Many people enjoy a taste of Irish culture on St. Patrick's Day. In March 2020, Phoenix, Arizona, and the surrounding area have St. Patrick's Day parades, kilt runs, bagpipers, live bands, a lovely huge green fountain, and more. Enjoy Irish music, dance, and frivolity throughout the Valley of the Sun.
If you'd rather have a pint of Guinness or a plate of corned beef and cabbage, many bars and restaurants have special deals and festivities on St. Patrick's Day as well.
Called "The Greenest Day in the Desert," the St. Patrick's Day parade has marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, and more. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on March 14, 2020, at Third Street and Sheridan, heading south through Downtown Phoenix.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, the 2020 Phoenix St Patrick’s Day Faire takes place at Margaret T. Hance Park. Guests can enjoy three stages of Irish music and step dancing, bagpipe players, genealogy information, crafts, and a children's area. There will be plenty of food and drink for sale and a VIP pub hosting Arizona craft beers.
There is no cost to enter the parade, but purchasing tickets online to the Faire will get you free parking at the garage located at 1850 North Central Avenue, which includes a shuttle ride.
Experience a full weekend of activities with the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, including dancing, family activities, and traditional music of Ireland.
The events kick off on March 14, 2020, with the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Ceili, a family-oriented Irish social dance, plus tea ceremony sittings (with paid admission).
On March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library, look for holiday programming including family story hour and a Genealogy Centre to learn more about your Irish family history. Another ceili will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. that day, and there will be musical and other entertainment onstage.
A perfect way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day is at “Experience Ireland” at MIM, the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix. Expect two days of Celtic-inspired fun including Irish music and dancing, crafts, and curator talks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 14 and 15, 2020. Attendees will have a chance to learn about the Irish fiddle, enjoy a photo booth, engage in face painting, and more.
Performances and activities are included with paid museum admission.
St. Patrick's Day Weekend Show: Boondocks Improv
At Dearing Acting Studio in Phoenix on March 14, 2020, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., don green attire and get your improv on for a St. Patrick's Day show with the family-friendly Chaos Comedy, a long-form improv troupe that uses the audience for inspiration at their performances. Shea Toepel will host and the closing act will be Boondocks Improv. Buy your tickets online.
The Deadlys Band First Breakthrough Performance
Grab a beer and enjoy a holiday show by The Deadlys Band—featuring members of The Bollox and Authority Zero and described as whiskey-drinking music. Group members include Jason DeVore and Keith Walker. The band's first performance will take place on March 17, 2020, at Sunbar Tempe from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for a discounted price.
You can probably find about a thousand bars that will serve Irish whiskey and 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.
If you don't mind driving about 35 minutes from Phoenix, Fibber Magees in Chandler will celebrate with live music, drink specials, and trivia on March 17, 2020. Or check out McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon in Glendale on the holiday to enjoy all you can eat fish and chips, games, prizes, and deals on green beer and margaritas.
Even if it isn't St. Patrick's Day, the craic (fun and entertainment) is mighty in Phoenix all year long at various Irish pubs.
Kiss Me, I'm Irish Run
On March 14, 2020, have a fun St. Patrick’s Day with the 10th Annual Kiss Me, I'm Irish Run entailing a half marathon, an 8k run/walk, or a 4k run/walk at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona (about a 30-minute drive from Phoenix). It's a festive occasion with live Irish music, costume prizes, and a post-race party.
The Kilt Run will take place the day before on March 13, 2020, supporting the American Cancer Society. Guests can bring their own kilt or wear the one provided. Your entry includes a kilt, a finisher’s medal, and a Kilt Lifter brew (for those of age) to have at McFadden’s St. Patrick's Party.
Scottsdale St. Patrick's Day Block Party & Pub Crawl
Put on some green clothes, drive about 25 minutes from Phoenix, and join the annual Scottsdale pub crawl starting March 14, 2020, at 2 p.m. and going until 2 a.m. the next day. Buy tickets online and then check-in between 2 and 6 p.m. at the Three Wisemen bar on E. Shoeman Lane on March 14 to enjoy drink specials at more than 10 venues in Old Town. With your wristband purchase, you'll receive a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl kit with drink coupons and a map to free welcome shots at certain bars.
The Wigwam’s Shamrock Shindy
On March 14, 2020, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Wigwam—a 440-acre resort in Litchfield Park, an approximately 40-minute drive from Phoenix—will hold the Shamrock Shindy event. Featuring live music by the Fabulous Keen Brothers, Irish-inspired food, green beer, and lawn games, the gathering will donate its proceeds to benefit Arizona Assistance in Healthcare.
The famous fountain—one of the world's largest—which was built in 1970 in Fountain Hills, Arizona, will turn green on March 17, 2020, as it does every year. It may be worth the approximately 55-minute drive from Phoenix to Fountain Park at noon on St. Patrick's Day, one of the special occasions for which the green spectacle spouts at its full height of 560 feet (170 meters) into the air.