Wear green and celebrate everything Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17. Some highlighted events:
• World-renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke plays a special St. Patrick's Day concert, "The Naked Fiddle," featuring solo fiddle, songs, stories and photos — a musical travelogue up the west coast of Ireland.
As the story goes, Burke grew up playing fiddle in southeast London, honed his skills in Irish pubs and dance halls, came to the United States with the help of Arlo Guthrie, and then settled in Oregon at the urging of songwriter Hoyt Axton.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.org, $25, $30 at door.
• Portland's oldest Irish pub, Paddy's Bar & Grill, 65 S.W. Yamhill St. puts on its eighth annual St. Patrick's Day Festival fundraiser with a three-day tented street festival with live Irish music, bagpipers, dancers, food (corned beef and cabbage included) and drink (Guinness and Kilbeggan, among others), Irish coffee, whiskey and more.
The partying starts at 10 a.m. Friday, March 17, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, and 8 a.m. Sunday, March 19, and stretches into the next morning. There is no cover charge before 2 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and all day Sunday.
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Children's Cancer Association.
• The 26th annual Kells St. Patrick's Day Festival, March 17-19, takes place at three venues: Kells Irish Pub, 112 S.W. Second Ave.; in the adjacent festival tent behind Kells; and at Kells Brewpub, 210 N.W. 21st Ave.
There'll be traditional Irish dancing, bagpipers and Celtic-inspired bands and, of course, plenty of food and libations. Family day is Sunday, March 19.
Kells Brewpub is putting on the inaugural Irish Beer Festival, featuring specialty Irish-style beers and cider from area breweries. The fun starts at 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday, March 17-18, and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 19.
For more: www.kellsportland.com.
• Family fun can be had at the 76th All-Ireland Cultural Society St. Patrick's Day Festival, starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Aquinas Hall, 1333 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
For more: www.oregonirishclub.com.
• The St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival includes a fun run, family parade, Irish music, dancing and carnival games, as well as a beer garden, till 5 p.m. at St. Agatha Catholic School, 1430 S.E. Nehalem St.
For more: www.stagathaschoolpdx.us.