St. Patrick's Day Guide 2012

If you happen to be a musician of a Celtic bent, then this is likely the most wonderful time of the year. Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner, which means you're probably gonna be busy performing at green-beer-fueled celebrations all over town. And if you happen to be a fan of Celtic music, then your Irish eyes are probably smiling for the very same reason, as there will be no shortage of St. Paddy's parties taking place around the Valley. We've got a rundown on all of the best and brightest affairs taking place on Saturday, March 17 (unless otherwise specified).


Brides of March
A slew of urban pranksters and madcap merrymakers will dress in white wedding frocks and invade the drinkeries and clubs of a to-be-announced area of the Valley during a bizarre afternoon bar crawl on Saturday, March 17. Organized by the Arizona Cacaphony Society, the annual event features a mass of men and women alike sporting bridal apparel as they drink up a storm and attract plenty of stares while having a goofy good time. Starts at noon. Visit the above website for location info.

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Americana artist Chuck Mead of BR-549 performs a solo show at the Crescent. Local act Kevin Daly's Chicken and Waffles will open the show. 8 p.m., $11-$13. Call 602-716-2222.

Fountain Park
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills
There's more than just green beer and corned beef and cabbage at the town's annual open-air St. Paddy's Day Festival, as the event also will feature arts and crafts, barbecues, vendors, children's play areas, and more. As always, the park's eponymous 330-foot fountain will be turned green, erupting at noon, and music will be provided by the local rock bands and Irish artists. 10 a.m. Free. Call 480-816-5151.

Margaret T. Hance Park
1106 N. Central Ave.
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire kicks off at 10 a.m., with floats, marching bands, step dancers, and other participants traveling from Third Street and Virginia Avenue to the west side of the park. The all-day festival encompasses the Irish Cultural Center and features Irish music and entertainment, dancing, bagpipers, food and drink areas, vendor and merchandise booths, arts and crafts, and children's activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $10 for adults, $1 for kids 6 to 12, free for those under 6. Call 602-280-9221 or see

Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
An evening of traditional Emerald Isle entertainment will unfold when Taylor's Irish Cabaret visits the center's Ikeda Theatre. Besides presenting an array of soulful Celtic ballads and dances, the event will feature the comical stylings of Irish comedian Noel V. Ginnity. Friday, March 16, 8 p.m. $35 admission. Call 480-644-6500.

Stand-Up Scottsdale
6820 E. 5th. Ave., Scottsdale
Comedy legend Elayne Boolser will headline two nights of laughs on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17. 7 and 9 p.m., $15. Call 480-882-0730.

St. Patrick's Day Block Party
Craftsman Court, between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., Scottsdale
Mesa punks Authority Zero will be the featured band at this block party encompassing Dos Gringos, Upper Deck Sports Grill, and Rockbar Inc., and including access to all three bars, drink deals such as eight green beers for $20, live music, DJs, food vendors, and more. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15 to $20. Visit

Tempe Beach Park
80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
It truly wouldn't be a Saint Patrick's Day in the Valley without an appearance from Celtic rockers Flogging Molly. Joining them this year will be Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Suedehead, Sean Wheeler, Zander Schloss, Brothers of Brazil, Inept Hero, Halocene, Black Bottom Lighters, and Westcott Avenue. Gates open at 1 p.m. $35 to $40. Call 480-829-0707.

Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
The rock jocks of KUPD will host the station's Shamrocked St. Patty's Day Bash, which will feature performances by Filter, Metalhead, 49 Till Midnight, and Nineball. Noon, $10-$15. Visit


Cave Creek Smokehouse
6245 Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
Gorge yourself on all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage for $12. The LOL Comedy Troupe performs at 7 p.m., and drink specials include $2 green Bud Light drafts, $4 cans of Guinness, and $6 Jameson Irish car bombs. 11 a.m. Call 480-488-3317.

Four Valley locations
Feeling hungry? Slide on in to any of the Chompie's restaurants and partake in an all-you-can-eat corned beef feast, which includes cabbage, boiled potatoes, and Irish soda bread. Green beer will also be served. 11 a.m., $18.95 per person. Call 480-557-0700 or 480-860-0475.

Compound Grill
7000 E. Mayo Blvd.
Latin band Mexicans at Night is scheduled to perform. 9 p.m., $10. Call 480-585-5483.

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