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Weekend Events: Vegan food, Persian parade, Guinness aplenty

A man poses with Irish beer during St Patrick's Day celebrations March 16, 2003 in London.
A man poses with Irish beer during St Patrick's Day celebrations March 16, 2003 in London.
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'Tis the weekend where beer turns green and flows aplenty — and if you're holding one, that means you don't get pinched, right? Your weekend is looking lucky with St. Patrick's day parties, vegan food and "krazy krafts." Maybe we'll find a four-leaf clover.

1. All-day St. Patrick's Party

Tom Bergin's Public House via Facebook

With a traditional Irish breakfast starting bright and early and an outdoor festival that goes all day, the 80th annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at Tom Bergin's Public House will have you doing an Irish jig. It features games, music and pints of Guinness. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and runs until to midnight, but the party continues indoors until 2 a.m.

When: Thursday, March 17, 6 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Where: Tom Bergin's Public House | MAP

Price: Free admission

2. Grilled Cheese and Beer Tasting

Vintage Enoteca via Facebook

Forget the shamrocks. Get cheesy in a different way this St. Paddy's day at Vintage Enoteca's grilled cheese and beer tasting night. The menu? Camembert with smoked apples on honey wheat paired with Great Divide "Colette" Saison. Swiss with prosciutto on rye paired with Gavroche French Red Ale . Smokey blue cheese with balsamic fig jam on cranberry walnut bread paired with Lost Abbey Belgian-style dark quad ale. You get three 6 oz. beers with three half sandwiches for $30. Pro tip: Reservations are recommended. 

When: Thursday, March 17, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. 

Where: Vintage Enoteca | MAP

Price: $30 per tasting 

3. Shamrock ‘N’ Roll

Check it

The Queen Mary's annual celebration features two stages of shamrockin’ Irish live music and performances including sets by Hoist the Colors and California Celts. Dance a jig, grab some Irish fare and try your luck at the Shamrock Yer Noggin’ and Luck O’ The Irish Trivia Contests. Sorry, wee ones, this event is for leprechauns 18 and over only.

When: Friday, March 18, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Where: Queen Mary | MAP

Price: Online advance tickets start at $15

4. Temecula Valley Fair


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Are you craving fried food and family fun? The Temecula Valley Fair is this weekend, and it boasts classic carnival rides, a Cirque Adventure show, a car show and a butterfly exhibit among its offerings. The musical line-up includes a Pink Floyd tribute band on Saturday and the Barstow Prophets on Sunday. 

When: Friday, March 18 - Monday, March 21

Where: Galway Downs | MAP

Price: General admission is $13 | Buy Tickets

5. A Very L.A. Spelling Bee

S-P-E-L-L every word correctly at A Very L.A. Spelling Bee in English, Spanish or both! The bee, hosted by L.A. Public Library as a part of the Hollywood is a verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary program.

Get inspired to spell by this Kindergarten champ: 

Spell your heart out

To participate, reservations are required. Spellers must be 12 or older and can bring up to four guests to cheer them on. As the spelling competition narrows, poetry, word games and dictionary-themed puppet shows will hit the stage. Don't M-I-S-S the fun (or a letter). 

When: Saturday, March 19, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium | MAP 

Price: Free | Reservation Info

6. Kids Krazy Krafts Day

Neenah Paper via Flickr

Massage your right brain while your kids live it up at Krazy Krafts Day. There will be demonstrations on everything from paper making and origami to cartooning and calligraphy. Plus, there will be museum tours and pizza for sale. Pro tip: Bring a T-shirt to get printed during the the screen printing demonstration.

When: Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: International Printing Museum | MAP

Price: General admission is $12 | Buy Tickets

7. L.A. Persian Parade

Check out last year's parade

Celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, with a parade that marches down four blocks of Spring Street and leads to a celebration at Grand Park in downtown. This year's theme is "The Glories of Persepolis" and features performances by the Iranian Choir of America and the Pasadena Pipers.

When: Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m. 

Where: Grand Park | MAP

Price: Free

8. Vegan Street Fair

They see vegans rollin'

Vegans, rejoice! This fair is all about you. Local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants are hitting the street to bring you a Sunday full of tasty treats. Enjoy punk-themed donuts from Donut Friend or Ethiopian cuisine from Azla Vegan, plus food from almost 80 other vendors. Vegan fashion will also be on hand so you can get a tee that proclaims to the world, "Kale, yeah!" Pro tip: Cash is suggested to buy 50-cent food tickets, but ATMs will be on site. 

When: Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Where:  11223 Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood | MAP

Price: Free admission, bite-sized foods are maximum $3

9. SHE: A One-Day Festival

SHE: A One-Day Festival via Facebook

SHE is a day dedicated to honoring the contributions of SoCal women co culture and society. The event is put on by the Studio for Southern California History and will feature art exhibits, a walking tour, an altar-making experience, a panel about at-risk girls and a film screening. Featured artists include Ofelia Esparza and Rosanna Esparza Ahrens. Pro Tip: Bring photos of SoCal women you want to honor. 

When: Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Where: The Frida Cinema | MAP

Price: Free, $5 donation suggested

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