Where to wear the green

St. Patrick’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, but that’s no reason to tone down the celebration. In fact, many local venues are opening early. Here’s where to go if you’re sporting a “Kiss me, I’m Irish” t-shirt:

• Tollivers Crossing (733 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 505-2129) gets an early start with a traditional Irish breakfast beginning at 8 a.m.  The all-day party continues with Irish whiskey, draft beer and Irish trivia games until 2 a.m. (Free.)

• Hannah Flanagan’s (27 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 252-1922) offers all-day festivities from 11 a.m. with games, giveaways, prizes and trivia. (Free.)

• Jack of the Wood (95 Patton Ave., Asheville, 252-5445) kicks off the holiday at 1 p.m. with all-day Irish music sessions. Local Celtic group The Red Wellies play from 7-11 p.m. (Cover is $5.)

• Swing quartet The Space Heaters play a special St. Patty’s day set at Razcals (831 Old Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-7117), starting at 6 p.m.

• Play “Are you smarter than a leprechaun?” at Wild Wing (161 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 253-3066), and partake of Irish food and drink. 6 p.m. (Free.)

• At The Celo Inn (45 Seven Mile Ridge Road, Burnsville, 675-5132), Patrick and Cathy Sky present traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes, and songs from Ireland on Uilleann pipes, pennywhistle and fiddle. 8-10 p.m. ($10 at the door.)

• Eleven on Grove (11 Grove Street, Asheville, 505-1612) hosts a St. Patrick’s Day dance party with Lief Stevens and Orange Krush.

• The Stir Fry Cafe (1829 Hendersonville Road St. 10, Asheville, 505-4934) holds a St. Patty’s Day celebration with Irish house music.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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