Murphys Irish Day is a hugely popular St. Paddy’s Day celebration in honor of Murphys, California’s Irish beginnings. Here’s what keeps bringing folks back every year:
What We Love About Murphys Irish Day
(Feel free to tell us what you love about Murphys Irish Day in the comments section below:
- It can be a beautiful 65-degree day or snowing, but the party always goes on.
- It’s free. Unless you want to spend your pennies on green beer and Irish fare, that is.
- Singing and dancing to live Irish music in the middle of Main Street is not only encouraged, but expected.
- Where else can you drink green wine? It will be flowing until it runs out at Irish Vineyards.
- You can win a trip for two to Ireland. Really. Tickets will be available at local businesses so ask around.
And our friend Judy on Facebook says Murphys Irish Day is the best because, “You can be ‘flat-out’ silly and no one thinks you’re making a fool of yourself.” Cheers to that.
Here’s the Murphys Business Association’s description of the event (we couldn’t put it better ourselves):
Each year on the third Saturday in March, thousands of people from Northern California and beyond gather in the historic gold rush town of Murphys to honor its Celtic heritage and to celebrate as only the Irish can. Its picturesque Main Street is filled with booths offering hand crafted items, original art, photographs, tasty food, wine, and other beverages.
The day begins with a pancake breakfast. At 11 a.m. the swirl of bagpipes heralds a parade of marching bands, classic cars, horses, community organizations, novelty entries, and some of the finest children in the land.
Throughout the day, there is continuous entertainment featuring singers, dancers, musicians, and jugglers. There are pony rides for the young ones and Renaissance actors encamped in the park. And some lucky raffle ticket buyer will win an exciting trip for two to Ireland.
All this in addition to the charming shops, fine restaurants, and wine tasting rooms that line historic Main Street and help create what is nationally recognized as one of the finest small towns in America.
So if you like big festive street parties, green beer, Irish music, wine and everything else that comes along with a perfect Irish celebration, then don’t miss Murphys Irish Day this year.
Murphys Irish Day: Typical Schedule of Events
Check their website for this year’s detailed schedule of events lineup.
8:00 am Pancake breakfast at the Congregational Church on the corner of Church and Algiers Streets. Sponsored by the church’s Men’s Fellowship, the menu includes ham, eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee. $6.50 for adults and $4 for children under 6. To-go orders will be available.
11:00 am The Murphys Irish Day Parade will make its way down Main St. The line-up will include musicians, including Al Lehr’s circus wagon calliope, classic cars, youth groups, civic organizations, equestrians, canines, police and fire units, and a ten-foot-tall leprechaun, Rusty O’Flattery.
4:20 pm Drawing for the Win a Trip to Ireland raffle. The lucky ticket holder will receive air transportation, a standard shift rental car, and six days of accommodations. There will be three other prize packages. You need not be present to win.
Throughout the Day (10 am – 5 pm)
Some 100 vendors offering fine arts and crafts, home-baked delicacies, Irish Day t-shirts, souvenirs and many tasty things to eat and drink will line historic Main St. Live entertainment with a decidedly Irish theme will be presented on two stages and along Main Street. Bagpipe music by the White Hackle Pipe & Drums will fill the air. The Tommyknocker Cloggers will set everyone’s feet a-tapping. In addition, there will be many other musicians playing throughout the day.
Murphys Irish Day Parking
Free parking will be available at Ironstone Vineyards on Six Mile Road. A free shuttle bus will run between Ironstone and the Arbors parking lot at Jones and Scott Streets. Shuttles will leave approximately every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Weather permitting, paid parking will be available close to the event off Big Trees Rd. and Main St. and free parking will be available at the Black Bart Playhouse parking lot on Algiers St. around 12:30 p.m. after the parade has finished and cleared. Handicapped Parking will be located in the Arbors parking lot at Jones and Scott Streets.
There will be no parking from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main, Church, Algiers, Sheep Ranch, Scott, and Jones Streets. and Six Mile Road. When traveling to the event motorists should use Highway 4, and not Murphys Grade Road.