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Events: St. Patrick Day’s Festivities

There are a few big celebrations happening in San Diego county tomorrow, in celebration of St. Patrick Day. Here are three, brought to my attention by U~T San Diego:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

This family-friendly event is centered in and around Balboa Park, and is put on by the Irish Congress of Southern California. The parade includes horses, colorful dancers, and general merriment around the park, then is followed by a festival. The festival showcases Irish musicians, corned beef, Guinness beer, a Celtic Village, and live music throughout the day.

Details: Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. from Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street. Festival is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Balboa Park along Sixth Avenue.

Cost: Free!

More info: stpatrsparade.org

ShamRock 2012

This adults-only celebration is in the Gaslamp district. The event will feature several bands, including the Young Dubliners, as well as Irish River Dancers and DJs.

Details: 2 p.m. to midnight, along Fifth and Sixth avenues in the Gaslamp Quarter

Cost: $40 in advance, $45 at the door

More info: (619) 223-50008 or sandiegoshamrock.com

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Vista’s first-ever St. Paddy’s Day parade and festival, with a Limerick Reading and Writing Fest, scavenger hunt for gold, Celtic Queen pageant, a contest for cutest redheaded and freckled-face child, and more

Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vista Village Business Association, 150 East Broadway, Vista

Cost: Free!

More info: (760) 414-9391 or vvba.org/st-patricks-day-parade

 These events and information are all from U~T San Diego, at utsandiego.com.

Balboa Park December Nights 2011

12/02/11 – 12/03/11

December NightsSan Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 34th consecutive year on Friday, 5:00-10:00 pm and Saturday, noon-10:00 pm. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 to 9:00 pm both evenings. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors over two days.

Entertainment, wonderful food and holiday cheer are all part of this classic and elaborate San Diego celebration. Long-standing traditions—including food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the charming Santa Lucia Procession at the San Diego Museum of Man; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree and more—fill the heart of Balboa Park.

In addition, the varied museums open for free from 5:00-9:00 pm both nights feature a wide variety of exhibitions and entertainment.

This event will be held at Balboa Park, located at 1549 El Prado, San Diego. This event is free!

For more details, please go to the website or call (619) 239-0512.