Murphys Irish Day

Murphys Irish Day is Murphys, California's tribute to its Irish heritage. Enjoy a full day of free entertainment and the chance to win tickets to Ireland.

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Last Updated 3/12/2020 at 12:17pm PST
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Murphys Irish Day is the biggest family-friendly Celtic celebration in California’s Sierra foothills. If you like big festive street parties, green beer, Irish music, wine and everything else that comes along with a perfect Irish celebration, then you won’t want to miss Murphys Irish Day this year.

UPDATE: MURPHYS IRISH DAY 2020 has been cancelled as of 3/11/2020 and will return to normal operating schedule on the 3rd Satuday in March 2021. However, all businesses are still open for their regularly scheduled hours, and a modified itinerary of activities for the day can be found on the Visit Murphys website here.See excerpt of activities below:

EXCERPT FROM Visit Murphys website: Event organizer, Murphys Business Association, is planning to run a shuttle to Ironstone Vineyards on the 21st as they have many activities planned for Saturday.  We will also be extending the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets through the month of March.  The Murphys Business Association will have an information booth on the street by the Native Sons Hall selling raffle tickets and providing information on Saturday the 21st.  There will still be limited entertainment taking place in town but there will be no road closure, parade or vendors on the street.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that the Luck of the Irish finds you on Irish Day and everyday and we look forward to seeing you next year!

How to Get EXTRA Lucky at Murphys Irish Day

Murphys Irish Day Costumes I Courtesy of Twisted Oak Winery

Want to win a free trip for two to Ireland? Raffle tickets will be available to purchase from a booth on Main Street in front of the Native Sons Hall. Want to get extra lucky? Here are two ways to score additional raffle entries for FREE! Now that’s lucky 🍀!

  • Come in Costume
    • Event organizer, Murphys Business Association (MBA), encourages attendees to come in costume for a chance to be awarded FREE raffle tickets to win a trip to Ireland by roving MBA event staff.
  • Volunteer
    • Volunteers are still needed to help on the day and all volunteers receive one FREE Ireland Trip raffle ticket for each shift completed. For more information contact Volunteer Ninja, Tonja Peterson at 209-743-5717 or [email protected].

What’s New for 2020: Murphys Irish Day is Going Green!

Children wearing green garlands sitting on green grass on a sunny day with a happy dog smiling in the sun at Murphys Irish Day

Going Green at Murphys Irish Day I Kaedence Eaton

Event organizer, Murphys Business Association is proud to announce a new eco-friendly policy of working to minimize single-use plastics for the 2020 event.  Many sales of beer and wine this year will be offered in paper cups rather than plastic, with stainless steel souvenir containers also available for purchase.

Murphys Irish Day – What to Expect

Murphys Irish Day

8:00 am to 10:00 am
For true devotees of Murphys Irish Day, the event starts with a hearty community pancake breakfast at the First Congregational Church on Algiers Street between 8:00 am and 10:00 am, with festivities officially beginning on Main Street at 10 am.

11:00 am
Arriving early? Keep your lucky ear tipped for a swirl of bagpipes at 11:00 am, announcing the start of the Main Street parade!

Featuring St. Patrick’s Day favorites: the world’s tallest leprechaun, lrish themed floats by local businesses and community organizations, classic cars, horses, marching bands, and the finest children in the land, this parade is one jubilant small-town spectacle, you won’t want to miss.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Festivities continue until 5:00 pm, with beer and wine available for purchase from street vendors between noon and 3:00 pm.

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Murphys’ charming downtown shopping and dining experience will be augmented by vendor booths lining Main Street, featuring hand-crafted wares, original art and photography and freshly prepared food and drinks.  Entertainers will be roaming the streets, and a kids’ area on the corner of Main Street and Big Trees Road at the Tourist Information Center will be offering pony rides, live music by the Murphys School of Music, leprechaun-donkeys petting area, a food and snacks station and fun activities for youngsters.

Wine and beer will also be available as usual from Murphys’ downtown wine tasting rooms, pubs, tap rooms and restaurants during their business hours for the day.

DON’T MISS: Where to Park? Murphys Irish Day FREE Shuttle & Parking

Ironstone Vineyards Entrance

Ironstone Vineyards – tasting room entrance I Courtesy Calaveras Visitors Bureau – Lisa Boulton

Be Kind, Catch a Ride! Attendees are strongly encouraged to use the super convenient free parking and free shuttle service located at Ironstone Vineyards so the limited parking available downtown can be used by participants with disabilities.

Parking downtown for participants with disabilities is accessible off Jones Street behind Alchemy restaurant and at the Masonic Hall.

Did someone say pre-shuttle pot-o-gold selfie?? While you’re arriving or departing on the shuttle, save time to explore Ironstone Vineyards gorgeous grounds, breathtaking tasting room and expansive amenities including a perfect photo op with the gold at the end of the rainbow–the world’s LARGEST crystalline gold nugget located inside the vault at Ironstone Vineyards Heritage Museum. It may not be in a pot, but it will be far, far bigger than your head. Now that’s a GREAT way to commemorate Murphys Irish Day!

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