If you are Irish or just wish you were (and doesn’t that take in just about everybody?) there’s plenty to do in and around Escondido during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
If you are really hardcore Irish, you could always attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade in San Diego, the largest such parade west of the Mississippi, which begins on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street as thousands of marchers and spectators gather to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. There will be more than 120 parade entries.
St. Patrick’s Day Brew Festival
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s St. Patrick’s Day Brew Festival will feature a wide array of beers from local craft breweries, a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired buffet, music, and animal greeters. Attendees can sample some remarkable brews, served in a souvenir tasting cup—and representatives from local craft breweries will be present to speak about the different beer selections. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
The advance ticket price is $50 per person for food and beer; $25 for food only for non-drinking/designated driver adults (plus tax and parking; nonmembers add Safari Park admission). On the day of the event, tickets at the venue will be $70 per person (plus tax), if available. Call 619-718-3000.
Location: Kijamii Overlook
Dates: Sunday, March 17
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
St. Paddy’s Day at Welk Resorts
Welk Resorts will host Escondido’s Spring Fling – St. Patrick’s family festival on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
There are plenty of shenanigans for the entire family to enjoy including a professional flying circus trapeze, an infinite obstacle course, carnival rides, and other incredible games. You may even find a pot of gold by the end of the day.
Experience roaming circus acts by Circus Mafia throughout the festival. Test your skills and try to escape the leprechaun in a wipeout challenge. Guests can also get in the St. Paddy’s spirit with Irish-themed food, green beer, and access to a full bar. Leprechauns of all ages are welcome so make sure to get your tickets soon because this family festival is sure to shamrock.
St. Patrick’s Day at O’Sullivan’s
O’Sullivan’s, Escondido’s landmark Irish pub and restaurant on 118 E Grand Avenue will celebrate the Irish patron saint’s birthday in a grand style all weekend long at both the Escondido location and the Carlsbad venue, according to Dennis O’Sullivan.
We ran into the owner at Escondido’s State of the City address last week where he was getting the Community award from council member Olga Diaz. We asked him if we could run O’Sullivan’s schedule for the holiday and he was happy to oblige.
“We’re making it a three day event, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s the biggest weekend of the year for us.” said O’Sullivan. “We have a band on Friday at 9 p.m. to close, and Saturday we expect a big day, that’s the day of the parade downtown and people come in after. 9 p.m.—midnight.”
640 Grand Ave, Carlsbad.
Sunday, doors open at 10 a.m. instead of the usual 11 a.m. Usually there is a line out front at 10, according to the owner. On that day there will be two sessions of live music from the Clay Colton Band, the first at 1 p.m.—5 p.m. with a two hour break. And then Clay Colton will return from 7 p.m. until closing. During the interim a bagpiper will perform.
Escondido’s location will have a duplication of the schedule in Carlsbad, except with different live music. On Sunday Highland Way will play from 1 p.m.—5 p.m. and return at 7 p.m. until closing. The owner said that they are trying to book a firefighters bagpiper group to play from 5-7 p.m.
The menu at both location will be limited to Irish classics such as corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and the like, plus some salads and burgers. “We have to limit it to get all the food out it gets so busy,” said O’Sullivan.