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St. Patrick’s Day parties all over Austin, plus more things to do

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Get ready to shake your shamrocks this weekend. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman 2013

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Fado. The Irish pub is leaving the Warehouse District after 20 years; no new location has been announced, but in the meantime, you can celebrate with one more daylong block party on Fourth Street. 7 a.m.-3 a.m.; must be 21 and older after 4 p.m. $10-$20. 214 W. Fourth St. fadoirishpub.com.

Jack & Ginger’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year, which means everyone is in for extra Irish revelry. Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub’s third annual celebration will supply some of that fun and will block off the Rock Rose district in Domain Northside to do it. Expect to choose from the pub’s 82 beers on tap, including specially provided green beer. There will also be Irish and American comfort foods, such as a traditional shepherd’s pie, and lots of live music spread across two outdoor stages. 8 a.m. to midnight March 17. $10-$20. 11500 Rock Rose Ave. 512-350-3738, jackandgingers.pub.

19th annual St. Patrick’s Festival at Opal Divine’s (two locations). The long-running local restaurant’s north and south locations (the latter a recent addition, inside a Best Western hotel) will spotlight predominantly Irish-themed music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Catch multiple performances by Ed Miller & Rich Brotherton, the Silver Thistle Pipe & Drum Corps, Knockferry Bridge, Michael Fracasso and others. Free. Noon t0 10:30 p.m. north, noon to midnight south March 17. 12709 N. MoPac, 2200 S. Interstate 35. opaldivines.com. — Peter Blackstock

South by St. Paddy’s Day. This St. Patrick’s Day, the Infinite Monkey Theorem and Freebirds World Burrito are hosting a festival getaway with performances from touring and local artists via Planet LA Records. Food and beverage deals will include a glass of tap wine for the first 100 guests, green wine slushies and $4 taco baskets from Freebirds. About a dozen local and touring artists, including Kris Gruen, Velvet Starlings and Sleeping Lion, will perform. 2 to 10 p.m. March 17. Free. 121 Pickle Road. facebook.com/events/182272602379359/.

Pups on the St. Patty-o. Weimaraner Rescue is hosting this special holiday edition of Pups on the Patio at Cane Rosso. A $10 ticket at the door supports the organization and gets you access to Cane Rosso’s pizza (all named for dogs) for a discounted price of $10 along with one house beer or wine. Leashed pups are welcome on the patio, and Weimaraner Rescue will have dogs available for adoption. Cane Rosso is matching the $10 donation with each ticket sold. In addition, a St. Patrick’s Day menu will be available exclusively with items like a Lucky Charms S’mores Calzone for $10. 2 to 5 p.m. March 17. 4715 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite 103. facebook.com/events/151396765553896/.

St. Patrick’s Day at NXNW. One of North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery’s favorite holidays is St. Patrick’s Day. Head to the North Austin brewpub for this celebration of Irish culture with music, food and beer. Live music will start at 3 p.m. from Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums and from Jeremy Steding and Liver Dance, but you can have a beer right away from one of two dueling Irish casks or any of the options on tap. The Irish ales include an Irish stout with Jameson-soaked oak cubes and the Red Zeppelin with Simcoe hops. Kids will be able to play in a bouncy house. 2 to 11 p.m. March 17. $2 suggested donation. Stonelake location, 10010 N. Loop 360. facebook.com/events/2079258842101260/.

MORE THINGS TO DO

Rodeo Austin. Watch the pigs race, the bull riders, barrel racers and more. $5-$8 fairgrounds admission, $20-$36 rodeo seats. Daily through March 24. Expo Center, 9100 Decker Lake Road.

Sherwood Forest Faire. Travel back in time to merry ol’ England with this fair. 10 a.m. to dusk, weekends through April 22, plus March 16. $12-$22. 1883 Old U.S. 20, McDade. sherwoodforestfaire.com