With a strong craft brew scene, a vibrant neighborhood bar scene and a tradition for celebrating March 17 in a big way, Sacramento always does St. Patrick’s day right. Festivities kick off informally on March 12 with the annual parade in Old Sacramento at 1 p.m. and continue through Thursday of next week. 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of the 5hundy Social Club’s Pub Day Crawl for adults of all ages. Then on March 17, there are dozens of events happening all around Sacramento County. Here are just a few of the best parties.
Hot 103.5 St. Patrick’s Day Party
Double Nickel Smokehouse
3443 Laguna Blvd. Ste. 150
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 766-1035

Date: Mar. 17, 2016 at 9 p.m.

Hot 103.5 is bringing the St. Patrick’s day heat with a March 17 concert that is sure to get you ready for a great night out to the pubs. Headliners include Brooklyn-based rapper Troy Ave, hit singer Gabrielle Ross, J Sutta of the Pussy Cat Dolls and King of Sacto “Young Dizzy.” Tickets are only $10, so they’re bound to sell out quick. Head on over to their official page linked above for more information and keep in mind that it’s a 21 and over event.

5hundy’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Various Bars (Blue Cue to Elixir)
1004 28th. St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-6810

Date: Mar.12, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Last year was the 10th anniversary of 5hundy’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, and this year it’s back and bigger than ever. With the special souvenir shirt and starting at the designated times, you get access to exclusive pricing from Sacramento’s favorite bars. For example, over at Cornerstone starting at 4 p.m., Irish Car Bombs are just $5. No matter the weather, the pub crawl will go. And yes, you must have the official shirt to participate.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration On The River
Delta King Riverboat
1000 Front St.
Old Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-5464

Date: Mar. 17, 2016 at 6 p.m.

If you’re looking for a lighthearted yet exciting St. Patrick’s Day party with plenty of great music, look no further. For 2016, the infamous Delta King Riverboat crew brings the hard-hitting yet true-to-tradition Irish music of Cahersiveen. Performing in the greater Sacramento for more than a decade, they’ve always been a hit every time they perform on the Delta King. Because this River Boat is a full fledged hotel and restaurant, they’ve got food and drink specials all day including Irish burritos (eggs, corned beef, sour cream etc.) and corned beef sliders.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: The Pikeys And Bobby And The Kennedys
Fox and Goose
1001 R. St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 443-8825

Date: March. 17, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Although we’ve listed the event starting at 5:30 p.m. with the headliner coming onto the Fox and Goose’s stage, the food, drinks and fun kicks off at 3 p.m. with corned beef & cabbage, Irish lamb stew, and other traditional Irish foods. “Bobby & The Kennedys” comes on at 5:30 p.m. with “The Pikeys” following at 8:30 p.m. In between sets, there will be your traditional Irish folk sing-a-long crowd and even some traditional bagpipers. Last year marked the 40th anniversary for Fox and Goose so they’ll also have their 40th-anniversary shirts available as well.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party
de Vere’s Irish Pub
1521 L. St.
Sacramento CA, 95814
(916) 231-9947

Date: Mar. 17, 2016 at 9 a.m.

If you just so happen to call in sick on March 17 for some odd reason, go ahead and start your St. Patrick’s day festivities at de Vere’s Irish Pub, which promptly kicks off its party at 9 a.m. Stick around towards the evening and you’ll be treated to a performance by the Sacramento Firefighters Pipes and Drums, who’ll be doing a set several times throughout the night. Bring your friends as there’ll be a photo booth going off until closing time. And as always, their great food, drink specials and traditional Irish atmosphere will guarantee a night of Irish partying, spirit and luck.

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Paulo Acoba is a California native raised in the Bay Area and living in the Central Valley. He enjoys distance running, cycling and grassroots motorsports. He holds a degree in management from the University of California Merced. Paulo has been writing for Examiner.com since 2012 and covering the Fresno area.