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2015 Family Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Orange County

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival
The Orange County Market Place
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Sunday, March 15th 10am to 4pm

Irish eyes and environmentalists alike will be smiling at the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival which takes place Sunday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Four Orange County based dance academies, all with world championship students and accolades will perform a variety of jigs, reels, soft and hard shoe styles in honor of the Emerald Isle on the main stage. They include the McDermott Evans School of Irish Dance from Irvine at 11:30 a.m., Claddagh School of Irish Dance of Lake Forest at 12:30 p.m., Butler-Fearon O’Connor School of Irish Dance of Mission Viejo at 1:30 p.m. and Aniar Academy of Irish Dance of Laguna Niguel at 2:30 p.m.

Irish musical duo, the Manning Brothers, will kick off the main stage talent at 10 a.m. The troupe will also have a booth with Irish souvenirs and clothing.

Alongside the high kicking lads and lasses will be an array of eco-friendly activities.

This includes a vast display of micro green cars by members of the largest Smart Car Club in America, So Cal Smarties Meet Up and a special section for eco-friendly products and crafts such as zipper and op top jewelry, up cycled household accessories and décor, refurbished Mexican folk art, fabric purses and quilts, non-toxic nail art, soy products and recycled bottle lamps.

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension will provide information about the Orange County Water Quality Program. Attendees will learn where our water goes via a hands-on interactive watershed model that shows water pollution sources and prevention.
Children can make their own recycled art courtesy of Earth Resource Foundation which will have a free crafting station.

Free admission to the Festival will also be offered with the donation of used eye glasses for the Lion’s Club, which refurbishes and provides glasses for those in need.

You can also donate blood at the Lifestream Bloodmobile, which will be at the Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. LifeStream is a private, not-for-profit, 501c3 comprehensive blood center that provides more than 210,000 blood products each year to hospitals. Each donor will receive two tickets to an Improv Comedy show.

Other activities include Abbit O’ Blarney, a strolling “Trash Talking Leprechaun” magician and comedian, The Bag Lady, a nine foot tall stilt walker attired in trash and plastic bags and free face painting.

Treasure Island, a section of the OC Market Place for used items only, is a haven of recycled items for sale including many vintage, antique and collectibles. This area is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gourmet food trucks will offer special menu items such as Fried Green Tomatoes along with their regular bill of fare. Food trucks attending include Barcelona on the Go, Burnt Truck, Crepes Bonaparte, Dogzilla, Falasophy and Grilled Cheese Truck.

Elsewhere green beer and green lemonade will be available, along with green mint ice cream.
All activities and entertainment are included in the swap meet general admission, which is $2. Admission is waived with either of the donation opportunities: bag of used clothes or a pair of used eyeglasses. Children 12 and under are free.

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One Comment

  1. Thanks so much for this! Wanted to share this Saint Patrick’s Day video for kids with you, as I think you and your readers might enjoy it:

    Hope you and your family have a great St. Paddy’s Day! 🙂

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