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 Tuesday 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:
Updated for 2015
Saint Patrick’s Weekend Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill: March 13-17
Visit Thirsty Lion March 13-17 and enjoy specialty beer flights, hand-crafted Irish menu specials, Irish cocktails and 52 beers on tap! There will be live music performances throughout the day on March 17.
Details: Thirsty Lion, 2000 East Salado Pkwy, Tempe
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire: March 14, 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: Irish Cultural Center. 1106 N Central Ave, Phoenix
Admission (Faire): $10 for ages 13 and older
Kiss Me I’m Irish Run: March 14, 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 14 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), March 15 (9 a.m. – 4 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
Downtown Chandler St. Patrick’s Day Festival: March 17, 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: $5 general admission after 5 p.m.; no charge for 55 and over. Ages 21 and over only after 9 p.m.
Fountain Hills St. Patrick’s Festival: March 15, 10 a.m. – 6 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; Free, 21 and under
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 Kilted Spirit, Spirited Lads 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
Admission: $5 cover charge
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 Cream throughout the day.
Details: Rula Bula, 401 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe
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