No question that this weekend's main event is San Francisco's 162nd St. Patrick's Day Parade. Much of the spinoff from that green joviality is spread throughout the Bay Area through the weekend. But there's more to do besides drinking green beer, so check out these events during St. Paddy's Day weekend, March 15-17, around the Bay Area.
Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena, Oakland
From $37, plus fees
Even before Monday's huge win against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, The New York Times called the Warriors "one of the deepest, most entertaining teams in the N.B.A." Tickets are going fast.
Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.
Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley
Cal Performances presents the acclaimed post-modern dance company of eight performing in the repertory's tour during its 42nd year.
Saturday, March 16, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parade begins at Second and Market streets, San Francisco
Coit Tower and City Hall are lit up in green as all of San Francisco turns Irish. Get to Market Street to cheer on the Irish dancers, bagpiper societies, school groups, youth groups, labor unions, and marching bands accompanying 100 floats, the San Francisco Police Department, and San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White as Parade Grand Marshal. "Honoring the Celtic Woman" is this year's theme. After the parade, catch the festival at Civic Center, with music from The Hooks, The Gas Men, and Bushmills Irish Pipers Band.
Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
10 Mark Lane, San Francisco
Free before 4 p.m., $10 after 4 p.m.
Get your green kit on. The Irish Bank and Restaurant has the city's largest block party over the entire weekend with traditional Irish music and Celtic rock. DJ Pat, The Shams, and the Bog Savages perform.
More St. Patrick's Fun
San Francisco plays host to St. Paddy's pub crawlson Saturday and Sunday, with tickets sold for participating establishments. Strictly family-type fun comes from Farley's Coffee in Potrero Hill at 9 a.m. on Sunday with a live bagpipe serenade and free homemade cookies as long as they last.
A huge shoutout goes to Alameda's Berg Injury Lawyers for sponsoring taxi rides home in San Francisco and Sacramento as part of their Safe and Sober program on Sunday, March 17, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 9 a.m.
Leprechaun alert! Dublin will have a parade and carnival rides, a shamrock 5K fun run and walk, an Irish cottage for tea and scones, a firefighter's pancake breakfast, an international food fest for bangers and mash and corned beef and hash, and a shopping marketplace for Celtic tartan kilts.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, March 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Embarcadero at the Ferry Building
In case you'd like another reason to head for Market Street this Saturday, the weekly 120 vendors of food, fruit, and vegetables will be displaying their farm-fresh wares at the rear of the Ferry Building. As ever, the waterfront view comes with an experience at one of the nation's busiest and best outdoor markets. NYC-based Pooja Motti from Pooja's Way offers a cooking demo, recipes, and samples at 11 a.m. at the white CUESA tent in front of the building.
Saturday, March 16, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
St. Gregory's Church
500 De Haro St., San Francisco
A monthly gathering of 35 food and drink makers and vendors, food trucks, and a DJ raises funds for the local Food Pantry of SF. New this month is a beer and wine garden sponsored by Almanac Beer Co. and wine from Bluxome Street Winery. Enjoy free samples, food crafts for kids, and cookbook signings.
Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax
$25, plus fees
About 20 NorCal brewers assemble to pour 50 local brews for unlimited tastings, with traditional Irish music by The Gas Men to entertain crowds. Pub food sold at stalls.
Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, by appointment
Have you always wanted to appear on TV's "Family Feud" with four family members for a chance to win the jackpot and a brand new car? Get the clan together for auditions in a to-be-revealed Bay Area location.
Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m.
Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford
Grace An (Stanford '08), cellist with the New World Symphony, gives a free recital during her week in residence, with faculty pianist Laura Dahl.
Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main St., Napa
No fewer than 15 leading jazz soloists come together under the musical direction of Lincoln Center Director of Jazz Wynton Marsalis.
Through March 24
Formerly known as San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, this is the Center for Asian American Media event. Since 1980, the wide-ranging 11-day showcase for filmmakers and audiences is the nation's largest, taking place at locations throughout the Bay Area. Get tickets online or at Sundance Kabuki Cinema.
Sunday, March 17, trophy on view all day
AT&T Park, San Francisco
See the 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies brought home by the San Francisco Giants visiting locations throughout the region until MLB Opening Day on April 5.
Sunday, March 17, 6 p.m.
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Three days of championship-round finals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic begin on Sunday at 6 p.m. with the pool two runner-up playing Japan's team.
Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
$65 weekend pass, $20 weekend designated driver pass, $50 Sunday only, $10 Sunday only designated driver
A food and wine experience is brought to you by 22 participating wineries pouring 2012 wines straight from the barrels with food pairings by local chefs. Tickets sold at the winery doors.
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