Bar and restaurant special events
There's a load of them, but here are some of our favorites: Slainte in Fells Point is finishing up its 17 Days of Saint Patrick program, which features daily food and drink specials. Of note: Monday's Toast to Saint Patrick's Day, held at 8 p.m. (midnight Dublin time) and a (very, very) early 6 a.m. opening on Tuesday. 1700 Thames St. slaintepub.com. The James Joyce Pub in Harbor East offers a Guinness Happy Hour today, live Irish music all day Saturday, a St. Patrick's Parade Party on Sunday with more music and traditional food, and, yes, even more live music and food on Tuesday starting at noon. 616 S. President St. thejamesjoycepub.com. In Like Flynn Tavern in Locust Point will host an inaugural — and family-friendly — St. Patrick's Day Block Party from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday with traditional music, eats and drinks. 1371 Andre St. inlikeflynntavern.com. An Poitin Stil (aka: the Still) in Timonium has many events and specials planned, including a St. Patrick's pre-party at 4 today, an Irish Family Day starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, and an 9 a.m. opening on Tuesday. And an Irish food alternative: RA Sushi in Harbor East will feature drink specials all day on Tuesday, including green hot sake. 1390 Lancaster St. rasushi.com. For more specials, go to baltimoresun.com/dining.
Meet in the Street
Canton is still in the St. Patrick's game, though, with Claddagh Pub's 20th annual event, featuring live music, heated tents to drink your green in comfort and more people-watching than you can throw your beads at. Starts at 3 today and also runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Claddagh is at 2918 O'Donnell St. claddaghbaltimore.com.
Federal Hill Irish Stroll
If you missed last week's Canton Irish Stroll (or if you just need to do more drinking and strolling), here's your other chance to imbibe ... we mean, celebrate. From noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, 17 of the neighborhood's bars and restaurants will offer drink and food specials. But the best part? Folks dress up. Expect a leprechaun or four. Advance tickets are available at lindypromo.com, and registration will be at East Cross Street in front of No Way Jose's (38 E. Cross St.) from noon to 5 p.m. $20.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans
This Power Plant Live-wide event is part music fest, part food/drink fest and part weird fest. Starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, there will be live music from bands including Pasadena, a $5 "Green Beer" package which features discounted drinks from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and randomly fun events like a leprechaun obstacle course. Free to check out the action at 34 Market Place. powerplantlive.com.
St. Paddy's Day Celebration with Old Bay Ceili Band
"Traditional Irish dance music inspired by the golden era of Irish-American dance halls"? We're in. Bring your dancing shoes. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown. $13-$19. creativealliance.org.
This one's for the kids, featuring music by Barleyjuice, Irish step dancing, face painting and food trucks. But there's also drinks for adults, in the form of unlimited drink wristbands available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. It runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, giving you ample pre-party time before the 2 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Parade begins. Pierce's Park at Pier V, about a block and a half away from the parade route. Admission is free, but there's a "Shamrock Pass" for children which includes parade gear and access to more activities. Cash only. waterfrontpartnership.org.
Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day Parade
It's the 60th annual blow-out of green, bands, and general Irish awesomeness. The Shamrock 5K kicks things off at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Charles and Franklin streets, and the parade starts at 2 p.m. at the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, continuing to Pratt Street and Market Place. irishparade.net.
For more St. Patrick's Day events in and around Baltimore, go to baltimoresun.com/events.