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Events in San Diego: St. Patrick’s Day, Aztecs in NCAA, and Concerts

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Get ready to get green! It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend so start your search for those four-leaf clovers and try to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Even if you aren’t technically from the Emerald Isle, there are fun events going on all weekend around the county for everyone to enjoy.

Thursday’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Make a trip downtown to take advantage of some shamrockin’ Irish deals. The House of Blues is offering free live entertainment on their Voodoo Stage as well as drink specials on Thursday from 4pm-close as part of their St. Patty’s Day Bash. Then head over to F Street for the ultimate green block party with this year’s Shamrock. The $30 wristband gives you entrance into the event from 4pm-midnight which features three live entertainment stages but also includes cover to numerous bars and clubs around the Gaslamp. Along with being near the trolley route, there will be a free shuttle service to anywhere in San Diego County with the Shamrock wristband.

You can also head over to Hooleyfest at Hooleys Irish Pub in La Mesa. Join owner Craig McDonald at both Hooleys locations from 5pm to midnight to enjoy an evening full of Irish pride with drink and food specials along with live band performances, a beer garden and Guinness Girls.  Free shuttle rides home are provided within a five mile radius, just in case you guzzle down a bit too much green beer.

Sports

Be sure to tune in to your local San Diego State Aztec Men’s Basketball as they face off against the Northern Colorado Bears in the NCAA Championship Tournament on Thursday, March 17th at 1:40 pm. After a breathtaking win against BYU this past Saturday in Las Vegas, the Aztecs earned the title of Mountain West Tournament Champions, scoring them a second seed in this year’s big dance.

Then check out the 19th Annual Junior Seau Celebrity Golf Classic which runs from March 19th-21st. Events include a March Madness party at the Seau’s Restaurant with a performance by Slightly Stoopid as well as a dinner and auction to commemorate Legend of the Year, Bill Walton.

Friday through Sunday, the largest sailboat racing contest, the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Series, will be sailing through San Diego Bay, Point Loma and Mission Bay!  The winner will go on to compete in the British Virgin Islands.

Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm both evenings, the Valley View Casino Center (formerly called the Sports Arena) will host the Freestyle Motorcross: Nuclear Cowboyz show.  Tickets run $35 – 65 with discounts available for the kiddos.

Saturday all afternoon (11am-6pm) you can watch Tony Hawk and Andy Macdonald BMX bike and skate to raise money for the 5th Annual Clash at Clairemont to raise money for YMCA and Grind for Life, a nonprofit fighting cancer. Tickets run $10 at the door.

Concerts

Later this weekend the House of Blues hosts performances by Umphrey’s McGee on Friday and  The Burnsville Band on Saturday. Meanwhile Journey the Experience takes the Valley View Casino Stage on Saturday followed by Juanes on Sunday.

Photos courtesy of Eustaquio Santimano and SD Dirk via Flickr.

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