Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Phoenix: Festivals, Events, and Parades

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Many people enjoy a taste of Irish culture on St. Patrick's Day. In Phoenix, Arizona, and the surrounding area, revelers can celebrate the holiday with 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.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Irish Cultural Center

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 Third Street and Sheridan, heading south through Downtown Phoenix.

On the day of the parade, the 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 is also 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 Ave., which includes a shuttle ride.

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St. Patrick's Day Weekend at the Irish Cultural Center

Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, Arizona

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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 with the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Ceili, a family-oriented Irish social dance, plus tea ceremony sittings (with paid admission). 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 takes place that day, and there is musical entertainment onstage.

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Experience Ireland at MIM

Experience Ireland
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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 curated talks. Attendees will have a chance to learn about the Irish fiddle, enjoy a photo booth, engage in face painting, and more. All of the performances and activities are included with paid museum admission.

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St. Patrick's Day Weekend Show: Boondocks Improv

At Dearing Acting Studio in Phoenix, 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 hosts and the closing act is Boondocks Improv.

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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.

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Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Local Pubs and Bars

Saint Patrick's Day revelers

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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 celebrates with live music, drink specials, and trivia on St. Patrick's Day. Or check out McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon in Glendale 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 all of the various Irish pubs.

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Kiss Me, I'm Irish Run

The Kiss Me I’m Irish Run

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Have a fun St. Patrick's Day with the annual "Kiss Me, I'm Irish Run," which includes 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 the main race, 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.

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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, which starts in the afternoon and goes on until the wee hours of the morning. Enjoy drink specials at more than 10 venues in Old Town, and remember to pace yourself or you may not make it to the end. 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.

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The Wigwam’s Shamrock Shindy

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 donates its proceeds to benefit Arizona Assistance in Healthcare.

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St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills Chamber

Fountain Hills Chamber

The famous fountain—one of the world's largest—which was built in 1970 in Fountain Hills, Arizona, turns green every year on March 17. 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.

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