Escapes: St. Patrick’s Day Parade by the Bay

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco ends at Civic Center Plaza with a festival.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco ends at Civic Center Plaza with a festival. The United Irish Societies of San Francisco, 2014

The 165th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will fill downtown San Francisco on Saturday, March 12, with shamrocks, leprechauns and other mainstays of the original Green Day.

The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at Market and Second streets and concludes at Civic Center Plaza.

A festival will follow the parade at the plaza with a celebration of Irish history and culture as well as food and beverages, live music, dance and cultural exhibits.

A bit more corned beef in your cabbage: It’s all free.

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Tapped Brew Fest


What: Tapped Brew Fest, a traveling craft beer celebration, will make its way to Fresno on Saturday, March 12, for a day of craft brews and live entertainment. The festival will feature more than 30 breweries, giant beer pong and cold brew coffee (especially for the designated driver).

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 12

Where: Fresno Fairgrounds, 1121 South Chance Ave.

Cost: $55 general admission


St. Piran’s Day


What: Celebrate St. Piran’s Day, a holiday honoring the 5th-century Cornish abbot, at the former site of Grass Valley’s Wisconsin Hotel established during Gold Rush times. The event will include a flag-raising ceremony and traditional Cornish games.

When: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12

Where: Southeast corner of Main and Auburn streets

Cost: Free


St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Calif.


What: Dublin will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two days of Irish music and dance, international delicacies, carnival rides and shopping. The festivities also will include Celtic artwork exhibits and a Shamrock 5K Fun Run & Walk.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13

Where: Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza

Cost: Free


Festival of Whales


What: The 45th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales will continue Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, with whale watching, a clam chowder cook-off, guided sailing adventures, stand-up paddling classes, concerts and other family-friendly events.

When: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13

Where: Events are located throughout Dana Point Harbor.

Cost: Free


Croatia Travel Talk


What: Croatia Travel Experts, based in Folsom, will host an informational talk about traveling to the Balkan country. With Croatia’s popularity as a travel destination on the rise, Croatia Travel Experts owner Scott Jercich will share his thoughts and experiences traveling throughout the country’s mainland and islands.

When: 7 p.m. Monday, March 7

Where: Call for location

Cost: Free

Reservations: (916) 983-8651, ext. 101