St. Patrick's Day

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

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

Everyone becomes just a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day. In mid-March we have St. Patrick's Day parades, St. Patrick's Day 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
    ••• 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 18, 2017 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. Live Irish music, costume (human and pet) prizes. Post-race party. Registration fees range from $15 to $100.

    On the day before, March 17, the Friday night Kilt Run will take place. Come and help break the World Record for number of runners in kilts while raising funds to support the American Cancer Society. You can bring your own kilt or wear the one we give you. About 1,800 runners wearing kilts will be required to bring the world record to Glendale Arizona. 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
    ••• Experience Ireland. Courtesy MIM

    On March 11 and 12, 2017 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.

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    Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, AZ
    ••• Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, AZ. Judy Hedding

    A full day of authentic Irish activities, including campus tours, scavengers hunts, live music, Family Story Hour and crafts for kids, and the special exhibit Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy on Friday, March 17. 

    On March 21 and March 22, Mick Moloney will be starting a two-day residency in Phoenix. Moloney, the world renowned Irish musician and folklorist, will be putting on workshops, concerts, and lectures.

    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
    ••• Shamrock Fest!. Courtesy Murphy's Law, Chandler

    Live entertainment, Irish dancers, bagpipe players, festive games, traditional food, themed activities and a beer garden in Downtown Chandler on Friday, March 17 from 4 p.m. to midnight. The Lucky Leprechaun zone will feature Wee Man wrestling while the Kiss Me I’m Irish activity zone will offer festive fun like jumbo lawn games, stein holding contests, eating contests, cabbage bowling, and a money grab game. In the Bagpipes & Brews craft beer lounge, enjoy a variety of local and rare craft beers as well as live entertainment by bagpipe players. Over in the Four Leaf Clover food court, enjoy St. Patty’s day favorites like corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and more. Presale general admission is $8 online and $10 at the door. 21+ only.  VIP admission is $80, available through online presale only. The VIP zone will begin at 4 p.m. and includes six alcohol beverages, catered food and treats, private restrooms, private seating and front stage access.

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    Pot of Gold Music Festival in Arizona
    ••• Pot of Gold Music Festival in Arizona. Lucky Man Concerts

    March 17 and 18, 2017 at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler. The all-ages event takes place Friday and Saturday at noon (gates at 11 a.m.) and ends at midnight each night. Two stages will be set up. Scheduled to appear: Smokepurpp, Katchafire, Desiigner, Matisyahu, Action Bronson, 311, Rae Sremmurd, Sublime with Rome, G-Eazy, Potty Mouth, We The King, Wolf Parade, Bouncing Souls, X-Ambassador, Less Than Jake, Fitz & The Tantrums, NOFX, Death Cab For Cutie, Flogging Molly, as well as a number of local artists performing inside. Single day general admission tickets are $69 and weekend general admission tickets are $130.  Single day VIP tickets are $200 and weekend VIP tickets are $350. Service charges will apply. VIP area is 21+ only. Prices increase day of show and at the door on the day of each event. 

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    Downtown Chandler Art Walk
    ••• Downtown Chandler Art Walk. Judy Hedding

    Chandler Art Walk has themed their upcoming show the Shamrockin’ Art Walk, where Irish music and more than 30 local artisans will gather in downtown Chandler on Friday, March 17, from 6 to - 9:30 p.m. Free admission. Music will be 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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    Celtic Music and Microbrew Festival in Phoenix
    ••• The World's Tallest Leprechaun. Ed Krieger, Courtesy Celtic Music and Microbrew Festival

    Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily in The Backyard at Arizona State Fairgrounds (enter at West Monte Vista Road and 19th Avenue). Three stages of entertainment. featuring World's Tallest Leprechaun, Double M Stockdogs Sheepherding Demonstrations, Sword Fighting Demonstrations, QTentertainment Balloons & Face Painting, Dog Instinct Testing To Herd Sheep (fee). 30 microbrews, and festival attendees 21+ can purchase a flight for $15, while they last, to taste eight, four ounce sample Microbrews. Authentic Celtic food, kilt contests. Tickets: $12 per person; $10 Students, Seniors and Military; $18 for Two-Day Passes; children 10 and under free. On Saturday, March 11 for each full priced ticket purchased at $12, $2 will be donated to Aunt Rita's Foundation, dedicated to the elimination of, and suffering from, HIV and AIDS. On Sunday, March 12, for each full priced ticket purchased at $12, $2 will be donated to Phoenix Children's...MORE Hospital.  

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

    Who doesn’t love beer and golf? Stop by the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Wildfire Golf Club to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at their Guinness Party. From 4pm -7pm stop by the Wildfire driving range and enjoy pints of Guinness, play Irish themed games and listen to Irish music. A player or two may also stop by. Guinness will supply door prizes to the first 5,000 fans who enter the tournament grounds that morning.

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    LUSTRE Rooftop Bar in Phoenix
    ••• Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

    Wear green to redeem drink specials on the hour, every hour on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Specials include green beer and cocktails, Hell-Cat Maggie cocktails and Irish food. Live music starts at 1 p.m. Downtown Phoenix, at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

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    ••• Party at Padre Murphy's in Glendale. Judy Hedding

    You can probably find about a thousand bars that will serve Irish Whiskey and Irish stouts, but some of our 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.