By Kathleen Vanesian
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So it goes without saying that the craic will be quite mighty at many of the copious St. Paddy parties and off-the-hook Irish events scheduled to go down across metropolitan Phoenix from Saturday, March 14, through Tuesday, March 17. There will be loads of leprechauns, lovely lasses aplenty, and more green beer than your stomach can take. And if you're planning on pounding pints for four straight nights, take a gander at our annual compilation of what the coolest bars, clubs, and pubs will be offering.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
Arizona Renaissance Festival 12601 E. U.S. 60, Apache Junction The festival hosts special Emerald Isle-themed events — like the Sexy Knees Kilt Contest at the Royal Pavilion and the Celtic Nations celebration with jigs and dancing — on both Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $20 adults, $8 for kids 5-12, free for those under 5. Call 520-463-2700.
Fountain Park 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day celebration during which the city's famous fountain will be dyed green at noon and 5 p.m. Live music is presented by from Booya at 10:30 a.m., the Phoenix Irish Pipe Band at noon, The Knockabouts at 2 p.m., Oceans Apart at 3 p.m., and Jed's A Millionaire at 5:30 p.m. Other highlights include Irish arts and crafts, kids' activities, a beer garden, a food court, and more. $5 for those 18 and over. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Call 480-816-5151.
Margaret T. Hance Park 1106 N. Central Ave. The 26th 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. $10 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for those under 6. Call 602-258-0109 or see www.phxirish.org.
Mesa Arts Center 1 E. Main St., Mesa World-renowned folk ensemble The Irish Rovers perform. 8 p.m. $27-$37. Call 480-644-6500.
BARS, CLUBS, & PUBS
CK's Tavern & Grill
4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
Get your Irish on a few days early at this pre-St. Patrick's Day party with green beer, Guinness and shot specials, and live music from Legend City. 5 p.m. Call 480-706-5564.
Club Mardi Gras & VooDoo Lounge
8040 W. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale
Local Godsmack tribute band VooDoo, and guests Vanity Tweak, will pump out the rock jams. 8:30 p.m. Call 480-970-5707 for cover.
Monkey McPants Bar & Grill
3223 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
This zany frat bar hosts its "137th annual No Irish Allowed St. Patty's Day Irie-Land All Spanking Soiree," where Jamaica collides with Ireland. Besides such whacked-out diversions as free leg-humping by Artie the Irish Amputee, Jamaican Bobsledding with a guy named Bob, and hug tag with Elliot the Emerald Island Enthusiast, Drunken McPromdate will perform reggae-influenced music, and both Jamaican jerk chicken wings corned beef and cabbage will be served all weekend. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-377-8100.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale
The latest edition of the thrice-monthly Sunday A'Fair will feature Celtic dancing and music from The Black Velvet Band at noon, and a performance by Irish songstress Bríd Dower at 2 p.m. in addition to its normal selection of food, art, and activities. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Call 480-994-2787.
BARS, CLUBS, & PUBS
The Blooze Bar
12014 N. 32nd St.
Shamrock the house at the "Drink Till You Turn Green Pre-St. Patty's Bash" with $1.75 PBRs and music from Graveyard BBQ and Iron Maiden tribute band Children of the Damned. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 602-788-4574,
2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa
Live music from theSTART, The Action Design, and Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 480-820-7117.
9201 N. 29th Ave.
The weekly Sunday Irish Seisun features instrumentalists and singers from around the world performing traditional music. 1 p.m. Call 602-997-2323.
MONDAY, MARCH 16
Mama Java's Coffeehouse
3619 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
The Arizona Readers Theatre present public readings of St. Patrick's Day stories. 7 p.m. Call 602-840-5282.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17
St. Patrick's Day Street Party
Craftsman Court, between 3rd Ave. and
5th Ave., Scottsdale
Get your drink on at this block party that encompasses Dos Gringos, Upper Deck Sports Grill, and Acme Bar and includes access to all three bars. Metal Elvis, Zimis, and Hairforce provide the tunes and drink deals like eight green beers for $20 will provides you with liquid courage. 6 p.m.-2 a. m. Free before 8 p.m. Call 480-423-3800 or visit scottsdalesblockparty.com.
Tempe Beach Park
54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
San Diego reggae-rock band Slightly Stoopid and punk legends Bad Religion headline the outdoor St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the park. Post-hardcore band The Used will also perform. 5 p.m. $25-$35. Visit www.luckymanonline.com.