Lime, moss, emerald, army, chartreuse, forest—pick any shade you like. Then get your green on and head to one of the many St. Patrick’s Day happenings this weekend and all next week.
Here’s your guide to Paddy’s Day best bets in the Tri-Valley:
Front Row Theater in San Ramon on Friday at 7 p.m.
The San Ramon Community Chorus will sing Irish tunes while the McGrath Irish Dancers perform traditional Irish dances. You’ll also hear some classics, Broadway songs and folk music. This is a free family-friendly concert, so bring the kids.
in Danville on Friday at 6 p.m.
Grab a cocktail and dance to the music of the Bay Area’s “Cover to Cover” at the Community Youth Center’s 2nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, benefiting the nonprofit Community Youth Center. Tickets cost $75 and include appetizers, dinner and live entertainment. Click the link for ticket information and ordering.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Civic Center in Dublin on Saturday and Sunday
Don’t miss the East Bay’s best St. Patrick’s Day celebration where you can honor your Irish roots—or just pretend you have them. Snack on traditional Irish foods like Bangers and Mash, sip a Guinness stout, watch Irish dancing, hop on a carnival ride, enjoy some tea and scones in the Irish Tea Cottage, shop for authentic Irish wares and more. What better place to celebrate than in a city named Dublin—ours happens to be the largest Dublin outside of Ireland.
Firefighters St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Breakfast
7494 Donahue Dr. (corner of Amador Valley Boulevard and Donohue Drive) in Dublin from 7 – 10 a.m. on Saturday
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Alameda County Firefighters at their annual pancake breakfast. Enjoy green pancakes before heading over to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Purchase your ticket at the door for $5.
Amador Plaza Road in Dublin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday
Stake out good seats early for Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the second largest Bay Area St. Patrick's Day parade. The parade starts on Amador Plaza Road (at the corner by Safeway), proceeds east on Dublin Boulevard, turns north on Village Parkway and then heads west on Amador Valley Boulevard, ending on Donlon Road (at the entrance to Target). For tips on the best viewing places, click here.
Founder’s Day Celebration
Concannon Vineyard in Livermore on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
James Concannon emigrated from Ireland in 1883 and founded Concannon Vineyard. The winery celebrates his Irish heritage this weekend with Irish music and festivities. Come back on March 17 for authentic Corned Beef and Cabbage in the winery’s historic barrel room.
Forest Home Farms in San Ramon on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Volunteers at Forest Home Farms are mixing traditional St. Patrick’s Day fun with wild west activities during the historic park’s “Wild West St. Patrick’s Day.” The free event even includes gold panning for kids. Tours of the Forest Home Farms Historic Park and the Glass House Museum are $5 each or $8 for both tours.
Shamrock 5K Run & Walk
Dublin Boulevard in Dublin on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
You don’t have to be an endurance athlete to enjoy the Shamrock 5K Run & Walk. Runners and walkers of all skill levels can race or meander along a 3.1 mile course and then enjoy their rewards: refreshments, entertainment, prize drawings and a commemorative t-shirt. The 13th annual run just happens to fall on March 13 for a bit of that “Luck O’ the Irish.” Don’t feel like moving much? You’re welcome to just watch and cheer on the runners. The event requires advance registration so click the link for all the details.
Irish Brewery Night at The Hop Yard
The Hop Yard in Pleasanton and San Ramon on March 15 starting at 5 p.m.
The Hop Yard features Irish brewery favorites Guinness, Harp and Smithwicks in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Take advantage of specials on beer, custom pub glasses to take home, and brew-related T-shirt giveaways. Come back on St. Patrick’s Day when The Hopyard will have five Irish beers on draft and serve Corned Beef and Cabbage.
St. Patty’s Day Show
Tommy T’s Comedy Steakhouse in Pleasanton on March 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some laughter during Tommy T’s “Kabeezy & St. Patty’s Day Show.” DJ music and dancing follows the show at 9:30. This is an adults-only party: You must be 21 or over to attend. To order tickets, go to http://www.tommyts.com/pleasanton.
Norm’s Place in Danville on March 17, starting at 12 p.m.
Party with Leprechauns, drink green beer, watch Irish dancers, listen to bag pipers and drummers and dine on Corned Beef and Cabbage. Norm’s also features its new “Shenanigans Lounge,” where you can play beer pong, drink at the bar, listen to music or lounge on Norm’s couches.
St. Patrick’s Day at Main Street Brewery
Pleasanton Main Street Brewery on March 17, starting at 3 p.m.
Enjoy live music with Public Eye (at 7:30 p.m.) as you dine on Irish-themed food like Corned Beef and Cabbage, drink green beer and other festive drink specials.
Irish Specials at Redcoats
Redcoats in Pleasanton on March 17, starting at 2:30 p.m.
Redcoats may be a British pub, but it’s turning Irish for a day with Corned Beef and Cabbage, $5 fish and chips, $4 Black & Tan pints and DJ music. (The food and drink specials run from 2:30 – 6 p.m.)
Guiness Pint Night at First Street Alehouse
First Street Alehouse in Livermore on March 17, starting at 4 p.m.
Drink Ireland’s most famous stout during First Street Alehouse’s Guinness Pint Night. Get a pint, a Guinness glass to keep and a Guinness t-shirt for $15 or just the pint and glass for $8. And yes, there will be Corned Beef and Cabbage.
St. Patrick's Day Karaoke
Swirl on the Square in Livermore on March 17
Green beer not your thing? Celebrate the day of green by drinking local wines and participating in karaoke contests. Prizes will be given out so don't forget to wear your green.
St. Patrick’s Day at Gallagher’s
Gallagher’s Dublin Pub in Dublin on March 17, from 6 – 10 p.m.
Gallagher’s lives up to its Irish name with a big party on St. Patrick’s Day. The bar sets up an enclosed patio for people in green listening to live music (Wett Willy), drinking green beer and Irish whiskey.
Irish Celebration at Pete's
Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville on March 17
Pete's decks its restaurant in green and brings in a live bag piper for festive Irish music. It also features Guinness on tap, Corned Beef and Cabbage and drink specials.
Blackhawk Plaza in Danville on March 17, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Head over to the Blackhawk Plaza on St. Patrick’s Day for family-friendly fun, including live music, face painting, party favors and prizes for the most creative “wearin’ o’ the green.”
Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton on March 19 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Miss St. Patrick’s Day? Don’t worry, you can still celebrate a couple days later when Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center hosts two concerts of traditional from Ireland and Scotland. The international recording trio Golden Gough plays acoustic instruments and blends three voices in harmonic interpretations of Celtic music. Click the link for ticket pricing and ordering.
Nearly every pub in town will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and Corned Beef and Cabbage specials and plenty of local restaurants will participate, too. Browse your city’s Patch directory for a completely list of local bars, pubs and restaurants in your town.