It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and the Bay Area is stacked with fun ways to get your green on. Be sure and check out our guide to the luckiest picks for St. Paddy’s Day fun. And there’s plenty more to do this weekend too, like celebrating Pi day with pie, heading out on a full moon hike, or listening to a very Disney symphony, so read on for 13 great ways to enjoy being a family this weekend!
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Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show at the SFPL
An absurdly funny and totally sweet multimedia concert of live songs, stories and animation, performed by award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor. Described by the New York Times as “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss.” Sun., 2:30 -3:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Pi Day Is Free Day at the Exploratorium
Head to the waterfront to explore the museum for free on Pi Day, the mathematical holiday founded at the Exploratorium back in 1988, and celebrated by number lovers around the world. Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Mother Daughter Crafting at the Children’s Creativity Museum
Create some earth friendly keepsakes from the new book, Just Us Girls: 48 Creative Art Projects for Mothers and Daughters to Do Together. All materials will be supplied and you’ll get to take home your crafty mementos. Sat., 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. San Francisco. All Ages. Event details.
163rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
With more than 100 colorful floats, Irish dance troupes, and marching bands making their way from Second and Market to Civic Center Plaza, there’s lots of places to see and to celebrate the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in San Francisco. This year’s parade is a tribute to Irish Workers of America.The after-parade-party at Civic Center Plaza/City Hall is almost as much fun as the parade, with live performances, lots of arts and crafts for kids food vendors, and cultural displays make this a celebration for all! Sat., parade at 11:30 a.m., festival until 5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Bee Hotel Workshop at OMCA
Head over to the Oakland Museum of California for a family Sunday workshop that your little honeys will love. You can celebrate spring and get crafty by making your own bee hotel. A great way to jump-start your flower or vegetable garden by attracting buzzy little pollinators. Sun., 12 – 3 p.m.. Oakland, $15/adults; $6/children 9-17; children 8 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival
The city of Dublin does its Irish namesake proud with a weekend of celebration that rivals those anywhere in the Bay Area. This two-day festival includes a pancake breakfast at the local firehouse (woo!) from 7 – 10 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 15, followed by the annual parade down Dublin Boulevard, beginning at 9:30 a.m. You can celebrate all day both days at the Civic Center Plaza, and on Sunday work off those pancakes and pints at the Shamrock 5k Fun Run & Walk, starting at 8:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dublin. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Family Fishing Excursion
Learn the tips and tricks of fishing in the bay, like rigging, knots, ethics, and fish ecology and then head out for and excursion into the San Francisco Bay to drop a line. Please register in advance. Under 16, no fishing license required. Sun., 12 – 3 p.m. Hayward. $12. 6 and up. Event details.
Coastal Flower Market in Half Moon Bay
Looking for a way to bring a little spring indoors? This flower market offers a bevy of color and delicate perfumes–bring your little posies out to wander the stalls and see the blossoms at this Coastal Flower Market on Main St. in Half Moon Bay. Then wander the charming downtown and grab something yummy to eat before hitting the beach! Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Half Moon Bay. Free. All Ages. Event details.
St. Paddy’s Day Party in Saratoga
The “village” of Saratoga will be celebrating Irish heritage all things green with an afternoon of city-wide entertainment for families, including contests and prizes. Hunt for the hidden green rocks, enjoy green cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, face painting and lots of fun. Start at the Bank of America parking lot to pick up a program and bag for collecting pennies. Sat., 3 – 5 p.m. Saratoga. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Pi Day at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose celebrates Pi Day with infinite ways to have fun with the whole family. Test your skills at the activity stations, explore the museum, and dine on pie–pizza pie and Marie Calendar’s pie, available for purchase for–you guessed it–$3.14 per slice. Fri., 6-8:30 p.m. San Jose. $12. All Ages. Event details.
Magical Music of Disney at the Marin Symphony
Around the World with Disney features music from the beloved classics to the recent releases–The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, and so many others. Following he performance, kids can head into the Redwood Foyer for the “instrument petting zoo” where they can try out the instruments they just heard! Sun., 3 p.m. San Rafael. $20-$45/adult; $15/children 17 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Bedtime Math Party
Celebrate the launch of Bedtime Math 2 by building geometric structures out of glow sticks and solving math puzzles, all in the after-dinner, almost-bedtime hour! Fri., 6 – 7 p.m. Larkspur. Free. 5-10. Event details.
Full Moon Night Hike in Roy’s Redwoods
Part of the Junior Ranger program which is geared toward 7-12 year olds, this event is open to all ages and teaches kids outdoor skills, natural history, and environmental stewardship. Take an easy nature walk with Ranger Jacob and check out this unique preserver after dark. Look for nocturnal animals, and other things that go bump in the night! Dress warm and be prepared for muddy trails, and bring water, snacks and a flashlight. Well behaved dogs can come too, as long as they’re on a leash. Rain will cancel the event. Sat., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. San Geronimo/Woodacre. Free. All Ages. Event details.