It is said that on March 17 everyone in the world is Irish and in Orange County it would seem to be true with all the events taking place, every restaurant featuring corned beef and cabbage, and Irish on tap. The wearing of the green is another way that the Irish declare their heritage, and in many of the largest cities like Chicago and New York there are St Patrick Day Parades. This St Paddy's Day don your best green outfit and come celebrate, whether you are Irish or not.
1. Muldoons Irish Pub
202 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, Calif
Phone: (949 640-4100
Muldoons Irish Pub has been a landmark in the city of Newport Beach for 40 years, and on Patrick's Day March 17 it will open early and stay late, as this is one of their biggest days in the year.
Start the day with a true Irish breakfast of Irish coffee, Irish bangers and Mash, fresh baked Irish Soda Bread, and other Irish goodies. During the day the menu features real Irish food, such as Irish Stew, Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef and braised Cabbage, Mrs Murphy's Pot Roast, and their award winning Fish and Chips.
Irish music will be furnished during the day by the Van Dieman's Band, while 'The Droppers' will rock through the night. In the Pub there will be traditional Guinness Stout, Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, Irish Whiskey, and Bailey's Coffee with a dollop of whip cream, plus many more Irish favorites.
2. Orange County Marketplace
Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, Calif
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 16, all things green shares the spotlight at the Fairgrounds where a bit of the Blarney spirit will be on show along with eco-friendly living, at the 8th Annual St Patrick's Day Celebration and Green Festival. From earthworms to trash fashions, to champion Irish dancers and Leprechaun magic you can also see eco-friendly cars while enjoying the strolling entertainment.
There will be gourmet food trucks with special Irish menus and green foods along with their regular fare. Go online here and get your coupon for a free 'Green mint ice cream cone' from the Cone Corner.
3. Anaheim Farmer's Market
204 West Center Street Promenade
Wear something green in keeping with the spirit of the day when you visit the St Patrick's Day celebrations at the Anaheim Farmer's Market on March 17. There will be traditional Irish dancers, music, food and of course Guinness Stout. Glen the bagpiper will stroll the aisles from noon - 3 p.m., Jerry McClean will play Irish folk music between 6 & 9 p.m. and Maggee's Kitchen will serving their famous corned beef & Cabbage with green beer and imported Irish beers on tap.
4. Celebrate St Paddy's Day with 'Hoist the Colors' on March 17 at 7 p.m. at the
Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen
122 E. Commonwealth Ave
The rock-n-roll restaurant is featuring a free show 'Hoist the Colors' on Mar 17 for St Patrick's Day. It will be held outside on the patio stage featuring traditional Irish music and punk rock. Follow them on Facebook
5. Join in the spirit of St Partick's Day on Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17 from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. by wearing the green at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim. There will be special entertainment for St Patrick's Day on the west side main stage near the House of Blues and many of the food locations along the lively promenade will feature special Irish food. Free parking at the Downtown Disney District at 1580 Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, is available for 3 hours, and there is a monorail guests can use from the Disneyland Resort or the Disneyland Hotel to Downtown Disney.