St. Patrick’s Day is a time-honored traditional day to celebrate the Irish Culture.  There is no requirement to be of Irish heritage to enjoy the celebrations and there is no shortage of fun to be had this year.  Here is a list of things to do in the Phoenix Metro area on March 17 (or near the 17th).

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Family Faire

Since 1984 the St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been an annual tradition in Phoenix.  Lining the 3rd Street you can expect thousands to turn out to see the marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, and the Arizona Irish Colleen with her Court.

The fair that accompanies the parade in Central Phoenix includes Irish music as well as food and beverage options.

“Kiss Me I’m Irish” Run

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a half marathon and an 8k run or 4k run/walk.  On the day before, the Friday night Kilt Run will take place, supporting the American Cancer Society. You can bring your own kilt or wear the one provided. Your entry includes a kilt, finisher’s medal and a cold (adult) beverage.

Everyone can celebrate at the post-race party featuring live Irish music and costume prizes.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Fountain Hills

Yes, the famous fountain in Fountain Hills, Arizona will turn green!

On St. Patrick’s Day, Fountain Park carries on the time-honored tradition of dyeing the local fountain green.

Experience Ireland at the Musical Instrument Museum

On March 17 and 18, 2018 you can “Experience Ireland” at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in North Phoenix. Enjoy two days of Celtic-inspired fun.

The 2018 experience includes Irish Bouzouki craft-making activity, a photo booth, toe-tap pianos, Celtic Tones (harp, vocal, fiddle performance), face-painting, Celtic harp workshop, traditional Irish band performance and a performance by The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library

Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, AZ

Experience a full day of authentic Irish activities, including an Irish tea ceremony, Ceili dancing, and traditional Irish music. 2018 exhibitions include “From Protest to Peace: Murals by the Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland,” “Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy,” and “The Book of Kells”.

Two lucky individuals have a chance to win a trip to Ireland! In order to raise funds to support cultural programming and public events, the “Arizona to Ireland” drawing offers a grand prize trip for two to Ireland in addition to 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Tickets for the drawing cost $10 each or can be purchased for a discount in bundles of three for $25. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library or online.

Shamrock Fest in Chandler, AZ

March 17, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Shamrock Fest is an St. Patrick’s Day celebration held at the Dr. AJ Chandler Park in Downtown Chandler, AZ. The Fest will include live entertainment, Irish dancers, Bagpipes, festive games, traditional food, a VIP tent, themed activities and a beer garden.

Pot of Gold Music Festival

Rawhide Event Center in Chandler

The Pot of Gold Music Festival takes place March 16 to 18, 2018 at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler. The all-ages event takes place from noon to midnight.

Scheduled to appear: Russ, Dej Loaf, PNB Rock, They, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Sturgill Simpson, Cody Jinks, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Rebelution, Dirty Heads, Pepper, Magic!, and many more, as well as a number of local artists performing inside.

Padre Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Party “Under the Big Top”

March 17

Head over to Padre Murphy’s for St. Patrick’s Day fun “under the big top.” The event will have a concert lineup, traditional Irish dishes, face painting, leprechauns, clowns, green beer and more.