St. Patrick's Day festivities start early this year with a couple of uptown events on Saturday doused in good times and green beer. There's plenty going on during the actual Thursday holiday, too. Most events are for age 21 and up.
Rich & Bennett's 11th Annual Pub Crawl
Having gone from 73 crawlers in 2001 to 7,300 last year, the aim of this annual event is to break its own attendance record with crawlers from 19 states. Participants can visit 20 uptown bars and venues with koozies in hand. Check-in 1-3 p.m.
Saturday. Dixie's Tavern, 301 E. Seventh St. $20-$30. http:// www.rockhouseevents.com/st patricksdaypubcrawl
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Third Annual Green Party
Husky-voiced "American Idol" Season 2 finalist Kimberly Caldwell gives it her best Kelly Clarkson on her new single "Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys." She joins Ausralian rock trio Sick Puppies for this rooftop performance. Admission included with pub crawl wrist bands.
5 p.m. Saturday. The Bud Light Stage at The EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. Free. Tickets available at select EpiCentre businesses. Admission included with pub crawl wrist bands. www.Pavilionat EpiCentre.com/happenings
Irish Flu Bar Crawl No. 4
For those interested in crawling on the actual holiday, this smaller crawl touches down at seven uptown haunts that will serve Irish flu shots and whiskey drink specials.
Thursday. Registration is at Stool Pigeons, 214 N. Church St. between 3 and 5 p.m. $5-$10. www.rockhouseevents .com
Shamrock 'n' Roll Bash
Charlotte pop-rock ambassadors Paper Tongues join Sister Hazel at the Fillmore for the NC Music Factory's St. Pat's throwdown, which includes local favorites Simplified performing at The Saloon and admission to seven of the complex's venues. The best leprechaun costume wins $500.
8 p.m. Thursday. 1000 Seaboard St. $23. www.live nation.com
St. Patrick's Day Bash
U-Phonik, one of the city's best modern rock cover bands, rings in the party with current and recent hits by Muse, the Killers and the like, as well as rock classics.
EpiCentre's Wild Wing Cafe, 210 E. Trade St. Suite D. 9 p.m. Thursday. Free. www.wildwingcafe.com
St. Paddy's Day Rockfest
Four local heavy guitar rock acts share the Amos' Southend Stage. S.I.Q. headlines with support from Broken Pitch, Luna's Lament, and Tattermask.
1423 S. Tryon St. 7 p.m. Thursday. $7-$10. www.amos southend.com
St. Paddy's Day Party
The west side goes green with Columbia's up-and-comers Josh Roberts & the Hinges' rootsy, anthemic rock. Charlotte's Pullman Strike and Jeremiah and the Howling Owls open the show.
The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. 8 p.m. Thursday. $6-$9. www.themilestoneclub.com