Céad Mile Fáilte! A hundred thousand welcomes. St. Patrick's Day in Albuquerque promises more activities and celebrations than can be stuffed into one day, so take a look at a month’s worth of smatterings and choose several to celebrate a little bit o' Ireland.
Updated for 2016.
St. Baldrick's Foundation
The New Mexico Firefighters will have a St. Baldrick's fundraiser at the Santa Ana Star Center on March 13 from noon to 4 p.m. The firefighters will shave their heads There will be pipes and drums, live music, Irish dancers, an aerial ladder climb, silent auction, jumpers for the kids, a classic car display, food and more.
This is a free event, donations welcome, March 13.
The ShamRock Fest at the Balloon Museum features food, music, arts and crafts, sports activities, a silent auction, Kids Zone and more. The Fest is Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
High Desert Pipe and Drums
The group will perform on March 13-17 at both the Nob Hill and Heights locations.
St. Patrick's Day at O'Niell's
O'Niell's will serve Irish specialties such as corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew. Music, celebrations and dance will happen at both O'Niell's locations. O'Niell's will open at 10 a.m. High Desert Pipes and Drums will perform at Nob Hill at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Heights. St. Patrick's Day is March 17.
St. Patrick's Day Hot Air Balloon Rally
Every year on St.
Patrick's day weekend, hot air balloons rise over the skies of Belen. Get up close with Smokey the Bear, Shamrock Patty and the Flighthouse balloons. Get out early at 7 a.m. to Eagle Park, 1619 West Delgado Avenue, March 18 - 20.
Lace your shoes and go green in a 10 miler, 10K, 5K or Kids K. Don't forget to wear green! The shuffle is Sunday, March 13.
Brother Mathias Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
The 65th annual dinner features traditional Irish food. Proceeds benefit the Good Shepherd Center, which helps the area's homeless population. Tickets can be purchased at the door. There will be a full Irish feast, children's games and entertainment. Take out dinners available. The dinner takes place at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Barrett House, Good Shepherd Center or Holy Family West. The dinner is March 17.
Annual St. Patrick's Day Party
The food will be pot luck, so the luck of the Irish be with you. Bring a dish and enjoy the music and dance. The German American Club is located at 4821 Menaul NE. The event runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on March 13.
One of the hottest Irish groups of the day, Lunasa will join Tim O'Brien at the KiMo for one night only, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Caladh Nua comes from the south of Ireland to perform traditional Irish music with a contemporary flair. See them at Popejoy Hall March 20 at 3 p.m.
Irish Organizations and Events in Albuquerque All Year
Irish American Society of New Mexico
The society is dedicated to Irish culture in New Mexico and meets the second Friday of the month at 4821 Menaul NE.
Rio Grande Celtic Festival and Highland Games
The annual Celtic Festival features Scottish traditions, from bagpipe music to games such as the sheaf toss. You'll also find vendors and entertainment all weekend long. Don't miss out on the Highland Dance. The games take place May 21 and 22 at Balloon Fiesta Park.
Southwest Genealogical Society
The Irish Research Group meets at the Main Library Special Collections room on the third floor. It features workshops and classes.
The music is Irish and the fun is authentic. Listen to live music and enjoy the craic on Sundays from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the "old" O'Niells, 4310 Central SE.
Two Fools Tavern
Enjoy Celtic music in this family friendly event every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find Two Fools Tavern at 3211 Central NE.
Celtic Music Resources
Apple Mountain Music
For folk music instruments and instruction, Apple Mountain Music offers everything you need. Find hammered dulcimers, bodhrans, harps, Irish whistle and more. Classes are offered at the Apple Mountain store, or other locations. They also offer an ongoing slate of folk music concerts.
Coleman Academy of Irish Dance
Irish step dancing and competitions.
Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance New Mexico
Tir Conaill is a highly accomplished Irish step dance school offering classes in the NE Heights for ages 4 through adults. Instructor Christopher McGrory is a native of Dublin, Ireland. Beginners may start at any time year round. The first two classes are free. For more information, please call (505) 710-0558.
McTeggart School of Irish Dance
McTeggart specializes in traditional Irish solo and Ceili dancing. The school has locations in Corrales and Albuquerque. Call 505-404-9126 for more information.
Ceili Dance Classes
Classes are held every Wednesday at the German American Club, 4821 Menaul NE. No experience necessary. Call Norita Callahan at 505-298-2708 for information.
Irish Traditional Step Dancing
Beginners can start at any time. Lessons are at the Lloyd Shaw Dance Studio, 5506 Coal SE. Contact Beverly Coleman at 866-5867. Saturdays.