St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

Sat Mar 17
Civic Center Plaza
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Family, Food & Drink


Enjoy a true celebration of Irish culture and heritage, at the 167th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the largest festival of its kind on the West Coast. The daylong event takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Civic Center Plaza. The annual Parade is set to begin at 11:30 am at the corner of Market and Second Streets where over 5,000 participants from all over the country will make their way down Market Street in colorful floats, Irish dance troupes, marching bands and more—all the way to Civic Center Plaza.

A full day of fun and interactive activity is planned for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which will showcase the very best in Irish history and culture through live performances and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, and booths representing the Irish community. This colorful San Francisco event is the largest St. Patrick’s Day event west of the Mississippi attracting more than 100,000 people each year.

Featured groups from throughout the Bay Area’s Irish community include schools, youth organizations, labor unions, cultural groups, as well as the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments. In addition, many local political and business leaders will proudly join in the parade and march up Market Street.

Sponsors of the 167thAnnual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival include: LeafFitter and Winning Ways. The St. Patrick’s Day Festival is BARTable.  Take BART to the San Francisco Civic Center/UN Plaza Station.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is presented by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco and produced by Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. For further information please contact SRES at 800-310-6563 or visit To participate in the parade, please contact Kathleen Manning at 415-203-1027 or email [email protected] or visit

About the United Irish Societies of San Francisco (UISF)
The United Irish Societies of San Francisco, Inc., consists of various member Irish Societies, which are represented in this organization by delegates.
The purpose of the United Irish Societies of San Francisco is to preserve and perpetuate the democratic principles of the Irish people, and of those for the freedom of Ireland and of the United States of America; to enlist the goodwill and cooperation of our fellow citizens in support of such democratic principles; and to coordinate the functions of member societies through the maintenance of a master calendar of events. This Organization is exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and athletic purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Visit

About Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc.
Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. (SRES) has over Thirty years of experience producing many of the Bay Areas largest and most successful events. SRES, Inc. produces the following festivals: San Francisco St. Patrick’s’ Day Parade and Festival, The Union Street Festival, Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration, Petaluma’s Butter & Eggs Days Parade & Celebration, The Fillmore Jazz Festival, The North Beach Festival, The Bay Area Blues Festival in Martinez, San Rafael’s Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland, and many more. For more information visit:

WHAT: San Francisco’s 167th Saint Patrick’s Day Festival, The West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history, heritage and culture

WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Saint Patrick’s Day Festival in Civic Center Plaza: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade down Market Street: 11:30 am

ENTERTAINMENT: On the Main Stage:
TBD 10:00 am -11:30 pm
TBD 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Culann's Hounds 2:00 – 4:30 pm

WHERE:  St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street, from Polk to Larkin Streets, Parade begins at the corner of Second and Market Streets to Civic Center Plaza

TICKETS: This event is free and open to the public

INFO: Call 800-310-6563, or visit or


  1. Civic Center Plaza Fulton Street at Larkin, San Francisco, CA