St. Patrick's Day falls on Friday, and even if you try to dodge the shamrock madness, there are plenty of things going on besides drinking green beer until you spew. So brace yourself, pace yourself, and bust out your green shirt, pet an alpaca, rap along with your favorite songs, or eat French fries, tater-tots, latkes and more. This is sure to be a far-out weekend. Check out the Westword calendar for even more things to do.
National Alpaca Show
National Western Complex
8 a.m. Friday-Sunday, free
The National Alpaca Show is a great excuse to pet one of the softest creatures on earth. Denver is lucky enough to host this national expo, so don't miss your chance to meet hundreds of alpacas and the folks who care for them. For more info, go here.
Body Mind Spirit Celebration
1 p.m. Friday-Sunday, $7
With springtime coming, face the new season with your chakras aligned. Meet with mind readers (for a fee), dive into workshops and attend presentations all about moving your mind, body and spirit into a positive place. Expect a lot of pos vibes to be floating in the air. Go on and relax at this Body Mind Spirit Celebration.
MCA Spring Breaks: YO! MCA Raps Karaoke with DJ Bella Scratch
5 p.m. Friday, $5
Let's keep in mind that these rap karaoke gems come from the golden age of hip-hop, so if you're going to jump on stage, do the OGs justice and know the words. MCA karaoke is always a good time, so grab a drink, browse that Ryan McGinley photo gallery, and rap your heart out.
Ratio Sessions: The Menzingers
5:30 p.m. Friday, free
The Menzingers swing through town on tour and stop by Ratio Beerworks to drink some beers, play a few songs and talk to the Mostly Harmless podcast. The Philadelphia punk group plays a show at the Summit later in the evening, so pick up some discounted tickets at the Ratio Sessions for the full concert and follow the Menzingers into the night.
2017 EFPalooza Film Festival
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $10
See what fifty local filmmakers did last year at the EFPalooza Film Festival. While many directors are festival veterans, new filmmakers will join the pack this year as well. The lineup includes comedy, horror, documentary and regular old short-film blocks. Pick one screening for $10 or buy a pass for the weekend for a few more bucks. Find out more info about this event here.
Read on for more of this weekend's best events.
Hush: Underground Cypher
Mutiny Information Cafe
7 p.m. Friday, free-$2
Calling all hip-hop heads for a night of rhyme-slayers. We've got Jayar, Kid G, Brother and Alex Ruby spitting bars and hustling mixtapes. Pick up some 3-D glasses for $2 to enjoy Colin Foxwell's visual extravaganza.
Sunnyside Brewhaha - St. Paddy's Day
Diebolt Brewing Company
8 p.m. Friday, free
Let's see how many jokes about the Irish one-liner king Zach Reinert, Kyle Pogue and many more can squeeze into this comedy show. The jokes are free, so get there early, grab a beer and have a laugh.
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Soulfax on Broadway
9 p.m. Saturday, free
A night of funk, soul, psych invasion, girl groups, R&B and just about every other genre from around the globe returns to South Broadway Saturday night. If you need a spot to dance this weekend, look no further than the hi-dive, and let Rett Rogers and Scott Beck of the Blue Rider be your musical pilots. Get on board.
Beryl's Beer Co.
1 p.m. Sunday, free
You can buy a five-pound bag of taters for around $2.50. Do that and fix them up as fancy as you can for a chance to flip them into $50 worth of beer. Whether you mash, hash, bake or fry, give it a shot.
Punch Drunk Poetry III
Mutiny Information Cafe
8 p.m. Sunday, free
Our city is filled with poets, so you never know who might stop by this incredible open-mic night. Wrap up your weekend with some thoughtful wordplay to ease yourself away from those work-week blues. And while you're there, pick up a book or two from the shop.