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St. Patrick's Day in Albuquerque

Celebrate All Things Irish

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St. Patrick's Day in Albuquerque

St. Patrick's Day

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Céad Mile Fáilte! A hundred thousand welcomes. St. Patrick's Day in Albuquerque promises more activities and celebrations than can be stuffed into one day, so take a look at a month’s worth of smatterings and choose several to celebrate a little bit o' Ireland.

Intro to Irish Session
A regular guided session that focuses on Irish sounds. Build a useful body of Irish tunes in this ongoing monthly class held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Road NE.
For 2014: March 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tir Conaill Irish Step Dancers
The Irish step dancers will perform at O'Niell's Pub in the Heights at 6 p.m. and at O'Niell's in Nob Hill at 7 p.m.
For 2014: March 13

Guinness Leary Fighter Foundation
At O'Niell's in the Heights from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and in Nob Hill from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
For 2014: March 13

High Desert Pipe and Drums
The group will perform at O'Niell's Pub in the Heights and in Nob Hill at 7 p.m. both locations.
For 2014: March 14 and 15

O'Niell's
The High Desert Pipes and Drums will perform at 2 p.m. and the Tir Conaill Irish Step Dancers at 7 p.m. at the Nob Hill location. At the Heights location, Tir Conaill will perform at 5 p.m. and High Desert at 8 p.m.
For 2014: March 16

St. Patrick's Day at O'Niell's
O'Niell's will serve Irish specialties such as corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew. Music, celebrations and dance will happen at both O'Niell's locations. High Desert Pipes and Drums will perform at Nob Hill at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. In the Heights, they perform at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the possibility of 12 p.m. too.
For 2014: March 17

St. Baldrick's Foundation
The New Mexico Firefighters will have a St. Baldrick's fundraiser at the Santa Ana Star Center on March 16 from noon to 4 p.m. The firefighters will shave their heads There will be pipes and drums, live music, Irish dancers, an aerial ladder climb, silent auction, jumpers for the kids, a classic car display, food and more. This is a free event, donations welcome.
For 2014: March 16

St. Patrick's Day Hot Air Balloon Rally
Every year on St. Patrick's day weekend, hot air balloons rise over the skies of Belen. Get up close with Smokey the Bear, Shamrock Patty and the Flighthouse balloons. Get out early at 7 a.m. to Eagle Park, 1619 West Delgado Avenue. For 2014, a Film Festival is part of the mix, and the Breaking Bad tour van will be at the launch site.
For 2014: March 14-18

Mac-Tire of Skye Pipes & Drums
The Albuquerque bagpipe band will be playing at several locations around town on St. Patrick's day. Find them at the Irish American Society party at the German American Club at 2 p.m. and Hotel Cascada at 4 p.m. They'll be at Imbibe in Nob Hill at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.
For 2014: March 16

Shamrock Shuffle
The Shamrock Shuffle takes place at the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center. Lace your shoes and go green in a 10 miler, 10K, 5K or Kids K. Don't forget to wear green!
For 2014: March 16

Brother Mathias Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
The 63rd annual dinner features traditional Irish food. Proceeds benefit the Good Shepherd Center, which helps the area's homeless population. Tickets can be purchased at the door. There will be a full Irish feast, children's games and entertainment. Cost is $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Take out dinners available. The dinner takes place at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
For 2013: March 17

Old Windmill Dairy Farm Tour
The Old Windmill Dairy in Estancia has baby goats at this special celebration. And there will be corned beef and cabbage, cheese and milkshakes to enjoy. Sign up for the 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. treasure hunt. Reservations required. 
For 2014: March 16

Annual St. Patrick's Day Party
The food will be pot luck, so the luck of the Irish be with you. Bring a dish and enjoy the music and dance. The German American Club is located at 4821 Menaul NE.
For 2014: March 16

Irish Organizations and Events in Albuquerque All Year

Irish American Society of New Mexico
The society is dedicated to Irish culture in New Mexico and meets the second Friday of the month at 4821 Menaul NE.

Rio Grande Celtic Festival and Highland Games
The festival features Scottish traditions, from bagpipe music to games such as the sheaf toss. You'll also find vendors and entertainment all weekend long. Don't miss out on the Highland Dance.
For 2013: May 18 and 19

Southwest Genealogical Society
The Irish Research Group meets at the Main Library Special Collections room on the third floor. It features workshops and classes.

Irish Music

O’Niell’s Pub
The music is Irish and the fun is authentic. Listen to live music and enjoy the craic on Sundays from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the "old" O'Niells, 4310 Central SE.

Two Fools Tavern
Enjoy Celtic music in this family friendly event every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find Two Fools Tavern at 3211 Central NE.

Celtic Music Resources
Apple Mountain Music
For folk music instruments and instruction, Apple Mountain Music offers everything you need. Find hammered dulcimers, bodhrans, harps, Irish whistle and more. Classes are offered at the Apple Mountain store, or other locations. They also offer an ongoing slate of folk music concerts.

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