Grab your fellow leprechauns and don your green attire!


Tradition returns as an authentic Irish celebration takes over the streets of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter district.  Heading back to its roots, the 27th Annual ShamROCK provides a full lineup of the nation’s top Irish & Celtic Rock bands, iconic tribute performances and Irish dancers galore!


Full of Ireland’s humble jest and rowdy cheer, this treasured San Diego tradition brings back more Irish faire, lucky libations and outrageous shenanigans than ever seen before in the Emerald Isle of the West Coast!

st. paddy's day music + beer festival

Friday, march 17, 2023
4pm - 11PM

gaslamp quarter | 21+ only

Woman in festive green attire and fanny pack smiling widely as she wraps rainbow colored streamers.

we're ready for more 

ShamROCK has been produced for 27 years by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) which is dedicated to the preservation of the architecture, culture and history of the Gaslamp Quarter.  This St. Patrick’s Day affair funds the year-long GQHF programs including the operations of The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House at 4th & Island. 


In 2023, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to fund the GQHF!


Non-stop Irish Rock performances Line up tba January 2023




lively tribute bands & djs all day long on the shenanigans stage!


FREE shamrock games with epic prizes!
Two men in festive green attire showcase a battle of booty popping dance moves.

we take shenanigans seriously!

The ShamROCK Shenanigans Stage hosts FREE Shenanigan Showdowns all-day with epic prizes to make your friends green with envy!

Show off your mighty leprechaun muscles.  Bust out your best jig moves.  Shine as the feistiest leprechaun to battle over a seat.  Bounce like a magical wonder to victory.  You name it, there is a game schedule for that.

A group of adult competitors smile and laugh as they compete for a chair in a game of musical chairs
Two women sit atop a giant inflatable bouncy horse alongside other teams as they prepare to race.
A man in a green vest wraps rainbow colored streamers around a pair of poles.

magical chairs

unicorn races

rainbow streamers

A man in a green shirt and  festive hat demonstrates his person style in a jig dance competition.
A crowd gathers to watch a female competitor limbo beneath a limbo pole.
A bearded man reaches tall to high-five a leprechaun performer on stilts with a giant clover cape.

irish jig off

lucky limbo

& more

A quartet of dancers in green dresses performs a traditional Irish dance.

irish dance lessons

4:15 pm | 5:45 PM

Experienced dancers, beginners and those that have never danced outside of their bedroom will learn how to hop, turnout, point and switch in this free 20 minute Irish dance lesson by Na Scealaithe (pronounced "Na SHKAYL-uh-huh").

Bring your high knees and a good attitude!

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come thirsty for green beer, craft beer, green seltzer, whiskey libations, and having a rollicking good time that you won’t soon forget.

expect faire with irish flaire from  traditional treats to those with creative california twists.
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Come one, come all, come as a leprechaun to impress them all!

For the first time ever, ShamROCK will be crowning the best leprechaun in the batch!  And, because being a leprechaun is about more than what you wear, expect to be challenged to dare devilish feats to snag lucky coin prizes and massive bragging rights!

Participation is free but we expect big efforts in preparation!


A group of four men in various Saint Patrick's Day costuming hold silly props and horns as they pose
A man in a suit of tri-color clovers sips a green beer from a stein as he holds a box of LuckyCharms

Most Daring

Best Look

Most Mischievous


entrance at 5th & F st.

7 bars

3 stages

festive faire

free photo booths & shamrock selfie stations

lots of seating


free play games


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