The luck of the Irish has brought some exciting events to the Valley for this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Check out these can’t-miss concerts, festivals and activities:

  1. Pot of Gold Music Festival

Rawhide in Chandler will host some big names, including Future, Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Dirty Heads, TY Dolla $ign and Fishbone on Thursday. Saturday’s performers include Big Sean, 311, Rebelution, Rae Sremmurd, Earl Sweatshirt, Protoje, Katastro and Mouse Powell.

Details: Thursday, March 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Saturday, March 19, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Tickets start at $65.

  1. The Shamrock Run

Work up a thirst on 4-mile run/walk along the banks of the Arizona Canal in Scottsdale. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight or grab a glow stick to light up the course! The race ends at Jack’s Place where participants can enjoy happy hour drink specials.

Details: Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Registration is $40 on race day.

  1. spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

Channel your creative spirit as you explore and interact with unique art installations at the Mesa Arts Center. The festival will also feature musical performances in a variety of genres, as well as food and family activities.

Details: Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

  1. The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival

Chandler’s seventh annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival returns this weekend with a full day of country music performances, eating competitions, craft beer, and of course, mouth-watering barbeque. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign, which provides assistance to wounded military personnel and their families.

Details: Saturday, March 19, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$15.

  1. The Italian Festival of Arizona

Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, live music and local and international performers at this celebration of Italian culture at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Details: Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.