Saturday, March 12th, 2011 (10am to 5pm) marks the kickoff of the celebration with the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. This is the 160th annual parade and festival in San Francisco and its festivities always draws a huge number of excited attendees (over 5000 attendees in past years). Irish Culture is displayed through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, cultural displays, a petting zoo, pony rides, and more. The Parade starts Saturday at 11:30am at 2nd and Market; the festival is 10am to 5pm at the Civic Center Plaza.
Thursday, March 17th 2011 is the actual St Patrick’s Day celebration and what better way than to catch live bagpipe music at the St Patty’s Day Bagpipe Serenade and Party? This even in Potrero Hill begins at 9am and lasts all day, highlighted with a special dance/concert at 8pm. The event hosts free prizes and gifts and is typically family-friendly.
Safe and Sober Free Cab Rides Home: St Patty’s Day partiers in Alameda, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco can once again have their cab rides paid for by Alameda law firm Berg Injury Lawyers for a twelve hour span, from 3pm the 17th to 3am the 18th. In Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley, call Veterans Cab, while within the San Francisco city limits, call Luxor Cab and tell them Berg Injury Lawyers is picking up the tab. Free rides! *Note** Cab rides are from restaurants and bars to private residences only.
St Patrick’s Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences: A fun-filled night of Irish-themed activities and entertainment await attendees at this, the “greenest” museum on earth. Live Irish music and dancing for $12/person.