St. Patrick's Day 2023: A Guide to the Best Irish-Themed Arts and Entertainment in the Bay Area (2023)


From pub crawls to endless bike rides, music and food, here are the best things to do in the Bay Area on St. Patrick's Day.

Girls from the Murphy School of Irish Dance attend the 2022 St. Patrick's Day Parade in San Francisco.

Photo: Jana Asenbrennerova/Special for The Chronicle

It's that time of year to put on your green clothes and avoid getting pinched by the leprechaun. From pub crawls to bike rides, wholesome music and dining options, check out what's happening locally to get started.

This Chronicle guide will help you find the best events to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Bay Area.

Phife MacGabhann (left) and Megan Kennedy perform with the Healy Irish Dancers marching in a St. Patrick's Day parade in San Francisco.

Photo: Paul Chinn/The Chronicle

Flying Leprechaun Skydive and Children's Carnival

Wish a bouncing leprechaun luck when the Museum of Aviation holds its annual flying celebration in honor of St. Patrick. Let the kids wear green at the morning event, which includes a skydiving demonstration, face painting, airplane painting and a scavenger hunt.

10:00-12:00 Sunday, March 12th. Includingmuseum entrance. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos.

St. Patrick's Day Health Pub e Grub Block Party

Celebrate the Bank Holiday in the heart of Jack London Square with authentic Irish food and drink, children's activities, live Irish music and dance performances.

Viernes March 17th from 10 am to 10 pm. Free admission. Slainte, 131 Broadway, Oakland.

17th Annual St Patrick's Weekend Party

An over 21s party with live music and DJ sessions is planned at the Irish Bank.

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11:00-23:30 Friday, March 17th. Free entry. The Irish Bank, 10 Mark Lane, S.F.

Murphy's Pub Feier zum St. Patrick's Day

Party all day with live music in Murphy's alley. With Jon S. Williams and Driven, Irish Shane Beirne, Kerry Daly Band, Lynne-O and the Riots.

11:30 am to 9:30 pm Friday, March 17th. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 E. First St., Sonoma Square, Sonoma.

Madeleine Toby of San Francisco selects pearls at a neighborhood party last St. Patrick's Day in front of the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco.

Foto: Terray Sylvester/The Chronicle

Saint Patrick's Day Feast in S.F. irish center

It's party time in town with this all-day celebration featuring live Irish music on three stages and Irish dancers, indoor and outdoor socializing spaces, multiple bars and corned beef and cabbage dinners available for purchase.

Friday, March 17th, from 12:00 to 22:00. Free entry. 21 years or older. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave., S.F.

Patrick's Day Weekend: Traditional Irish Music Session

Carleton Eyster selects a group of experienced local musicians who perform traditional Irish music on an outdoor stage. Known as Seisiún in Ireland, it's a way for musicians to share music and talk in a relaxed atmosphere.

Saturday, March 17th at 2pm. free, bookrecommended.Schooner Smileys Salon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas.

Alan McLaughlin of the Murphy Irish Dancers with the Irish and American flags prior to the start of the 2017 St Patrick's Day Parade in San Francisco.

Photo: Mason Trinca/Special for La Crónica

Blockparty on St Patrick's Day

Wear your most flattering shade of green to the Financial District's annual party, featuring Irish food and drink, live music from Wonderbread 5 and DJ Jerry Ross.

15:00-22:00 Friday, March 17th. Free entry. Schroeder's Restaurant, 240 Front St., S.F.

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St Patrick's Day on the roof

The VIA Hotel's annual St Patrick's Day Party features live Irish music from Celtic Scandal, live Irish bagpipe and dancing performances, traditional Irish food and specialty drinks.

Friday, March 17, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. $20 to $25, reservationsrecommended.Hotel Via rooftop, 138 King St.,

Retro-Junkies Saint Patrick's Day Party

Live music in a beer garden with Irish Bay Area rockers OnOff, a tribute to U2 by Blinding Lights and sets by DJ Darkerdaze with food trucks serving specialty Irish food, beers and drinks. Inside there will be a dance floor, arcade and a bar.

Friday, March 17th at 6pm. $10 to $15, reservationsrecommended;21 years or older. Retro Junkie Bar, 2112 N. Main St., Walnut

Dublin City will host the St Patrick's Day Festival, Shamrock Gala and Parade on Friday 17th March.

Photo: City of Dublin

Dublin St Patrick's Day Festival, Shamrock Gala and Parade

A weekend event kicks off on Friday with a gala sponsored by the Dublin Historical Society. A pancake breakfast for firefighters from 7 am to 5 pm. entertainment.

Clover Leaf Gala: Friday, March 17th at 6pm. $50, reservationsnecessary.At the Dublin Senior Centre, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. • Parade: Saturday, March 18, 9 am. Free. Dublin city centre. • Festival: 10:00-17:00 Saturday to Sunday, 18-19. March. Free entrance. Dublin City Hall, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin.

St Patrick's Day at der Bandshell

Celebrate with a happy hour show with Shana Morrison at a popular urban green space.

16:30-19:30 Friday, March 17th. Free. Golden Gate Bandshell, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive,

Jerry Hannan Banda Ireland be Peri's

Get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit at the popular downtown Fairfax spot. Tim O'Hearn and Hurricane Gulch open the night, followed by live performances by local legend Jerry Hannan and his band.

18:00-22:00 Friday, March 17th. $20, reservationsrecommended.Peri's Tavern, 29 Broadway, Fairfax.

Jerry Hannan will host his annual St. Patrick's Day show at Peri's Tavern in Fairfax.

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Photo: Peris Taverne

Lepracon: Kneipentouren am St. Patrick's Day

Hop on the party bus or walk to over 20 participating bars including Mayes Oyster House, McTeague's Saloon, El Lopo, Lush Lounge, R Bar, Tonic, Kung Fu Action Theater, Amsterdam Cafe, Wreck Room and more.

18:00-23:00 Friday, March 17; Saturday, March 18, from 2 pm to 10 pm. $5 to $45, reservationsrecommended.Registre-se em Mayes Oyster House, 1233 Polk St.,

the black brothers

Brothers Shay and Michael Black join pianist Eamonn Flynn and accordionist Félim Egan for an evening of tight harmonies, fast-paced rhythms and jigs of folk songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions.

Friday, March 17th at 8pm. $12 to $28, reservationsrecommended.Loading and Rescue, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

The Black Brothers Band will perform at Freight and Salvage on Friday, March 17th.

Photo: Load and Rescue

Gunmen's Whiskey at Rancho Nicasio

Catch a show with the North Bay Band and gather for a special St. Patrick's Day dinner.

Friday, March 17th at 8pm. $25, reservationsrecommended.Nicasio Ranch, Altstädter Ring, Nicasio.

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The local group will share an evening of high-energy originals and covers with reggae rockers IrieFuse.

Friday, March 17th at 8pm. $24, reservationsrecommended.Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley.

Colm Ó Riains St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza

The Irish violin virtuoso/composer and his ensemble celebrate the holiday with a moving exploration of the connection between Ireland and other musical cultures. Featuring Riain, guitarist Geoff van Lienden, bassist Joe Kyle Jr., percussionist Wade Peterson and singer Kate Brubeck.

Friday, March 17th at 8pm. $25 to $60, reservationsrecommended.Teatro Great Star, 636 Jackson St.,

colm? Riain will perform at the Great Star Theater on Friday, March 17th.

Photo: Gran Estrella Theater

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Sonoma Valley Chorale: When Irish Eyes Smile

Caleb Smith leads the choir in a program of plays to popular Irish songs.

8:00 pm Friday, March 17; 15:00. m. Sunday March 19th. $25-$30, free 12 and under; Reservationsrecommended.Burlingame Hall, First Congregational Church of Sonoma, 252 W. Spain St.,

St Patrick's Day Blues Party with Fillmore Slim

Don your green clothes and experience some old-fashioned North Beach blues.

Friday, March 17th at 8pm. $20 to $25, reservationsrecommended.Kennedy's Irish Pub, 1040 Columbus Ave., S.F.

A participant in a St Patrick's Day Massacre charity bike ride arrives at Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Photo: St Patrick's Day Massacre benefit tour

Charity Bike Ride to St Patrick's Day Massacre

Donations raised during the annual competition benefitUNICEF campaign to protect children in Ukraineit's himSF-Marin Food Bank. The walk starts from Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Washington Square Park in San Francisco and at Hawk Hill in Marin Headlands for various climbs of about 600 feet and 1.5 miles in distance. The tour ends at 10:30 am. The people with the most promotions will have their names on the trophy.

Competition Race 7:30-10:30 Sunday, March 19th. Register online to participate. The walk starts from Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St.,

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