St. Patrick’s Day falls annually on the 17th of March and has always been considered a “party” day for Americans. Historically this Christian, Irish holiday dates back to the seventeenth century and has traditionally been a festival to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. The 17th of March is a day for parades, festivals, wearing green and lifted restrictions on food and alcohol consumption for lent.
For those looking for fun this St. Patrick’s Day, the East Bay has plenty of activities. Closest to home make your reservations at Salvatore Ristorante for Tuesday March 17, where they’ll have their regular menu along with a special pre-fix 3 course of beer and Irish themed foods. (925) 932-2828
Not too far from Walnut Creek you can visit Benicia to the north to be one of only 300 people on Saturday March 14 for a St. Patty’s Day Beer Crawl pouring samplings of craft beers. Make sure to purchase your ticket for the 1:30 start. (707) 745-9791
Just down 680 from Walnut Creek check out Revel Kitchen and Bar along with Faction Brewing Company who will entertain you on Sunday March 15th for a St. Patty’s Day celebration of beer braised BBQ style foods. Make sure to reserve early. (925) 208-1758
For those wanting to travel a bit further down 680 into Dublin, there will be quite a few festivities for the Irish Holiday. Saturday March 14, starts with the annual pancake breakfast (7am-10am), followed by the Lion’s Club St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 9:30am. Continue the party into Sunday with the Shamrock 5K Run/Walk. Visit dublinca.gov for information.
If none of these suit your fancy, take BART into San Francisco and attend the 164th annual 2015 San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Festivities run 10am – 5pm with the parade at 11:30 starting on the corner of Market and 2nd.
For more information check out Diablo Magazine, St. Patrick’s Day in the East Bay.