Around the Bay in March 2018

PIER 39 is welcoming the start of spring in a big way on the evening of Saturday, March 24.

Spring Fireworks at PIER 39

PIER 39 is welcoming the start of spring in a big way on the evening of Saturday, March 24. The skies will be illuminated with a dazzling fireworks display in celebration of the spring equinox. Before the show, grab dinner at one of PIER 39’s numerous restaurants and enjoy free entertainment and giveaways at the Carousel Stage. The fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m. over San Francisco Bay.


Hey Girl Bingo!

Hop off the ferry and join your friends at Rosenblum Cellars in Jack London Square with the one-and-only drag queen Shelix on the first and third Thursdays (March 1 and 15) at 6 p.m. for Hey Girl Bingo! Shelix is your hostess with the bingo mostess and she sets a hilarious tone for an evening of fun, wine and bingo prizes! The waterfront venue at Jack London Square makes for a great weeknight get together with friends. Get ready to laugh and have a great time. Simply buy a glass of wine to get a game card and win! For more information, call (510) 601-2200 or visit


167th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture, the 167th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 17. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. 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. The San Francisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is a time to celebrate and participate in the city’s Irish culture and it’s a great day out for everyone—Irish or otherwise. A full day of 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 nonprofit booths representing the Irish community. This colorful San Francisco event is the largest St. Patrick’s Day event west of the Mississippi, attracting tens of thousands of people each year. Again this year, the festival will be held at Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall. The festival is full of flair and offers all in attendance the opportunity to truly experience Irish culture. The festival starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. For more information, please visit


Mmmmm Bacon… and Beer Festival

The Oakland Bacon and Beer Festival is coming back for a fifth year. On Saturday, March 10 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Market Building at Jack London Square, @eat Boston, Bison Organic Beer and Oakland Grown present the fifth annual Oakland Bacon and Beer Festival as a fundraiser for Oakland Grown. The Oakland Bacon and Beer Festival is a day to celebrate two amazing comestibles, bacon and beer. Your ticket ($45-$65) gets you into the festival, where you’re free to sample from the restaurants and brewers. The Market Building at Jack London Square is located at 55 Harrison in Oakland. Tickets are available at


More Beer Here!

Marin’s favorite rite of spring, the 23rd Annual Fairfax Brewfest, will take place on Saturday, March 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event features 24 of the best California microbrewers pouring the freshest batches of over 70 of their award-winning ales, lagers and special limited brews alongside live music and delicious pub food at the historic Fairfax Pavilion. Presented by Iron Springs Pub & Brewery and the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, the festival brings you a day of great beer, music, food and friends! Being one of the first big beer events of the season, many of the brewmasters themselves will be pouring the beer so patrons can critique, ask questions and swap beer stories with the experts. Taste the brews and meet the brewers who make these amazing libations. Besides unlimited beer tastings all day, you can dance to hoppin’ live music from Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Visit for more information.


Obama’s Back!

Oakland’s Oracle Arena will host a moderated conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama on March 28 at 8 p.m. As a transformative first lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives: Let’s Move!, to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher, to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school. Tickets are available at


12th Annual SF Chocolate Salon

TasteTV and the International Chocolate Salon are pleased to announce the original and premier artisan chocolate show on the west coast takes place this Spring at the 12th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon on March 11 at its new location in Golden Gate Park. Featuring a delicious selection chosen and curated by the organizers, the participants include master chocolatiers, confectioners and other culinary artisans. Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, buyers and journalists can experience the finest in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary metropolitan areas. Salon highlights include chocolate tasting, chef talks, demos, and ongoing interviews by TasteTV’s Chocolate Television program. Salon entry includes all chocolate and confection tastings and demos. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the County Fair Building at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door, children 6-12 are $10. Visit for more information.


Second Saturdays in JLS

Second Saturdays, a new monthly open air market on the Oakland waterfront, featuring up to 100 artisan vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment and great food from local vendors and favorite eateries. The event  kicks off on Saturday, March 10 and runs for the rest of the year. True to its namesake, Second Saturday will be held every second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The flagship monthly event is open to the public and free to attend. Taking place on the waterfront in Jack London Square, the new series will feature independent vendors with a strong Bay Area presence, including Imagination Unlimited, Old School Copes and the Lisa Inez. Second Saturday serves as a platform for local entrepreneurs and business owners to showcase their products and services at a monthly family festive event.



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