Los Angeles families can celebrate the “Luck of the Irish” this year as many St Patrick’s Day celebrations are family-friendly. Be sure to wear green and bring your little leprechauns to have some fun.

OC Marketplace
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 977-5360

Price: $2, children 12 and under, free
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: Festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; swap meet 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be the sixth annual St. Patty’s event at the OC Marketplace. Abbit the Average Leprechaun will be strolling the grounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Stilt Irish Lass will bring the event to new heights from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Your family will also enjoy the Irish music and dance of course, green mint ice cream and green lemonade.

Related: Hidden Gems For Kids in Orange County

Check out CBSLA.com for more local events.

 Family Friendly St. Patricks Day Events In Los Angeles

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Fairplex in Pomona
1101 Mc Kinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 623-3111

Price: $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 55+ and students with ID, $28 for a two-day pass, Children under 11 are free
Date: March 10 – 11, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrating its 10th year, The Irish Fair and Music Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona is the largest St. Patty’s Day celebration in the Southland. Enjoy carnival rides, historic reenactments, Irish music and dance, food vendors, highland games, sheep herding and a petting zoo. The kids will have fun in the leprechaun village. There will even be a fine dining Irish Buffet for the entire family to enjoy.

 Family Friendly St. Patricks Day Events In Los Angeles

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Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
1315 Valley Drive
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 376-0951

Price: Free
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Orange County offers Irish hospitality and fun during the annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The event starts at the intersection of Pier and Valley Drive, then travels westward toward the beach along Pier Avenue, making a turn southward along Hermosa and ending shortly after at 10th Street. Get a seat on the sidelines to watch floats, bagpipers, drum bands and classic cars. Wrap up the parade viewing with a fun-filled festival at Pier Plaza that includes festive musical entertainment and if you’re lucky, some performances by cloggers as they’ve been known to make an appearance in the past.

Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 847-4970

Price: Free
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.

The entire family will enjoy this Downtown LA Plaza’s St. Patrick’s Day outdoor concert. Featuring The Young Dubliners, a Celtic rock n’ roll band, the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Band and Irish dancers and bagpipers. Bust out the shamrocks and green hats and get ready to jig until the kids want to go home.

Related: Take Your Kids to a Rock Concert

 Family Friendly St. Patricks Day Events In Los Angeles

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LA Live/Nokia Plaza
800 Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763 – 5483

Price: Free
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hang out with the LA Kings Ice Girls, The Laker Girls and the Bud Light Models at the LA Live entertainment complex in Downtown Los Angeles, located adjacent to the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center. St Patrick’s Day at LA Live features a mini-parade with music from the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Bagpipe Band.

Susan Hartzler is a freelance writer living in Las Angeles. She is covering Family & Pets. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

This article is courtesy of CBSLA.com


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