Free family-friendly events in San Francisco and The Bay Area for St. Patrick's Day 2018
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St. Patrick’s Day will be fun for all in San Francisco and the Bay area, with family-friendly parades that will be free to attend.  Kids and adults will enjoy the green-clad leprechauns and colorful characters, along with Irish music and entertainment in 2018.  

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 17 @ 10 a.m.
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102

The United Irish Societies of San Francisco will present the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The highlight of the celebration will be the parade, which will step off at 2nd and Market Streets at 11:30 a.m. The parade will travel down Market Street to the Civic Center Plaza, which will be where the festival will take place. The parade will include music, dance troupes, floats, and more. Take the family to the festival after the parade and enjoy music, dancing, Irish culture, food, and a kids’ area with rides. The St. Patrick’s Day event will offer family-friendly fun for kids and adults.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
March 17-18
Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568

There will be a weekend of festivities celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the East Bay. The Dublin Lions Club Parade will step off on March 17 at 9:30 a.m. The weekend of un will include a pancake breakfast, a 5K walk/run, children’s activities, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Dog Parade
March 17 @ 2 p.m.
Patrick’s Park, 43 Fort Mason 11, San Francisco, CA 94123

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a colorful dog parade at Patrick’s Park. Dogs dressed in costumes will be the stars of this pet-friendly event. This will be a free event but register by March 12.

Old Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17 @ 11:30
Old Sacramento, CA 95814

One of the largest and most colorful parades in Northern California unites all cultures. The parade, which will step off at 1 p.m., will start at Neasham and Front Streets and will proceed throughout the national historic landmark district. Join the fun bay watching hundreds of marchers dressed in green create a colorful spectacle on St. Patrick’s Day. The family will have fun watching the Irish dancers dressed in elaborate Celtic costumes, marching bands, bagpipers, military regiments. And cultural organizations. More than 35,000 people turned up for the celebration in 2017. The day of fun and entertainment will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Note: The following events are not free, but they are still fun.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K and Kids Run
March 18 @ 9 a.m.
Yacht Harbor Parking Lot, Little Marina Green, San Francisco, CA 94123

The Dolphin South End Runners will host the Kids Run at the Crissy Field/Golden Gate Promenade. The run will be free for kids aged up to 12 years old, $3/Youth ages 13-17, and $5/Adults 18+.

Flying Leprechaun Skydive!
March 17 @ 10 a.m.
Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos, CA 94070

The Hiller Aviation Museum will present an unusual St. Patrick’s Day event. The morning of activities will include free face painting and a jump house. Kids will have fun searching for hidden Leprechauns in the Museum’s Gallery to earn a treat from his pot o’ gold. The highlight of the celebration will be the Flying Leprechaun, who will delight the spectators. The event will be included with museum admission ($16/Adults, $11/Youth (5-17) and Seniors (65+), Free/children 4 and under with paid adult).

St Patrick’s Ceili
March 25 @ 7 p.m.
United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94116

Take the family to enjoy a night of live music with Western Shore at the United Irish Cultural Center. Tickets will be $10/Adults, and Free/Children.