PHOENIX — From parades, fairs, and green beer to the sweet sound of bagpipes, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day around the Valley.
Pot of Gold Music Festival (March 15-17)
Ozuna, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Kodak Black will headline the three-day music festival at Phoenix's Steele Indian School Park. There will be carnival rides and games, and food vendors. Tickets are still available. Tickets start at $109. More information.
Kilt Run (March 15)
Organizers behind the "Kiss Me I'm Irish" run are hoping to break a world record for the most runners and walkers wearing kilts on March 15. The number to beat: 1,765. The kilometer walk-run will start and end at McFadden's in Glendale. Registration is $30, plus processing fees, and includes a kilt, medal and for those 21+, a drink. On March 16, they'll host the 4K, 8K and half-marathon races. More information.
St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire (March 16)
Marching bands, Irish step-dancers, floats, and police and fire department vehicles will be part of the 36th St. Patrick's Day Parade in Phoenix. The parade starts at 10 a.m. near Third and Sheridan streets and ends at Third and Willetta streets. The Faire will be held at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park, 1106 North Central Ave., from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be three stages with music, step-dancing, bagpipers, beer tasting, and other food-and-drink options. Tickets are $10-$12. VIP tickets, which include six four-ounce beer samples, are $25. More information.
Irish Fountain Fest (March 16)
Fountain Hills' famous fountain will be turned green for St. Patrick's Day. It will have two shows at noon and 4 p.m. where the fountain will shoot green water several feet into the air. From 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., there will be Irish folk dance performances, a Celtic rock band, bagpipes, food trucks and a beer garden at the park. The festival is free. Food and drink can be purchased at the event. More information.
Experience Ireland (March 16 & 17)
People will be able to learn about Irish step-dancing, learn to play a Celtic harp, watch Ceili folk dancing and try their hand at a Celtic knot at the Musical Instrument Museum's "Experience Ireland" events. The activities will take place on March 16 & 17. They're included in museum admission, which varies between $10-$20. There is no cost for museum members. More information.
Kelly's at Southbridge (March 16 & 17)
Kelly's will have a weekend-long party with a DJ, bagpipes, green beer and Irish-themed food. The Scottsdale pub will be open from 9 a.m. - close both days. There is no cover. More information.
Murphy's Law Mullet Party (March 17)
The Irish pub in downtown Chandler is hosting a "Mullet Party" ("St. Patty’s Day party in the pub and an EVEN BIGGER party in the back") for St. Patrick's Day. There will be two stages with music, a cocktail and beer garden in the back, and authentic Irish foods. Cover is $10 and the event runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. More information.
Skeptical Chemist (March 17)
The Scottsdale Irish bar will host its annual block party on St. Patrick's Day. The bar opens at 8 a.m. There will be live music and food available for purchase. Cover is $10 after 11 a.m. More information.
Padre Murphy's (March 17)
The Glendale bar will open at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day and music will start at 11:30 a.m. Bands, singers and bagpipe bands will perform throughout the day and night, according to its website. Dishes include corned beef and cabbage, green drinks, and bratwurst. There will also be face-painting and Leprechauns. More information.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans Wine Scavenger Hunt (March 17)
Carlson Creek in Scottsdale is hosting a wine tour and scavenger hunt for St. Patrick's Day. People can work in teams or individually. There will be three wine tastings at each location, plus riddles. The cost is $30 plus a processing fee. More information.