Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Color the Whole Week Green for 17th Annual St. Pat's Party at Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

The largest St. Patrick’s Day party in Atlanta spans a fun-filled week that culminates in an annual celebration that spills out onto the streets around Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Buckhead on March 17. This year’s schedule is packed with seven days of live music, contests, charity events and food and drink specials.

First, sign up for the newsletter for a chance to win a four-day, three-night trip for two to Dublin, Ireland. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, March 20 and participants must be 21 and over to enter.

Start off the week of festivities on the right note on Monday, March 11 as Fadó hosts a traditional Irish music session at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, the pub teams up with Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits for an evening filled with the "water of life" Bushmills Whiskey and food pairings hosted by Master of Whiskey, Kevin Mulcahy. The event starts at 7 p.m. and costs $39.95 per person with limited seating; make reservations here. On Wednesday, March 13, it's top o' the trivia to you and your team for the St. Patrick's Irish Pub Quiz hosted by Quizmaster Rob starting at 8 p.m. With passes to the St. Patrick’s Day party available as prizes, you’ll want to feed your brain for that competitive edge. Authentic Irish food and beverages including corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, boxty, and pints of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's will fuel you and your team to victory. Thursday, March 14 is "Lucky Pint" Night from 8-11 p.m. Order Guinness, and if your pint of the iconic Irish dry stout wears a sticker on its bottom, you'll receive free tickets to Sunday's party. Friday brings on shear delight in the form of the Fadó 12th Annual St. Baldrick's Event from 2:30-6:30 p.m. "Shavees" plop down in barber chairs to have a lot taken off the top while raising donations for the St. Baldrick's Foundation for curing childhood cancers.

The two-day "Lost Weekend" festival opens on Saturday, March 16 with "St. Practice Day." At 10:30 a.m., a full day of RBS 6 Nations Rugby tournament viewing begins, and rugby fans will have a reserved viewing area for all three matches. At 6 p.m., the outdoor festival opens with traditional Irish rock music from Paddy & Marty, U2 cover band Desire and Irish dancers. A DJ steps in at 10 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $5 or $10 at the door.  Sunday, March 17 hails the giant St. Patrick's Day finale. Doors open at 7 a.m., and the party moves outside at noon for a street festival featuring live music, traditional Irish dancers and bagpipers. Desire, Andy Birdsall, Secret Sauce and Astral Freaks (Van Morrison cover band) keep the party rocking. Pre-sale tickets, (a fast sell out in 2012) are available now online for $10 or at the door for $15.  Guests also can purchase a two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday for $15 online. March 18? Sleep in.

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