There is always extra excitement in the air when a fun holiday like St. Patrick’s Day falls on the weekend. With Saturday approaching fast, green shirts, hats, and beads are flying off the shelves of local costume shops. Rain or shine, people are excited to have a good time celebrating Irish culture with their friends and family.
While the city may be filled with things to do to get in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit, there’s something unique about our historic district. With over 20 bars, restaurants and eateries all squeezed into six blocks of quirky architecture, the vibe is unlike anywhere else in Sacramento. These local business owners have a weekend of Irish cheer waiting for you! Here’s a list of all the fun to be had…
St. Patrick’s Eve Bar Crawl
Eight bars throughout Old Sacramento are bringing in bands, DJs and more to create a festive atmosphere as visitors travel from pub to pub during the bar crawl! Grab your squad and head to the bars starting at 8pm. Early birds get free green goodies at each bar. River City Saloon, Fanny Ann’s Saloon, Sports Corner Café, and more will be participating. Find out more information here.
Irish Rock at Sactown Sports Bar
To really get to know some Irish music roots, join Sactown Sports Bar as they welcome ONOFF to their stage. This Irish Trio Rock band from Dundalk & Dublin Ireland moved to the West Coast to bring the sounds of their homeland to America. Rock with them and enjoy the bar’s drink specials.
22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
It simply isn’t St. Patrick’s Day without a parade! Join us in welcoming the 22nd Annual St. Paddy’s Parade to the district – with over 55 entries, 1000+ marchers, bands, dancers, and more, this parade is guaranteed to entertain and get you in the spirit. Arrive at 11:30am to snag a good viewing spot on Front, J, 2nd and L Streets and enjoy pre-parade entertainment. Parade steps off at 1pm!
A Traditional Irish Pub
Celebrating their 21st year in business, O’Mally’s Irish Pub is well versed in providing visitors with an authentic Irish experience. They are hosting a party all day long – get your fill or Guinness and Irish music starting at 11am!
Punk and Post-Punk party at Knobs-n-Knockers
For our evening party-goers, head to the newest bar in the district, Knobs-n-Knockers, for a Punk music party. Playing the best selections from the 70s on, and highlighting those with Irish influence, this is the place to be for Punk Rock lovers.
Sunday (aka Recovery Day)
Brunch at Rio City
Brunch is the perfect way to end the weekend. Swing by Rio City Café and enjoy their delicious brunch menu (and bottomless mimosas!) on the river.