By Allison Neri
As St. Patrick’s Day nears, there are many reasons to get excited. Whether you’re in it for the beer, the food, the athletics, the music or Irish culture, there are plenty of activities to appease you.
From classic corned beef and cabbage meals to green beer and legendary Irish bands, from family-friendly to adults-only attractions, Phoenix has you covered this year. March 17 falls on a Saturday this year, but why limit your activities to St. Patrick’s Day?
Check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
MARCH 1 TO MARCH 18
The Thirsty Lion is featuring a St. Patrick’s Day menu the first half of March, with Irish eats like scotch eggs, bacon cheddar potato cakes and Irish beer flights. In addition, Thirsty Lion will collect donations for St. Baldrick’s; the Tempe location will host a head-shaving event from 1 to 3 p.m. March 17.
SanTan Village, 2212 E. Williams Field Road, 480.899.0119; Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, 480.284.7292; Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, 480.968.2920. The restaurants open at 11 a.m.; thirstyliongastropub.com.
The Seamus Egan Project
Seamus Egan, composer of Sarah McLachlan’s Grammy-winning song, “I Will Remember You,” and founder of the band Solas, will perform during the Arizona Musicfest. Blending bluegrass and traditional Irish sounds, Egan’s music is topped with the performer’s Irish flute and banjo.
Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, 480.488.0806, azmusicfest.org, 7:30 p.m., $24-$67.
Miracle Mile Deli St. Patrick’s Day Meal
MARCH 12 TO MARCH 18
Traditional Irish cuisine is lined up at Miracle Mile Deli. The special dish includes corned beef, and steamed-to-perfection quartered cabbage with bread and butter. The family-owned deli has been around for 68 years, so it is no surprise the staff has mastered the art of corned beef.
Miracle Mile Deli, 4433 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, 602.776.0992, miraclemiledeli.com/, $12
Produced in partnership with the American Cancer Society, this 1K run/walk raises money for Relay for Life Glendale/Peoria. Last year, it raised more than $15,000 and broke the Arizona record for the number of runners in kilts. All finishers receive a kilt, collectible finishers’ medal and, those 21 and older, can enjoy a Guinness compliments of Kiss Me I’m Irish Run at McFadden’s.
Tanger Outlets Westgate, 6800 N. 95th Avenue, Glendale, 480.609.3978, irishrunaz.com, 6 p.m., $30-$35.
Kelly’s at Southbridge
MARCH 16 TO MARCH 18
Join Kelly’s at Southbridge as they celebrate with three days of $3 green beer, corned beef, bangers and mash, entertainment and traditions. Friday night entertainment is dueling pianos, while bands and bagpipes bring the traditional sounds to the party. Kelly’s ends the three-day party with a DJ on Sunday.
Kelly’s at Southbridge, 7117 E. Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.393.3205, kellysatsouthbridge.com, 8 p.m., prices vary.
Magic Bird Festival: Fountain O’Green Artisan Market
MARCH 16 TO MARCH 18
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day perusing handcrafted art and custom designs with Magic Bird Festival. The outdoor event showcases more than 100 fine arts and crafts exhibitors, live music and local food vendors. The event features artist Gail Rieder, Goldfire Jewelry Creations, and highlights the talent of rock musician Michael SG.
16872 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, 480.488.2014, magicbirdfestivals.com, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission.
More than 12,000 people are expected at this festival that brings together the best of all-things Irish. On top of it, Alien Ant Farm headlines this annual downtown Chandler party along with Wyves, Highest Conspiracy, Carvin Jones, August in Stereo, Pride through Strife and Bagpipes: Arizona Fire Service Pipe Band.
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth, Chandler, holyshamrocks.com, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., $6-$80
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire
Phoenix kicks off the holiday with a parade and faire packed with live entertainment and events. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Third Street and Sheridan and heads south through the streets of downtown Phoenix. The parade features a variety of performers, entertainers and floats including marching bands, Irish dancers and bagpipers. Continue celebrating with the faire and three stages of entertainment.
Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.258.0109, https://stpatricksdayphoenix.org/, 10 a.m. (parade), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (faire), parade is free, faire is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, kids under 12 are free.
Padre Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
For 25 years, Padre Murphy’s has hosted live music and leprechauns for a traditional celebration. Music begins at 11:30 a.m. and continues throughout the night. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, which pairs perfectly with a green drink. The festivities don’t end there for they will also have clowns and a face painter to keep guests entertained.
Padre Murphy’s, 4338 W. Bell Road, Glendale, 602.547.9406, 10 a.m. to close, free admission before 2 p.m., $10-$15 after 5 p.m.
Kiss Me I’m Irish Run
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a half marathon or 8K run/walk on a fairly flat, scenic race course past University of Phoenix Stadium. Up for a lesser challenge? Try the 4K Four Leaf Clover Run/Walk. Each participate receives a finishers’ medal, technical long-sleeve shirt and invite to a post party.
Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Boulevard, Glendale, 480.609.3978, irishrunaz.com, 7 a.m., $45-$85.
Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen Party
The Phoenix Ale Brewery will serve corned beef—with a twist. Corned beef black iron pizza will be sold by the slice. What’s better than a Strawberry Blonde Cream Ale Firkin to wash it down? Starting with a base of garlic puree and melted cheese, the pizza is topped with house-made corned beef and dry sauerkraut, finished with a 1000 Island garnish. Intrigued?
Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen, 5813 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.313.8713, centralkitchenaz.com, call for times, free admission.
Chompie’s New York-Style Celebration
Chompie’s is offering unlimited corned beef and cabbage, accompanied by red boiled potatoes with fresh-baked Irish soda bread. The New York deli will have a single-serve dinner available and options for take-out. Well known for its bakery, Chompie’s will also offer green bagels, green beer, Leprechaun cupcakes and green and white cookies.
9301 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480.860.0475, 11 a.m. to close, $18.99 to $21.99; 1160 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.557.0700, 1 a.m. to close, $18.99 to $21.99; 4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, 602.710.2910, 11 a.m. to close, $18.99 to $21.99; 3481 W. Frye Road, Chandler, 480.398.3008, 11 a.m. to close, $18.99 to 21.99; 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Suite 1145, Glendale, 623.344.3104, 11 a.m. to close, $18.99 to $21.99.
Original Breakfast House
MARCH 17 AND MARCH 18
Start your St. Patrick’s Day morning off with Irish Benedict eggs: corned beef hash patties, topped with two poached eggs and drizzled with hollandaise sauce.
13623 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.482.2328, originalbreakfasthouse.com, 6:30 a.m. to close, $12.50.
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