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Since the start of the global pandemic took place in early 2020, traditional celebrations in the city have been stalled over the past two years. 

If you don't have any plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, here are some options offered to San Diego locals for the incoming days. 

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Hosted by the Irish Congress of Southern California, Balboa Park will be home to this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. This week's celebration will be the 40th time this event is put together, with this year's theme being "Irish Building America." There will be two different performing stages on site that includes dancing and music bands. Food will be available for the public as well as a beer garden that includes Irish brews. The celebration this Saturday starts at 9am and ends at 6pm with no cost of entry for people of all ages. 

San Diego Leprechaun Run

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5K & 1k

For runners in the city of San Diego, there will be the San Diego Leprechaun Run on Saturday over in Pacific Beach, where 5K runners are more than welcome to come participate in this festive run. Locals would receive a St. Patrick's Day theme shirt, with a medal at the end of the run, and other cool things as a participant, including a complimentary drink to celebrate completing the run. The run starts at 9am on Saturday, with tickets running for $50 for the 5K run and $25 for the Kids 1K run that starts shortly after 10am. 

ShamROCK St. Paddy’s Day Music + Beer FestivalShamrock

Feel free to come have fun at the 26th annual ShamROCK Festival at the historic Gaslamp Quarter. This 21-and-older event will include the most festive beverage enjoyed on this particular holiday, which is green-colored alcoholic drinks, including beer or seltzers. The festival will feature rock bands such as Blindfold Monks, The Fooks, Pepper and Pocket and more, along with DJ's also performing. Irish food and whisky beverages will also be offered on site, along with numerous of fun contests such as unicorn racing, lucky limbo and other fun activities involving the festival's theme. The festival will kick-off at 2pm Saturday, and will last through midnight, with tickets going for $50 through the festival's website.

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