Shay Black: Traditional Irish music session, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21, sliding scale. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-841-2082.
The Buena Vista's St. Patrick's Irish Festival: Binge on soda bread, corned beef & cabbage, & beer. See the birthplace of Irish coffee. Listen to The Fingers, Scottish bagpiper Tom Harvey, and various Celtic jigs, fiddles, & bluegrass., noon-11 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, March 14. Buena Vista Cafe, 2765 Hyde (at Beach), 474-5044.
Celtic Rock: Have a few pints of Guinness while swaying along to Celtic Rock, a Celtic band, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, free. Ireland's 32, 3920 Geary (at Third Ave.), 386-6173.
Crossroads Irish American Festival: Featuring Irish-themed events such as a performance by Andrew MacNamara & Friends, children's stories, music & dance with Kieran Marsden, and Melanie O'Reilly & Seán Ó Nûailláin singing the tales of 19th century Irish women immigrants, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, free. Main Library, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.
Dizzee Rascal: British-born hip hop and R&B artist performs, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, $15. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie (at Mint), 820-9669.
Metropolis Green Party: It'll be easy to get lucky at this gorgeous boy circuit-ish party. Green Jell-O shots, green attire, & L.A. DJ Kimberly S. round out a night of drunken revelry, 10 p.m. Saturday, March 13, $5-$10. Space 550, 550 Barneveld (between Industrial & Oakdale), 550-8286.
The Original Mad Hannans: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with rock and country twang songs, Wednesday, March 17, $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway (at Embarcadero), Fairfax, 459-1091.
Qoöl: Come drink and dance with the assistance of DJs Saturnia, Hyper D, Farmboy, Jondi, Scott Carrelli, & Spesh at this happening happy hour, 5-9:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $5. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna (at Second St.), 974-1719.
Saint Patrick's Day Block Party: One of San Francisco's largest block parties, featuring Blue on Green, Hy Brassyl, a performance by the Whelan Academy of Irish Dance, a tasty Irish brunch, and more, 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 17. O'Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 622 Green (at Stockton), 415-989-6222.
San Francisco St. Patrick's Day Parade: Wear your favorite green threads as you celebrate the Irish community by watching the 152nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade as it marches from Market & Second Street up to City Hall, noon Sunday, March 14, free, 675-9885 (information). Market & Second St., Market & Second St.
St Paddy's Day Blowout Bash: DJs Ken Louie & Schrobi-Girl, Claire & Pop, & Martin Lacey, help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with hip hop, club hits, Irish music, & more, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, free. Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary (at 5th Ave.), 221-7767.
St. Patrick's Day Burning Man Fundraiser: Sure, it's yet another loopy Burning Man fund-raiser, but it's also an all-you-can-drink party, fitting for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, $25. Sublounge, 628 20th St. (at Illinois), 552-3603.
St. Patrick's Day Happy Hour: Drink up with $3 Guinness, $2 pints, live music, and more, Wednesday, March 17. Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason (at Geary), 292-BLUE (2583).
St. Patrick's Rock Party: Featuring Frank Moore Allstar Band, Wolfdog, and Slandt, 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $5. Kimo's Penthouse, 1351 Polk (at Bush), 885-4535.
St. Patty's Day Punk Bash IV: Thrash around this St. Patrick's Day to the not-so-smooth musical stylings of The Bar Feeders, Everything Must Go, Texas Thieves, The Nightcrawlers, High Tower, & The Idiots, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.
Tempest: Hear this folk-rock band mixing Irish reels, Scottish songs, Norwegian tunes, and other world music at this most happening Mission spot, 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $12. 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission (at 22nd St.), 970-9777.
Test Event: Drink green beer!, 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $5. Plough & Stars, 116 Clement (at Second Ave.), 751-1122.
Traditional Irish Music by Driving with Fergus: Bagpipers, Irish step dancers, corned beef cabbage, and ale -- what more does one need in celebrate St. Patrick's Day? 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $7. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-841-2082.
Zoo Station: Come hear the tunes of Ireland's most famous band, U2, performed by one of San Francisco's most popular cover bands, Zoo Station, 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $8. Last Day Saloon, 406 Clement (at Sixth Ave.), 387-6343.