St. Patrick’s Day in the East Bay
From pub crawls to family-friendly Irish celebrations, we’ve compiled a list of special St. Paddy’s Day events happening all over the Bay.
From parades and productions to good ol' pub fun, there’s no reason why the luck of the Irish can’t rub off on you. So, grab your friends and family and head to one of these Bay Area St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. (Pots of gold not included.)
Start early at The Hop Yard in Pleasanton, where St. Patrick’s Day begins on Friday. Get your fill of corned beef and cabbage, heaping pints of Guinness, and holiday drink specials. Friday, March 13, all day, free entry, 3015 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, (925) 426-9600, hopyard.com.
Make a weekend of it in Dublin at the two-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival and parade celebration. With carnival rides, live Irish music, a parade, a pancake breakfast, and a 5k, there’s plenty to do and see. There will also be three different stages of Irish dancing and music as well as an Irish Tea Cottage. March 14–15, times and prices vary, downtown Dublin, dublinca.gov.
Kick off the weekend with the Alameda County Fire Fighters Local 55 for the annual pancake breakfast. Saturday, March 14, 7 a.m.–10 a.m., $5 per person, Fire Station #16, 7494 Donohue Dr., Dublin, dublinca.gov.
Or get up early and bring your chair to the 32nd annual Dublin Lions Club St. Patrick's Day Parade. If you want to get a seat in the middle of the action, bleacher seating is available next to the parade grandstand. Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m., free, 7400 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin, dublinca.gov.
Get your tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl in downtown Benicia. With only 300 tickets being sold, you don’t want to miss out on the craft beer being poured in participating downtown businesses and the chance to make some new friends. Check-in begins at 1:30 p.m., and tickets include a sampling glass and map of tasting locations. Saturday, March 14, 2–6 p.m., $25–$35, 90 First St., Benicia, (707) 745-9791, beniciamainstreet.org.
Pull out your greenest green, shamrock gear, or leprechaun costume for the fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl in downtown Pleasanton. you can sample a selection of bites and suds— including beer from 21st Amendment Brewery and E.J. Phair Brewing Company—at more than 25 downtown spots. Remember the evening with your complimentary commemorative beer glass. Saturday, March 14, 5 p.m.–8 p.m., $35–$40 ($10 tickets available for designated drivers), Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 484-2199, pleasantondowntown.net.
Take the holiday fun a little farther with the 17th annual Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk. Register online or the day of the race. Sunday, March 15, registration at 7:15 a.m., race at 8:30 a.m., $21–$35, 6815 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, active.com.
What could be better than a dinner that includes beer-braised and smoked brisket and wild prawns? Don’t miss out on this evening as Revel Kitchen and Bar and Faction Brewing Company team up to bring you a different taste of St. Patty’s Day. RSVP early, so you don’t miss out. Sunday, March 15, $49 per person, 4 p.m., 331 Hartz Avenue, Danville, (925) 208-1758, revelkitchenandbar.com.
St. Patty's Day drinking doesn't have to happen in just one place. Get your pals together and make a day of it with the Tri-Valley Beer Trail. Download your beer passport from the website and get it stamped at 10 of the 18 local breweries and brewpubs to win your prize. visittrivalley.com.
Take the St. Patrick’s Day fun to public transportation. The good people at Beer By Bart have created a list of Bay Area craft breweries by BART stations, so you don’t have to go to the trouble of figuring out the closest beer to your stop on your own. beerbybart.com
Make your reservations now for Salvatore Ristorante’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Along with the regular dinner menu, guests can enjoy a special fixed three course meal including cheddar cheese beer soup, corned beef and cabbage, and a homemade brownie with chocolate mint gelato for dessert. Tuesday, March 17, $27 per person, 1627 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 932-2828, salvatoreristorante.com.
Head on down to Benicia's Rellik Tavern for the biggest St. Patrick Day's celebration in Solano County. Irish beers and whiskeys will start flowing at 11 a.m. when the doors open. Nosh on some traditional Irish food until the live music starts at 5 p.m. and has you dancing like the Irish do. Tuesday, March 17, 11 a.m.-2 a.m., 726 First St, Benicia, (707) 746-1137, therelliktavern.com.
Deeply rooted in the traditions and culture of the Irish, “Women of Ireland” comes to the Bankhead Theater for an energetic evening of Celtic music and Irish dance. Directed and choreographed by the former lead of the world-renowned production “Riverdance,” this is one performance that may even make you get up and dance along. Wednesday, March 25, $52-$69 for adults and $16 for students, 7:30 p.m., 2400 First Street, Livermore, (925) 373-6800, bankheadtheater.org.