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The 10 Spot: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Wondering what to do this Paddy’s Day? Lucky for you, we’ve found various ways to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. From “Dúlamán” to dancing, you’ll be painting the town green in no time. 

Listening to lilting Irish music is one way to celebrate the day. Cosumnes River College Music Department’s CRC Chamber Singer, College Chorus & Gospel Choir, presents Dúlamán: St. Patrick’s Day All Choirs Concert on March 17 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall (on campus). “Dúlamán” is traditionally an Irish folk song relating to the Irish practice of gathering seaweed back when it was a valuable defense against famine.

Sample Ireland and its rich culture with Folsom’s Harris Center as they bring you their St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland show on March 15 at 2 p.m. Principal dancer Connor Reider (The Chieftains) and four multi-instrumentalists from the Kerry Traditional Band will regale you with traditional Irish music while dancers of the McKeever School of Irish Dance in Sacramento will deliver a toe-tapping performance.  

Connor Reider

Hoist a pint in Old Town Auburn as you celebrate St. Patrick's Day from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with friends and family. Merchants and restaurants will be open and featuring special offers and happy hour deals. You’ll find a hearty meal of corned beef and cabbage along with green beer. Make sure to wear green and keep an eye out for sneaky leprechauns.

Head to the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis for the St. Paddy’s Celebration on March 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be live music, green beer, local wine, entertainment, and corned beef sliders, of course. After you’ve had your fill, shop from creative local vendors with Lucky Find Market. Souvenir mugs will also be available for purchase in advance. 

St. Paddy’s Celebration

If you’ve had one too many corned beef sandwiches, then maybe it’s time to participate in the Luck of the Irish 3.17-mile (5K) Virtual Race. Done from any location you choose, you can run, jog, or walk on the road, trail, treadmill, or even at another race. Run your own race anytime in March and time it yourself. Your medal will be shipped directly to you. What’s more, 15% of every registration goes to the National Hemophilia Foundation. 

A feast for the eyes, the 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade brings marchers dressed in green, Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, and historic reenactors on March 14 at 1 p.m. (the entire event is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) from Neasham and Front Streets, through the Old Sacramento Waterfront District. For the best view, head to L Street, Front Street, J Street, and 2nd Street boardwalks. Then, swing by the Vendor Village on K Street to explore fun, local businesses.

24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Amidst all the revelry of the holiday, how about you pause for a cause on St. Patrick’s Day? New Helvetia Brewing Co. in Sacramento is hosting a St. Baldrick's Head Shave event on March 15 from noon-4 p.m. Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, be a part of the excitement. The St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Grab a partner and put on your dancing shoes as The Associated Square Dancers of Superior California invites you to their Mavericks St. Patrick’s Day Frolic on March 14 from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hall at Royer Park in Roseville. Enjoy refreshments, cash door prizes, and lots of dancing, of course. All are welcome.  

Mavericks St. Patrick’s Day Frolic

UC Davis’ Mondavi Center is hosting Sharon Shannon & Socks in the Frying Pan as part of their celebrations on March 17 at 7 p.m. A complimentary beer tasting featuring a selection of local breweries will precede acclaimed accordionist Sharon Shannon and Socks in the Frying Pan, a young Irish traditional trio.

Big bagpipe fan? Head to Flower Farm Café in Loomis where Jason Briggs will perform on the 16th from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Then dig in to the café’s Irish offerings that include delicious corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings and Irish soda bread.

By Tara Mendanha