You may still need to be Irish to find the best luck this St. Patrick’s Day, but the fun is open to everyone.
Events abound in the region for the traditional Irish holiday now celebrated around the world. In the Central Valley and foothills, there will be music, festivals and more honoring Celtic heritage and Irish culture. There also will be green beer and lots of oversize Leprechaun hats. Like we were saying, something for everyone.
While St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, events the next couple of weeks will bring Irish flair to revelers from all over. Festivities kick off this weekend with the 28th annual Sonora Celtic Faire and continue next weekend with Modesto’s Lucky Fest, Murphys Irish Day and more.
The 28th annual Sonora Celtic Faire from Friday to Sunday celebrates the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and Wales with live music, jousting, living history presentations, Scottish Highland competition, vendors, artisans and more. Performers will include Celtica, Tempest, 1916, Black Eyed Dempseys, Banshee in the Kitchen and Black Irish Band.
Then, Lucky Fest in downtown Modesto on March 15 is a street party and custom pub crawl. The 21-and-older event along 11th Street between L and K streets features 25 custom-built pub booths, live music, games and other shenanigans under a covered tent.
For a family affair instead, visit Murphys Irish Days along Main Street on March 15. The all-day festivities include a parade, more than 100 vendors, food, music and more in celebration of the town’s Irish roots.
A look at a sampling of events to bring out your brogue.
•Sonora Celtic Faire:
Jousting, music, re-enactors and kiddie fun; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora; $10-$25 for adults depending on day, everything pass $50; 800-446-1333 and www.sonoracelticfaire.com.