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Find the Pot O' Gold at the End of the Rainbow - St. Patrick's Day in Santa Barbara

March 15th, 2017


March 17 in Santa Barbara always means a plethora of fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The following are a few shamrock themed events to help you find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Informative Family Fun

The 12th annual Parent Click Kids Expo hosted at La Cumbre Plaza, Saturday March 18, 2017 from 9:30-2pm is fun for all ages. Meant to educate parents on the many programs available to families in Santa Barbara, kids can enjoy interactive activities and entertainment. Shhh, there may be a leprechaun spotting!

Feel the need to do an Irish jig?

Sail into Soho, Santa Barbara’s restaurant and music club for a fun and lively dinner featuring the “Irish Mexican Pirate sounds” of Spencer and the worried lads. From 5-9pm the front room of soho will be transformed into a pub like feel for one and all, young and old! $5 entry fee – tickets available at the door.

Irish Pub & Live Music

Dargans, one of the two main Irish pubs in downtown Santa Barbara, is a family owned business established in Cookstown, Ireland and brought to Santa Barbara three generations later by Paul Dargan. This is a local’s favorite with two large rooms to accommodate any Irish lover’s mood. Complete with numerous pool tables, darts, live music, traditional Irish food, over 30 types of Irish whisky, and a life size leprechaun at the front door! Dargans usually goes all out for St. Patrick’s day, with shamrock themed games, green beer, and a photo booth!

Dargan’s live music calendar:

Thursday 3/16 & 3/17 Dannsair play live 6:30- 8:30– traditional Irish music

Saturday 3/18 Shepherds Pie play live 6pm-8pm - A 6 person Irish band that will have your feet tapping and heads bobbing in tune.

“Come in for a pint or two”

The hot spot for Santa Barabra’s best local musicians is James Joyce, Santa Barbara’s first Irish bar located on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. While the live music may not be traditional Irish, the atmosphere certainly is! Enjoy a handful of shelled peanuts (then toss the shells on the floor) and a cold pint, or two.

Eat, Drink, & Be Irish

Blush Restaurant and Lounge - Friday March 17, 2017 4pm to 1:30am

This chic restaurant and night lounge will have live music by The Academy, Irish drink specials, corned beef tacos at the bar, and corned beef and cabbage dinner. Complete with a dance floor and patio, this is a wonderful place to spot a leprechaun!

Test your luck of the Irish

Stop by Riverbench located in Santa Barbara’s artistic funk-zone to test your luck! Order the "Bright & Light" tasting flight, where one of your wines will be tinted green! Guess which one it is, and if you're correct, you can choose a prize from the pot of gold. Friday March 17th, 2017 11am- 6pm

Guinness by the Sea

Santa Barabra Yacht club 4-6pm

For those sea lover lads, come enjoy $3 Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey, as well as complimentary Irish hors d’oeuvres at the Santa Barbara Yacht club on the wharf. RSVP or call 965-8112

There are many more fun activities for all ages in the Santa Barbara area, to learn more visit

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