While St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until Friday, March 17, the festivities are kicking off early with a variety of activities in Greeley, Fort Collins and Windsor. And the best part is that you don’t have to have an ounce of Irish DNA to participate in the fun.

Check out some of these 22 events taking place for the week of March 11-17 in and around NoCo as well as down in Denver and up in Cheyenne.

Saturday, March 11

1. Greeley’s Blarney on the Block returns at 2 p.m. along the Ninth Street Plaza in downtown with a parade, live music, face painting, GoCup opportunities and more. The event is free and all ages, as well as well-behaved leashed dogs, are welcome to attend. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/3L4ScuZ .

2. Push your luck by signing up for the Lucky Brew 5K, 10K, 15K and kids fun run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Eastman Park, 7025 Eastman Park Drive in Windsor. The race will take runners and walkers along the Poudre River Trail toward the finish line to collect a beer, free food, a finisher medal and a pair of Lucky Brew socks. A portion of the proceeds raised from the race will go toward Windsor Gives. Entry fees are $48.70 per person for the 5K, $54 per person for the 10K, $64.60 per person for the 15K and the kids fun run is free. For more information, or to register for the race, go to http://bit.ly/3Ji25TR .

3. The 42nd annual Western Spirit Juried Art Show and Sale opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. at the Old West Museum, 4610 Carey Ave., Cheyenne. The reception will allow attending art fans the opportunity to get the first glimpse at the variety of pieces in the exhibit. Admission is $65 per person for non-members and $55 per person for museum members. All ages welcome to attend. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3ZKERw0 .

4. Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson is hosting an Irish Poker Run and Party at 10 a.m. at 4250 Byrd Drive in Loveland. The route will take riders throughout northern Colorado and back for some festive Irish fare, cold beer, St. Patrick’s Day swag, an in store scavenger hunt, live music and more. Entry into the poker run is $20 per person for the first hand and $10 per person for additional hands. All ages welcome to attend the ride and after party. For more information, contact Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson at (866) 646-6296.

5. Head on over to Mariposa Plants and Flowers for Terrariums and Cuttings Class from 1-3 p.m. at 801 8th St., Suite 110 in Greeley. The class, open to all ages, will teach participants how to build and decorate their own terrarium. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by going to https://bit.ly/3ZwmGKQ .

6. The Boots and Baubles Auction is set to take place at 5 p.m. at the Blue World Headquarters, 2401 E. Pershing Blvd., Cheyenne. The event raises money for the Warren Spouses Club projects, such as scholarships and donations. Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, access to the auction and more. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to http://bit.ly/3mzw023 .

7. Rush Archives will be taking the stage at 7 p.m. at The Coast, 254 Linden St. in Fort Collins. Adults age 18 and older are invited to come listen to the Rush tribute band from Denver play a variety of hits from the original band. Ticket are $25.75 per person. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/3kW9D6q .

Sunday, March 12

Don’t forget to move your clocks one hour ahead for daylight saving time

8. Wrap up the weekend with The Collection with special guests Mom Rock and A Brother’s Fountain at 7 p.m. at the Moxie Theater, 802 9th St., Greeley. The North Carolina band will be showcasing music from its latest EP, “How to Survive an Ending.” The concert is open to all ages of guests possessing a valid photo ID. Tickets are $15 per person for general admission with the opportunity to purchase reserved seating. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to https://bit.ly/405Bv7d .

Tuesday, March 13

9. Words of Windsor is hosting Sip, Swap and Shop for a Cause at 6 p.m. at 631 Birch St., Unit B. The event is a fundraiser for the Clearview Library District and will allow attendees to participate in book swaps, giveaways and more. All ages are welcome to attend the event. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/3SXZQt8 .

10. Learn about travel photography from the comfort of your couch at 6:30 p.m. online with Mike’s Camera. The class will teach photographers of all levels about selecting filters, protecting your camera, planning a vacation photo book and more. The class is $34 per streaming device. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/3T3EGKg .

11. Join 477 Distilling for Pie Day Bingo with Jory at 7 p.m. at 825 9th St., Unit B in Greeley. Guests age 21 and older can enjoy some pie inspired cocktails while playing some free bingo. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, contact 477 Distilling at (970) 451-5768.

Wednesday, March 14

12. The Greeley Garden Club is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. at the Greeley Forestry Department, 2631 52nd Ave. Court, Greeley. All levels of gardeners are welcome to attend the meeting and registration is not required. For more information, contact the club at (970) 400-1839.

Thursday, March 15

13. The Northern Colorado Young Professionals group is hosting a networking event from 5-7 p.m. at the Greeley Hatchet House, 820 9th St., Unit A. In addition to hatchet throwing, attendees will have the opportunity to meet other professionals, enjoy beverages and food and learn what the group does for local businesses. Membership is not required to attend. For more information on the group, go to http://bit.ly/3OTNONM .

14. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Live at Red Rocks is available for streaming at 6 p.m. online at AMP Concerts. The concert was recorded when Plant and Krauss made a stop at the iconic venue during their 2022 tour. All ages are welcome to view the program and the cost to stream the concert is $20 for single viewing or $25 for extended viewing. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/41REnGl.

15. Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker — One Night, Two Icons is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland. All ages are welcome to attend and tickets range from $44 per person to $119 per person depending on seat choice. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to https://bit.ly/3yg5LjP .

16. Liam St. John with Joshua Quimby and Skyler McKnight will be performing at 7 p.m. at The Black Buzzard at Oskar Blues, 1624 Market St. in Denver. St. John is a chart-topping blues artist who wowed judges on NBC’s “The Voice” and whose music is consistently rising to the number one spot on streaming platforms and music charts. Admission is $15 per person for adults age 18 and older. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3L6ny4u .

Friday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

17. If you have a love for quirky furry animals, then the 2023 Mazuri AOA National Alpaca Show is right up your alley. The show kicks off at 8 a.m. at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. in Denver with over 600 alpacas competing to be crowned National Supreme Champion. Along with the opportunity to see and meet alpacas, the show will feature vendors, alpaca yoga, an alpaca selfie booth and more. All ages are welcome to attend the show. Dogs are not permitted at the show. Admission is free and parking is $10 per car. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/3Zx0iRI .

18. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with beer and a baked potato bar from 5-8 p.m. at Loveland Aleworks, 118 W. Fourth St. The buffet style potato bar will have a variety of toppings for attendees to make their own carbohydrate masterpiece. The cost to partake in the potato bar is $10 per person and the event is open to adults age 21 and older. For more information, contact Loveland Aleworks at (970) 619-8726.

19. Join the Windsor Mill Tavern for a St. Patrick’s Day party from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. at 301 Main St., Unit C. Festivities will include live music, beer, whiskey and Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, Irish egg rolls, shepherd’s pie and more. All ages welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Windsor Mill Tavern at (970) 833-5124.

20. Frozen Dead Guy Days begins the Icebreaker Kickoff event at 4 p.m. at Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave. in Estes Park. The three-day affair will feature a variety of events, activities for all ages including coffin races, psychic readings, live music, a Royal Blue Ball and more. Admission varies depending on the event/activity. For more information, go to www.frozendeadguydays.com .

21. Get in some boot scootin at Country Swing Dance Lessons and Social Dancing at 6:30 p.m. at TightKnit Brewing Co., 813 Eight St., Greeley. Instructors from Country KickUp will be in attendance to teach dancers of all skill levels. After the lessons, hang around to show off your foot work. The free event is open to adults age 21 and older. For more information, contact TightKnit Brewing Co. at (970) 397-6146.

22. Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl begins at 4 p.m. at The Yeti Bar and Grill,  23 Old Town Square in Fort Collins. The crawl will feature over five venues offering two drinks or shots with food and drink specials, a photographer, custom badge, an after party following the event and more. The bar crawl is open to guests age 21 and older and tickets are $20 per person for groups of four or more and $25 for individuals. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to http://bit.ly/3YxTOjY .


This article was originally published in Greeley Tribune