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9 Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day events you don’t want to miss

These are Phoenix’s best parties and festivities happening this St. Paddy’s Day.

Phoenix is going green. From Fountain Hills to Finnegan’s Irish Pub, the Valley is honoring Irish heritage this St. Patrick’s Day with parades, parties, and cultural festivities worth donning green for. Feeling lucky? Here’s some inspiration for a sham-rockin’ Paddy’s Day.

Wear green to the Seamus McCaffrey’s Block Party

Since 1991, Seamus McCaffrey’s in Downtown Phoenix has been a local favorite for its casual atmosphere, boxty potato pancakes, Irish whiskey flights, and extensive beer selection. The pub and restaurant regularly hosts live music and events but the highlight of the year is their St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. The outdoor fest brings out big crowds all dressed in green and looking for some fun, which there’s certainly no shortage of during Paddy’s Day weekend. 

Visit the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library

At the Irish Cultural Center in Downtown Phoenix you can learn about Ireland’s rich history and Irish culture and customs. During your visit, take some time to explore educational exhibitions like the 1916 Exhibit, Book of Kells, and tour The Cottage to see what life was like during 19th century Ireland. For St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Cultural Center will be celebrating with a special event and live music. 

Dance to Irish music at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire 

Happening at Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire offers revelers all sorts of festive, family-friendly entertainment, including performances from Irish step dancers, lively bagpipers, and Irish musicians. The holiday celebration will also feature local vendors, food and drinks, Irish music across three stages, and cultural exhibitions. It all kicks off on Saturday, March 16 with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 10am. 

Hang out at Casey Moore’s Oyster House 

This Paddy’s Day, spend your day sipping pints on the patio at Casey Moore’s, a popular restaurant and bar with shaded outdoor seating and an easygoing vibe. The spot attracts a diverse crowd ranging from college students to tourists who undoubtedly make the pilgrimage to the Tempe institution for its tasty oyster combos and unparalleled draught beer list. 

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Cheers to Paddy’s Day at Murphy’s Law Irish Pub 

The Irish tradition is alive and well at Murphy’s Law. And this St. Patrick’s Day, the Downtown Chandler Irish pub is going all out with nonstop live music from local bands, appearances by the AZ Fire Pipe Band, Guinness and Jameson pours, and a special menu set to feature Irish classics. 

Join the Phoenix Shamrock Run 

Lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement with StartLine Racing for the 8th Annual Shamrock Run. The 10K and 5K run-walk takes place at Kiwanis Park in Tempe and is open to runners of all ages and abilities. This year there’s an added challenge called ‘Chase the Leprechaun.’ If you speed past the leprechaun on the course, you’ll get a prize when you stride across the finish line. 

Chow down at The Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub

If you’re searching for a place to celebrate the holiday in Downtown Phoenix, look for the bright red door at The Kettle Black. This easygoing pub and kitchen dishes out trendy twists on Irish staples like the Irish curry plate with basmati rice and pita and the brioche bread pudding with Irish whiskey glaze and housemade caramel sauce. 

Celebrate at Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub 

Tim Finnegan’s has a reputation as one of the best Irish pubs in the country and they’ve got a killer happy hour, too. Join the party at the Glendale pub this Paddy’s Day and fill your belly with corned beef sliders, Shepard’s pasty, and whatever you do, don’t skip Finnegan’s signature Guinness chocolate brownies. 

See the St. Patrick’s Day Greening of the Fountain 

Dating all the way back to 1979, the St. Patrick’s Day Greening of the Fountain in Fountain Hills is a yearly tradition where the town’s iconic fountain is dyed emerald green in celebration of the Irish holiday. Recognized as one of the tallest fountains in the world with a height that can reach up to 560 feet, the celebratory display is a must-see spectacle. The Greening is scheduled for noon sharp. 

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5 award-winning, celebrity chefs you can experience in Phoenix

Here’s where to enjoy fine dining from local culinary stars.

Phoenix has always had a flourishing culinary scene, but over the last decade, it has truly morphed into a mecca of global flavors. Foodies are especially enamored by the celebrity chefs who have opened restaurants Valley-wide and our many James Beard Award nominees and winners — their status has helped elevate local dining experiences and brought new concepts to our neighborhoods. Read on to discover the most notable chefs and where to find them.

Angelo Sosa, Kembara and Tia Carmen 

Fans of Top Chef are sure to remember chef Angelo Sosa from seasons 7 and 8 — for the last several years, he’s been bringing his bold cooking and techniques to Tia Carmen at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. This beautifully designed restaurant places his contemporary southwest cuisine front and center, with Instagram-worthy platings of ceviche tostadas with yuzu and guacamole, mushroom menudo, New York strip with a southwestern spice blend served with bone marrow, and vanilla flan with tequila caramel and Manchego cheese. 

In late 2023, Chef Angelo also opened Kembara at the same resort — this swanky restaurant is a celebration of Asian street food culture, highlighting ingredients and flavors he absorbed during travels through Thailand, Hanoi, Tokyo, and Penang. He deftly marries sweet, sour, and salty elements to create such harmonious dishes as fish head curry, wagyu beef rendang, forbidden rice bowls, massaman vegetable curry, and crab fried rice. 

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Christopher Gross, Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion 

With accolades and awards aplenty — including winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southwest and a 2022 James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Chef — Chef Christopher is best known for the modern twist he puts on French fare. He has cooked for Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush and has graced Phoenix with his culinary genius for more than 40 years (longtime locals will remember Christopher’s Fermier and Christopher’s and Crush Lounge in the Biltmore Fashion Park).

Chef Christopher’s newest restaurant, Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion, is a compilation of his global culinary experiences, set in a 1930s hilltop mansion with sweeping views of the Phoenix skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy small plates and cocktails at the chef’s counter or on the patio, and don’t miss the house smoked salmon, roasted red bell pepper soup, liberty duck (a sautéed breast and confit leg), and caviar with fresh blinis. 

Scott Conant, Mora Italian and The Americano

He may be a finicky judge on Chopped, but that expectation for perfection is carried through in Scott Conant’s own cooking. The Food Network star has made frequent guest appearances on “The Today Show,” “Rachael Ray Show,” “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” and “Good Morning America,” among others. He is also a two-time James Beard Award-winning chef and cookbook author — his latest book is “Peace, Love & Pasta.”

Located on 7th street, a neighborhood filled with many Phoenix favorites, is Mora Italian. Showcasing Conant’s contemporary approach to Italian cooking, must-try dishes include his signature pasta pomodoro, citrus-fennel dusted branzino, fritto misto, and pork and veal meatballs. At The Americano in Scottsdale, more of an Italian-inspired steakhouse, order the braised wagyu beef cheeks, seafood tower, tagliatelle wagyu Bolognese, or a ribeye or tomahawk from their mesquite and pecan wood-burning grill. 

Beau MacMillan, CALA Scottsdale 

Food Network star chef Beau MacMillan has been a fixture in Valley kitchens for more than two decades. But you may also know him from appearances on “Beat the Chefs,” “The Next Iron Chef” and “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” not to mention when he co-hosted the show “Worst Cooks in America.”

Many will remember his years as the executive chef for Sanctuary Resort at Camelback Mountain, but these days you’ll find him at Cala Scottsdale (on the ground floor of boutique hotel Senna House), his latest venture with Clive Collective in Old Town Scottsdale. This restaurant offers diners a Mediterranean aesthetic with authentic coastal cuisine and flavors from Greece, Spain, Italy, and Morocco. In October 2023, he and Clive Collective announced a new restaurant concept in partnership with chef Scott Conant — it’s called Tell Your Friends and is set to open in spring 2024.

Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco

The man, the myth, the legend: Chris Bianco is a two-time James Beard Award-Winning chef and restaurateur who knows a thing or two about pizza — many Phoenicians agree his Pizzeria Bianco is the best in town (and has been since 1987). Bianco focuses on simple ingredients and old-world techniques, using a wood-fired oven and wowing patrons with his homemade mozzarella cheese. The restaurant is small, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line.

There are two locations in Phoenix, one downtown in Heritage Square and another at Town & Country near the Biltmore. At Pane Bianco Central, Chris serves up focaccia sandwiches baked to order, fresh loaves of bread, and NY-style pizzas by the slice. Finally, Tratto, his Italian and Southwestern-inspired trattoria on Van Buren is the place to be for date night — there’s a rotating menu with mouthwatering dishes each week.  

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Mark your calendar: 8 Atlanta festivals to cure your spring fever

Atlanta’s best season is here and these are the spring festivals you won’t want to miss.

You can always count on springtime to kick off festival season in Atlanta. The weather turns warm, the flowers begin to bloom, and the streets burst with cultural extravaganzas, culinary pop-ups, music festivals, and more. Whether you’re immersing yourself in the arts at the Atlanta Film Festival or discovering the historical wonders of the Georgia Renaissance Festival, there’s no shortage of adventures this season. So mark your calendar and start making plans to check out these much-anticipated Atlanta spring festivals. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

The parade officially begins on Peachtree Street in Midtown, Atlanta, GA 30301

March 16, 2024

Cost: Free

Atlanta comes alive on St. Patrick’s Day. Irish music, dancing, parade floats, marching bands, and bagpipes spill into the streets of Midtown in observance of the holiday. The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade is Atlanta’s longest-running event, with live entertainment, food, and tons of family-friendly activities along the parade route. Come decked out in green to join the fun. 

404 Day 

Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309

April 4, 2024

Cost: Free

“Atlanta influences everything.” This is your chance to pay homage to ATL’s vibrant culture, creative spirit, and everything that makes the 404 area code unique. On April 4th each year (4.04!), city residents come together to celebrate Atlanta’s homegrown music, art, innovation, and more. The energy is high across the perimeter and surrounding counties, but there is no place more electrifying than Piedmont Park, where you can view local art installations and live performances. An ideal event to connect with the city’s top influencers and talent, 404 Day is a must for native and transplant ATLiens. 

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309

April 12-14, 2024

Cost: Free

Welcome the spring season with the blooming of Atlanta’s native dogwood trees. A beloved tradition that dates back over 80 years, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival boasts an artist market, delicious food vendors, art contests, a kid’s village, and a world-class dog frisbee competition. Listen to bluegrass and rock music while eating festival favorites like funnel cake and kettle corn, all amidst the picturesque backdrop of the blooming dogwood trees. 

Georgia Renaissance Festival

6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn, Georgia 30213

April 13-June 2, 2024

Cost: $9-$25

Step back into 16th-century Europe and journey to the days of knights, jesters, and maidens. Located just outside Atlanta, the Georgia Renaissance Festival will transport you to a medieval village filled with artisans, performers, and culinary delights. From jousting tournaments to Shakespearean plays and glass-blowing demonstrations, the festival offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Renaissance-era life. Other attractions include ten stages of music, comedic acts, crafts, and even animal performances.

SweetWater 420 Fest 

225 Rogers St NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

April 20-21, 2024

Cost: $245 for 2-day tickets

Raise a glass and rock out to your favorite tunes at the SweetWater 420 Fest. This two-day festival combines the best craft beer and live music, featuring performances by top artists. This year’s lineup includes Beck, Grace Potter, and Andy Frasco and the U.N., to name a few. Of course, you can also sample a wide selection of brews from hometown favorite and presenting sponsor, SweetWater Brewing Company. With 25 performing acts across three unique stages, plus food trucks, creative vendors, workshops, and an artist market, it’s the perfect spring outing for beer and music enthusiasts.  

Atlanta Film Festival

Plaza Theater Atlanta, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306

April 25-May 5, 2024

Cost: $100-$500

One of the country’s longest-running and most prestigious film festivals, the Atlanta Film Festival showcases a diverse selection of independent flicks, documentaries, and shorts from local and international filmmakers. It’s a chance for movie buffs to discover emerging talent and engage in thought-provoking panel discussions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

Westside Park, 1660 Johnson Road NW, Entrance 1, Atlanta, GA 30318

May 25, 2024

Cost: $35-$160

Feel the rhythm and the spirit of the islands at the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. The infectious beats of soca, reggae, and calypso, coupled with Caribbean cuisine, vibrant costumes, and dancing, create a dynamic and infectious atmosphere. From sunrise to sunset, the day is full of events that will satisfy all your senses, featuring the parade of bands downtown, an artist market, dance demos, and children’s activities.

Atlanta Jazz Festival 

Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

May 25-27, 2024

Cost: Free 

This Memorial Day Weekend, immerse yourself in the smooth sounds of talented musicians from around the world at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. For over 40 years, the annual event has featured renowned up-and-coming artists, offering soulful melodies and a toe-tapping good time. With an array of art, food, and other vendors, the final weekend in May will be the height of festivities. But you can also check out events the entire month at various venues throughout the city.

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