St. Patrick’s Day is coming, and the luck of the Irish is coming with it! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a few of the best events happening on Saturday, March 17 in San Francisco. There’s a little something for everyone, so don’t miss out!


San Francisco’s 167th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

San Francisco City Hall | Civic Center Plaza | 1 Doctor Carlton B Goodlett Place

Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at 2nd and Market

Learn all about Irish history and culture while having a blast at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street, from Polk to Larkin Streets. This long-standing event showcases Irish culture through live performances and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, and nonprofits representing the Irish community.

The Parade – including more than 5,000 participants from all over the country ­– starts at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Second and Market and proceeds to City Hall. It’s not only a cherished local tradition but the largest St. Patrick’s Day event west of the Mississippi!


San Francisco City Hall “Goes Green” for St. Patrick’s Day

6 p.m.

San Francisco City Hall | 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place

Every year, city hall turns its lights green for St. Patrick’s Day – a great photo opportunity for you to capture San Francisco at its most Irish. The magic happens at dusk.


St. Paddy’s Day Fun at Laughing Monk Brewing

Noon-10 p.m.

Laughing Monk Brewing | 1439 Egbert Ave, Unit A

Celebrate the holiday with “Laughing Monk Black & Tan”: Bayview’s own Laughing Monk Brewing serves up its Coffee’N’Cream Ale with a float of Father Crilly dry Irish stout on top. You can also get Father Crilly with Jameson-soaked oak chips, or have a late breakfast with Father Crilly and Lucky Charms! Red Sauce Meatballs will be parked out front from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Valentino will be supplying corned beef. Click here to RSVP.


[Photo courtesy of Fun Cheap SF]