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By Jeff Pack

Feeling lucky? Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all weekend long


Last updated 3/14/2019 at 4:53pm

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Killarney's St. Paddy's Day Festival is easily the longest running, biggest St. Patrick's Day party in southwest Riverside County. The party starts early this year at Killarney's with the Keg & Eggs event starting at 7 a.m.

It's not an official holiday, but Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day more vigorously than actual American holidays – making everyone Irish for a day.

The Day of the Festival of Patrick is celebrated on the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, considered the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

The story of how Americans came to celebrate life of an Irish saint who died in 461 isn't quite clear, but we've been doing it since the late 18th century.

We'll do it again this year, with events located all over Southern California.

St. Patrick's Day Golf Classic

7 a.m. Friday, March 15

Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley hosts its annual golf tournament fundraiser at Temecula Creek Inn. All the money raised will go toward Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley's mission of home building and renovation programs for deserving residents throughout the valley.


St. Paddy's Day Party

10 p.m. Saturday, March 16

Wear green and get in the in St. Patrick's Day spirit at Baily's Nightclub.

Ruffnek will be in the main room with his live video mixes, and DJ Carmix will be providing Latin beats all night long in the Upstairs Lounge.

Baily's has three full bars, two levels, two dance floors, VIP bottle service and fire tables.

Entrance is free before 10 p.m. with a $10 cover charge after that. Dress code is enforced, and the nightclub is for adults aged 21 and older.

Baily's Nightclub is at 28699 Old Town Front Street in Temecula.


St. Patrick's Day 5K and 15K

8 a.m. Sunday, March 16

The eighth annual St. Patrick's Day 5K and 15K at Cougar Vineyard and Winery in Temecula offers participants the chance to walk or run through country roads and vineyards and wind their way to the finish line. Once they get there, everyone 21 and older will be given a glass of green bubbly.

All ages are welcome on the challenging, hilly course, so racers are told to be prepared for an exhilarating morning.

Cougar Vineyards and Winery is at 39870 De Portola Road in Temecula. Visit

Killarney's St. Paddy's Day Parking Lot Festival

7 a.m. Sunday, March 17

You can begin celebrating with Killarney's at 7 a.m. - and yes, that is earlier than the time parents have to wake up to take their children to school on a weekday.

But hey, if you're going to celebrate, be dedicated.

Starting early also has its benefits, including the special Kegs & Eggs all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with beers from select kegs. Tickets for Kegs & Eggs are $30.

The 14th annual Killarney's Irish Pub St. Paddy's Day Festival means the pub fences off half the parking lot to host self-proclaimed biggest party in the Inland Empire.

There will be live Irish music by the California Celts, Irish Dancers at 10 a.m., bagpipers, games, a motocross jumping show, Sammy the leprechaun, face painting, vendors and performance by the Get Down Party to close out the night.

There will be multiple outside bars, food and a VIP lounge. Killarney's is at 32475 Temecula Parkway in Temecula.

Visit for more information.

Shamrocks and Shenanigans at Peltzer Winery

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Peltzer Winery is hosting Warfighter Made and its veterans for their Shamrocks and Shenanigans event. Meet the Warfighter Made team and some of the nation's heroes, and see the Warfighter TRV in person.

Wristbands are $5 and are considered a donation to Warfighter Made, whose mission is to provide recreational therapy to ill, injured and combat wounded service members and veterans, through the adaptation and customization of cars, trucks, motorcycles and off-road vehicles.

Visit the Crush House with Refuge Brewery craft brews, live music by Shoot 4 Tuesday, a special Irish menu by Mastiff Sausage Company and a kilt contest. Only those ages 21 and older are permitted for entry.

In case you need a warmup, Peltzer is hosting a pre-party from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16, with live music from Old School The Band and food truck offerings.

Tickets are available at, and Peltzer Winery is at

40275 Calle Contento in Temecula.

St. Patrick's Day at The Shamrock

11 a.m. Sunday, March 17

As they say at The Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery, "Don't party like the Irish, party with the Irish!"

Entertainment will be provided by Fiddler Michael Kelly from Sligo Rags, Key of Whiskey & Kick-Stomp Ensemble, The Guinness Marquee, pipes and drums, party DJ, green beer, corned beef and cabbage and many more surprises.

Please note, they will not accept any reservations on St Patrick's Day, and everyone entering the pub will require a security wristband for ages 21 and older only.

There is a $15 cover charge at the entrance, located at 39252 Winchester Road, Suite 145, in Murrieta.

Go to for full details.

St. Patrick's Day Party at Blackbird Tavern

Noon, Sunday, March 17

The countdown has begun to a great day of tradition, music, food, games and more. There will be a corn hole and ping pong tournaments, live music by Stereo Agent, Gino Meregillano and the Lone Gunmen and Harmony Road. There will be giveaways and much more.

Blackbird Ts at 41958 5th Street in Temecula. Visit

St. Patrick's Day Brew Festival at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17

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These guys are too young to attend the St. Patrick's Day Brew Festival at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Want a break from southwest Riverside County? Celebrate with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park at the St. Patrick's Day Brew Festival, featuring a wide array of beers from local craft breweries, a St. Patrick's Day-inspired buffet, music and animal greeters.

Attendees can sample some remarkable brews, served in a souvenir tasting cup. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

The advance ticket price is $50 per person for food and beer; $25 for food only for non-drinking and designated driver adults, plus tax and parking; nonmembers add Safari Park admission.

On the day of the event, tickets at the venue will be $70 per person plus tax, if available. For reservations, call (619) 718-3000 or book online at

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido.

Jeff Pack can be reached at [email protected]


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