Four Ways to Feel Irish for St. Patrick’s Day

By Michael Berick

st. patrick's day in Los angeles

Hermosa Beach is a sea of green on St. Patrick’s Day COURTESY FLYING LION PHOTOGRAPHY

There is more to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day than dressing in green and looking for shamrocks, and luckily we have four family-friendly events where you can get into the St. Paddy’s spirit. 

On March 16, you can find Lucky the Leprechaun in Malibu Bluffs Park and join him in his search for his pot of gold. Leprechaun Gold Hunts will happen at 10 and 11:15 a.m., with sign-ups available at the check-in booth starting at 9:45 a.m. Kids can also do an art project, hear a story time and enjoy a snack (will it be something green?). Admission is free, and you can learn more at 

The Original Farmers Market ( St. Patrick’s Day Celebration happens from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. March 17. Throughout the day and into the night, folks can enjoy a strolling bagpipe player and other free music performances, children’s activities, and traditional corned beef, cabbage and potatoes at Magee’s Kitchen.  

Bagpipers from the Emerald Society, four-legged representatives of the Irish Setters Club of Southern California, an array of  floats and marching bands will parade along seven blocks of Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach during the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, stepping off at 11 a.m. March 17. The parade regularly draws around 20,000 spectators, and you can learn more at   

If you have a child (ages 7 and older) with a green thumb, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this month’s Children’s Flower Arranging Workshop at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, happening at 1 p.m. March 17. The class will do a holiday-themed arrangement that undoubtedly will have plenty of green in it. Preregistration is required at, and the $35 fee includes one accompanying adult.  

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