Erin go barhopping

St. Paddy's Day events, from the cultural to the convivial (including the big parade this weekend)

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Check out the glory of Erie past at the California Historical Society's Irish history event March 16

caitlin@sfbg.com

IRISH Public service announcement: you do not need to get drunk on St. Patrick's Day. This year there are a gamut of cultural activities that will teach you more about paddie heritage than finding the bottom of yet another Irish car bomb. But drink yourself green if you must — in this country, an argument could be made that the day has become a celebration of alcoholic pride more than anything. Just please, for the love of corned beef and cabbage — try to limit your use of novelty T-shirts.

 

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL

The big potato kicks off St. Paddy's season this year and will honor upstanding Irish folks from around the city.

Sat/12. Parade: 11:30 a.m., free. Starts at Market and Second; Festival: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Civic Center Plaza, SF. 1-800-310-6563, www.sresproductions.com

 

ST. PATRICK'S DAY FITNESS CRAWL

Stage a preemptive strike against all the Guinness you'll be drinking at this affordable fitness boot camp.

Sat/12 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., $10. Third Street Boxing Gym, 2576 Third St., SF. (415) 550-8269, www.thirdstreetgym.com

 

"IRISH CALIFORNIA: AN EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLLECTION"

Snack on Irish bites and booze while perusing the Historical Society's stockpile of Irish American ephemera — photos, pamphlets, and more from the Golden State's green past.

Wed/16 5:30–7:30 p.m., $4 suggested donation, free to members. RSVP recommended. The California Historical Society, 678 Mission, SF. (415) 357-1848, www.californiahistoricalsociety.com

 

ST. PADDY'S PUNK BASH XI

The leprechaun rager returns for its 11th year in action, featuring the Undead Boys, Street Justice, Crosstops, Ruleta Rusa, and Face the Rail.

Weds/16 8 p.m., $8. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. (415) 552-7788, www.elbo.com

 

FARLEY'S 22ND BIRTHDAY

The Guardian staff's fave cafe around the corner celebrates multiple decades of well-roasted independent business awesomeness with live bagpipers in the daytime and a concert in the evening.

Thurs/17 bagpipes 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; concert 8 p.m., free. Farley's, 1315 18th St., SF. (415) 648-1545, www.farleyscoffee.com

 

O'REILLY'S ST. PATTY'S BLOCK PARTY

Between this and the Royal Exchange block party (see below) you'll be well — if not over — served on "Kiss Me I'm Irish" tees, green face paint, and Bailey'swhiskeycarbombGuinness blackout glory. Pad your stomach before you get too deep in the drinkin' with O'Reilly's classic Irish brunch foods.

Thurs/17 Serving brunch 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; black party 3 p.m., free. O'Reilly's, 622 Green, SF. (415) 989-6222, www.sforeillys.com

 

HABITOT MUSEUM'S SHAMROCK DAY

Make potato prints, drink green punch, and decorate your own pair of shamrock glasses with your little leprechaun at the family learning museum.

Thurs/17 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $9 museum admission. Habitot Children's Museum, 2065 Kittredge, Berk. (510) 647-1111, www.habitot.org

 

PARKSIDE TAVERN IRISH LUNCH

Traditional fixin's abound on this Sunset pub's special Irish menu — corned beef and a little Irish stew to go with your Jameson?

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