We’re coming up the day where everybody turns green, whether they have a wee bit of Irish blood pumping through their lineage or not.
We turned to HooplaNow.com and Facebook to roundup some festivities, where you can dance a jig, shake a shillelagh, get crafty, hoist a green beer or otherwise reel in some fun. And of course, every bar near and far is ready to quench your thirst, and corned beef and cabbage will be a-stewing on many menus.
SaPaDaPaSo Parade: 1 p.m. Sunday (3/17), downtown Cedar Rapids. This year’s route is extended one block, beginning at Sixth Street SE, turning onto Second Avenue SE, all the way to First Street SE (to avoid construction on Second Street), then back up Third Avenue SE to Greene Square. It’s the 44th annual parade sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society, and all ages are invited to the post-parade celebration and awards ceremony at the Eastbank Venue, 97 Third Ave. SE; free admission, food and beverages available for purchase.
Dyersville: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday (3/16), downtown Dyersville. Facebook.com/events/2183069211945770/
MUSIC & MORE
Birdchild: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (3/15), Iowa Brewing Company, 708 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; free admission. Get in some practice for the big day, with music and beer.
Fake Patrick’s Day with Toxic Blonde: 8 to 11:55 p.m. Friday (3/15), Chrome Horse Saloon, 1201 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Wear your finest and favorite green St Paddy’s themed attire.
Lilywren: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday (3/16), Mount Vernon Creates, 121 First St. NW, Mount Vernon. Session tunes from the Celtic nations, with Karen Pierce, hammer dulcimer; Bill Hart, bodhran and fiddle; Arianne Waseen, fiddle; Abram Doval, fiddle, banjo, Irish flute and pennywhistle; and Patty Ankrum, guitar and bodhran. Tickets: $10 at (319) 895-2682 or Mountvernoncreates.com
Banjoy: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Farmers Mercantile Hall, 100 W. Main St., Garrison; $10. Irish, bluegrass and Midwestern roots music by Bob Black and his band, with guest fiddler Joy Ward of Castle Ridge.
Coppers & Brass: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Kalona Brewing Company, 405 B Ave., Kalona. Come to listen, or bring your instrument to join this traditional Irish session hosted by band members Tara McGovern, fiddle and vocals; Keith Reins, guitar and vocals; Frank Claudy, flute and whistles; and Joe Dutcher, bodhran. St. Paddy’s day dinner menu plus appetizers and pizza. No cover; reservations recommended at (319) 656-3335. Kalonabrewing.com
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Daddy O Trio: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Old Neighborhood Pub, 608 16th St. NE, Cedar Rapids. Dennis “Daddy-O” McMurrin & Bruce “the Gov” Chadima will ring in St. Patrick’s Day and the pub’s anniversary.
Irish Jam: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Fireside Winery, 1755 P Ave., Marengo. Music and dancing, with food and drink specials available all day.
The Outside Track: 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday (3/17), CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Named Best Group in both the Live Ireland Awards and Tradition In Review, The Outside Track has emerged as one of the top Celtic acts in the world. The quintet features Canadian, Scottish and Irish music. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 door; CSPS Box Office, (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org/events/upcoming/outside-track/
Fake Patrick’s Day with Wylde Nept: 9 p.m. Friday (3/15), The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City.
Dyersville Commercial Club St. Paddy’s Party: 3 p.m. to close Saturday (3/16), Dyersville Park Pavilion; live music, drink specials, food. Facebook.com/events/2183069211945770/
Funky Dance Party: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday (3/16), Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, 1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher. Music by FunkDaddies, 7 to 10 p.m., food and drink. Tickets: $20, Crwine.com
WineStyles: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (3/16), WineStyles, 4201 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids. Green mimosas, green sangria and green beer, Reuben pizzettes; live music by Solemn Vow 6 to 9 p.m.; wear green for $1 off wine and beer by the glass.
Cedar River Landing: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Cedar River Landing, 301 F Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids. Music by Past Curfew, ’80s tribute band. Facebook.com/events/518487765314733/
Chrome Horse: 9 a.m. Sunday (3/17), Chrome Horse Saloon NewBo, 1201 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Brunch 9 to 11 a.m., bands 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., with Well Lit, New Trick, Crazy Delicious. Facebook.com/events/395533127745766/
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Iowa Brewing Company: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Iowa Brewing Company, 708 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Wear green to get buy one-get one free on full pours of Iowa Brewing Co. beers; $10 pitchers all day.
Thew Brewing: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Thew Brewing, 301 Second Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Facebook.com/events/548458912341870/
Champagne Irish Dance: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (3/14), Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City; free. Join the dancers of Champagne Academy of Irish Dance to learn more about Irish culture, language, music and dance. At the end, receive instruction in the basic steps of Irish dance and try it out yourself.
English Country Dance: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday (3/16), The Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City; $3 to $6 at the door. Each dance has its own music, ranging from old ballads, jigs and reels to several immortalized in classical music and opera. Each dance is taught, and all ages are encouraged to participate.
Shamrocks in Resin: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (3/15), NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; $20. Instruction by Mystic Blooms. Learn how to cast shamrocks in resin so you can have the Luck of the Irish with you all the time, and take home a shamrock necklace or key ring. Facebook.com/events/380054702846424/
Gaelic Gallop: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday (3/16), St. Francis Xavier School, 203 Second St. SW, Dyersville. 8K and 2 mile road race, $5 to $35, Leprechaun Leap ages 6 and under, 9:30 a.m.; Facebook.com/events/491383271295950/
We Run Lucky Run: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (3/16), University of Iowa Credit Union, 2355 Landon Rd., North Liberty. With 1K, 5K, 10K routes. Benefits Solesforsouls and Feed My Starving Children. Cost: $40 to $45, Facebook.com/events/562801410807610/
Shamrock Skate: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids; $4 per skater. Family ice skating.
FOR THE WEE ONES
Sunday Fun Day: St. Patrick’s Day Crafts: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (3/17), Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City. Make a St. Paddy’s cereal necklace and a shamrock hat; free, all ages.