Where to party on St. Patrick’s Day

Talk of Irish whiskey, flowing beer and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow can only mean one thing: St. Patrick’s Day is nearing and San Diego is ready to paint the town green. From festivals to parades and all-night parties, we have a list of the best events to celebrate like the Irish, even if you aren’t.

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival - March 11

A green beer garden, two live music stages and a full St. Paddy’s-themed parade. That’s what you’ll find at the beloved San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival at Balboa Park on Sunday. Event-goers will have the chance to taste authentic Irish fare, there will be face painting for the kids and much more. Learn more about the full linup of festivities here.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Balboa Park. Free to attend.

North County St. Patrick’s Day Festival - March 12

If you find yourself up in the North County this St. Paddy’s Day, you’ll definitely want to stop by the St. Patrick’s Day Fest in Vista. The annual festival offers family-friendly fun throughout downtown Vista and Vista Village. Partake in dance and costume contests, live music from bagpipers and Irish rockers, a 4-H petting zoo, an Irish pooch crawl, golf games, an Irish food crawl and more. This event is all ages and free to attend. Specific events and competitions require registratio, which can be accessed online here.

Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, downtown Vista. Free.

ShamROCK in the Gaslamp - March 17

Head to the Gaslamp on St. Patrick’s Day night to join in on one of the biggest St. Paddy’s parties in San Diego. Cruise the streets to the sound of three different music stages, be it Irish rock or EDM beats, while enjoying deals at several participating restaurants and bars. Raise a glass of green beer, watch Irish steppers and party with 20,000 of your closest San Diego friends in the heart of San Diego on 50,000 square feet of Irish green carpeting along the street. General admission is for festival entrance only. Upgraded “Lucky Leprechaun” VIP tickets include admission, three drinks at the VIP bar and four drinks at various locations in the vicinity, access to a VIP lounge and VIP restrooms, private entry and admission to a VIP stage with an exclusive lineup. This event is 21+.

6 p.m. to midnight March 17, Gaslamp District. $45 for general admission; $95 for VIP.

St. Patrick’s Day at Hard Rock Hotel Bash - March 17

Go green at the shamrockin’ Hard Rock Hotel Bash featuring top San Diego DJs spinning all night long. The hotel will offer drink specials, including $4 draft beers and $5 vodka drinks throughout the evening of fun. Food will be available for purchase and attendees of the bash also will be given a surprise party favor. This event is 21+.

8 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 17. Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., downtown. $20.