Top o’ the mornin’ to you, our Irish friends, for we’re all a bit Irish this weekend!  There are loads of St. Patrick’s Day activities (from Leprechaun gold hunts to parades to brunches and more, and we’ve got them all covered over here), but it’s also the weekend of the Los Angeles Marathon, so wherever you go, check the run route before leaving the house to avoid road closures.  Not feeling Irish or energetic?  No problem!  Check out these other top weekend picks:

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Los Angeles

LA Marathon
The L.A. Marathon is the biggest block party in Los Angeles, starting at Dodger Stadium and going all the way to the Santa Monica Pier and there are loads of ways to join in the fun without a run! Sun., 7:00 am – 1:00 pm. From Downtown to Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.


Official St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Celebrate and honor some local heroes at this St. Patty’s event honoring the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society with live entertainment including traditional Irish music and dancing, Irish food & beverages, a green beer garden and much more. Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Tot Shabbat for Passover
Temple Isaiah hosts a special Shabbat Passover experience especially for kiddos under 7. Sat., 9:00 am – 10:30 am. West LA. Ages 2-7. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Taming of the Shrew
Kids delight is seeing Kate and Petruchio duke it out, verbally, in this kid friendly version. “If I be waspish, best beware my sting,” will have them buzzing for days… Fri., 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Pasadena. $5. Ages 5+. Event details.

Caterpillar Adoption Days
On your mark, get set, pupate! Adopt your own live caterpillar and then bring back your emerged Painted Lady for the Annual Grand Butterfly Release. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $4. All ages. Event details.

West Valley

Leprechaun’s Lucky Gold Hunt
Feelin’ the luck o’ the Irish? Help your kids search for gold coins hidden around the park, then turn your pot o’ gold in for fun prizes. Sun., 12:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $5. Ages 2+. Event details.


Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
A parade, a walk on the beach, and the wearin’ of the green with the wee ones – it must be time for the annual small town parade by the beach, with school marching bands, bagpipers, floats, vintage autos, step dancers and Irish setters all taking part. Sat., 11:00 am. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Bob the Builder Weekend
Join Bob’s crew for Project: Grow It and make and take home your own terrarium garden. A must-do for all Bob fans! Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Santa Ana. $12.95-$14.95. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Do you turn a wee bit Irish on St. Patty’s Day?  Just enough for a Shamrock Shake?  How do you celebrate?

–Meghan Rose