Vegas Weekender: Going green vs. going Blue (Man)

St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas isn’t your ordinary just-wear-green day. In Vegas, it’s a full-on, weekend-long party, and we’re giving you details to the hottest parties in town. From a party and parade over New York – New York’s Brooklyn Bridge to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with tequila, it’s all happening this weekend in Vegas.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate celebration: Celtic Feis. This three-day long party takes place at Nine Fine Irishmen and the Brooklyn Bridge at New York – New York. Festivities begin Friday, March 16 at 4 p.m. in Nine Fine Irishmen and at the Brooklyn Bridge with live music from Patrick Seiben and Sin E Ri-Ra, Limey Bar Stewards and Joshua Tree, a U2 cover band. Tickets to the festival on St. Patrick’s Day are $25, but most of the events before 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday are free. This includes a St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Feis Parade on Saturday at noon.

It doesn't have to be St. Patrick's Day to get the party going at Rí Rá, but it sure helps.

Rí Rá Las Vegas celebrates its one year anniversary with a two-day St. Patrick’s Day festival March 16 and 17. The weekend festivities will feature live music, giveaways, Irish dancers, authentic Irish menu items and a parade through Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The pub’s anniversary and St. Patrick’s Day celebration kicks off on Friday, March 16 with live Irish music starting at 5 p.m. The festivities continue on Saturday, March 17 with a Six Nations Rugby match between Ireland and England at 10 a.m. followed by a parade through the casino at 11 a.m. The parade features Irish dancers, Rí Rá staff members, a bagpiper and more. On Saturday, Rí Rá will charge $10 cover at the pub. Guests will enjoy live Irish music from several bands during both days of the festival. Diners will enjoy traditional Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage, a Publican’s Reuben and fish & chips.

St. Patrick’s Day continues at Stations Casinos with tasty Irish favorites at the Feast Buffets during lunch and dinner. Enjoy offerings like corned beef and cabbage, Irish beef stew and shepherd’s pie at Aliante Station, Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station. The St. Patrick’s Day menu is offered March 12 – 17.

If you’re looking for a Mexican twist on St. Patrick’s Day, look no further then Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops. While at Musician Sammy Hagar’s cantina, order the 100-ounce green beer tower and pair it with Mexican fare like Cadillac nachos or chipotle shrimp. Festivities start at 11 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.

For a St. Patrick’s Day concert, check out the Wild Celts this Saturday at the Suncoast Showroom. The concert from the Irish rock band is complimentary and there are a few contests with cash prizes, including “Rock Your Kilt” contest and “Leprechaun Star Search.” The show starts at 9 p.m. for ages 21 and over.

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The Blue Man Group is a vibrant, high-energy group, that’s part comedy, part music, part percussion performance and a lot of blue paint. Blue Man Group performs at the Venetian nightly at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets start at $101.85.

Actor and Comedian John Lovitz brings his stand-up comedy act to The Flamingo Showroom this weekend. Lovitz is best known for his roles on “Saturday Night Live,” “A League of Their Own” and “The Wedding Singer.” Lovitz is performing Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17. Tickets start at $48.60 and show time is 10 p.m. for both shows.

Comedian Kathy Griffin brings her hilarious comedy to the Terry Fator Theatre in The Mirage. Griffin talks about her life on the D-List, the hierarchy of Hollywood celebrities, her mother and more. Griffin is also known for her roles on “Suddenly Susan” and “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.” Griffin performs Saturday, March 17. Tickets start at $85.94. Show time is 10 p.m.

Jay Leno cracks up audiences at The Mirage March 16 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $85.94.

Also performing this weekend in Vegas:

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd at The Orleans.
  • Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale at The Mirage.