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San Diego St. Patrick's Day Festival

St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, March 16, 2024, 10:30 a.m.

Festival 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Held in Balboa Park, cost FREE

SAN DIEGO, CALIF.--While the St. Patrick's Parade is the highlight to this annual event tradition for close to 40 years, the festival village is where the real celebrating takes place throughout the day, providing the camaraderie that the Irish are recognized for. Food vendors, beer gardens, entertainment, kids activities, vendor booths with souvenir items, and surrounding activities such as church service and flag raising make this an excellent way to celebrate your heritage, non-Irish included.

St. Patrick's Day celebrates Irish Culture in San Diego, but invites participants and attendees from all over to visit and join in. Balboa Park is the gathering spot for a day of Irish brews, foods, entertainment, booths, and good times with friends in one San Diego's most beautiful spots.

St. Patrick's Day Festival Schedule from past events:

7 a.m. Pre-Parade Mass. Imperial House, 505 Kalmia Street.
9 a.m. Festival Area Opens (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
10 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony, Balboa Park, Sixth
Avenue / Juniper Street area.
10:30 a.m. Parade Steps off at Fifth Avenue and Juniper Street and
proceeds North up Fifth Avenue from Juniper Street to
Upas Street, over to Sixth Avenue and South on Sixth to
Juniper Street.

There is also shamROCK festival in Gaslamp Quarter on Mar. 17 with street closures, bands, and a party atmosphere but that event is held at night. Balboa Park is also home to other festivals such as the Pride Festival and Parade in February.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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