Sat/17, dinner seating starts at 3:30 p.m., no reservations necessary. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave., SF. (415) 661-2700, www.irishcentersf.org
In Irish folklore, a great hero was named Cuchulainn — a moniker which translates to "hound of Culann" — after defeating a savage beast in self-defense. This SF-based Irish folk band channels the authentic, legendary spirit in a high-energy, 21st century kind of way.
Sat/17 9 p.m., $20. Slim's, 333 11th St., SF. (415) 255-0333, www.slims-sf.com
QUIN AND THE PAT O'DONNELL BAND LIVE PERFORMANCE
Catch SF-based Celtic folk-indie band (sham)rocking out in this laidback bar of great Guinness and Kilkenny -- the Richmond's got most of SF's best Irish bars, so a cruise in this direction is a great bet this weekend.
Sat/17, 9 p.m., $6. The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement, SF. (415) 751-1122, www.theploughandstars.com
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION WITH LUCIA COMNES
Comnes takes traditional Irish folk music and layers it with Indian tabla, Turkish rhythms, and Motown grooves. Pair this melodic stew with a $4 pint of Murphy's Irish stout, and get ready for a night of banjos, jigs, and polkas.
Sat/ 17, 9 p.m., $20. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016, www.cafedunord.com
BOOTIE ST. PATRICK'S DAY
With emcee O'Kingfish setting the mood and wacky blenderized beats served by DJ Tripp and DJ Ajazx, don't think that this is just another regular party looking to cash in on St. Patty's blarney with a few shamrocks stuck on the walls. Burly Q's of Hubba Hubba Revue will be performing a very special Irish-themed burlesque program.
PADDY'S DAY WITH THE DOCSTEADY SOUNDSYSTEM
Enjoy $4 Jameson shots and Guinness pints with SF's favorite half Irish-half Filipino sound guy, DJ Doc Fu. He'll be spinning rebel music, fight songs, and hip-hop for your sláinte, along with PK and Cutz on Demand.
Sat/17 10 p.m., free. Showdown, 10 Sixth St., SF. (415) 503-0684, www.showdownsf.com
GREEN FEST BLOCK PARTY
Java Beach's zoo-side location hosts this family-friendly outdoor event, just outside the United Irish Cultural Center. Irish music and dancing is promised, as is face painting for the wee ones, and that most Irish of all traditions: the bouncy castle.
Sun/18 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 45th Ave. and Sloat, SF. www.javabeachsf.com