On the Coast picks for this weekend, March 14-16

From the St. Patrick's Day parade, to wine and painting to African rhythms, we've got the right stuff for you.

Are you looking for things to do to keep the family busy? Read on.

Cast of Izabobo! An African Musical (African Stages Association of BC)

1. St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown Vancouver

Head to the corner of Howe and Davie streets on Sunday for the annual celebration of all things Irish, and don't forget your shamrocks and green gear.

An estimated 200,000 people will be out on the streets to watch pipe and drums bands, Celtic musicians, dancers, and mounted horse drill teams, among many others. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and ends at Georgia and Granville streets.

Crowds at CelticFest (CelticFest Vancouver)

And the Vancouver Cruiser Bike Club is also doing its annual St. Pat's ride, from the London Pub on Main Street, starting at noon.

2. Salt Spring in the City, Heritage Hall, Vancouver

If you envy the lifestyle of the Gulf Islands, head to Heritage Hall this weekend for a taste. Artisans will show off their creative talents and you could go home with a piece of Salt Spring Island (or at least something made there).

More than 30 artists will bring "bohemian" to the mainland to display the best of the island. Cost of admission will go to the Save on Meats token program.

3. Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Richmond Oval

It's also known as Murderball. The Oval hosts the 15th annual event, with 11 teams from across North America. Many of the members of Canada'a national wheelchair rugby team, which won silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games, will be there. Come watch the game of skill, hard hits, and clutch plays.

Catch a game of B.C. Wheelchair Rugby this weekend at the Richmond Oval. (BC Wheelchair Sports Association)

4. IZABOBO! An African Musical

The musical follows the story of a village girl struggling between her traditional village and the city. It's a celebration of life and African culture, including lively rhythms, dance and poetic dialogue. The performance features African instruments and songs - a good bet for the whole family.

5. Palette: Eat, Paint, Create!

Time to unleash your inner Van Gogh or Jackson Pollock. Drink wine and nibble on olives and fancy cheese with paintbrush in hand at this Place des Arts evening event. You'll get a 20x20 canvas to paint your masterpiece at the Maillardville arts hub.