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Murphy's Irish Day 2024

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.

On March 16, Main Street in downtown Murphys will be filled with booths offering handcrafted items, original art, photographs, tasty food, wine, and other beverages.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Murphys just a block off Main Street at the corner of Church & Algiers Streets. Purchase tickets in advance from their website.

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. This year we will be honoring John and Gail Kautz, owners of Ironstone Vineyards and tireless supporters of Murphys who will serve as the Grand Marshalls of the parade.

The day continues with live entertainment on the stages and the street featuring singers, dancers, musicians, and jugglers. 

This year the Murphys Community Club will be hosting the Murphys School of Music and selling food & drink in the Community Park from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy performances by the Murphys School of Music students and take a walk through the park down to the Creek for a break from the crowds on the street.

The Native Daughters will be hosting a Scavenger Hunt beginning in their Hall. Purchase a ticket and be entered for a chance to win a cash prize and show off your skills.

Sponsored by the Murphys Business Association, Murphys Irish Day is a fundraiser for many community projects and non-profit organizations and is the primary fundraiser for the Murphys Business Association and the Murphys Firefighters Association.