The following is a select listing of music, restaurant and bar activities planned at various Valley venues on Wednesday, March 17, unless otherwise stated. Call the telephone numbers listed for details.
Family Fun Night, March 12
Fountain of Life International
1055 E. Hearn Rd.
No cover. Entertainment by Irish band Afan. Celtic dancing. Irish food, green drinks, games and "best green outfit" contest. Call 602-993-5780.
Irish Book Reading, March 15
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe
No charge. 7 p.m. Members of the Arizona Readers Theatre will read selections from Irish books. Call 480-730-0205.
Irish Faire, March 13
1250 N. Central Ave.
$5 admission. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two music venues, Irish step dancing, bagpipes, crafts and children's games. Call 602-280-9221.
Irish Parade, March 13
Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Park Central Mall on Central Avenue in Phoenix. Parade travels from Thomas Road south to Hance Park and Roosevelt Street. Call 623-939-1183.
Open House at the Irish Cultural Center, March 13
1106 N. Central Ave.
No admission. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and get a sneak peek at the new Irish Cottage, patterned after an 1850s Irish farmhouse, which will house a museum and gift shop celebrating the heritage of the Emerald Isle and Phoenix's sister city Ennis, Ireland. Call 602-258-0109.
"Run for the Green" Old-Fashioned Barrel Racing
Arizona Horse Lovers Park
19224 N. Tatum Blvd.
$20 entry fee. 7 to 9 p.m. Call 602-534-4656.
St. Patty's Day Throwdown
Tempe Beach Park
Mill Ave. and Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Gates open at 2 p.m. The shamrocking lineup includes Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Blue October, The Rising, and The Clare Voyants. The Barenaked Ladies headline the 21-and-over show. For indie music lovers, the biggest thrills of the day come courtesy of The Thrills and Howie Day. Call 480-784-4444 or dial up www.ticketmaster.com for tickets, $15.
3131 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 125
Four-course St. Patrick's dinner. $45 includes beer, tax and gratuity. Call 602-956-6900.
801 S. Power Rd., Mesa
No cover. Green beer, drink specials and corned beef and cabbage dinner. Call 480-854-8670.
Casey Moore's Oyster House
850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
No cover. Call 480-968-9935.
College Street Deli
706 S. College Ave., Tempe
Corned beef hash, beer-batter pancakes and green eggs and ham breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. Call 480-966-9254.
Copper Canyon Grill & Brew Pub
5945 W. Ray Rd., Suite 13, Chandler
No cover. Food and drink specials from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Call 480-705-9700.
7133 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
$100 cover for six-course menu paired with Brogan wines, beer and Irish coffee. Call 480-946-3111.
Desert Sweet Shrimp
3202 E. Greenway Rd.,
Buckets of shrimp, drink specials and corned beef and cabbage dinners. Giveaways every hour from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 602-493-4860.
8706 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria
No cover. Corned beef and cabbage, green beer and drink specials. Call 623-979-5353.
The Dubliner Irish Pub and Restaurant
3841 E. Thunderbird Rd.
Call for cover. Irish food specials, Celtic dancing, bagpipes and live Irish bands. Call 602-867-0984.
2398 E. Camelback Rd.
No cover. From 4 p.m. on, $2 pints of green beer, $3 Blarney Stone Sours, $4 shamrock martinis, Guinness and Bailey's specials. $5 corned beef and cabbage. Call 602-957-3214.
1989 W. Elliot Rd., Chandler
$10 cover for outdoor festival. $5 to $10 cover inside (call for details). Irish breakfast inside, most entertainment outside including three bands, Irish artwork, crafts and caricature drawings. Call 480-722-9434.
Four Peaks Brewing Co.
1340 E. Eighth St., Suite 104, Tempe
No cover. Irish breakfast. First 50 breakfast customers get free event shirt. Drink specials until 1 a.m.. Call 480-303-9967.
George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub
4240 N. Central Ave.
No cover. Drink specials. Call 602-241-0018.
Jilly's American Grill
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
No cover. Irish food and drink specials. Half off everything from 10 p.m. to close. Call 480-368-8663.
13825 N. 32nd St., Suite 32
No cover. Live music. Call 602-992-1007.
John O'Henry's Fine Dining
909 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe
No cover. Vocals, sax and piano by Harry Mathews, 5 to 9 p.m. Food and drink specials. Call 480-730-9009.
Johnson's Bar and Restaurant
401 W. Clarendon Rd.
Dinner and drink specials. Call 602-279-6446.