By Benjamin Leatherman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Katrina Montgomery
By Robrt L. Pela
By Kathleen Vanesian
By New Times
By Ray Stern
By Eric Tsetsi
It's safe to say that St. Patrick's Day is a big-time bash in the Valley. For those of Irish descent, it's a time for taking pride in your heritage and honoring the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. For everyone else, though, it's yet another day for getting soused and sporting silly hats. Everybody wants to be Irish during St. Paddy's Day, just like every two-bit tavern and corner bar is gonna try to cash in on the Gaelic groupies by serving up more green beer than your bladder could possibly hold (hey, does it come out the same color?). Since there are so many places to Erin go, brah, in the PHX, we've compiled listings of all the best places to get your Irish up on Friday, March 17 (unless otherwise noted). It's the biggest lowdown on the green scene since the Book of Kells that'll help clue you in on all the crackalackin' Celtic craics and score your own pot o' partying gold at the end of the rainbow.
You could be the winner of four VIP tickets to the New Times Music Showcase, being held April 9 on Mill Avenue in Tempe; and a case of Bud Light. Count the number of Bud Light bottles that appear in the print version of this St. Patrick's Day Guide and enter online at phoenixnewtimes.com/budlight. Winners must be 21 years or older and will be selected through a random drawing of all correct entries. Winners will be notified by phone by Monday, March 20.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Local New World duo Meadowlark performs its brand of jazzy and Celtic-influenced music as part of the "Music in the Garden" series. Noon Sunday, March 12. $10 for members, $16 for non-members, and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Call 480-941-1225.
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills
Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day celebration where the city's famous fountain will be dyed green at noon and 6 p.m. Other highlights include an Irish arts and crafts, kids' activities, an appearance by the "Loving Leprechaun," a beer garden, a food court serving up everything from corned beef and cabbage with green potatoes to Thai cuisine, and live music by the Phoenix Scottish Pipe Band, the Brid Dower Band, Oceans Apart, and Booya. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 480-816-5151.
Glendale Public Library
5959 W. Brown St., Glendale
The Wild Thyme Band, a six-member traditional Celtic folk group, performs songs of Scotland and Ireland in the library's auditorium. 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Free. 623-930-3531.
Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret will provide a sort of Celtic vaudeville, with Irish music, comedy, and dancing. Performers include comedian Noel V. Ginnity, Dublin's Traditional Irish Dancers, singers Paul Hennessy, Tommy Keane, and Emer Harnett, and more. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19. $24-$36. Call 480-644-6500.
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
Lamb stew supper is served all day starting at 10 a.m. Later, members of the AZ Readers Theatre will perform readings of Irish fairy tales at 6 p.m. Admission is $5, free for children under 12. A special St. Patrick's Day ceili -- a traditional social event with Irish step dancing -- follows at 8 p.m. and will feature a cash bar and dance lessons for those who want to learn how to get jiggy with it. Admission is $6 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Call 602-258-0109.
Margaret T. Hance Park
1106 N. Central Ave.
The 23rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire kicks off at 10 a.m. with myriad multicolored floats traveling from Third Street and Virginia Avenue to the west side of the park. Afterward, attend an all-day Irish Faire filled with Celtic culture, including two stages of Irish music and entertainment, Irish step dancing, food and drink areas, vendor and merchandise booths, arts and crafts, and a kiddy area. Runs until 5 p.m. $5 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for those under 6. Call 602-258-0109 or see www.phxirish.org.
The Paisley Violin
1030 Grand Ave.
The acoustic all-star folk trio Haiku Rd. performs a special St. Patrick's Day set of Celtic-influenced folk numbers and Irish songs. 8:30 p.m. No cover. Call 602-254-7843.
Tempe Beach Park
80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Have a shamrocking good time at 101.5 Free FM's annual St. Paddy's Day Throwdown featuring Sugar Ray, Goldfinger, Dramarama, and Redfield. $20 in advance, $25 day of show. 4:30 p.m. Call 480-784-4444 or see www.ticketmaster.com.
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale
Local bagpiper Michael McClanathan performs "Irish Pipes at Sunset" in the resort's Dreamweavers Canyon. 6 p.m. Free. Call 480-624-1000.
Benchwarmers Sports Grill
801 S. Power Rd., #101, Mesa
Keep the St. Paddy's Day celebration going with $9.95 corned beef and cabbage dinners and $3 Guinness available all weekend. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-854-8670.
7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale
Live jazz from the Ted Alan Trio, as well as $4 Guinness cans and $5 Irish car bombs. 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-994-8484.