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Don your green and discover dozens of kid-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in our round-up of St. Paddy's Day recipes, San Diego events, Irish traditions, leprechaun traps and other festive family fun!


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Leprechaun Traps

St. Patrick's Day Round-Up-Make these Lucky Leprechauns.

Create cute Lucky Leprechauns the kids can give to their friends.

Shamrock Shenanigans

Shamrock Card web

Watercolor Shamrock Banner

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Marble Painted Shamrock

St. Patrick's Day Round-Up-Craft this cute shamrock for St. Paddy’s Day with green paper, glue and a little glitter.

Swirly Shamrocks



Indulge in an Irish feast or festive treats!

Green Cake Pops

St. Paddy’s Day Cake Pops

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Spring Green Pistachio Torte

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Leprechaun Bait

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Apple Smoothie Bowls -- They're not Irish, but they make a healthy green lunch!

An Irish Feast from the Kids' Kitchen, including Irish Stew, Soda Bread and Apple Crisp

Dubliner Shepherd’s Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars


St. Patrick's Day Round-Up-Make this day a little extra special with these traditions. 

Celebrate wearin' o' the green this St. Patrick's Day with these traditions and activities:

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

A Fun Look at Some Irish Legends

5 St. Patrick's Day Traditions to start with your kids

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Find more ideas on our Halloween Pinterest Board. Visit our St. Patrick's Day Pinterest board for more ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!


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Leprechaun Run 5K & Kids 1K. Run through the streets of downtown Pacific Beach, finish under the rainbow and enjoy your drink to start your St. Patrick’s Day party. 5K, 9 am; 1K, 10:30 am. $25–$45.

FREE St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. Parade, 10:30 am at Fifth & Laurel St. Live entertainment, food, crafts, Kids Zone and more following the parade at Sixth & Maple, Balboa Park. 9 am–6 pm.

sunday  |  12

Lost Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt. There’s a lost leprechaun and Ms. Smarty-Plants needs you to help find the gold coins that will lead to her leprechaun pal. Mar. 12–19. 9 am–4 pm. Free with admission. $7–$11; 2 & under free. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. W., El Cajon.

FREE House of Ireland Lawn Program. Live music, dancing and other Irish traditions take the stage while Irish stew and other tasty treats are served at the cottage. 11 am–4 pm. Balboa Park.

thursday  |  16

St. Patrick’s Day Teas. A green-themed version of the four-course Cottage Classic Tea. Through Mar. 20. 11:30 am, 1 & 2:30 pm. $12.95–$36.95. Reservations required. Julian Tea & Cottage Arts, 2124 Third St., Julian.

friday  |  17

FREE St. Patrick’s Day at Seaport Village. Jam out to some Irish tunes before heading over to the pond to snap a selfie in the shamrock light tunnels… if you’re lucky, you might even see a leprechaun! 3–7 pm. 849 Harbor Dr.

saturday  |  18

St. Patrick's Day Science. Get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day by experimenting with Irish foods and folklore. 9–10:30 am & 11 am–12:30 pm. $13–$15. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.


Find more activities and events in the March issue and our online calendar.

Updated: February 2023


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