Time to get your Irish on — with St. Patrick's Day falling on Sunday, March 17, this year, it's shaping up as a two-day celebration. Check out these local events, then scroll down for more festivities nearby, plus a family-friendly weekend festival in Dublin, CA, and the traditional parade in San Francisco.
Piedmont will celebrate St. Patrick's Day a bit late, with the annual ceilidh — an evening of Celtic music, dance, songs and stories — scheduled for Saturday, March 23, at the Veterans Hall. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Get the details here.
Nearby, Crogan's Montclair, 6101 La Salle Ave., Oakland, will serve a full Irish menu Saturday and Sunday, with your choice of corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Guinness beef stew or fish and chips. There will be outside dining on the 17th, with a bagpiper playing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can make reservations here.
For another taste of corned beef, head to Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland on March 17. The traditional Irish spread will be served up starting in mid-afternoon. You can phone 510-652-4032 for details.
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Rockridge residents and their neighbors traditionally head to the venerable McNally's Irish Pub at 5352 College Ave., Oakland to celebrate the saint's day with Guinness, Irish coffee and other potables. Be forewarned — it gets crowded!
Family-Friendly Festival in Dublin, CA
If you are looking for a family-friendly celebration, consider heading to Dublin (the one in Alameda County, not Ireland!) for that city's 30th annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration, an all-weekend affair that includes a parade, a pancake breakfast, a 5K walk and run and a fair with children's activities and arts and crafts vendors.
The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, from 10 am. to 5 p.m. at the Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, leaving from Amador Plaza and proceeding along Dublin Boulevard, Village Parkway and Amador Valley Boulevard.
For more information, see the city's St. Patrick's Day Festival website.
San Francisco Parade and Festival
The United Irish Societies of San Francisco will host a Saint Patrick's Day parade starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The parade route begins at Second and Market streets and weaves through the city to Civic Center Plaza near San Francisco City Hall.
In conjunction with the parade, there's an Irish Festival Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joe Alioto Performing Arts Plaza (just to the southeast of San Francisco City Hall). The festival includes Irish music, dancing and what's described as "a never-ending supply of beer."