Clean and press your finest green garb and get your Guinness mugs polished: St. Patrick's Day is on the way! The holiday falls on a Monday this year but don’t fret, as there are plenty of festivities the preceding weekend. Check out these events celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Phoenix:
Saint Patrick’s Weekend Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill: March 14-17
Thirsty Lion’s will be serving green beer and featuring a hand-crafted Irish menu during their weekend festival. The Irish pub will also be serving 52 beers on tap and Irish cocktails. Enjoy live music and get involved with the Annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event on Saturday and Sunday! Come out for a great cause and help raise money for childhood cancer research.
Details: Thirsty Lion, 2000 East Salado Pkwy, Tempe
31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire: March 15, 10 a.m.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade embraces the heritage and traditions of the Irish culture by giving its guests an event to remember. The parade includes bagpipers, Irish step dancers, marching bands, police and fire vehicles, floats, and more. The Irish Family Faire begins after the parade and features three stages of Irish music and dancers, food and beverages, and crafts. There’s even a kid’s area for the wee lassies and lads!
Details: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix.
Admission (Faire): $10 for ages 13 and older
Kiss Me I’m Irish Run: March 15, 7:17 a.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 17K or 8K run along the Arizona Cardinals Stadium and through the Westgate Entertainment District. Bringing the kids along? No problem! The event also has a 4K that’s perfect for the family, even pets. Everyone will receive a Hershey Kiss at the end of the run, and participants that are 21 and over will receive green beer. Spend the rest of the day showing off your moves and partying to live Irish music.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd, Glendale
Admission: $35- $50. Saturday, March 15th 7:17 a.m.
Experience Ireland at the Musical Instrument Museum: March 15 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), March 16 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Grab the family and head to the Musical Instrument Museum to experience the spirit of the Irish. The MIM offers a perfect opportunity to learn more about Ireland with traditional music, Irish dancing, crafts and story-telling.
Details: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Blvd, Phoenix
Admission: Included with museum admission
Musical Instrument Museum
Downtown Chandler St. Patrick’s Day Festival: March 15, Noon - Midnight
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House takes over downtown Chandler with a festival that includes tons of beer, spirits and traditional Irish cuisine. Entertainment will feature DJ Q Ward, AZ Fire Service Pipe Band, Chuck E. Baby and The Allstars, and Bracken School of Irish Dance. The pub would like to honor all those who have served our community and will give a “Brass Pass” to any current or retired fire, police, and military.
Details: AJ Chandler Park, 58 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler
Admission: $10 Saturday
The Shamrock Run and Beer Garden: March 15, 3 p.m.
Get in touch with you Irish spirit at this year’s Shamrock Run. Work up your thirst with a 5K or 10K run and be rewarded with a cold beer at the end of the race.
Details: Reach 11 Sports Complex, 2425 East Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix
Fountain Hills St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: March 16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Witness the town's famous fountain turn emerald green. The event will also include Irish music, a beer garden, and delicious corned beef and cabbage.
Details: Fountain Hills Park, 12925 North Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills
Admission: $5, 21 and over
Fountain Hills St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Green 17 Tour with Flogging Molly: March 17, 4 p.m.
Flogging Molly returns for its 10th Annual Green 17 Tour with special guests Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, Ozomatli, and The Drowning Men. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by rocking out to traditional Celtic music with a twist of hard-edged punk.
Details: Tempe Beach Park, 54 West Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
Admission: $35 in advance, $40 day of
St. Patrick's Day at Irish Wolfhound Pub: March 17, Opens at 11 a.m.
This Irish pub is embracing its roots and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a big party. The event will feature food booths and bars, and music by Emmit McElhinney, Big Fellah’s and more! Enjoy traditional Irish food like shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish tacos.
Details: Irish Wolfhound Pub, 16811 North Litchfield Rd, Surprise
St. Patrick's Day at R.T. O’Sullivans: March 17
Experience some Irish hospitality at R.T. O’Sullivans! They are throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party with bag pipers, drum corps, Irish step dancers, and a fiddler duo. Satisfy your taste buds with fish and chips, corned beef and babbage, ruebens, and more. If that sounds doesn’t amazing enough, wash it all down with $5 monster draft green beer!
Details: R.T. O’Sullivans, 6646 Superstition Springs, Mesa
St. Patrick's Day at Rula Bula: March 17, 10 a.m.
If you’re looking for something a little more laid back on Mill Avenue head to Rula Bula. This Irish pub will be celebrating their favorite holiday of the year with bagpipers and live music by Trevor Jones. Enjoy endless giveaways and promotions by Guinness, Jameson, and Bailey’s Irish Crème throughout the day.
Details: Rula Bula, 401 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe
Admission: $2-$10 cover charge
Chompie’s Corned Beef Feast: March 17, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Chompie’s offers guests an all-you-can-eat meal of corned beef, boiled red potatoes, cabbage and fresh- baked Irish soda bread. Are your taste buds going crazy yet? The bakery will also be serving up St. Patrick’s themed baked goods including cookies, cakes, colored bagels, and cupcakes.
Details: Chompie’s locations:
4550 E. Cactus Rd, Phoenix
1160 E. University, Tempe
9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler
Admission: $18.99 per person
Raven’s 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash: March 17, 4 p.m.
Raven is coming back bigger and better this year. Join the fun with live music, games, cold beer and delicious food. The party will be held at Temple Bar Sports Grill in Scottsdale, named after the Temple Bar district in Dublin Ireland. With plenty of good cheer and a laid back atmosphere, what could be more fun?
Details: Temple Bar, 17050 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale
Admission: No cover charge
St. Patrick’s Day Menu at The Tilted Kilt: Menu available through March 17
The Tilted Kilt girls are gearing up for their annual Irish Hooley menu. The authentic Irish menu will feature dishes like Olde Dublin Irish stew, scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie, corned beef hash, and corned beef and cabbage. Plus, enjoy a variety of Irish-themed cocktails like The Paddy Bomb. Each location will host an Irish-themed party on St. Patrick’s Day!
Details: Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery locations:
2 E. Jefferson, Phoenix
16840 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria
7077 E. Bell Rd, Scottsdale
4731 E. Cactus Rd., Paradise Valley
660 W. Warner Rd., Tempe
1910 S. Gilbert Rd., Mesa