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St. Patrick's Day Alley Party Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington, SF; facebook.com/aventinesf. 4pm, free. Plunge headfirst into St. Paddy's weekend with this indoor-outdoor bash, featuring drink specials, Sam's Chowder Mobile food truck, and music from DJs Chris Harnett, Zhaldee, Don Lynch, and FGL DAN.
Funcheap's 2014 Shamrock St. Patrick's Weekend Bash SoMa Streat Food Park, 428 11th St, SF; www.somastreatfoodpark.com . Sat/15-Sun/16, noon, $5-10; Mon/17, 5pm, free with RSVP (check website for info). Three days of Irish food truck specials, green beer and other "shamrock drinks," and live music. Arrive before noon Saturday and Sunday to get in free.
Irish Bank St. Patrick's Day Block Party 2014 Irish Bank, 10 Mark Lane, SF; www.theirishbank.com . 9am-midnight, $10 (free before noon). Also Mon/17. Live music starts at noon both days with the Shams, Bog Savages, and DJ Marcus.
"Little Green Men Weekend" Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo, El Cerrito; www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org . 10am-5pm. Through Sun/16. $10-15. This weekend, little green men refers to Martians and leprechauns at this museum of carnival games, antique amusement devices, pinball, and more.
San Francisco's 163rd St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival Parade begins at the corner of Market and Second Sts and marches to Civic Center Plaza, SF; facebook.com/SaintPatricksDaySF. 11:30am, free. The West Coast's largest Irish history and culture event includes a parade down Market Street (you will not believe how many Irish dance troupes hail from the Bay Area!), followed by a Civic Center party. This year's theme is "A Tribute to the Irish Workers of America."
St. Patrick's Day Block Party O'Reilly's, 622 Green, SF; www.sforeillys.com . Noon-10pm. $10. Also Mon/17. Today, check out Fergus and Michael, the Quiet Men, Hooks, Guvernment, and the Bad Jones. Mon/17, check out Gas Men, McCrae's Battalion, the Shams, Shanty Town, and Zoo Station.
"St. Patty's Punk Bash XIV" Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St, SF; www.theeparkside.com . 3:30pm-1am, $12. Music starts at 4:30pm, and here's the order: Dirty Denim, the Rinds, Arnocorps, Nihilist Cunt, Bankrupt District, the Criminals, Poliskitzo, Crimson Scarlet, and La Plebe.
"St. Patrick's Day Blowout" Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF; www.elbo.com . 9pm, $5. With McCraes Battalion, the Butlers, the Guverment, and Another Tangent.
St. Patrick's Party Cha Cha Cha/Original McCarthy's, 2327 Mission, SF; www.cha3.com . 6pm-midnight. Corned beef and cabbage, rivers of Guinness, and live Irish melodies by the Frisky Frolics Quartet. *