Spring has finally sprung! Despite the recent snow, the flowers will soon be returning to campus and before you know it, it will be time to fly away to exotic lands for spring break. In the mean time, you may notice an urge to dance and drink building up over the next few weeks. Chances are it will peak around March 17, or St. Patrick’s Day. Luckily, there are plenty of Irish themed events both close and far away from campus.

For those of you looking for a short excursion, look no further than McMenamins Grand Lodge. On St. Patrick’s Day, the lodge will be hosting events all day long.

Those of you lucky enough to not have classes on Thursdays, can kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. in the Ironwork Grill with traditional Irish music by the Hanz Araki Trio.

For the rest of us occupied with classes, Blarney Thursday, will be pumping out more modern Irish jams in the Compass Room Theater starting at 7 p.m. Both events are open to all ages and the rest of the bars at McMenamins are sure to be well stocked with the best of Irish drafts, in addition to favorites like Guinness.

For those of you waiting until the weekend to get in touch with your Irish side, or wanting to continue the celebration, Portland is the place to be during St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Head on down to 112 SW 2nd Ave, better known as Kells Irish Pub, for an extravaganza of Irish festivities.

All of the main attractions are all on St. Patrick’s Day, but minors are not allowed and the event has a $20 cover charge, so you may want to wait until the weekend to fully enjoy the Irish experience without the fear of demolishing your budget.

On March 18 at 7:30 p.m., enjoy a live boxing match between the United States and Ireland, complete with cigars! This event is only for those 21 and older.

On March 19 enjoy the festival’s tent all day long. Music and dancers are featured throughout the entire day, including Portland’s own Irish Dance troupe at 3:30 p.m. Minors can partake in all the fun until 5 p.m. and the event is free until 8 p.m., after that time is a $10 cover charge.

For the extreme Irish enthusiasts, full festival coverage can be found by visiting  www.kellsirish.com and www.mcmenamins.com.

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