Be a car-free celebrant when you head to San Francisco’s 159th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday or to the first Sunday Streets event of the year.
Downtown Stations Close to St. Paddy’s Day Events
You can exit any of BART’s downtown stations to view the parade. It begins at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Second and Market Streets and travels down Market Street. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade features more than 5,000 participants, including BART’s own award-winning BARTmobile. Last year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade judges honored the BARTmobile with second place in the "Non-Profit" category. The parade will wind down to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Civic Center Plaza. The St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m., is an easy walk from the Civic Center/UN Plaza Station. The festival showcases Irish culture through live performances, children's activities, cultural displays, food and arts and crafts exhibits.
First Sunday Streets on March 14
You can also BART to San Francisco’s Sunday Streets 2010. The first event along The Embarcadero will be held this Sunday, March 14. The Sunday Streets events are aimed to create a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active and explore San Francisco neighborhoods. Use Embarcadero Station and walk along The Embarcadero for a car-free experience. Learn how to skate, salsa or enjoy pedal-powered amusement rides fun activities. For more details on Sunday Streets 2010, please visit www.sundaystreetssf.com.
To avoid crowds after the celebrations, we suggest that you buy a roundtrip ticket.