St. Patrick's Day events in Calgary
Guinness for $3 a sleeve, midget wrestling, traditional mass and an Irish pudding recipe
Whether you've got any Irish blood or not, St. Patrick's Day is an open invitation to revel in some of the best of the Emerald Isle — from food to beer, music and dance.
Here are seven ways to get your green on and celebrate the luck of the Irish in Calgary.
Start your St. Patrick's Day with a hearty Irish breakfast of wedge potatoes, scrambled eggs, corned beef and cabbage. The meal will cost you $6, and you can wash it down with a 12-ounce sleeve of Guinness or Alexander Keith's special for the early bird price of $3.
When: Thursday, doors open at 10 a.m., additional details here
Where: Jamesons Irish Pubs, at 1230 17th Ave., S.W. or 3790 Brentwood Rd., N.W.
Master the art of a traditional beer vinaigrette, bangers and mash with Guinness gravy, and Irish pudding with the help of chefs at ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen.
When: Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., $20 per person
Where: ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, 909 11th Ave., S.W.
The mighty leprechauns are back to battle it out in the Cowboys ring for a St. Paddy's Day special. Watch the Midget Wrestling Warriors battle it out. The early match starts at 4:30 p.m. and the second match at 8:30 p.m.
When: Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., $10 per person
Where: Cowboys Dance Hall, 421 12th Ave., S.E.
Celebrate the best of Irish music, dancing, food, drink — and of course the craic — at the Calgary Irish Cultural Centre. Traditional Irish musicians and singers from Ireland and Scotland will perform, with free face-painting and cookie decorations for the little ones. Wearing of the green is not compulsory but encouraged.
When: Thursday, 5 p.m. to late, $10 per person, or $5 for members. Kids get in free
Where: Calgary Irish Cultural Centre, 6452 35th Ave., N.W.
Enjoy some green beer and learn about how green biofuels are made at the TELUS Spark. You can even find out how far your body fat could power a car.
When: Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Telus Spark, 220 St. George's Dr., N.E.
Take part in the Feast Day of St. Patrick at St. Mary's Cathedral followed by potluck-style lunch. If you plan to stay for the food, the organizers ask you contribute a tray of sandwiches, treats, squares or muffins.
When: Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Where: St. Mary's Cathedral – 219 18th Ave., S.W.
The Calgary Farmer's Market is going even greener than usual! The Coshquin School of Irish Dance will perform at 11 a.m., and special kids activities will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
When: Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Calgary Farmers' Market, 510 77th Ave., S.E.