired adventures, this weeklong festival sets out to prove that science is fun. Enjoy opportunities to participate in hands-on activities, meet real scientists and engineers, and learn how new discoveries and research affect your everyday life at more than 35 events across the county. The festival culminates at Expo Day, held Saturday, March 23 at Petco Park. Various locations. 858.455.0300.

Butterfly Jungle
Mar. 16-Apr. 7. Beginning this Saturday, more than 10,000 beautiful butterflies flit, float, and flutter around in this spectacular spring event. Walk among exotic butterflies of all colors and sizes, and see if you can spot the different species using the Safari Park’s identification guide. There’s something for everyone, from fun kids’ activities to special presentations to fascinating facts about these wonderful winged insects. Hint: if you wear bright colors, they may just perch on you to take a closer look—think of the photo ops! San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. 760.747.8702.

Stepping Feet
Mar. 15. Touted as the ultimate Dave Matthews tribute band, Stepping Feet has been hard at work for the last 10 years. The 12-piece group promises a close-up version of the Dave Matthews Experience, which shines through with each members sincere enthusiasm and obvious love of DMB. Rob Bondurant also performs a special set in tribute to John Mayer. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder 
Through April 14. When Monty Navarro finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way—all played by one incredible actor. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, stars Ken Barnett as the charming and vengeful Monty Navarro, and Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as all eight ill-fated members of the D’Ysquith clan. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. 619.234.5623.

Cruzar La Cara De La Luna cruzar-mariacha-opera
March 16. Don’t miss a special addition to the San Diego Opera’s lineup this season in conjunction with the close of Mariachi Week. The very first production of this kind, Cruzar La Cara De La Luna is mariachi opera celebrates the spirit of Mexico in a moving and very unique way—complete with soloists and traditional mariachi musicians. Mark, a Mexican-American dealing with the approaching death of his immigrant father, faces questions about his own place in the world. As long-buried secrets are revealed, he finds himself dramatically re-evaluating his own understanding of what makes a family. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. 619.570.1100.