Green Daze

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 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.

Special Events:

Avondale Civic Center
11465 W. Civic Center Dr., Avondale
Special "under the stars" St. Paddy's Day concert featuring Irish rockers The Clare Voyants. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Free. Call 623-478-3050.

The Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
Enjoy green beer and the heavy metal thunder of Kreator, Napalm Death, Perfect Murder, Undying, Motive, and Loren Battle at this all-ages show. 7 p.m. $20. Call 480-968-3238.

Fountain Park
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

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.

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.

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