St. Patrick’s Day fun is on tap

More than 60,000 square feet of green Astroturf will cover the streets of downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter Wednesday for the annual ShamRock St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Meanwhile Del Mar Plaza and the Belly Up Tavern will be hosting events too.

On the plaza’s Ocean View Deck, music will be provided by Susan McCrea and Soul Seduction along with taste samples by Del Mar Rendezvous. The event runs from 6 to 9 at 1555 Camino del Mar. There will also be a drawing to win 500 Plaza Dollars.

At the Belly Up’s St. Patty’s Day Bash join Lexington Field & Geezer at 8 p.m., 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Ticket prices vary. (858) 481-8140,

The area’s largest event is likely to be in the Gaslamp Quarter where more than 20,000 revelers are expected to pack the Gaslamp Quarter for the festival, which is in its 14th year.

There will be two stages of entertainment, go-go dancers, Irish food and green beer. Scheduled to perform are the the Young Dubliners, the ShamRockers, The Fooks, No Duh, DJ BDP, DJ Brent Bartel and DJ G*Roy and the Irish Step Dancers.

The festival runs from 4 p.m. to midnight. The main entrance is at Sixth Avenue and G Street. Admission for the 21-and-up party is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

Other St. Paddy’s day activities in the regioni include;

— The 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose is set for 7 p.m. March 17 at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard, La Jolla. Residents are invited to read their favorite selections from James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Fingal O’Flaherty Wills Wilde, Edmund Burke, George Bernard Shaw, Sean O’Casey, etc. As usual, Messrs. Guinness and Harp will officiate the proceedings. (858) 456-1800,

— Enjoy the San Diego Symphony Winter Pops concert with Irish guitarist Brian Baynes, Eric Rigler on uilleann pipes, and Siobhan O’Brien with vocals. 7:30 p.m. March 17, Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. $20-$85. (619) 235-0804,