Escapes: St. Patrick's Day celebrations abound


In the foothills and feeling Irish

Every St. Patrick’s Day weekend, thousands flock to the historic Gold Rush town of Murphys for its all-day celebration.

Festivities kick off Saturday with a pancake breakfast, and at 11 a.m., a parade of marching bands, bagpipes, horses and community organizations take over Main Street. Enjoy live entertainment, purchase Irish fare and view a variety of art while the little ones get their faces painted and hop on ponies. Activities wind down at 5 p.m.

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What: Somehow missing out on Sacramento Beer Week? Head to Fairfax for its 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day event, with 22 brewers pouring more than 60 beers. Admission includes a tasting glass, unlimited pours and entertainment.

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax

Cost: $30 advance, $40 at the door



Home and garden show

What: For the 28th year, browse through more than 300 exhibitors at the Soroptimist Home, Garden & Leisure Show. Get creatively inspired for your outdoor décor, landscaping and energy-saving home improvement.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday

Where: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., Chico

Cost: $5, children 12 and under free



Chocolate overload

What: Experience the finest in artisan chocolate at the eighth annual International Chocolate Salon, with demonstrations, chef talks and chocolate- and wine-tasting.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco

Cost: $20-$30, $10 children ages 6 to 12, children under 6 free



Art walk

What: Once a month, Oakland curators, writers and artists guide visitors through three to five galleries with short presentations at each. March’s tour will focus on drawing.

When: 2-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, 480 23rd St., Oakland

Cost: Free



Dandelion Days

What: The family-oriented annual St. Patrick’s Day event includes an outdoor bazaar and flea market, a 5K run, food and street entertainers. It’s also a fundraising effort for student scholarships and community events.

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday

Where: Downtown Jackson

Cost: Free, parking $10 per night


— Bee Staff