It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend but never mind the hunt for the four-leafed shamrock. Instead, throw on your very best green and join a parade, watch for a flying leprechaun or make a mini garden. Now that’s lucky!

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San Francisco

Get Your Green on for this St. Patrick’s Day Parade
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.  Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Authors Big and Small at Family ArtBash
Join the Contemporary Jewish Museum to celebrate books and reading at its annual family day in partnership with the SF Public Library and the San Francisco Unified School District. Create miniature books, listen to stories alongside dogs from SF SPCA’s Puppy Dog Tales, visit the SFPL Green Bookmobile, view the books created by the students in the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Celebration, and listen to the tunes of Alphabet Rockers. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Make a Mini Moss Garden for St. Patrick’s Day
It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Come to the botanical garden to go on a hunt for moss and lichen then created a magical little garden to take home with you. Sat. Event details.

Unleash Your Inner Earhart at Oakland Aviation Museum
Wanna know what it would be like to fly Korean War MiG-15? You can find out at Open Cockpit Day at the Oakland Aviation Museum. Get a glimpse of flight training in a simulator and let the imagination run wild in the Navy A-3 Sky Warrior. You can even tour the Solent Flying Boat from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s a food vendor area on site, too so you can grab lunch before or after exploring. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Head to Hummingbird Day at the UCSC Arboretum
Hummingbird Day celebrates one of nature’s vibrant aerial acrobats, the hummingbird. Hummingbirds just can’t resist the temptation of such a plentiful supply of nectar at the Arboretum. During the event, nature lovers of all ages will see and learn about these amazing birds, and the gardens that host and support them. The event includes crafts such as mobiles, masks, finger puppets and seed balls as well as bird walks, face painting and a scavenger hunt. Sat. Event details.

Sing Good Night Construction Site in Sunnyvale
Everyone’s Favorite Construction Site … with Songs! Bedtime’s approaching, and the construction vehicles need their rest. But Crane Truck is afraid of the dark – what to do? The beloved children’s book comes to life in a world-premiere musical for all ages, presented by Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Look up for the Leaping Leprechaun
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s leaping leprechaun! Head on over to the Hiller Aviation Museum for some St. Patrick’s Day magic when one of the museum’s own skydives from a helicopter and down to the airport. Activities includes face painting, a bounce house and a special pot of gold treasure hunt. Kids who wear green will receive a special parachute. The event goes from 10 a.m. to noon but the leprechaun will leap at 11 a.m. Sat. Event details.

Dig Deep for a Spring Gardening Party
Spring over to Hidden Villa organic farm in Los Altos Hills on the eve of the first day of spring. Get into the spirit along aside the farm animals with Asheba’s live Caribbean children’s music, while you go on a garden scavenger hunt, meet the garden fairy, crawl through a community-built spider web, plant take home seeds and even arrange your a flower bouquet. Space is limited, register in advance. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Make Saturday a Real Catch
Park Rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing at McInnis Park Pond. A limited number of fishing poles, bait and tackle boxes will be provided first-come, first-serve. Fishing licenses are required for participants age 16 and over. Sat. Event details.

Put Off Bedtime for this Headlands Night Hike
Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you’re going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight. This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Our evening hikes are usually no more than 2 miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike we provide all the necessary supplies for some fun around the campfire including S’more roasting, campfire skits & fun sing alongs. Sat. Event details.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Tell us why in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers