25th Annual Murphys Irish Day – March 18, 2017
March 18, 2017 – Murphys Irish Day – Join us from 10am-5pm on Murphys Historic Main Street for a celebration of our Irish Heritage. Get here early for the parade and stay to shop the vendors lining Main Street, enjoy live entertainment throughout the day, sip a glass of beer or wine and wander the shops, tasting rooms and other businesses. Park at beautiful Ironstone Vineyards to admire the daffodils (there’s a daffodil show going on this weekend) and ride the free shuttle into town. For those who live in the area, consider taking the Saturday Hopper which runs from Valley Springs to Arnold with stops in Murphys…grab the schedule here: Saturday Hopper Flyer
There will be live entertainment at three locations and on the street throughout the day. If you are coming for the weekend you’ll want to check out the listings below (way below) to see what’s happening in town Friday and Saturday night as well. Or grab the entertainment schedule here.
If you’ve never been to Irish Day before you may want to check out this video of a previous celebration to get a feel for what to expect. The weather looks as though it will cooperate so we can expect a large crowd. That means you’ll want to get here early to grab a good spot to watch the parade which begins at 11am. Traffic can be very heavy right before the parade and parking in town is limited so we encourage you to park at Ironstone Vineyards and ride the free shuttle into town. The shuttle runs from 9:30am to 5:30pm and picks up passengers from the sidewalk/parking lot behind the Black Sheep Tasting Room on Main Street at the Arbors end of town. Parking in town is likely to be very limited, please be considerate of the surrounding neighbors when parking.
Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win the trip to Ireland! The raffle booth (as well as t-shirts, beer and wine) can be found by the Native Sons Hall at 389 Main Street. This is also the place to bring lost items, ask questions or get a corned beef sandwich. The Fire Department will have a booth at the corner of Church and Main Street and this is the place to go for First Aid. Don’t forget to thank the Fire Department for all their hard work at this event. They organize the vendors each year for us and are up before the sun to help make sure this event goes off without at hitch.
This year we are expecting over 150 vendors including food, crafts, jewelry, Irish themed items and much more. And, of course, our unique shops, tasting rooms & restaurants will all be open for business. We have several new businesses in town (Found, the Potted Plum, Mineral Wines, Jazz Cellars, The Forest Floor, Taste of Robs, Irish Vineyards, DLS Insurance, Kola Farms, Wine Cottages and more) so if you haven’t been here for a bit you’ll want to seek them out to see what they have to offer.
We know many of you would like to bring your dog out to enjoy the spring weather and some time in our little town. Well socialized dogs on leashes are allowed at this event but we ask you to consider whether or not you and your dog will be able to enjoy the event given the likelihood of large crowds and lots of small children at eye level. We’d hate to see your dog locked in a hot car during the event.
Don’t forget to thank our generous sponsors who make this event possible, there’s too many to list here but you can see the whole list online. We just couldn’t do this without our sponsors, volunteers and partner organizations. A Special Thanks to this year’s Gold Sponsors:
Murphys is known for it’s many boutique wineries, with tasting rooms on and around Main Street, and our summer music venues. As we’ve heard before “for a wide spot in the road, there’s a lot going on.” Visit us online at www.visitmurphys.com and sign up for our quarterly e-mail to be reminded of major events, follow us on Facebook and check out our member’s websites to see whose coming to play with us this summer. Ironstone has already announced a few concerts with more to follow and we should be hearing from Twisted Oak & Brice Station soon. And, of course, many wineries, restaurants and venues host local live music year round.
Love those big events? Come back and see us again for one or all of our signature annual events:
Presidents Wine Weekend – Presidents Weekend in February
Murphys Irish Day – Third Saturday in March
Murphys Homecoming – Third Saturday in July
Calaveras Grape Stomp – Frist Saturday in October
Murphys Day of the Dead – First Saturday in November
Murphys Open House – First Friday in December
Scroll below the poster to see this weekends events:
March 17, 2017 – Fridays at Alchemy – Live music on the patio from 5:30-8 pm. Call 209-728-0700 reservations and information.
March 17, 2017 – Bingo Night at the Lucky Penny – Slotozilla company is organizing bingo night. Entry fee includes free snacks, live music and a chance to win $1 000.
March 17, 2017 – Plan B at the Lucky Penny – Stop by for dinner and stay for the music. Plan B will be closing the show at Irish Day down by the Murphys Hotel.
March 17, 2017 – Milliaire Sip n’ Paint – Create your own painting while you enjoy a glass of wine. Call 209-728-1658 for reservations and information.
March 17, 2017 – An Eatin’ O” The Greens at Marisolio Tasting Bar – Join them for a St. Patrick’s Day – Take yourself (and perhaps a friend) out to lunch and make yourself a green salad creation with customized dressing from 10:30am to 2pm.
March 17, 2017 – The Treacherous French at Metate from 8-9pm – You’ll see them at Irish Day on Saturday!
March 18, 2017 – Annual Irish Days Pancake Breakfast from 8 until 10 am at First Congregational, United Church of Christ on the corner of Algiers and Church Streets in Murphys, CA. The menu includes pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, juice, tea and coffee. Proceeds will go to local and global charities supported by the Church.
March 18-19, 2017 – Spring Daffodil Show at Ironstone Vineyards – See thousands of naturalized daffodils blooming along the roadside and across the landscape. The show will include daffodil exhibits in horticulture, artistic designs and photography. Call Bob at (925) 625-5526, or visit www.daffodil.org. Ride the free shuttle on Saturday from Ironstone to Main Street and back again and leave your car among the daffodils.
March 18, 2017 – The JankTones at the Lucky Penny Public House – Everyone’s a little Irish on Irish Day, so come on down to The Lucky Penny for an extreme night of party with JankTones starting at 9pm!! 21+, No Cover
March 18, 2017 – Jill and the Giants at Outer Aisle – 7pm
March 18, 2017 – Grover Anderson at Newsome Harlow Tasting Room – 5pm – Grover is an Irish Day staple so you can also see him on the stage by the Murphys Historic Hotel.
March 19, 2017 – Pancake Breakfast – The Native Sons of the Golden West will serve an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Native Sons Hall from 7:30 to 11:30 am. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. For more information, call 209-728-8902.
March 19, 2017 – Just Added – Cooking with Turf – Enjoy traditional Irish and Scottish music and more, performed by an extraordinary group of musicians on this Irish Day weekend. Sunday, March 19th, 3:00 pm First Congregational United Church of Christ, Corner of Church & Algiers Streets in Murphys – Suggested donation: $12.00 at the door For information, call (209) 728-3141