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9 Ways to Celebrate St. Patricks Day in the East Bay

Kat Sellis, MBA

Kat is a hard working agent with Keller Williams, in beautiful East Bay of Northern California surrounded by Napa Wine Country, San Francisco, and Sil...

Kat is a hard working agent with Keller Williams, in beautiful East Bay of Northern California surrounded by Napa Wine Country, San Francisco, and Sil...

Sep 28 5 minutes read

Before celebrating, learn more about St. Patrick's Day...

πŸ’š St. Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture. In particular, it is in remembrance of  Saint Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

πŸ’š We wear green to honor the large, green flag that the Bishops carried in battle. The flag was thought to be green because the rebellion was led by Catholic Bishops who were representing not only the sovereignty of their land, but who were also serving as protectors of their faith.

πŸ’š The shamrock, pot-of-gold and leprechauns are also associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrock was worn as a badge on the lapel. Three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck. The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion.

Now on to the fun!

1. St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl

 πŸ€  March 17th from 5-8 pm at 603 Main St in Downtown Pleasanton

Sample craft beers and ciders from over 25 downtown locations while enjoying tasty bites along the way.  To add to the festive spirit of this event, guests are encouraged to wear green and other fun St. Patrick's Day items!

2. St. Patrick’s Day Concert 

 πŸ€  March 17th at 8:30 p.m. at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish music! Featuring Culann’s Hounds, Lucia Comnes, and One Grass, Two Grass!

3. Farrington’s Bar 

πŸ€ March 17th this Irish Pub opens at 7 am in Pleasant Hill

For the holiday, they’ll be cooking up corned beef and cabbage and offering drink specials!

4.  St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Henry's

πŸ€  March 17th at 5:30 pm at Henry's Cocktail Lounge in Napa

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with us at Henry's! We are all Irish for a day. We will have drink specials, raffles and a costume contest! Each drink you buy earns you a free raffle ticket! 

5.  St. Patrick's Day Slam Dunk

πŸ€ March 17th at McGah's Piano Bar in Danville

This jam-packed all day party will feature a DJ, outdoor bar, drink specials, traditional Irish dishes and best of all – NCAA championship games on our giant flat screen TVs, all throughout the afternoon and evening! 

6. St. Patrick’s Day 5K and Kids Run

πŸ€ March 18th at 9 am at the Little Marina Green in San Francisco 

This is an out and back course by the San Francisco Bay. The kid's half-mile run comes after the 5K!

7. St. Patrick's Festival

πŸ€  March 17th at 9:30am from Dublin Boulevard at Amador Plaza Road in Dublin

Visit the City of Dublin for its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration beginning with a parade, carnival rides and food, an Irish tea cottage, shopping and three stages of Irish music and dance!

8. 167th San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

πŸ€ March 17th at 10 am at 2nd and Market Street in San Francisco

The colorful festivities surrounding the parade will showcase 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!


πŸ€ March 18th at 8:30 am at Dick's Sporting Goods in Dublin

Rock some green attire and pull those running shoes out of the closet, because this is one race you’ll want to run. The 20th Annual Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk concludes Dublin’s weekend events and typically includes more than 2,000 participants. Run 3.1 miles through the city with your costumed comrades, and enjoy a post-race celebration with refreshments, entertainment and more!


The Starry Plough

πŸ€ 3101 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley 

Traditional Irish Dinner & Irish Dance Performances! Follow McBride Irish Dance CA for other locations where you can catch them perform. Clayton, Berkeley, Oakland and of course Dublin to name a few! Irish Dancers are a must for St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Stay safe! πŸ’šπŸ»

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