St. Patrick’s Day is upon us again and the Bay Area is offering plenty of opportunities to drink beer, race, parade, dance and rock the night away.
The biggest events include the 168th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade which will draw thousands of people to the city and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Dublin which will bring ten of thousands! Our guide also includes several smaller events and plenty of kid-friendly activities, too. Enjoy!
March 3 – 30, various times | Various locations
Founded in 2004, The Irish American Crossroads Festival celebrates Irish culture through musical, literary and cultural events scheduled throughout the month of March. Taking place in venues throughout the Bay Area, these events invite the public to come together in the spirit of celebration, cultural enlightenment and learning. To see the list of scheduled events, click here.
March 15, 16 + 17, various times | Dublin
Dublin, California, a sister city to Bray in Ireland, goes all out for St. Patrick’s Day. Their annual festival brings more than 80,000 people to the city from all over the Bay Area and the world and is one of the largest celebrations on the West Coast. Attractions at the festival include authentic Irish entertainment, Irish foods and beverages, more than 200 vendor booths, and a pop-up Irish tea cottage. In coordination with the celebration, you can also participate in the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk, get breakfast at the Annual Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, and watch the Dublin Lions Club Parade. For information on all these events, click here.
March 15, 16 + 17, various times | Mayes Oyster House
You can hop between nearly 20 bars for this fun Irish pub crawl. A ticket will earn you free entry into all of the bars listed and killer drink specials once you get in, including green beer, cocktails and shots. On Friday and Sunday, you can check-in at Mayes Oyster House and on Saturday you can also check-in at Rogue. Tickets are available for Friday only and for all three days. For specific hours and more information, click here.
March 15, 4 p.m. – March 16, 1 a.m. | Taverna Aventine
Photo courtesy of Chris Andre Photography (@chrisandrephoto) via Taverna Aventine
You might have visited Taverna Aventine for a delicious Italian meal and cocktail, but this is also the spot to be every St. Patrick’s Day. One of several alley parties the restaurant hosts each year, the lively party offers free admission, snacks from a local food truck, tunes from a local DJ, a treasure hunt and drink specials.
March 15, 5 – 11 p.m. | Schroeder’s
Schroeder’s, a pub in San Francisco, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with beer and brats as well as live music from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Then, they’re following that up with DJ Jerry Ross for an after-hours party from 7 to 11 p.m.
March 16, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Civic Center / UN Plaza Station
In partnership with United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, United Irish Societies of San Francisco is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with their huge annual parade and celebration. This parade has taken place for the past 168 years and last year more than 130 groups participated. The theme of this year’s parade is Women Breaking Barriers and you can join the fun beginning at 11:30 a.m. between the corner of 2nd and Market Streets and Civic Center.
There will also be a block party on Sunday, March 17th beginning at noon. For more information and to find other events happening all month, click here.
March 16 + 17, various times | The Irish Bank
During St. Patrick’s Day, the alleys surrounding The Irish Bank will be closed off for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. The first party will kick off at noon on Saturday with live Irish music and Celtic rock and the festivities will continue when the second party begins on Sunday at 2 p.m. For full details and ticket info, click here.
March 16, 1 – 5 p.m. | Fairfax Pavilion
If you’d rather celebrate St. Paddy’s day with craft beer than with green beer, this event was made for you. Guests can enjoy a selection of more than 70 beers from more than 20 craft breweries alongside live music, delicious bites and more. Participating breweries include 21st Amendment Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Laughing Monk Brewing and more.
March 16, 5 – 8 p.m. | Downtown Pleasanton
Hosted by Pleasanton Downtown Association, the St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl invites participants to sample craft beers and ciders from more than 25 downtown locations while enjoying tasty bites along the way. Participating breweries include Fieldwork Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Altamont Beer Works and more. And your ticket includes a commemorative event glass, too!
March 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Hiller Aviation Museum
Every year, Hiller Aviation Museum celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a sky-high event of epic proportions. Guests at the museum on Saturday can watch as the museum’s own leprechaun leaps from an airborne helicopter and descends in style. And the event is scheduled during Kids’ Carnival, a celebration that includes even more special activities with the museum.
March 17, 8:30 a.m. | Coyote Point Recreation Area
This year marks the first annual Jig & Jog, a race event that includes a 5K and a 10K at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo. There will also be a Discover Running Kids Dash and a post-race party. For full details and online registration, click here.
March 17, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. | Sláinte Oakland
Sláinte is the best choice in Oakland for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This year, the pub is hosting a street party complete with live music, dancing, face painting, a special food menu and more. For event updates, RSVP to the Facebook event here.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!