St. Patrick’s Day In the Bay Area 2021

It was one year ago this month that the pandemic kicked off a series of event cancellations which effectively brought the Bay Area’s entertainment scene to a halt. This included the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and the music, dancing and green-beer-fueled, in-person activities that normally surround it.

While these crowded events are still on hold, or reconfigured for a now familiar virtual setting, we do have a little luck of the Irish on our side as we prepare to celebrate the holiday on Wednesday, March 17. With vaccine rollout on the rise and COVID case numbers trending downward, spring is just around the corner and many new city parklets are ready to host an impromptu outdoor bar crawl or two.

From live-streamed performances to activities for the whole family, look to the guide below for ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2021.

Outdoor events 2021

St. Patrick’s Day Massacre Charity Bike Ride
Be part of an annual charity bike ride that began in 2013. This year, funds raised during the socially distanced ride will benefit K-5 Art in ActionLaura Vicuna Pre-K and the SF-Marin Food Bank.
The competitive ride starts in front of the steps of Saints Peter and Paul Church at Washington Square Park in S.F. Leave North Beach and proceed to Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands. After riding the front side of Hawk Hill (Conzelman Road), riders do multiple hill repeats of the back side (McCullough Road). Each ascent is approximately 600 feet in elevation and 1.5 miles in distance. Ride ends at 11 a.m. Individuals with the most climbs get their names on the trophy. Climbs will be verified on Strava. The family ride, set for Sunday, March 14, leaves from the same location and, including Hawk Hill, is 16 miles total.
Competitive ride 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday March 13; Family ride 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday, March 14. Register to participate at Rides begin at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St, S.F.

City of Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Week
This weeklong celebration features both virtual and in-person events, including a drive-in rock concert with Tempest and Cali Celtic, Discover Dublin Bingo, an Irish goods marketplace, chalk art contest, Irish dance classesonline events including Irish cooking tutorials, painting classes, a 5K fun run and walk and a Shamrockin’ scavenger hunt.
Saturday, March 13. Through March 20. Register for events at Free-$40, depending on activity.
St. Patrick’s Celebration at United Irish Cultural Center’s Wawona Gates
Get your green on at the UICC’s annual corned beef and cabbage dinner and Irish breakfast events, which will feature outdoor dining under a canopy, live music, dancing and a full bar with to-go options available.
Reservations available 1-8 p.m. Saturday, March 13 and noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Irish breakfast reservations available 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 14. $22-$70. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th St., S.F. 415-661-2700.

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Molloy’s Tavern Presents: “Flogging Molly” viewing party
Watch the concert in a heated outdoor space as it is broadcast live from Dublin, Ireland. Menu is set to feature corned beef and cabbage and other Irish food and drinks along with more festivities to be determined as the date approaches.
Noon Wednesday, March 17. Free admission. Molloy’s Tavern, 1655 Mission Road, Colma. 650-270-4853.

St. Patrick’s Day at Sláinte Pub and Grub
Celebrate the holiday in the heart of Jack London Square with authentic Irish food, music and drink specials in a safe, socially distanced fashion.
Noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Free, food and drinks not included. Sláinte, 131 Broadway, Oakland. 510-823-2644.

St. Patrick’s Day Community Car Parade
Be part of a decorated car parade with a route scheduled to start and end near Washington Park, proceeding through downtown Burlingame and around adjacent neighborhoods. Register in advance to participate at
5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Free. 650-558-7300.

Urban Adventure Club Presents: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Pub Crawl in S.F.
Meet at Clooney’s Pub (1401 Valencia St, S.F.) for introductions, then head to Napper Tandy’sThe Liberties and end the evening at Phoenix Irish Pub. Bring cash, a valid ID and face masks.
5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. $10-$25, food and drinks not included. 415-761-3582‬.

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Dream Inn Santa Cruz Presents: An Evening with The Black Irish Band
The inn plans to present a live outdoor concert of Celtic and Americana music. Ticket holders can enjoy the concert from private guest room balconies overlooking the stage. Food and beverage service will be available during the show.
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Ticket packages include overnight accommodations in an ocean view room and a private balcony or patio overlooking the stage area. Rates begin at $519. Dream Inn, 175 W. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz. 877-577-5582.

St. Patrick’s Day Dog Pawade
Picnic at Patrick’s Park and celebrate the holiday, with proceeds set to benefit the volunteer-run, S.F.-based nonprofit Rocket Dog Rescue. The outdoor event includes a dog costume parade, yoga with dogs, red carpet moments with live music, adoptable dogs dressed to impress, best-dressed dog contest, raffles and a photobooth.
1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Free-$20, donations encouraged. Register online at Patrick’s Park, Fort Mason 11, S.F.

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Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4 Miler Run/Walk
Celebrate the luck of the Irish at your own pace and place of choice. Bonus points to those wearing fun St. Patrick’s Day attire. Participants will receive a finisher medal with magnets and a race bib. T-shirts available for additional cost.
Through March 31. $29-$42, register online.

Virtual offerings

United Irish Societies of S.F. Presents: 170th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The event will be virtual this year and organizers are calling on community members to submit photos and videos to be a part of the online festivities. You can order St. Pat’s special “Grand Marshall” box dinners from that will be available for pick up at their S.F. location (255 Mendell St.) on Friday, March 12.11:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 13. Available to stream on the UISSF YouTube channel. Free.

S.F. Folk Music Club’s online St. Patrick’s Day celebration
A series of back-to-back live-streamed events are set to feature performances, cultural seminars and workshops with the Niamh Parsons/Graham Dunne traditional folk duo, Socks in the Frying Pan Trio, Tim Hill, Autumn Rhodes, Darcy Noonan, Marla Fibish, Helena Byrne, Michael Dillon and Amelia Hogan. The celebration wraps up with a concert by the Black Brothers Band.
12:30-8 p.m. Saturday, March 13. $10-$45, viewing links available at 510-473-6651.

Campbell Heritage Theatre and the National Dance Company of Ireland Present: Rhythm of the Dance
The National Dance Company of Ireland created a new live-streamed production that will be made available in honor of the holiday. Recorded in front of a live audience, the show presents award-winning artists in a performance of live dance, music, songs and culture from pre-Celtic times to modern day.
Sunday, March 14. Through Saturday, March 20. $20.50.

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Bob Weir and Wolf Bros St. Patrick’s Day live-stream performance
The founding member of the Grateful Dead plans to perform in celebration of the holiday with Don Was and Jay Lane, featuring Jeff Chimenti on keys, Greg Leisz on pedal steel, along with special guests The Wolf Pack, consisting of Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown.
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Ticket holders can stream the show through Friday, March 19. $19.99-$104.99, for live stream tickets and a variety of merchandise packages.

St Patrick’s Day Irish whiskey virtual tasting
Taste eight Irish whiskeys of differing styles from a variety of distilleries. Tasting includes samples of Knappogue Castle, Teeling, Tyrconnell, Slane, Red Breast and others. Cheese and chocolate pairing boxes also available. Pick up the whiskey at 460 Larkin St., S.F. or have it shipped in advance for a $15 fee.
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. $60, register online at or Available to stream on-demand after the live session. 

United Irish Cultural Center and Boscaí Beaga Productions Present: “Paint the Bridge Green”
A virtual celebration of Irish culture set to feature traditional songs, music and dance with Phil Coulter, Mundy, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, The Kilkenny Irish Dancers, S.F. Irish Dance School Performances, Kenny Sommerville and more.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17; noon Saturday, March 20. $20, register at 415-661-2700.

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Once Upon a Time in Ireland: Children’s online story time
An hour of fairy folk tales and music from Ireland for ages 6-11 with Maire Clerkin.
10 a.m. Saturday, March 20. Free. 415-661-2700.

S.F. Maritime Association: Virtual Chantey sing-along
Sign up to lead a song, sing along or listen in on the S.F. National Maritime Museum’s monthly virtual sea chantey event, featuring professional and amateur singers from around the world.
Noon Saturday, March 20. Free, donations encouraged.

Quarantine Concert Series Presents: Tim Hill and Autumn Rhodes
An Irish music live-streamed performance featuring Tim Hill playing uilleann pipes, tin whistle and flute, and Autumn Rhodes playing the concertina, flute, tin whistle, melodeon and vocals.
5 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Free, donations encouraged. Live stream available at

S.F. Irish-American Crossroads Festival
The annual literary, musical and cultural series invites the public to come together this year through creative and relevant events regarding Irish and Irish-American history and culture. See website for more information about the scheduled events.
Through April 11. Registration required. irishamericancrossroads.or
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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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