Bye, bye Santa: Spot a leprechaun in the Sierra

St. Patrick’s Day is filled with merriment around here and in addition to corned beef and cabbage, there are quite a few fun things to do to celebrate.

Green for St Patty’s Day

After trying your luck o’ the Irish at the many fine gaming establishments, you can get a nice plate of Gaelic cuisine at MacDuffs Public House and McP’s Irish Pub in South Lake Tahoe. At Ceol Irish Pub in Midtown, they are known for their huge shindig with hundreds of kegs, closed parking lot party and lots of live music. They even have a certified Guinness pourer.;;

Head back to Virginia City on March 17 for the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and St. Patrick’s Day Parade where you can have a ball, or two. Whether fried, smoked or grilled, you’ll forget what these little “delicacies” actually are. As the organizers say, go balls out and try them all!

Looking for something a little less daring? March 17 marks the 50th anniversary of the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary’s St. Patrick’s Day event in South Lake with a buffet filled with delicious Irish faire, open wine bar and a whole lot of shenanigans!  And, on March 11 work off enough calories to enjoy that beer, corned beef and debauchery at the 6th Annual Leprechaun Race where green-clad runners and walkers will make their way through the streets of Reno.;

Whether in Lake Tahoe, Reno or the surrounding small towns, the Sierra is the place to be for some alternative holiday fun!


By: Heidi Bethel