Brent Bernasconi

St. Patrick’s Day Parties – Enter to Win Tickets (Entry Period Closed)

The luck of the Irish is with us this year! The forecast calls for plenty of golden sunshine and warm weather this weekend, perfect for all of the outdoor St. Patrick’s Day parties in San Diego you don’t want to miss!

Win Tickets to the St. Patty’s Cruise

Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

William D. Evans Sternwheeler

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the San Diego way – aboard the William D. Evans Sternwheeler cruising the bay.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day San Diego style – aboard the 100-foot-long William D. Evans cruising the waters of Mission Bay. Two DJs will play top party hits and bartenders will serve specialty drinks at two cash bars while you groove on a two-story dance floor or wander about the boat’s three levels to marvel at handcrafted mahogany doors, handwoven rugs, and a vaulted skylight made from 50,000 pieces of European stained glass.

Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

Dock: Bahia Resort Hotel – 998 W Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Departure Date: March 16, 2013
Cruise Time: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Cost: $30
> Find out more about the St. Patty’s Cruise

More St. Patrick’s Day Parties



With 60,000 square feet of green astroturf covering the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, 3 stages of DJs, River Dancers, and an outdoor 150-foot Irish Pub serving up plenty of beer and Jameson Irish Whisky, shamROCK is a St. Patrick’s Day celebration you don’t want to miss.

Location: 5th Avenue, San Diego, California 92101
When: March 16, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM to Midnight
Cost: $35-$55
> Find out more about shamROCK

IRISH 4 A DAY – St. Paddy’s Eve Party Hop

IRISH 4 A DAY - St. Paddy's Eve Party Hop

Be IRISH 4 A DAY during this St. Paddy’s Eve Party Hop!

Show off your sexy green costumes or kilts in true Irish fashion, and prepare to drink like you are IRISH 4 A DAY on the ultimate San Diego pub crawl! Over 20 venues will be participating in this epic party hop with plenty of drink specials, buy one get one free food deals and free admission. The IRISH 4 A DAY pass also includes 11 drinks at 11 different locations.

Check In: Brick + Mortar – 820 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Date: March 16, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $29-$40
> Find out more about IRISH 4 A DAY – St. Paddy’s Eve Party Hop


Hooleyfest - St. Patrick's Day in East County

Enjoy music, food and drinks at Hooleyfest in San Diego’s East County

Hooleys Pub & Grill is once again bringing Ireland to San Diego’s East County with a Hooleyfest at their two locations in La Mesa and Rancho San Diego. Each location will be full of green-wearing revelers, Guinness, food and music. Be smart and take advantage of the free ride home within 5 miles of the event.

– Hooleys Grossmont – 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941
– Hooleys Rancho San Diego – 2955 Jamacha Road, Suite 21, Rancho San Diego, CA 92019
When: March 16, 2013
Time: Starts at 6:00 PM
> Find out more about Hooleyfest

4th Annual Zane Patrick’s Day

Zane Patrick's Day

Hang with Zane and Steve at Zane Patrick’s Day.

Join Zane Lamprey from TV show ‘Drinking Made Easy’ for a St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza with live Irish music and performances, games, prizes, contest, and an Open Bar! Zane Patrick’s Day is a great kick-off for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Good times, fun people and booze fit for an Irishman.

Where: McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon – 731 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 16, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $75-$150
> Find out more about the 4th Annual Zane Patrick’s Day

More Places for St. Patrick’s Day Fun

For those wanting to celebrate on a smaller scale, you can always visit your friends at Dublin SquareThe FieldStout Public House, Gallaghers, Shakespeare and O’Sullivans. Or for the more active imbiber, check out a few pubs with the St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl.

Win Tickets to Board the St. Patty’s Day Cruise (Entry Period Closed)

Trying to find the gold on St. Patrick’s Day? Leave a comment in the comments below telling us what’s your favorite thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day and you could win two tickets to the St. Patty’s Day Cruise aboard the William D. Evans complete with 2 DJ’s, a 2 Story Dance Floor, 2 Full Bars, a rooftop deck and of course green drinks!

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Contest Rules:

  • Tell us in the comments below, what’s your favorite thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day? Duplicate entries will be filtered out and discarded, so adding additional comments won’t increase your likelihood of winning.
  • Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. Two winner will receive a two (2) tickets to cruise aboard the William D. Evans. Tickets are valid March 14-17, 2013.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within one day of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here.
  • Entries (comments) can be submitted until March 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST. Good luck!

St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun in San Diego – 2013

Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Balboa Park
Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Balboa Park

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Balboa Park

Ready for a little Irish reveling on St. Patrick’s Day? Luckily, you don’t have to set sail to Ireland to celebrate because the luck of the Irish can be found right here in San Diego. Spend the day basking in San Diego’s glorious sunshine and make some memories with your loved ones at one of these local outdoor family-friendly events.

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival


Irish Festival

Dress the family in green and head out to the Irish Festival in Balboa Park. Held in conjunction with a grand St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the festival has something for the entire family including Irish faire, craft booths and live entertainment for you to clap, dance and sing-a-long with on two stages running. Kids can play in the Kids Zone complete with games, rides, llamas, face-painting and other fun. You can also step back in time at a Celtic Village where the year is 1582. A troupe of renaissance re-enactors will entertain you while portraying the daily drama of the soldiers of the House McFionn. Kids and adults alike will be amazed by authentic fighting demonstrations, as well as Irish dancing, songs and story-telling.


This annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will have more than 120 entries including marching bands, decorated floats, bagpipe contingents, the reigning Miss Colleen, the Smiling Irishman and much more. Get there early for best viewing of this popular, colorful parade.

Where: Parade – 5th & 6th Avenues, between Juniper and Upas
Date: March 16, 2013
Festival – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Parade starts at 10:30 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run, 4 & 2 Mile Fun Run

St. Patrick's Day 10K Run

“May the road rise to meet you” at this 33rd annual run/walk event in Mission Bay Park. The best Irish-themed running costume will be recognized, and the whole family can watch or participate, then spend the day playing at the park. Mission Bay’s cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches welcome beach-goers to this beautiful area all year long. But if you do decide to come out for St. Paddy’s day, there are also abundant grassy areas for the kids to hunt for four-leaf clovers!

Where: Mission Bay Park – 1740 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Starting Time: 7:30 AM
> Find out more about St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run, 4 & 2 Mile Fun Run

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 28 – March 3, 2013

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch - Top Things to Do in San Diego

With a forecast of temperatures in the high 70s, this is going to be a great weekend to be in San Diego! Here are our top things to do (when you are not at the beach):

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch - Top Things to Do in San Diego

A sea of flowers in San Diego’s Carlsbad.

Don’t miss the chance to see more than 50 acres of breathtaking Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers bloom and transform the landscape into a solid expanse of dazzling color. The Flower Fields also offers a host of family friendly activities including an open-air wagon ride through the fields via an antique tractor and a walk through the fragrant sweet pea maze.

Where: 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (North County Coastal)
When: March 1 – May 12, 2013
Cost: $6-$11. Children Under 2 – Free
> Find out more about The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Tower After Hours – Ireland

Museum of Man Tower After Hours - Ireland - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate Ireland with food, drink, dance, music and more! Enrich your cultural knowledge and share in the festive atmosphere with the San Diego Museum of Man as they celebrate the Emerald Isle’s rich cultural heritage. Enjoy traditional music and dance performed by several groups, feast on classic pub fare provided by local restaurants, and, of course, delight in a glass of Guinness!

Where: 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
When: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $12-$25
> Find out more about Tower After Hours – Ireland

Friday Night Liberty @ NTC

Enjoy new exhibitions at Pulse Gallery, Women’s Museum of California, and Casa Valencia presents three new female artists from Baja. Also new works at Monique Straub Studio/Gallery and Visions Art Museum with their latest acquisition Playing with a Full Deck – a clever “deck of cards” made of quilts. Don’t miss an exclusive performance from Malashock Dance and live music at the Recreational Music Center.

Where: NTC at Liberty Station – 2801 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106
When: Friday, March 1, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Friday Night Liberty @ NTC

Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival

Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Let’s go fly a kite…at the Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival!

To celebrate its 65th year, the Kiwanis are making the Ocean Beach Kite Festival bigger and better than ever. In addition to the traditional free kite making for children, this year’s festival will include demonstrations of kite flying and kite stunts by kite professionals and dedicated amateurs; more carnival rides; more food options, and a brand new location.

Where: Dusty Rhodes Park – Corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Nimitz Boulevard (Mission Bay and Beaches)
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival

House of Pacific Relations’ Lawn Program – House of Mexico

House of Mexico Lawn Program Dancers

Olé! Enjoy Mexican dancing, music and food at the first House of Pacific Relation International Cottages’ Lawn Program of 2013.

Every Sunday starting in March, the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages focus on a country’s cultural heritage with music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts and ethnic foods. This weekend, the fun kicks of with the House of Mexico.

Where: 2191 W Pan American Road, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
When: Every Sunday – March 3 – October 27, 2013
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the House of Pacific Relations’ Lawn Program

San Diego Bird Festival

Great Blue Heron - Famosa Slough Point Loma - Birding in San Diego

See a Great Blue Heron while Birding in San Diego.

From sea to desert to mountaintop, San Diego County has a lot of birding to offer, with more than 500 species. The birding area encompasses diverse habitats ranging from desert to mountains, shore to coastal wetlands, urban and suburban. We’ll even go birding by bicycle and kayak. Sunday is a free Family Day with activities including a Beginning Bird Art Workshop, the Raptor Rap Workshop, a Puppet Show starring threatened California birds, and It’s a Hoot!, a bird-calling workshop just for kids.

Where: Marina Village Conference Center – 4010 Morena Blvd. Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92117 (Mission Bay and Beaches)
When: February 28 – March 3, 2013
Cost: $0-$130 depending on the event
> Find out more about the San Diego Bird Festival

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.