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Pure Gold Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Athens

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Dig out everything even remotely green in your closet, find your oversized shamrock accessories and prepare your liver. The COVID numbers are laying low, although not eradicated, and the St. Patrick’s Day festivities are back on. Whether you prefer to party hard or celebrate casually, there’s a variety of events happening in Athens to mark the occasion. Live music, traditional dancing and local comedy are all on the menu this year—in addition to the corned beef and cabbage. The following events are all happening Thursday, Mar. 17, but check the Flagpole calendar for more St. Paddy’s Day-themed events happening throughout the week—including those the day of at Athentic Brewing Co. and Normal Bar..

ST. PAT’S POP PUNK BASH: What better place to grab some brews than at a brewery? Southern Brewing Co. will host an all-ages outdoor event beginning at 5 p.m. and presented by Aubrey Entertainment. From 5:30–6 p.m., the Athens branch of the Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance will perform. The academy, whose mission is to foster a love for Irish dancing, specializes in both performance and competitive dance. Then from 6–9 p.m., local pop-punk cover band That’s Rad will play a mix of classic favorites and some special St. Paddy’s Day tunes. The band’s repertoire includes blink-182, Green Day, The Killers, Dropkick Murphys and more. There will be a food truck on site, but guests are welcome to bring their own outside food and non-alcoholic beverages. Admission is free for ages 20 and under or $6 for 21 and up, which includes your first pint of Southern Brewing Co. beer.

Oonagh Lynch Benson Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance

WILLSON CENTER ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION: The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts invites the public to celebrate at the Sculpture Garden of the Georgia Museum of Art. Snacks and drinks will be provided while guests enjoy a musical performance by Cicada Rhythm. The duo plays roots-influenced folk-rock with chilling harmonies and wholesome songs. The event will be held from 6–8 p.m. Attendance is free but limited, so you must RSVP to Winnie Smith.

ST. PATTY’S JAZZ JAM: Hosted by Seth Hendershot and the house band Unstarched, Hendershot’s is turning its monthly jazz jam, held every third Thursday, into a festive occasion. If the Irish shoe fits, why not? Attendees are encouraged to bring their own instrument, voice included, to join in on the jam; however, everyone is welcome to simply watch and listen to the magic. Either way, there’s no charge for entry. Sign ups start at 7 p.m. with the jam beginning at 8 p.m. All guests must present a valid ID as well as a completed COVID-19 vaccination card or proof of a negative test result.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY COMEDY SHOW: In the mood for some hearty laughs? Maybe you’re looking for a different beer-centric vibe? Catch some local comedians at Akademia Brewing Co. from 8–10 p.m. Something funny is always bound to happen, especially with the host for the evening, comedian Lanny Farmer. Tickets are $10, available online or at the door.

SUPER SHAM-ROCKS: St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for adults. The younger crowd—but not too young, ages six and older—can participate in a treasure hunt, decorate pots to fill with gold and complete a nature craft at Memorial Park. This event will be held 10:30–11:30 a.m. and costs $3 for ACC residents or $4.50 for non-ACC residents. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required to attend.

FAB FESTIVAL: Looking for a community-based experience? Head downtown to College Avenue for a block party in front of the main branch of First American Bank and Trust. This free festival will feature local food, beer and live music from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Attendees can expect offerings from La Carretta, Rashe’s Cuisine, Lil’ Ice Cream Dude, Athentic Brewing Co., Southern Brewing Co., Creature Comforts and Terrapin Beer Co. Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ will perform a set of his solo material.