SoCal celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in a number of free and affordable ways, with plenty of fun planned for the Irish and not so Irish. Many restaurants and pubs are ready to party. But if you’re looking for free parades and festivals, check out the following top picks for Los Angeles and Orange County, updated for March 2015.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hermosa Beach — Free to attend parade features Irish-themed floats, bagpipers, and the popular dog participants from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California, sure to draw crowds of around 30,000 people to Pier Avenue.
WHEN: March 15, 2015, 11am – 1:30pm.
WHERE: The parade begins at the staging area near City Hall on Valley Drive, makes a left onto Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street, in Hermosa Beach, CA.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival at OC Marketplace — Free admission and free parking. The event features plenty of Irish entertainment, green lemonade, mint ice cream and more.
WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2015, Festival 10am-4pm.
WHERE: The Orange County Fairgrounds, FWY (55) and Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, CA.