St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire
Phoenix honors Arizona’s Irish heroes with a festive cavalcade of Irish step-dancers, the Arizona Irish Colleen and her court, Scottish bagpipe performers, twirlers and high school bands. Revelers are also invited to an Irish Faire, where they’ll enjoy live music, Irish crafts, a kids’ play area and admission to Phoenix’s McClelland Irish Library.
DETAILS >> Both events begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15. Parade route: Third Street from Sheridan to Moreland streets in Phoenix; fair is at Margaret T. Hance Park next to the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Fair admission is $10 for visitors 13 and older, $8 for military and seniors 55 and older, and free for kids 12 and younger. (602) 280-9221 or PhxIrish.org.
Fat Willy’s St. Patty’s Day Extravaganza
Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland in style with three days worth of green beer, corned beef and cabbage, live music and cornhole tournaments.
DETAILS >> Friday through Sunday, March 14-16; times vary. Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill, 4850 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler. Free admission; bring money for food, beverages and entrance into the cornhole tournament. (480) 883-1356 or Facebook.com/FatWillys.
Recently named one of America’s top 10 museum’s for families by USA Today, the Musical Instrument Museum can’t be beat for family friendly programming, and their Ireland-themed celebration is no exception. The event highlights the music and culture of the Emerald Isle with performances from the High Desert Harpers and Irish musicians Dé Máirt Ceol. There are also Irish dancers from the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance, Irish storytelling, Celtic-inspiried face painting, a photo booth, and Irish-themed offerings in the cafe.
DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $18 for adults, $14 for teens 13-19, $10 for children 4-12, free for kids 3 and younger. (480) 478-6000 or MIM.org.
10th annual Green 17 Tour music fest
Featuring Flogging Molly, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Ozomatil and The Drowning Men.
DETAILS >> 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 17. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $35 in advance, $40 the day of the show. (480) 239-1300 or LuckyManOnline.com.
Green bagels and a Corned Beef Feast at Chompie's
Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York-style deli, is again offering its annual St. Patrick’s Day All-You-Can-Eat Corned Beef Feast on March 17 — but we’re noting the restaurant’s St. Pat’s-themed way to start the day: a green bagel.
It’s among many fresh-baked goods, including Irish soda bread, that will be available that day.
The all-you-can-eat meal, served dine-in-only starting at 11 a.m., includes slow-roasted corned beef, boiled red potatoes, cabbage and soda bread for $18.99. A single-serving version, including dessert and availabe for dine-in or take-out, is $15.99.
There are Chompie’s restaurants at 3481 W. Frye Road in Chandler and 1160 E. University Drive in Tempe. For information, go to chompies.com.