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23 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas on St. Patrick's Day Weekend, March 14 to 17

Snoop Dogg Lion Muppet Honey Badger headlines our St. Patrick's Day Party this Saturday! Gin? Check. Juice? Check. Bailey's? Yep, got that too.

Carb up like you have a big swim meet this weekend, Dallas. The next four days are not for the faint of heart, belly or liver. There's a Sasquatch Convention in Fort Worth, a drag disco cabaret in Addison, wine spilling all over Savor Dallas and of course, two days of St. Paddy's mayhem. Share this list with your Doggpound and click on the event titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one passing you that left-handed cigarette during Snoop. JUST KIDDING AUTHORITIES: THAT'S SOMEONE ELSE.)

Thursday 3.14 The Morning After Show at Out of the Loop Fest -- Described as an "irreverent cabaret salute to disco, drag, and glory," this must-see act features original songs like "Straight Girl in the Corner," "The Swelling's Gone Down," and "B.Y.O.B.G.Y.N." Just to sweeten the deal, know that it was directed by our own Clayton Farris. You get four chances to see it this weekend, so go to all of 'em.

Savor Dallas Kicks Off -- It's a solid four days of food and wine and more food at Savor Dallas, which adds additional place settings at new venues this year. Join in the gluttony. Half-Price Admission at the Nasher -- Our friends at the Nasher are looking out for you and your crew this week by charging half-rate admission during Spring Break. (Read: This is your chance to see that amazing Ken Price exhibition for cheap!)

Friday 3.15 Texas Pinball Festival -- Pinball addicts, this one's for us. This annual celebration of ramps and lights has moved to Dallas proper this year for its three-day celebration. That means if you buy a wristband you can just pop in and out without making a big journey out of it. Also, we're doing a ticket giveaway on our blog. Check it out here.

Prix de 1814 Magazine Party -- As tools like Instagram and photo editing software become natural parts of our daily life, it's easy to believe that we're all photographers. But stepping into an all photo art show is a great way to remind yourself that it is, in fact, a highly learned skill mastered by few. See that here: it's taking place at 2650 Main St. in Deep Ellum.

Sugar Does America Tour -- It's equal parts crafty celebration and booty shake down and it's happening at Quixotic World. Go see what your friends and neighbors have been making and indulge in some dance shopping.

Late Nights in the Arts District: Spring Break Edition -- This monthly celebration of art for cheapskates gets even more enticing on Friday night as the Nasher pulls down the outdoor screen and shows The Fantastic Mr. Fox free of charge. There's also live music, activities and smaller celebrations detonating throughout the Crow, DMA and Nasher. It's free.

Saturday 3.16 The 12th Annual Bigfoot Conference -- If you watched Harry and the Hendersons and thought "Wow, documentaries are awesome," then this is the conference for you. It's an intensive look at our favorite illusive, powerline-chasing, rock-throwing furball. Leaders of Sasquatch science will lecture.

Your St. Patrick's Day Guide to Getting Smashed and Making Out
Enter... The Parade Zone
Dash Down Greenville -- This Food Bank benefit and early morning 5K run is a Dallas tradition, which makes sense. After all, isn't it better to expend a little positive energy before you have a frat dude in flip flops holding your boots over your head as you attempt to break the Greenville keg stand record? Yes, yes it is.

Ladies and Gentlepups, May We Present Snoop Dogg Lion and Friends -- It's the biggest party that the Dallas Observer and our buddies at House of Blues could think of, so we made it happen. I'm afraid it's sold out, so hopefully you got a ticket in advance. You did, right? Good. Let's high-five and bump chests.

The Official After-party at House of Blues -- The official St. Pat's festivities might be over, but the second shift is just kicking off. Join the Dallas Observer at HOB for the official after-party featuring DJ BL3nd.

Green Kegs and Hammered -- Surround yourself with new friends and plan nothing at this epically organized bar crawl. You can opt to tag along on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, because this thing goes down all weekend long.

The Dubliner's Annual Block Party -- Of course you'll need to knock a pint back here -- it's the Dub! It's tradition! It's... there! Plus they've booked your favorite U2 cover band, With or Without U2. They go on at 9 p.m.

The Gin Mill -- You can hit up this Henderson staple at any point in the weekend and strike gold, but on Saturday they're serving up a full Irish breakfast and limited brunch with bloody mary and mimosa specials until 3 p.m. At night you'll get live music, and no, it doesn't matter who's playing. You'll be wasted.

Paddy Fest at Humperdinks -- You know what you need after a parade, excessive drinking, and whatever you inhaled during Snoop Dogg? An afterparty. Cap off your Irish afternoon here with $3.50 Irish stouts, $4 black and tans and $5 Irish car bombs.

Eat Something at B.B. Bop Rice Bowls -- Just remember that if you power drink all day, then Snoop it up without eating anything you'll act like a jerk. In turn, nobody will want to kiss your blarney stones. Do the world a favor and grab snacks throughout the day; B.B. Bop has $3 Asian nachos.

Granada -- I mean, we'll all wind up here at some point. Who doesn't want a picture with the Granada Leprechaun? He's almost as lucky as the Granada goatacorn. They'll have drink specials and all of your favorite humans at this legendary patio party.

Sundown at Granada -- Consider this your Red Cross tent in the day's battle with, and against, complete annihilation. They'll have phone charging on the patio and live reggae on the rooftop from noon until 7 p.m.

South by St. Patrick's Day at Crown and Harp -- This one kicks off at noon and features bands all day long. You'll get sets by Disposable Music, The Demigs, Walking Shapes, DRGN King, Lil Iffy, Mary Walker, Daily, and SW/MM/NG all for free. Don't panic: They'll have green beer, and for the refined St. Paddy's Day drinker, local crafts on tap (Peticolas, Lakewood, Revolver & Deep Ellum).

Barley House -- Start your day like a champion. Barley House begins serving up $3 breakfast taco platters and bloody marys at 8:30 a.m. $5 sandwich baskets begin to materialize at noon, and when the parade throws its last bead, Hard Night's Day will take the stage.

The Old Monk Block Party -- It doesn't matter that the heaviest foot action is a little further north; the Old Monk is a Knox-Henderson mainstay, aboslutely legendary for its St. Pat's celebrations. Stake out your spot on the patio and enjoy brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. plus traditional Irish fare served until 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, Up North (Addison)
McFadden's St. Patrick's Weekend Bash -- Man, if you're in Addison that drive is brutal. Luckily for you McFadden's starts the party on Friday and shuts it down Sunday night when the final leprechaun passes out in his own sick. Saturday kicks off at (gulp) 7 a.m. with a kegs and eggs breakfast. There's also a green bikini contest and drink specials.

Sunday 3.17 Cindy Sherman Opens at the DMA -- This show is my "waiting to exhale" moment. A long time in the coming, Dallas gets its chance to celebrate this acclaimed photographer and her esteemed muse, herself. I caught a little of the install last week and I promise that this exhibition is everything you've hoped for. The scale is set to: massive.

St. Paddy's Day Proper, the Remix -- It's the double-up, kiddos. Just when the final parade pony keg has been boxed: BAM! The REAL St. Patrick's Day arrives. We've lined-up a plan of attack for you. Just click that handy link.

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Jamie Laughlin
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