It may be time to change the name of St. Patrick’s Day to St. Patrick’s Weekend.
As is often the case, the Irish-themed holiday has spawned events on days other than its official date, which falls on Monday this year. In fact, the parties start today, with perhaps the biggest concentration taking place Saturday.
For traditionalists, the actual holiday won’t get overlooked either.
On Monday, Walkers Bar & Venue, 220 S. Commerce, is staging the O’Lynch Bash, intending to carry on a tradition that co-owner Micky Lynch started holding the parties in honor of his late father, radio executive Mike Lynch, a decade ago at other watering holes around town. Now that he’s got his own place, he’s promising the biggest bash yet.
“That goes back to my dad,” Lynch said. “St. Patrick’s Day was kind of Christmas at our house.”
Starting at 3 p.m. Monday, Walkers will offer drink specials on a variety of beer and drinks and dishes such as shepherd’s pie and corned beef. Jack Korbel Irish Trio and Blue Eyed Soul will provide tunes later in the night.
Here’s a look at some other events:• Heroes, 117 N. Mosley, is offering drink specials and dishes like fish and chips Friday through Monday. Bagpipers will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday.
• The Artichoke Sandwich Bar, 811 N. Broadway, is not holding its usual huge outdoor celebration, but owner Pat Audley is still paying tribute to his Irish heritage with drink specials and Mulligan Stew on Saturday and Monday. Irish musicians will perform starting at 7 p.m. Monday.
• The Pumphouse, 825 E. Second, opens at 9 a.m. Saturday for its third annual Kegs and Eggs breakfast buffet, featuring all-you-can eat scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy and green beer.
• Alefs Harley-Davidson, 1-135 and 53rd North, hosts a St. Patrick’s Day party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring $1 beers and a green T-shirt contest with a $250 prize.
• Emerson Biggins, 808 E. Douglas, is holding a “Fake St. Patty’s Day on the Patio” party with green beer, Irish food and three non-Irish DJs from 1-8 p.m. Saturday.
• The fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk will be held at the Old Cowtown Museum at 8 a.m. Saturday, with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. You can register at First Gear from noon-6 p.m. Friday or at the race site on Saturday. Participants get a long-sleeve t-shirt and are serenaded by bagpipers at the course’s start and finish.
• The open-air Brickyard, 129 N. Rock Island, will open for the first weekend this year to mark St. Patrick’s Day with drink specials Saturday, Sunday and Monday. An Irish breakfast buffet prepared by its sister restaurant, Public at the Brickyard, will be served starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
• Emerson Biggins, 808 E. Douglas and 2330 N. Maize Road, will present bagpipers and drink specials Saturday afternoon and Monday evening, plus an all-you-can-eat Irish buffet on Monday.