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Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Orange County


This St. Patrick’s Day there are a lot of family-friendly events in Orange County. Find a four leaf clover while hiking in O’Neill  Regional Park, dance to Irish music in Mission Viejo or find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at Pretend City. Wear green and have fun spending quality time together as a family at one of this many St. Patrick’s Day events.


Pretend City St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
29 Hubble in Irvine

Wear green to celebrate the luck of the Irish at Pretend City. Activities will include Leprechaun games, end of the rainbow treasure hunt and more from 10am to 3pm. Activities included in price of admission. Please enjoy this 2 for 1 discount coupon.




St. Paddy’s Day Pilgrimage
O’Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon

Enjoy a ranger guided 2- mile hike while learning about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish heritage of O’Neill Park. There is a $5 parking fee for the free event from 10am to 11am. Wear closed toed shoes and meet the rangers at the Nature Center for the hike.


OC Marketplace St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Green Festival
88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa

Irish music will fill the air around the OC Marketplace on St. Patrick’s Day from 10am to 4pm. There will be eco-friendly vendors, educational presentations, food trucks, live entertainment and more. Admission is $2 per person with children under the age of 12 are free.


Leprechaun Loop Hike
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road in Orange

Find gold at the end of the rainbow at Irvine Park. There will be a guided hike starting at Parking lot #7 from 10am to 11am. The event is free to the public except for the $5 parking fee.


Shamrocker Festival
Kaleidoscope Mission Viejo
27741 Crown Valley Pkwy, Mission Viejo, California 92691

Come on March 16th from 12pm to 8pm to benefit the Fallen Fire Fighter Relief Fund. There will be live musical performances from The Humble Hooligans, The McKintree Boys, The Bricktop Blaggers and The Derby Band. Tickets are $25 for adults, $9 for children (ticket prices go up $5 the day of the event.)


Free Admission to the OC Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road in Orange

The OC Zoo is encouraging families to go green on St. Patrick’s Day by offering free admission with the donation of an empty cardboard box from 10am to 4:30pm. The boxes will be used as toys for the animals living in the zoo. There will be various themed crafts for children to participate in throughout the zoo. Parking is $5 and the zoo is located inside of Irvine Regional Park.


Grow It with Bob the Builder
Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main Street in Santa Ana

Go green on St. Patrick’s Day by building your own terrarium garden with Bob the Builder. Bring a clear plastic or glass jar with its lid, and the staff will help your children create their own terrarium. The event is included with the price of admission on March 16th through the 17th from 10am to 5pm.


Volunteer at Upper Newport Bay
2301 University Drive in Newport Beach

Come for a morning of nature by helping to remove non-native clover from the butterfly habitat in Upper Newport Bay from 10am to 12pm. Volunteers will learn about native flora and decorate a pot filled with coastal California Owl Clover seeds. Wear closed toed shoes to the free event happening at the Muth Interpretive Center.


Irish Traditions
Bowers Museum
2002 N Main Street in Santa Ana

Come to the Bowers Museum on St. Patrick’s Day to learn about Irish Traditions. Wear green to this cultural event recommended for children ages 2-8 years old. The event is $6 per person and free for children under the age of 2.
1:30 PM – 3 PM


Tiki Boat Party
Balboa Fun Zone
Newport Beach, CA

Cruise Newport Harbor while on The Tiki Boat on Saturday, March 16th at 1pm. Reservations available online or by calling 949) 673-1615.
Disclosure: All event information provided to us on behalf of the venues.

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  1. Wow! There are so many amazing things going on out there for St. Patrick’s Day! They all sound like tons of fun!

  2. Great list!

  3. thank you for sharing a great list of easter events!

  4. Always good to know about events close to your home. Thanks!


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