Your Bay Area guide to St. Patrick's Day 2013 

click to enlarge Based in Europe, Celtica mixes blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band. Check them out on Saturday at Abbey Tavern on Geary. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Based in Europe, Celtica mixes blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band. Check them out on Saturday at Abbey Tavern on Geary.

Check out these festive events and pubs around San Francisco this weekend in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

IRISH TUNES AND EVENTS

St. Patrick’s Day ?Celebration

  • 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • $10
  • The 40th annual party features performances by Driving with Fergus, the McBride Irish Dancers and John Slaymaker & the Monday Night Céilí.
  • Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
  • (510) 841-2082, ww.starryploughpub.com

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Free.
  • “Honoring the Celctic Woman” is the theme of this year’s festivities, which include food, drink, dancing and cultural and business exhibitions.
  • Civic Center Plaza, between Grove, Polk, Larkin and McAllister streets, S.F.;
  • www.saintpatricksdaysf.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  • 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Free.
  • San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White is grand marshal.
  • Begins at Second and Market streets, goes down Market, ends at Civic Center, S.F.
  • www.saintpatricksdaysf.com

The Chieftain

  • 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Local 798 and Guinness host a fundraiser for the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation.
  • 198 Fifth St., S.F.
  • (415) 621-7103,
  • RSVP: Barbara@sffdlocal798.org.

Celtica

  • 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • No cover.
  • Based in Europe, the group mixes blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band.
  • Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary Blvd., S.F.; (415) 221-7767, www.abbeytavern-sf.com

Zoo Station

  • 8 p.m. Saturday.
  • $15-$21.
  • The U2 cover band headlines.
  • Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.
  • (415) 800-8782, www.brickandmortarmu?sic.com]

The Barbary Ghosts

  • 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • $5
  • The San Franicsco band’s debut album “The Ghost of the William Grey” combines traditional sea chanties, old-time ballads, drinking songs and well-crafted originals. Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, The Hobgobelins and Renée De La Prade also are on the bill.
  • Amnesia, 863 Valencia St., S.F.
  • (415) 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com

 

Crossroads Irish-American Festival: Select events

Laurence Nugent, Paddy Egan

  • 9 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Free.
  • Tin-whistle and flute champion Nugent appears with concertina virtuoso Egan in this rare performance.
  • Plough and Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F.
  • (415) 751-1122, www.the?ploughandstars.com

Irish American stories workshop

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23.
  • $20
  • The United Irish Cultural Center sponsors a session called “Creating Narratives from Family Records”; participants access ancestry records.
  • Patrick J. Dowling Library, 2700 45th Ave., S.F.
  • (415) 661-2700, www.irishcentersf.org

Bay Area Irish-American writers

  • 2 to 4 p.m. April 7.
  • Free.
  • Catherine Brady, Terence Clarke, Linda Norton and Eddie Stack read from short story and poetry collections.
  • USF Main Campus, McLaren Conference Center, Room 250, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.
  • (415) 810-3774, www.irishamericancrossroads.org

Patrick Cotter, Matthew Sweeney

  • 7 to 9 p.m. April 18.
  • Free
  • The Irish poets read from their collections.
  • Book Shop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.
  • (415) 564-8080, www.bookshopwestportal.com

Kevin Burke, John Carty

  • 8 p.m. April 26.
  • $15-$20
  • The evening of traditional Irish music features virtuoso fiddler Burke, pictured, and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Carty.
  • Brick and Mortar Music Hall, ?1710 Mission St., S.F.
  • (415) 800-8782, www.brickandmortarmusic.com

More live music

  • Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary Blvd., (415) 221-7767, www.abbeytavern-sf.com
  • The Chieftain, 198 Fifth St., S.F., (415) 615-0916, www.thechieftain.com
  • Napper Tandy, 3200 24th St., S.F., (415) 550-7510
  • O’Reillys,  622 Green St., S.F., (415) 989-6222. http://sforeillys.com/events.html

 

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