Special EventsBrides of March
The men and women of the Arizona Cacophony Society will don wedding dresses and other fancy matrimonial apparel on Saturday, March 15, for this year's version of the annual urban prank and bar crawl. Participants will assemble at Kobalt, 3110 North Central Avenue, and get into some imbibing before departing on an alcohol-laden jaunt to nearby bars and drinkeries near the light rail. Starts at noon. Participation is free but wedding-themed costumes are mandatory.
Four Valley locations
Every Chompie's in the Valley will offer all-you-can-eat feasts of specially seasoned and slow-roasted corned beef, boiled red potatoes, cabbage, and fresh-baked Irish soda bread for just $18.99 per person on St. Patrick's Day. Dine-in only. Call 480-398-3008.
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills
Every drop of water shooting from the Fountain Hills fountain will be dyed emerald green during the city's St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Sunday, March 16, at the park. The festivities include live music and entertainment, activities, games, a beer garden, inflatables for children, and such food options as corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches, and hot dogs. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $5 per person. See the event website for more info.
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
The yearly St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire once again will celebrate all things emerald during a day of fun and festivities on Saturday, March 15. Things kick off at 10 a.m. with the parade, which will depart from Third and Virginia streets and wend its way to Margaret T. Hance Park. The faire itself will feature three stages of Irish musicians and dancers, as well as games, craftsman and vendor booths, and the chance to check out the Anam Cara exhibition inside the ICC's McClelland Library. 10 a.m.; $10 for adults and teens, $8 for seniors and military, and free for kids 12 and under. Call 602-258-0109.
Musical Instrument Museum
725 E. Mayo Blvd.
The MIM once again will host the two-day "Experience Ireland" event celebrating Celtic culture on Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16. Highlights include storytellers imparting tales from the Emerald Isle, bodhrán drum workshops, performances of traditional Irish music, step-dancing demonstrations by local academies, and more. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday; free with regular $10-$18 museum admission. Call 480-478-6000.
9435 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale
The inaugural Liquid Sol Music Festival will take place outside University of Phoenix Stadium and feature a daylong outdoor concert starring major names from the realms of rock and alternative. The lineup includes Train, The All-American Rejects, Authority Zero, Blind Melon, The BoDeans, Cracker, Ed Kowalczyk, Everclear, Fuel, The Gin Blossoms, The White Buffalo, Tonic, Vertical Horizon, and more. Gates open at 10 a.m. General admission is $89, premium reserved seating is $189, and VIP access is $299. See www.liquidsolfest.com.
Tempe Beach Park
54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
There are a few things that are absolutely certain to happen during St. Patrick's Day: Green beer will flow from almost every single tap, funky hats will be worn by many a bar patron, and Celtic punk legends Flogging Molly will put on a spectacular outdoor show at Tempe Beach Park. This year's edition of their annual show, which happens to be the 10th anniversary of the band's "Green 17 Tour," will feature support from Ozomatli and local heroes Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Gates open at 4 p.m.; $35 in advance, $40 day of the event. See www.luckymanonline.com. Two days earlier, on Saturday, March 15, the park will host a day of reggae and rock when Rebelution and Atmosphere headline an outdoor festival. Pepper, Iration, Katastro, Clairevoyant, Kava Kreation, Something Like Seduction, and Black Bottom Lighters are also scheduled to perform. Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35-$40.
Bars & Clubs
Arizona Pizza Co.
8110 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
St. Patty's Day Party with off-track betting, drink specials, and more. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 623-566-8123.
Baja Joe's Cantina
1927 N. Gilbert Road
St Patty's Day Party with happy hour specials from 3 p.m. to close, $2 green beer pints until gone, and spins by DJ Chop and a free Poker tournament starting at 8 p.m. Call 480-655-1828.
Cave Creek Smokehouse
6245 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
Feast on corned beef and cabbage with soda bread served either on single servings or in all-you-can-eat fashion or partake in some green beer and Jameson while the jukebox blasts all your favorite jibs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 480-488-3317.