You won’t need the luck of the Irish to have a good time with the family this St. Patrick’s Day. Sacramento offers a range of activities for every age and every budget on March 17, 2012; it’s enough to make other cities turn green with envy.

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Old Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade
2nd and L Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

Price: free
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The whole family will love the spectacle of this annual parade, which has grown to include more than 1,000 marchers. Enjoy Celtic-costumed dancers and the live music of bagpipers, pipe and drum bands and local school performers. Military, police and fire representatives will also join a variety of community organizations in the celebration. Please note that street parking in Old Sacramento will be blocked from noon to 3:00 p.m. that day; check the event website for other parking options near the parade route.

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Green for No Green St. Patrick’s Day Hike   
Deer Creek Hills Preserve
Latrobe and Stonehouse Roads
Sacramento, CA 95816

Price: Free
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Looking for the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors on St. Patrick’s Day? The Deer Creek Hills Preserve has more than 4,000 acres of grasslands and woodlands, and provides habitat for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Docents from the Sacramento Valley Conservancy will lead several free hikes suited for different age and energy levels, and guests are encouraged to celebrate while keeping an eye out for a lucky four-leaf clover.

Common Diversions: Toy Trains and Scale Model Railroads 
California State Railroad Museum
125 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-6645

Price: $9 adults/$4 ages 6 to 17/free for ages 5 and younger
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Could leprechauns be hiding in that model railroad or toy train? Bring the family to the Railroad Museum for this interesting exhibit and see what you can learn. The museum has plenty of other fun and historic things to see, and a trip to the museum store will offer unique gifts to commemorate your holiday visit.

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ComedySportz Live – Improv Comedy for All Ages 
ComedySportz Theater
2230 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 243-8541

Price: $8 to $10
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 8 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Have you kissed the blarney stone and gotten the gift of gab? You’ll have nothing on the St. Patrick’s Day crew at ComedySportz Theater. The whole family can participate in the show, offering topics and suggestions to two teams of comedians. Their job is to create impromptu scenes using your ideas, then competing to earn points and laughter from the audience. The award-winning show is high energy and appropriate for all ages.

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Celtic Connections III 
First United Methodist Church
2100 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 788-7464

Price: $20
Hours: Sat, March 17 – 7 p.m.; Mon, March 19 – 8 p.m.; Tues, March 20 – 3 p.m.

The renowned Sacramento Master Singers is offering an amazing St. Patrick’s Day event; enjoy the spectacle as they perform new and old music from Ireland, Britain and Scotland. The 48-person choir presents a diverse and entertaining concert including everything from contemporary favorites to sacred texts from the 8th century. Bagpipe, drum and harp accompaniment help create an evocative experience that could bring a tear to any Irish eyes.

Related: Best Places To Take Your Out-of-Town Visitors

Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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