THE IRISH GOT AROUND, especially in America, and traditions from the Celts thrive in the Land of Enchantment. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the wearing of the color green to symbolize a sense of strength and solidarity with the Republic of Ireland. “The amazing thing is the variety of shades of green that are seen in Ireland,” says Caren Garcia, president of the Irish-American Society of New Mexico, based in Albuquerque. “It really is the Emerald Isle.” Accordingly, Irish pubs throughout the state will host the green-clad masses on March 17. “The focus of St. Patrick’s Day is fun,” says Garcia. “The spirit is very welcoming and joyous.” We scouted out some of the best places to visit on the holiday—or any day—according to a few of our favorite Irish sayings.

Where’s the craic tonight? Find it at Two Fools Tavern, in Albuquerque. The traditional Irish bar, a mainstay in Nob Hill, was opened by the original “two fools,” Jeff Watson and Tom White, in 2006. On St. Paddy’s Day, enjoy live music by pipers from Mac-Tire of Skye Pipes and Drums and a bowl of Guinness-infused beef stew or traditional bacon and cabbage.

Stop the lights! Clancy’s Pub and Irish Cantina has been serving Farmington since 1978 with an unexpectedly diverse menu featuring sushi, Mexican cuisine, and its own twist on Irish classics. On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish cheer filters into everything. Enjoy the festivities with live music from After Midnight and savor the Reuben O’Rourke sandwich.

Slainte! Raise a glass (responsibly!) at O’Niell’s Pub’s two locations in Albuquerque, where Rob and April O’Niell have crafted welcoming Irish hubs for 30 years. Their pride is evident in handmade furniture and unique decor, a testament to Rob’s dream. Celebrate the holiday starting March 11 with performances by Brightburn Step Dancers and Mac-Tire of Skye Pipes and Drums. Plus: Sample special Irish beers on tap, as well as traditional Irish meals and specials all month.

Connect with the Irish-American Society of New Mexico online.

Experience the electrifying return of Australia's The Ten Tenors. Photograph courtesy of the Ten Tenors.

National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show
March 1-3

Spice up your life with bold flavors from more than 170 exhibitors at this show held at Sandia Resort & Casino, in Albuquerque.

The Ten Tenors
March 2

Australia’s the Ten Tenors return with the Greatest Hits Live tour in Farmington, featuring Broadway-style dancing and beloved tunes spanning 28 years.

Barite rose from Sierra County. Photograph courtesy of Sierra County Rock and Gem Society.


See sparkles at these mineral and rock festivals.

Deming RockHound RoundUp
March 7-10

Treasures of the Earth Gem and Mineral Show, Albuquerque
March 15-17

Truth or Consequences Rock & Gem Show
March 23-24

Immerse yourself in the roarsome world of Dinosaur World Live! Photograph courtesy of Dinosaur World Live!

Dinosaur World Live!
March 12-13, 15-16

Experience the dangers and delights of dinosaurs in this fun interactive show that makes stops throughout New Mexico.

Anime NM
March 15-17

Dress as your favorite character for this convention featuring voice actors, an artists’ alley, cosplay, improv comedy, medieval combat, an anime-themed rave, and more.

Santa Fe Pro Musica
March 23-24

Stephen Redfield leads the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble to kick off Holy Week at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a bar crawl. Photograph courtesy of Adobe Stock.


Check out these St. Patrick’s Day events that are sure to fill you with the luck of the Irish.

Farmington St. Patrick’s Day Madness
March 15

Santa Fe St. Patrick’s Bar Crawl
March 17

Rio Rancho Shamrock Shuffle
March 17

That’s not all March has in store! Go to for more.