St. Party’s Day
Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, Sacto likes to get sloshed. Bros hit the grid in droves to dance, drink too much, act irreverent and party too hard in general. Eventually, someone pukes (party foul!). Needless to say, it can get obnoxious when too many people misbehave in public all at once. Not that there’s anything wrong with getting wasted and puking or anything—check out some local options for that below. But to honor of the true spirit of St. Patrick’s Day—the arrival of Christianity to Ireland—there’s also some puke-free ways to celebrate.
St. Patrick’s Day K Street Krawl
With venues such as Pizza Rock, Social Nightclub and Tequila Museo Mayahuel, K Street might now be considered the de facto party spot for young bros. Not only does this pub crawl hit up theses venues, it also visits Gallagher’s Irish Pub, District 30, Dive Bar, KBAR, Parlare Euro Lounge and Marilyn’s on K. Revelers who have their tickets punched at all nine locations can win a 1 ounce gold nugget worth $1,500. Tickets are $15, which includes a T-shirt and map. The 21-and-over event begins at Dive Bar (1016 K Street) at noon on Sunday, March 17.
Three parties, one block
You can pretty much spend all day Sunday, March 17, at the “Firestone District” (L Street between 16th and 15th streets) drinking and doing St. Patty’s Day stuff. Catch three parties on one block, with a grand total of 90 beers on tap, 35 bartenders and five bars. De Vere’s Irish Pub offers breakfast at 9 a.m. and serves Irish beer and whiskey all day; Firestone Public House also opens at 9 a.m., offers Irish food all day and hosts a concert by Rebel Yell at 8 p.m.; and Mix Downtown’s party starts at 3 p.m. with corned beef and cabbage meals, and dance music by DJ Gabe Xavier starting at 8 p.m. Call for pricing. Visit http://deverespub.com, www.mixdowntown.net and www.firestonepublichouse.com for more information.
Sac Town Hopper party and crawl
Here’s an innovative party option: The Sac Town Hopper, a party bus, celebrates its one-year anniversary on Saturday, March 16, by offering one free ride to customers. Or purchase a $10 wristband for unlimited rides between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The Sac Town Hopper also operates a St. Patrick’s Day bus crawl on Sunday, March 17, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. It visits Bulls Restaurant & Bar, Capitol Garage, The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar, Republic Bar & Grill, de Vere’s Irish Pub, Mix Downtown and Streets of London. This crawl also costs a mere 10 bucks. Just promise not to puke on the bus. For more information, call (916) 267-9431 or visit www.facebook.com/sactownhopper.
Old Sacramento Parade
This is the 17th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Sacramento. The free, family-friendly event features bagpipers, military regiments, drummers, dancers and cultural organizations marching through the historic district. More than 1,000 marchers and 15,000 spectators will line the streets between noon at 3 p.m., and Old Sacramento will be closed to vehicle traffic during the event. The parade begins near the Crocker Art Museum and ends on Second Street near L Street in Old Sac. For more information, visit http://oldsacramento.com/special-events/st-patricks-day-parade.
St. Patty’s Day Extravaganza
Living Word Entertainment throws a curveball with this gigantic dance party. The all-ages event boasts 10,000 watts of sound, lights, lasers, 24 deejays (playing mostly electronic music), go-go dancers, photographers, vendors and—here’s the curveball—no alcohol. Proceeds from the $15 cover price go to Loaves & Fishes. It happens on Saturday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Mullen Event Center, 12351 E. Stockton Boulevard in Galt. Find out more at www.facebook.com/events/156425824509129.
Shrek the Musical
Sure, Shrek technically has a Scottish accent, and St. Patty’s Day is an Irish holiday, but the green ogre and his friends seem like they’d be a good fit for families seeking a change of pace. Instead of heading to an overcrowded event, head for Three Stages at Folsom Lake College (10 College Parkway in Folsom) to see some comedy, hear some tunes, and view elaborate costumes and sets based on the Shrek film franchise. Prices are $45 to $79 for tickets, and the musical has six showtimes from Thursday, March 14, through Sunday, March 17. For more information, visit www.threestages.net.