St. Patrick's Day festivities in San Francisco.

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St. Patrick’s Day Dominates This Weekend’s Events And Traffic Report

Bob Pryor
March 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

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If the luck of the Irish is really a thing, it’s in full force this weekend. The forecast calls for nothing but sunshine and green clothing at St. Patrick's Day parades in San Francisco and Dublin (in Alameda County, not Ireland). A new event will have its debut in San Jose this year — the Shamrock Run. 

If you're heading into San Francisco for the parade or other festivities from Marin, think about taking the Golden Gate Ferry. They've added extra trips on the Larkspur route, so the boat can be your designated driver. 


Sun, Mar 17 at 8am: San Jose Shamrock Run 10K and 5K.

The first annual event starts and finishes at San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose and about 2,000 runners are expected. The post-race festival will continue on San Pedro Street and St. John Street until approximately noon.

  • Pro tip:  If you’re going to be in the downtown area, for any reason, from 7:30am to about 10:15am, you’ll want to look at the race’s Road Closure webpage, because a number of streets will be closed, including a couple of Hwy-87 off-ramps.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Jose: Numerous streets in the area around San Pedro Square.


Sat, Mar 16 at 9:30am: The 36th Annual Dublin Lions Club St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place in downtown Dublin.  Afterward, the festival is just a short walk away, at the Dublin Civic Center. The festival runs on Saturday from 10am to 7pm and on Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. 

  • Pro tip: A full listing of parade-related road closures and times is here. If you’re headed to the parade, exit at the West Dublin BART Station and the parade is just about 2 blocks away. If you’re driving, consider parking on Clark Avenue; it’s located midway between the parade and the festival and is just a short walk to both events.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Several streets in downtown Dublin (see above).

Sun, Mar 17 at 8:30am: Dublin: Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk. Race is expected to draw over 2,000 participants. 

  • Pro tip: Before you go, peruse the 7am-10am street closures listed here. As with the parade and festival, consider getting there via BART, exiting at the West Dublin Station and taking a Wheels Rapid 30R bus It’s free for those attending the festival, and the festival area is near the start/finish line.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Dublin Blvd, Village Parkway, Amador Valley Blvd, York Drive, Alamo Creek Trail, Alamo Canal Trail, ending at the Civic Center. 


Fri, Mar 15 (3pm-10pm); Sat, Mar 16 (10am-10pm); Sun, Mar 17 (10am-8pm); and other days (except Monday) through the end of the month: Redwood City’s Courthouse Square hosts “Putt’n Around”, an all-weather 18-hole mini-golf course, complete with scaled decorations and nighttime black light golf. Players also get entrance fee discounts at the nearby San Mateo County History Museum.

  • Areas and roadways affected: In Redwood City: Possible extra traffic in the vicinity of Courthouse Square on Broadway, Middlefield Rd, Marshall St. and Hamilton St.


Sat, Mar 16 at 11:30am: San Francisco: Saint Patrick’s Day Parade takes place.

This year the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival, which normally takes place at Civic Center from 10am-5pm, has been canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances”. But the parade, with Mayor London Breed as Grand Marshal, is definitely still on.

  • Pro tip: Market Street between 1st Street and Van Ness Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning at 11am. There will be no cross traffic along Market Street during the parade, which should end by 4pm. Streets will reopen as the marchers pass and the streets are cleaned.

    Beginning at 10:30am until the end of parade, Mission Street between Beale and 5th streets will be designated as transit-only street until Market Street re-opens.

  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Francisco: Mainly Market Street, McAllister Street, and Mission Street (the last repurposed as transit-only),


Sat, Mar 16 starting at 9:30am: Golden Gate Ferry: To serve those going to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco, the ferry will supplement its normal weekend service from Sausalito and Larkspur with added Larkspur Ferry service. Added trips will "load and go," meaning boats will leave as soon as they are full and ready to depart.

  • Pro tip: Boarding will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Ferry officials recommend that customers arrive at least 60 minutes early and purchase tickets in advance. Oh, and don’t forget: No outside beverages allowed on the boats.