St. Patty’s Day is just around the corner -- on Monday, March 17 in case you didn't know. Yes, it falls on a school night, but who cares? Take a break from studying (if you’re not already on spring break, that is), put on any green clothing you might have, and hit the town with your friends!

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate in L.A. this year as a college student.

LA EVENTS & BARS

Shamrock ‘N’ Roll 2014 -The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

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Date: March 17, 2014

Step on board the famous Queen Mary to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The legendary ship will be offering live entertainment, Celtic-Rock music, dancing and dining! Don’t forget to wear green or else you will be in for some pinching pain. Note: this event is 21+.

The Rockin’ Shamrock
Beach Path Ocean Ave. and Bay St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Date: March 16 at 7 a.m.

For all of you athletes out there, or for those of you who aren’t afraid of a little sweaty challenge, here is an event for you. The Rockin’ Shamrock hosts a variety of races that includes a 5K, 10K, 15K and even a half marathon! You can choose to walk, run, jog, or even crawl to the finish line, all the while meeting new people and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Fair
613 S. Grande Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Date: March 17 from 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Join in on the all-day celebration at one of Downtown L.A.’s most popular bars, Casey’s Irish Bar & Grill.  They’re serving up the green beer early (at 6 a.m.!), and live music begins at noon with the Young Dubliners in Pershing Square. There will also be DJs and plenty of food. USC students: this is a crazy fun experience you don’t want to miss out on!

O’Hara’s St. Patrick’s Day Party
1000 Gayley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Date: March 17

We haven’t forgotten about you, UCLA students. We’re sure you’re already aware of O’Hara’s (aka Maloney’s) in Westwood Village. This Irish-style pub always knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day right.

PARTY IN YOUR DORM

Saving money is like a sixth sense acquired by the average college student, so in order to avoid breaking the bank while throwing a St. Patrick’s Day themed party, consider picking up some decorations from the 99¢ Store or The Dollar Tree. Streamers, balloons, party hats and all the wacky-themed party necessities that you need are available at these two stores.

For food and refreshments, buy snacks that cater to the theme, such as Potato Chips and Mountain Dew. Also, consider buying some mint green Oreo cookies to go alongside the Shamrock Shake (see below!).

In terms of music, anything goes at a college party, but to truly make it Irish, try playing some Cult-Rock music. If that doesn’t make your guests happy, you can always go back to the regular party music.

DIY Shamrock Shake (McDonalds)
This shake did not come from Ireland, but here in the United States, when you see the seasonal Shamrock Shake at a McDonalds near you, you know that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Costing around $6 a cup, these heavenly tasting shakes can get expensive, especially for a college student.

Here is a way to recreate this shake from the comfort of your own home while saving some cash:

Ingredients:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Milk
Peppermint Extract
Green Food Coloring
Cherries
Whipped Cream

Instructions:
Start off by placing 2 cups of Vanilla Ice Cream into your blender. Next, take 1 cup and ¼ of a cup of milk and add that into the blender. Add ¼ of a teaspoon of Peppermint Extract. Lastly, add a couple of drops of the green food coloring to give your shake that green color. Blend it all up. After serving, top it off with some whipped cream and a cherry to truly make it feel like a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Enjoy.

Shamrock Cookies
Shamrock Cookies are childish and fun to make with friends. Besides cupcakes, baking cookies is one of the simplest forms of baking.

Here are the suggested ingredients and step-by-step instructions brought to you by The Stir.
 
Ingredients:
1 ½ cup of butter
½ cup of flour
2 packages of green Jell-O
2 teaspoons of vanilla
3 cups of powdered sugar
10 teaspoons of water
Sprinkles
Shamrock cookie cutter
 
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine ¾ cup of butter and 1 package of Jell-O until well mixed, and then add vanilla
Add flour slowly
Form dough into shaggy ball and roll out on a well-floured surface, cut out cookies and place on baking trays in fridge for one hour
Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes
As they cool, mix remaining butter with remaining Jell-O
Decorate however you see fit.