One of the premiere annual events in the Mother Lode is Murphys Irish Day. Each year on the third Saturday in March, thousands of people from Northern California and beyond gather in the historic gold rush town of Murphys to honor its Celtic heritage and to celebrate as only the Irish can. Its picturesque Main Street is filled with booths offering hand crafted items, original art, photographs, tasty food, wine, and other beverages.
The day begins with a pancake breakfast. At 11 a.m. the swirl of bagpipes heralds a parade of marching bands, classic cars, horses, community organizations, novelty entries, and some of the finest children in the land.
Throughout the day, there is continuous entertainment featuring singers, dancers, musicians, and jugglers. There are pony rides for the young ones and Renaissance actors encamped in the park. And some lucky raffle ticket buyer will win an exciting trip for two to Ireland.
All this in addition to the charming shops, fine restaurants, and tasting rooms that line historic Main Street and help create what is nationally recognized as one of the finest small towns in America.
The Murphys Business Association creates Irish Day each year with the knowledge that if you visit Murphys once you will return again and again.
Sponsored by the Murphys Business Association, Murphys Irish Day is a fundraiser for many community projects and non-profit organizations.