If you’re looking for fun things to do this St. Patrick’s Day, the rainbow ends in Chandler, AZ. The entire March 17th weekend brings you green beer, standard Irish fare, and enough live music to tide you over for months. Can you really take it all in within a 72-hour span? Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to try.
Here are five of the best St. Patrick’s Day events around Chandler in 2018.
Pot of Gold Music Festival (Chandler, AZ)
When: March 16-18
Where: Rawhide Western Town and Event Center
Ticket cost: $75+
Are your ears ready for three jam-packed days of tunes? If not, you’d better start preparing for this year’s Pot of Gold Music Festival in Chandler. The madness starts on Friday with headlining acts Dej Loaf and Russ. On Saturday, Big Head Todd and the Monsters will open up for Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band. The weekend festival concludes with Rebelution, the California-based reggae quartet. To keep you alive between acts, grab a bite at any of the festival’s vendors, fill up your water bottle at the free fill-up station, and smash the pinball paddles at Arcade Alley.
Check out www.potofgoldaz.com to order tickets or learn more about this St Patrick’s weekend event.
NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals (Chandler, AZ)
When: March 16-17
Where: Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Ticket cost: $25 and under
This St. Patrick’s Day, the NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals is returning once again to the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. On Friday, gravel and mud will fly as the torque goes off the charts during the Truck and Tractor Pull. Drag racing, a truck show, and the Burnout Contest will close out the two-day event on Saturday. By the end of St. Paddy’s Day, you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the diesel engine.
Join us at this amazing Chandler event this March. Visit www.nhrda.com and grab your tickets.
VegOut! Vegan Beer & Food Festival (Scottsdale, AZ)
When: March 17-18
Where: Scottsdale Waterfront
Ticket cost: $20+ (Kids 12 & under free)
The first-ever VegOut! Festival should be a doozy. Held in Scottsdale on March 17 and 18, this St. Patrick’s Day event will feature a free fitness class, cooking courses, speeches made by experts, and over 100 vendors serving local food and craft beer. You can bet there’ll be enough gluten-free and organic options to shake a stick at, as well as live music and activities for all ages.
Buy your VegOut! tickets right on their website.
Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire (Phoenix, AZ)
When: March 17 @10am
Where: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
Ticket cost: $12 and under
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Phoenix is a sight to behold. As Downtown Phoenix shuts down to make room for the floats and marching bands, all eyes are glued on 3rd Street and Sheridan. When all the action from the parade dies down, the fun ramps up at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park. Last year, live performances by bagpipers, dance crews, and Irish bands took over the park. This year? We expect much of the same, with traditional Irish food, beverages, crafts, and activities as accompanying thrills.
Stay in-the-know about this local Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day event by visiting stpatricksdayphoenix.org.
ShamRockFest (Chandler, AZ)
When: March 17 @ 11am
Where: Dr. AJ Chandler Park
Ticket cost: $12+
Wow—Chandler is a St. Patrick’s Day-apalooza in 2018! On March 17, the 2nd Annual ShamRockFest will soak up all of Downtown Chandler’s electricity as bands like Alien Ant Farm and Wyves push the volume to 11. To ensure you get your fill of St. Paddy’s fun, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub (the host) will also offer traditional Irish food, beer, cocktails, and a family-friendly activities tent.
General admission is ridiculously cheap—you’re paying $1 per hour ($12/12 hours). Visit the ShamRockFest website to purchase tickets or review the lineup of artists.
If you can somehow manage to visit each of these St. Patrick’s Day events near Chandler, you win a gold star—and a good night’s rest. While you wait for the Irish celebrations and jigs to begin, we invite you to venture into one of our Honda dealerships around Phoenix. What better way to celebrate Ireland than with a new car from a Japanese automaker? Find your local Valley Honda Dealers location in Arizona today.
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