Wear something green. It’s St. Paddy’s Day weekend, Phoenix. This Sunday is the only day of the year where consuming green beer, and lots of it, is socially acceptable. So go ahead and take part in the tradition. Seamus McCaffrey’s in Downtown Phoenix and Kelly’s at SouthBridge will both be hosting their own block parties in celebration of St. Patrick. And the Irish Cultural Center will put on its annual parade and faire. Here’s what’s happening in Phoenix this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Friday, March 15 - Saturday, March 16 Downtown Phoenix The comedy icon is on the road and his tour includes a stop in Downtown Phoenix. Watch Norm MacDonald bring down the house at StandUpLive. There are multiple showtimes to choose from on Friday and Saturday nights, all of which have a two drink minimum. Cost: $27
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 Downtown Phoenix Phoenix’s longest-running arts festival returns this weekend for multiple days of performances, pop-ups, and arts related activities. Art Detour, which is in its 31st running, takes place across artist studios, galleries, and cultural venues located throughout the Downtown Phoenix area. Find the full Art Detour calendar here. Cost: Free
Friday March 15 - Sunday, March 17 Multiple locations There’s only a couple more chances for you to catch a weekend spring training game, don’t let those chances slip by. Through March 26 you can see 15 MLB teams take the field as part of Cactus League Spring Training. See the full spring training schedule here. Cost: Ticket prices vary
Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17 Desert Botanical Garden On display through May, Electric Desert, an installation by Klip Collective, uses light and sound to transform the desert into a living canvas of sorts. The nighttime experience features seven site-specific locations throughout the Desert Botanical Garden. You can also see it on Garden Value Days, each Tuesday and Wednesday night. Cost: Tickets start at $24.95
Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17 Scottsdale Kelly’s at SouthBridge is getting a jump on the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. And you can too. Join them for their weekend-long St. Patrick’s Day block party where you can throw back a few green beers, chow down on corn beef sliders and other festive foods, and hear the Scottsdale Fire Department wow crowds with their bagpipes and drums. VIP lounges and bottle service can be requested via reservations. Cost: Free, food and beverage available for purchase
Saturday, March 16 Glendale The Arizona Coyotes will take on the visiting Edmonton Oilers this weekend at Gila River Arena in what’s sure to be an action-packed game. The puck drops at 7pm. Can’t make it out to the game? See the Coyotes full season schedule here. Cost: Ticket prices vary
Saturday, March 16 Phoenix Happening at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Faire offers revelers no shortage of entertainment which includes performances from Irish step dancers, bagpipers, and Irish musicians. There’s also a St. Patrick’s Day parade which is scheduled to step off at 3rd Street and Sheridan at 10am. Cost: $12
Saturday, March 16 Downtown Phoenix The Tucson Sugar Skulls will make a trip up to Phoenix this weekend where they will take on the Arizona Rattlers at Talking Stick Resort arena in Downtown Phoenix. The indoor football action will start at 5pm. Find your seat here. Cost: Ticket prices vary
Sunday, March 17 Downtown Phoenix Paint the town green (no, not literally) with Seamus McCaffrey’s. The Irish pub will be celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in true Irish fashion with a festive block party in Downtown Phoenix complete with live music and certainly no lack of booze. It’s all happening from 9am to 2am. Cost: $5, food and beverage available for purchase
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Lauren Reichert is a Phoenix-based multimedia storyteller and content creator. Her work has been featured in local travel guides and national publications. Follow her quest for the best tacos on Instagram @hungryinphoenix.