St. Patrick's Day

Phoenix Celebrates St. Patrick's Day on (or close to) March 17

Shamrock Fest in Chandler, AZ
Courtesy of Murphy's Law, Chandler

Everyone becomes just a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day. In mid-March Phoenix has St. Patrick's Day parades, runs, and other events for going green and Irish in mid-March.

Looking for a pint of Guinness or a plate of corned beef and cabbage? Try one of these bars or restaurants with special deals and festivities on St. Patrick's Day.

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    St. Patrick's Day Parade
    Courtesy Irish Cultural Center

    The Parade has marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, and the Arizona Irish Colleen with her Court. After the parade, the festival begins. Central Phoenix.

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    Irish bag pipe
    Gerard Plauche / Getty Images

    Ticketed performances in mid-March will be especially of interest to those wishing to celebrate the Irish in us all.

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    At the Kiss Me I’m Irish Run
    Judy Hedding

    Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a half marathon, 8k run or 4k run/walk, with a 1k "Irish" k for kids and leashed pets (in previous years, check with organizers about the 1k for 2018). Celebrate with live Irish music and costume (human and pet) prizes. Post-race party. Registration fees vary.

    On the day before, the Friday night Kilt Run will take place, supporting the American Cancer Society. You can bring your own kilt or wear the one provided. Your entry includes a kilt, finisher’s medal, cold beverage & admission to McFadden’s St. Patrick's Party.

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    Fountain Hills Chamber
    Courtesy Fountain Hills Chamber

    Yes, the famous fountain in Fountain Hills, Arizona will turn green!

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    Experience Ireland at MIM

    Experience Ireland
    Courtesy MIM

    On March 17 and 18, 2018 you can “Experience Ireland” at MIM, the  Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix. It will be two days of Celtic-inspired fun including Irish music, crafts, Irish dancing, and storytelling. Performances and activities (not food) are included with paid museum admission.

    The 2018 experience includes Irish Bouzouki craft-making activity, a photo booth, toe-tap pianos, Celtic Tones (harp, vocal, fiddle performance), face-painting, Celtic harp workshop, traditional Irish band performance, a curator talk about Irish music, and a performance by The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance. Irish gifts are available for purchase.

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    Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, AZ
    Judy Hedding

    Experience a full day of authentic Irish activities, including an Irish tea ceremony, Ceili dancing, and traditional Irish music. 2018 exhibitions include "From Protest to Peace: Murals by the Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland," "Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy," and "The Book of Kells". 

    Two lucky individuals have a chance to win a trip to Ireland! In order to raise funds to support cultural programming and public events, the “Arizona to Ireland” drawing offers a grand prize trip for two to Ireland in addition to 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Tickets for the drawing cost $10 each or can be purchased for a discount in bundles of three for $25. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library or online.

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    Shamrock Fest in Chandler, AZ
    Courtesy Murphy's Law, Chandler

    Live entertainment, Irish dancers, bagpipe players, festive games, traditional Irish food, themed activities, giant adult games, local vendors, and a beer-cocktail garden in Downtown Chandler on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The 2018 lineup includes Alien Ant Farm, Wyves, Highest Conspiracy, Carvin Jones, August In Stereo, Pride Through Strife, and the Arizona Fire Service Pipe Band.

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    Pot of Gold Music Festival in Arizona
    Lucky Man Concerts

    The Pot of Gold Music Festival takes place March 16 to 18, 2018 at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler. The all-ages event takes place from noon to midnight.

    Scheduled to appear: Russ, Dej Loaf, PNB Rock, They, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Sturgill Simpson, Cody Jinks, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Rebelution, Dirty Heads, Pepper, Magic!, and many more, as well as a number of local artists performing inside.

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    Downtown Chandler Art Walk
    Judy Hedding

    Awaiting details for 2018

    In previous years, Chandler Art Walk has a themed show, the Shamrockin’ Art Walk, where Irish music and more than 30 local artisans will gather in downtown Chandler on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day. Free admission. Music has been provided by Phoenix band, Kilted Spirit. Handmade artisan products vary, ranging from woodwork pieces, paintings, illustrations, jewelry, and more. Many of the vendors have items priced at just $50 or less, with most accepting credit cards. Downtown Chandler.

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    LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix - Pints of Guinness
    Richard I'Anson / Getty Images

    Awaiting details for 2018

    Who doesn’t love beer and golf? Stop by the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at their Guinness Party. At the Wildfire driving range, enjoy pints of Guinness, play Irish themed games, and listen to Irish music. A player or two has also stopped by in previous years. Guinness has supplied door prizes to the first 5,000 fans who have entered the tournament grounds that morning.

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    LUSTRE Rooftop Bar in Phoenix
    Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

    Awaiting details for 2018

    In previous years, if you wore green at LUSTRE, you could redeem drink specials on the hour, every hour on the Saturday of St. Patrick's Day weekend. Specials have included green beer and cocktails, Hell-Cat Maggie cocktails, and Irish food. Live music has started at 1 p.m. Downtown Phoenix, at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

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    Judy Hedding

    You can probably find about a thousand bars that will serve Irish Whiskey and Irish stouts, but some of the Irish pubs, bars and restaurants around the Phoenix area have even more than that, with special events and/or entertainment for your St. Patrick's Day revelry.

    Even if it isn't St. Patrick's Day, the craic is mighty in Phoenix all year long at these Irish pubs.