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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in San Francisco

March 9, 2017

San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

This Saturday, March 11, catch the St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade! It’s a historic San Francisco tradition spanning 166 years and is one of the largest in the United States. More than 5,000 people come from all over to celebrate in the city. The San Francisco Bay Area has a large population of Irish Americans, spanning generations, which is what led to the parade happening in the first place. It’s a fantastic celebration of Irish culture, too. There will be a showcase featuring live performances and entertainment, as well as activity areas and booths for arts and crafts, food and drink—not to mention beer—and more.

Come early to get a good spot for the parade down Market Street! It’ll start at 11:30am and is sure to be action-packed with quite a few Irish dance companies, traditional Irish folk bands and more. Interspersed amongst the music and dance will be important San Francisco officials, firemen and police. It’s a free event and definitely kid-friendly, so whether you’re visiting the city with friends or with your family, it’s a fantastic spot to spend the day. The festival begins at 10am and will go on until 5 in the evening.

Getting to the festival at Civic Center Plaza is no trouble at all. If you’re staying at The Pickwick Hotel, it’s only a 15 minute walk over. If you prefer public transportation, you can catch a BART train at Powell Station to Civic Center Station, which is about a 3-5 minute trip. Taxis are always an option, too, though we imagine that with the parade route on Market St., there might be some difficulties.

If you’re looking for more St. Patrick’s Day events, especially ones involving Irish beer and drinks, be sure to check out the following:

March 11: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Block Party

March 17 & 18: Crawl SF’s Lepracon: St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Image © GoToVan, St Patrick’s Day Parade St. Patrick’s Festival.