Emerald City

Green Day is coming, and we ain't talking about the punk band, brah. Nope, it's the annual alcoholic extravaganva known as St. Patrick's Day, where liquor and leprechauns collide in one clamorous Celtic craic. Everyone can have a wee bit of Irish in them, especially after pounding a few pints of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick's, or the requisite green beer offered up by nearly every watering hole and saloon in and around P-Town. Since Lá Fhéile Pádraig occurs during the weekend, you've got a few nights to make like a stylish Shane MacGowan, especially after scanning our listings of the groovier Gaelic galas going down at our favorite local hangouts and gin joints on Saturday, March 17 (unless otherwise specified). If your liver needs a rest, we've also packed our pages with plenty of Emerald Isle-style events and other happenings around the green scene, where you can celebrate the Irish and shamrock the house until Monday.


The Diamond Ranch
1265 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
International Classic Auctions' 17th annual St. Patrick Muscle/Classic Collector Car Auction, with plenty of cherry rides and hot rods up for purchase. Gates open at 8 a.m. for viewing, with the auction beginning at 10 a.m. (Continues on Sunday, March 18, with viewing at 9 a.m. and the auction at 11 a.m.). Free. Call 480-899-2222 or see

Fountain Park
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills
The Valley's biggest fountain will be dyed green at noon and 5 p.m. at this St. Patrick's Day celebration, which also includes Irish arts and crafts, a beer garden, food vendors, kids activities, bagpipers, and music by The Knockabouts and other bands. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Call 480-816-5151.

Margaret T. Hance Park
1106 N. Central Ave.
The 24th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire kicks off at 10 a.m., with myriad multicolored floats, marching bands, step dancers, and other participants departing from Third Street and Virginia Avenue to the west side of the park. Afterward, check out the all-day festival, which encompasses the Irish Cultural Center and includes two stages of Irish music and entertainment, bagpipers, food and drink areas, vendor and merchandise booths, arts and crafts, and children's activities. Runs until 5 p.m. $10 for adults, $1 for kids 6-12, free for those under 6. Call 602-258-0109 or see

Mesa Amphitheatre
251 N. Center St.
Since Flogging Molly's St. Patrick's Day concert (also featuring Street Dogs and Twopointeight) is sold out, you can either hit-up some scalpers or check out the Irish rockers' concert on Sunday, March 18, which also includes the Voodoo Glow Skulls and Authority Zero. 4:30 p.m. $32. Call 480-784-4444 or see

North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Partake in an hourlong ranger-led hike, followed by coffee and snacks, as well as Celtic ballads and pub tunes by Cork Road Traditional Irish. 8 a.m. Free. Call 602-495-5540.

Papago Park
625 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Get medieval at the Tournament de Clayborn, with competitions in archery, sword fighting, and staff fighting for prizes. 10 a.m. Free. See

The Paper Heart
750 Grand Ave.
"The St. Patty's Drinking (and Comedy) Show" with five jokesters performing 15-minute sets in which the audience must drink if a joke gets a laugh; if it doesn't, the comic must imbibe. 9:30 p.m. $7. Call 602-262-2020.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
The exhibition "A Century of Irish Art," featuring 40 oil and watercolor paintings by such 19th- and 20th-century Irish artists as Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, and William Orpen. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and various other times and dates through April 29). $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $4 for youths 6-17, free for younger kids. Call 602-257-1880.

St. Patty’s Day Block Party
Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave. & 5th Ave., Scottsdale
Outdoor block party encompassing Dos Gringos, Upper Deck Sports Grill, and Acme Bar, featuring access to all three bars, food and drink vendors, and more. Drink specials and giveaways from Finlandia, Guinness, Jack Daniel's, and Hensley, as well as music by Liar's Handshake, Pinner, Fayuca, Redfield, and Stereotypewriter. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission $10 before 10 p.m. Call 480-990-7111.

Symphony Hall
225 E. Adams St.
The Phoenix Symphony is joined by the all-female Irish ensemble Cherish the Ladies for "Celtic Celebration," featuring folk and classical Irish music. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17 (with $21-$70 admission), and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18 (with $10-$18 admission). Call 602-534-5600.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.