Cooney’s Irish Cabaret: The lineup includes Andy Cooney, Noel V. Ginnity, The Guinness Irish Band and Darrah Carr Dance, 8 p.m., $20-$40. United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, 2700 45th Ave., S.F., (415) 661-2700, www.irishcentersf.org
Flogging Molly: The popular Irish band headlines a show also featuring Jerry Hannan & The Mad Hannans and Johnny Madcap & The Distractions. 7:30 p.m., $33.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 548-3010, www.thefoxoakland.com
St. Patrick’s Day Alley Party: The sixth annual afternoon bash features DJs with drink specials and food from Sam’s Chowder Mobile. 4 p.m., free. Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington St., S.F., (415), 981-1500, www.aventinesf.com
2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Presented by United Irish Societies and featuring grand marshals Dan and Margaret McAuliffe, this year’s procession — the 163rd in San Francisco’s history and a tribute to the Irish workers of America — starts downtown and ends at Civic Center Plaza. Begins at 11:30 a.m., Market and Second streets, S.F., www.uissf.org
Crossroads’ St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl: In the third annual event, Marina bars (Eastside West, Comet Club, Circa, Blue Light and others) offer drink specials to tipsy participants. 2 to 6 p.m., $10 advance, multiple locations crossroadsf.com
Shamrock Streat Bash: Food trucks serve traditional Irish offerings as well as beer specials, live music and games. Noon Saturday-Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday, free. SOMA Streat Food Park, 428 11th St., S,F, www.somastreatfoodpark.com.
The Gas Men: The traditional Irish band plays. 9 p.m., cover charge TBA. The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F., (415) 751-1122, www.theploughandstars.com
Irish Bank St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: The bash features music by The Bog Savages, The Shams, DJ Marcus and more. 9 a.m. Saturday and Monday, free before noon, $10 after. Irish Bank, 10 Mark Lane S.F., (415) 788-7152, www.theirishbank.com
O’Reilly’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Day 1: The Hooks, The Quiet Men, Fergus & Michael, The Guverment, The Bad Jones and others provide music. Noon, $10. O’Reilly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 622 Green St., S.F., (415) 989-6222, www.sforeillys.com
The Brogues: The Pogues’ tribute band headlines. 7:30 p.m., $8. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F., (415) 647-2888, www.makeoutroom.com
Katherine Hastings: The Irish American writer, who is Sonoma County’s poet laureate, reads from her new volume “Nighthawks.” 7 p.m., free. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F., (415) 564-8080, www.bookshopwestportal.com
Colm ó Riain: The Irish “genius fiddler” co-headlines a show with Lucia Comnes & Her Rockin’ Irish Band, which combines traditional Irish sounds with rock ‘n roll. 8 p.m., $20. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.,(415) 885-0750, www.slimspresents.com
O’Reilly’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Day 2: Zoo Station, The Gas Men, McCrae’s Battalion, The Shams, Shantytown and others play music. Noon, $10. O’Reilly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 622 Green St., S.F., (415) 989-6222, www.sforeillys.com
Paddy’s Dream: 9 p.m., cover charge TBA. The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F., (415) 751-1122, www.theploughandstars.com Royal Exchange St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: Wonder Bread 5 provides the music. 3 p.m., free. Royal Exchange, 301 Sacramento St., S.F., (415) 956-1710, www.royalexchange.com
St. Patrick’s Day Blowout: Four bands — McCraes Battalion, The Butlers, The Guverment and Another Tangent — appear. 9 p.m., $.5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 552-7788, www.elbo.com
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: The evening features Irish food specials and music by the Shamrock Shakers. 6-9 p.m. John Colins, 138 Minna St., S.F., (415) 512-7493, www.johncolins.com St. Patrick’s Day with Ivor Collins: The Irish bar hosts the troubadour. 5 p.m., free. Chieftain, 198 Fifth St., S,F., (415) 615-0916, www.thechieftain.com.