St. Patrick's Day Events around the Bay Area
Throughout March, kids and adults go green in celebration of Irish traditions and culture. Here’s how to join in:
St. Patrick’s Day
Lucky Run 5K/10K – This annual fundraiser for Safe & Sober Grad Novato is a chance to get a little extra wear out of your St. Patrick’s Day green. Sun., March 26. 8am. $20-40. Hamilton YMCA, 3 Hamilton Landing, Novato. visitnovato.com.
St. Patrick’s Day 5K – Run west along Crissy Field/ Golden Gate Promenade. Stay along path onto Fort Point National Historic Site. Sun., March 12. 9-9:45am. $5 adults, $3 ages 13-17, under 13 FREE. Yacht Harbor Parking Lot (Little Marina Green). 415-978-0837. dserunners.com.
Kids Club Shamrock Shindig – Enjoy a performance by the Greene Academy of Irish Dance, whose students have showcased their talents all around North America. Kids can dress up for a chance to win a “Cutest Little Leprechaun” contest plus make a St. Patrick’s Day craft. Thu., March 16. 4pm. Hillsdale Shopping Center, Nordstrom Court, Lower Level, 60 31st Ave., San Mateo. 650-345-8222. hillsdale.com.
Flying Leprechaun Skydive – Enjoy some free face painting, jumping in a bounce house and searching for hidden leprechauns before watching leprechauns jump from helicopters high overhead. Kids wearing green will receive a parachute toy. Sat., March 18. 10am-1pm (leprechaun skydive at 11am). Included with museum admission: $16 adults, $11 youth ages 5-17, under 5 FREE. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 650-654-0200. hiller.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt – Grab a scavenger sheet and start looking for what’s hidden around the library. Check off the items to collect a prize at the front desk. Through March 17. Mon.-Wed., 10-8pm; Thu.-Fri., 10-6pm; Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. FREE. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane. 650-328-2422. smcl.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Storytime – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by reading stories and making a themed craft. Wed., March 15. 6-7pm. FREE. John Daly Branch Library, 134 Hillside Blvd., Daly City. 650-991-8073. dalycity.libcal.com.
Flying Leprechaun Skydive – Enjoy some free face painting, jump in a bounce house and search for hidden leprechauns before watching leprechauns jump from helicopters high overhead. Kids wearing green will receive a parachute toy. Sat., March 18. 10am-1pm. Included with museum admission: $16 adults, $11 youth ages 5-17, under 5 FREE. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. hiller.org.
Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Run – Choose the 5k, 10k or half-marathon options on this race through scenic Vasona Lake County Park. Walkers with strollers are permitted in the 5k after runners have started. Sun., March 12. 9am. $35-75. 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. finishlineproduction.com/events/running/GoGreen/GoGreen.html.
Leprechaun Trap – Children use their thinking skills by building and designing their very own Leprechaun Trap. Age 6 and up. March 10-17. See website for San Jose Library locations and times. FREE. sjpl.org.
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt – Grab a scavenger hunt sheet and start looking for what’s hidden around the library. Check off items to collect a prize at the front desk. March 1-31. FREE. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane. smcl.org.
Badger Cove Half Marathon – Take a run of luck on scenic courses through the emerald hills for the Brazen Leprebadger. Categories for all ages; register online. Sat., March 18. The half marathon starts at 8am, the 10K begins at 8:25am and the 5K starts at 8:45am. Registration $44-77. Del Valle Regional Park, 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore. email@example.com. brazenracing.com/badgercove.html.
St. Patrick's Day Festival – Join the City of Dublin for its 34th annual St. Patrick's Day celebration beginning with a parade on Sat. at 9:30am from Amador Plaza. The festival will be at the Dublin Civic Center on Sat. and Sun. from 10am-5pm with carnival rides, food and drink, shopping and three stages of Irish music and dance. March 18-19. FREE. Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza. 925-833-6650. dublinstpats.com.
Contra Costa County
Lots O’ Luck Hat – Children ages 3 and older can make bright green hats to capture the luck of the Irish during this Lakeshore Learning Store free craft for kids at both the Walnut Creek and San Leandro (1144 Montague Ave.) locations. Sat., March 11. 11am-3pm. FREE. Lakeshore Learning Store, 1929 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-944-1495. lakeshorelearning.com.
St. Patrick's Day Craft – Celebrate this holiday a wee bit early with a hands-on St. Patrick’s Day activity. Tue., March 14. 11:45am-1pm. FREE. The Danville Library, 400 Front St. 925-314-3750. ccclib.org.