There’s no shortage of Irish pride in the Bay Area (and beyond), where festivals will be jumping off on the weekend of March 13-14 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a look ahead at where you can find the luck of the Irish in the form of traditional music, parades, crafts, food, and more.

Saturday, March 12: San Francisco’s 159th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival This festival is one of the biggest in the country, with live performances and entertainment celebrating Irish culture throughout the day. At 11:30 am, more than 5,000 revelers will march in the parade, from Second and Market to City Hall. Before, during, and after the parade, kids and parents can hang out on Grove Street for a petting zoo, rides, and arts and crafts booths or head out to the Civic Center Plaza Stage to groove to live musical performances.

March 4-25: Crossroads Irish-American Festival 2010 in San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day is a week-long celebration with Crossroads Irish-American Festival, which features both traditional and modern Irish music that celebrates the Irish-American community and spirit. Opening night begins with an $18 concert by grammy-nominated fiddler and composer Liz Carroll, with Children’s Hour following on March 5, featuring dancing and fiddling. From there, daily events lead to a Crossroads-sponsored, St. Patrick’s Day poetry reading by some of the Bay Area’s finest poets and Celtic Harp concert by Patrick Ball at St. Patrick’s church on the 25th.

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March 12 & 13: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Dublin, CA Where there’s a Dublin, there’s a St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s two-day celebration boasts more than 150 artisans showcasing everything from wine barrel art to children’s tie dye clothing to Celtic jewelry. Let’s not forget all the carnival fun that wouldn’t be the same without candlemaking, Irish dancers, and sheep herding activities. The fun begins with a parade on Saturday at 9:30 am, beginning at Amador Plaza Road. The festival keeps on rockin’ at the Dublin Civic Center from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

March 12: Old Sacramento’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Our state’s capital can’t be left out of the St. Patrick’s Day loop. Old Sacramento’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (pictured) begins at 1:00 pm from 2nd & L Streets and proceeds throughout the historic district. It is a decadent tradition that fills the streets surrounding the 28-acre historic landmark with 500 costumed marchers, Irish step dancers, pageantry, bagpipes, drum corps, and more.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner hosted by International House in Berkeley Come to U.C. Berkeley’s I-House on Bancroft and Piedmont for St. Patrick’s Day dining. The $10, all-you-can-eat traditional Irish feast is open to the public. The gathering is from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Find the menu here as the date approaches.

—Renee Rutledge