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ITHACA, N.Y. — This St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on Saturday, is packed with ways to celebrate locally. There may be no big parades in Ithaca, but there are plenty of options for live music, food and drinks, and even a chance to learn some Irish dancing.

Whether you want to get start drinking at 8 a.m. or just enjoy dinner and music, here are a few ideas to get you out of the house Saturday.

Good Eats & Music

Monks on the Commons — Irish music will be playing from 4 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant and bar, which will be decked out in a sea of green. There will also be drink and food specials for St. Patrick’s Day. From 4 to 7 p.m., music will be provided by Brian Burke on the fiddle and Jacob Pfarrer on the guitar. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., listen to music by Kellam Throgmorton on fiddle and guitar, Brian Vollmer on banjo and Deborah Justice on dulcimer. (More info available here.)

Coltivare will offer St. Patrick’s Day specials from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. They will have food specials like green tomato gazpacho, mushroom stuff cabbage and Colcannon croquettes (mashed potatoes with cabbage and corned beef, breaded and fried with remoulade and beer mustard). Learn more or make a reservation at their website.

Dinner and music at La Tourelle — La Tourelle Resort and Spa is offering Irish meals and drinks Saturday with music by the Burns and Kristy band (or McBurns and O’Kristy for the occasion). From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a traditional Irish meal and drinks ($16 per meal) with classic Irish music. The Burns and Kristy band will follow. (Tickets for the show are $15)

Enjoy Irish Session with Traonach at Bar Argos on Saturday. Music will go from 6 to 9 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Ceili Dance — Beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, there will be live music by local Celtic musicians with dance instruction by Kathy Whitfield of Rince Na Saor Irish Dance Studio. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Refreshments will be provided and everything benefits the TCFA. ($5 admission)

Kegs ‘N’ Eggs Brunch Buffet — Enjoy an Irish-themed brunch buffet in the Taproom at Americana Vineyards. There will be classics like corned beef hash, pickled sausage, pickled eggs, scrambled cheddar cheese eggs, biscuits and gravy and Bacchus Bratts with kraut. ($15 “with a taste o’ beer) Taste their Oatmeal Stout Nitro launching Saturday while there, too.

Catch music by the Venissa Santi Quintet at Ryan William Vineyard from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. There will be food, wine and a ticket giveaway for The Finger Lakes Thaw. And on Sunday, there is a St. Paddy’s Day Recovery Brunch with a traditional Irish breakfast from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ryan William Vineyard in Burdett.

Bill O-Ring Clancy Brothers Tribute — From 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Line Tap Room in Trumansburg, there will be lots of classic Clancy Brothers songs, plus one or two surprises. They will be followed by Off the Rails from 9 to 11 p.m.

Pot O’Melting Gold with Lively Run Dairy at Hopshire Brewery — To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Hopshire Farm & Brewery is teaming up with Lively Run Dairy to feature shamrock-shaped Shire cheese and a beer-based fondue to pair with Hopshire beer. You can really indulge by doing a full flight of Lively Run cheese and Hopshire beer (six cheese and six beers) along with tasting notes. (Pricing available online)

Related: Chow down on mac n’ cheese at Ithaca’s 5th annual Foodnet Meals on Wheels fundraiser

Foodnet Mac n’ Cheese Bowl — OK, not exactly St. Patrick’s Day-themed, but still a fun event for a good cause. The 5th annual Foodnet Meals on Wheels Mac n’ Cheese bowl will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ithaca High School. There are nearly competitors offering their take on the American classic, plus music and entertainment. The event is ticketed. For more information, visit the event page.

Early risers

As usual, some bars are will open for the early bird celebrators. Don’t forget to have a big breakfast with your early morning Guinness.

Kilpatrick’s Publick House will open at 8 a.m. and will serve breakfast all day. They will also be offering traditional Irish fare, including the Reuben, bangers and mash and corned beef and cabbage.

Loco Cantina will also open at 8 a.m.

The Loft will open at 12:30 p.m. for drinks.

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Kelsey O'Connor

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