The one time of the year everyone is an honorary Irishman is back.
Across the Central Valley and foothills, St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated with parades, parties and pots full of corned beef and cabbage. The day is dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland in observance of the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The first St. Patrick's Day celebrated stateside was in New York City in 1762. Now, it has become a Mardi Gras-esque day of revelry and, yes, green beer.
SOS Club, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 8 p.m. music today. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage buffet while listening to the sounds of the Billy McCool Band. 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $15. 578-5801.
Murphys Irish Days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Get your Irish up at this annual celebration, which starts with a pancake breakfast (8 a.m.) and continues with a parade (11 a.m.) and a street fair (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Enjoy more than 100 vendors selling arts and crafts, food and more. Entertainment by the Pilot Peak Barnstormers, Sequoia, Matt Cullen, the Tommyknocker Cloggers, White Hackle Pipe & Drums, Karl the Celtic Fiddler, the Mountain Mischief Jugglers and the Calaveras Community Band. Downtown Murphys. Free. www.murphysirishdays.org. 736-1507.
Kelley Bros. Brewing Co., 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to midnight Monday. Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, green beer, drink specials and more both days. Hear Threshold on Saturday and bagpipers Monday. 112 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca. Free. 825-1727.
P. Wexford's Pub, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday. Modesto's popular Irish pub throws its annual St. Patrick's Day party inside and out, with the parking lot blocked off and tented. Music by Johnny & Kelly, Strange Brew and Ode to Anthony. Drink specials and special menu all day. 3313 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Free before 5 p.m., $5 after. 576-7939.
St. Patrick's Celebrations, 5 p.m. stroll, 5:30 p.m. music, 6 p.m. dinner Monday. Enjoy a casual St. Patrick's Day celebration starting with a stroll down main street, followed by music by Faux Renwah, then a corned beef and cabbage dinner. Jack Douglass Saloon, 22718 Main St., Columbia. Music free, dinner $7. 533-4176.
Fat Cat Music House & Lounge St. Patrick's Party, 7 p.m. Monday. The DUB9 and Pure209 show features music and DJs throughout the night. Performers include Jay Smith, Inner Soapbox, Cobrafang and The Great West End. Free taxi rides home provided within city limits. 930 11th St., Modesto. $5. 524-1400.
Barkin’ Dog Grill, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with Modesto’s own Michael Lucey Irish Band as it performs traditional button accordion music. 940 11th St., Modesto. Free. 572-2341.