What We Love About Murphys Irish Day

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Murphys Irish Day is right around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to get ready for this laugh out loud playful annual event that is great for singles and families alike.

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!”

When: Annually (rain or shine) 3rd Saturday in March
Where: Murphys, CA Main Street in historic downtown
Date/TimeSaturday, March 21st 2020; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


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Murphys Irish Day I Courtesy of Visit Murphys

Here’s 8 things that keep bringing folks back to Murphys Irish Day each year…

  1. Murphys Irish Day is free. Unless you want to spend your pennies on green beer and Irish fare, that is.
  2. The Murphys Irish Day parade beginning at 11am, all sorts of magical creatures and creative floats run through historic downtown beginning at 11am.
  3. Singing and dancing to live Irish music in the middle of Main Street is not only encouraged, but expected.
  4. You WILL meet leprechauns of all sizes,.
  5. Where else can you drink green wine? (It will be flowing until it runs out at Irish Vineyards.)
  6. Murphys elevation (and abundant luck of the Irish), usually means light jacket weather in March. However, 2020 looks to be promising t-shirt weather. Rain, snow or shine the drive will be beautiful and the party WILL be wild.
  7. Calaveras’ growing beer scene! You know we love our award winning wine, but did you know we have a booming craft beer scene in Calaveras County as well? Get in on the know with this St. Patrick’s Day friendly free-guide to finding craft beer on tap throughout Calaveras County.
  8. You can win a trip for two to Ireland.  Really.  Tickets will be available at local businesses throughout the event (as well as at our office, the Calaveras Visitors Center, in Angels Camp) so ask around.

As one regular attendee reported, “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!

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Murphys Irish Day Daffodils I Courtesy of Visit Murphys

While you’re visiting, don’t miss out on the chance to turn your day trip into a weekend adventure. Explore all there is to do by town or use one of our highlighted tips below.

Explore the weekend event calendar: Pair Murphys Irish Day with other great same day or same weekend events, such as Get Lucky at Gooney’s taking place Friday March 20th in nearby San Andreas, or Angels Night Out – Spring Kick-Off taking place Saturday night March 21st from 5pm to 8pm just 10 minutes West of Murphys. Explore the full Calaveras event calendar here.

Want to play below the snowline?  Explore additional things to do nearby in Murphys I Angels Camp I Arnold I Copperopolis I Mokelumne HillSan Andreas I Valley Springs tri-lake area.

Ready for snowy adventures? California’s winter season means clear roads and hiking in the nearby Arnold area as well as at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. To get to snowplay, visit the nearby Bear Valley Resort and Alpine Sno-Park. Looking for current conditions, discounts and deals? Check in with our biggest snow-central businesses below.

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Murphys Irish Day I Courtesy of Calaveras Winegrape Alliance

If you’re planning to come to the area for St. Paddy’s Day weekend, don’t forget to book lodging ASAP.  Rooms fill up fast for this one. Compare lodging options through our booking engine below.

Why do you love Murphys Irish Day?  We’d love to hear YOUR favorite tips and experiences in the comments below.

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