7 Awesome Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick in The Bay Area

Friday, March 17 is Saint Patrick's Day. Looking for St. Patty's Day fun with the family? Ay, the luck of the Irish is with ye. St. Patrick’s Day in the Bay Area promises tons-o-fun for everyone. Whether you are Irish, distantly Irish, or not at all Irish, here are seven awesome ways to channel your inner Éire and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Erin go Bragh!

166th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Civic Center, San Francisco, Saturday, March 11, free

Irish history and culture are in full swing at this colorful festival showcasing Irish culture through live performances and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, and non-profits booths representing the Irish community. The Parade begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday at the corner of Second and Market, where more than 5,000 participants from all over the states will reel about with laughter and revelry all the way to City Hall. 

St. Patrick’s Day 5K & Kid’s Run - Crissy Field East Bech Parking Area, March 12

Run west along Crissy Field/Golden Gate Promenade. Stay along path into Fort Point National Historic Site. Turnaround at end of parking lot and return same way to finish.

Shamrock Day/Gold Hunt - Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley, Friday, March 17

Enjoy special activities in the museum such as a hunt for hidden gold treasure, storytelling of Irish folktales, and more. Visitors are encouraged to wear green. 

St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Dublin Civic Center, Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, free

Where else but Dublin? Dublin, California that is. One of the BIGGEST celebrations around. Dublin goes all out for St. Patties Day with a citywide festival, carnival rides, gala, pancake breakfast ($5 donation), parade, and Shamrock Run/Walk. Rain or Shine.

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Old Sacramento, Saturday, March 18, free

One of Northern California’s Largest and Most Colorful Parades Unites All Cultures. Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors and a variety of cultural organizations. The parade steps off promptly at 1:00 p.m. from 2nd & I Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark district.  

Flying Leprechaun Skydive! - Saturday, March 18, Hiller Aviation Museum

The Luck ‘o the Irish meets the Hiller Aviation Museum for a special aerial celebration in honor of St. Patrick himself! Join the morning festivities including free face painting and a jump house. Scour the Museum’s Gallery for hidden Leprechauns and earn a treat from his pot’o’gold! Skydiving “Leaping Leprechaun” at 11AM

2017 Lucky Run 5K/10K - Novato, Sunday, March 26

The annual fundraiser for Safe & Sober Grad of Novato is a chance to get a little extra wear out of your St. Patrick’s Day green, and support a fun and sober night out for graduating high school seniors around Novato. Starting and ending at Hamilton Landing YMCA, the 5K and 10K runs feature scenic views of the local wetlands. Walkers are welcome, and wearing green is encouraged. If you’re looking to keep your fitness goals in 2017, sign up now and get training.