St. Patrick's Day weekend in Boone offers an abundance of events and activities to bring out the Irish in you. Winter continues on the slopes while spring makes its debut in the valleys. Here is an outline of special events, with a plethora of nightlife listed at the end. You're in luck!

Golden Dragon Acrobats, Friday, March 16, 7 pm

Experience first-hand one of the time-honored traditions of China. This acrobatics style began more than 25 centuries ago. Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized throughout the world as the premiere Chinese acrobats of today. Their reputation stands on the combined forces of impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang, resulting in a spectacular display of traditional dance, acrobatics, costumes, music and theater in a breathtakingly beautiful performance. Student/child: $5; Adults: $20. Call 800-841-2787 or visit http://theschaefercenter.org.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Sale, Saturday, March 17, 8 am - 12 pm

Held by Spay/Neuter is a Positive Solution (SNIP), the annual sale will offer home decor items, including kitchenware, furniture, bedding -- and maybe even a kitchen sink! This event is located in the spacious hall at Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC. Admission is free.

Fire Craft Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18

Learn to choose good fuel for your fire. Cultivate awareness of types of trees, barks, fungi and seed fluff and which make the best tinder. This is a two-day class focusng on fire starting, fire building, cooking techniques, tinder, torches, and more! Benefits include gaining new knowledge of the forests. Contact Turtle Island Preserve, (828) 265-2267, 2683 Little Laurel Road, Boone, NC. Or, visit http://turtleislandpreserve.org.

Understanding the Versatility of Acrylic - A Workshop by artist, Raney Rogers, Saturday, March 17, 10 am- 3 pm

Learn how to paint with acrylic using different techniques, including as a watercolor medium and as a water-based substitute for oil painting. You will complete one painting while learning more about the basics of good compoisition, artistic effects and integrating a sense of play. Materials are provided. Contact the Watauga County Arts Council, (828) 264-1789, 377 Shadowline Drive, Boone, NC. Visit http://watauga-arts.org.

Downtown Storytime, Saturday, March 17, 12 - 1 pm

Every third Thursday of the month, Foggy Pine Books and Kindly Kitchen collaborate to offer a storytime series in the heart of downtown Boone. This month's book is A IS FOR ACTIVITIST, a rhyming board book appropriate for 3-7 year olds. At Foggy Pine Books, kids will enjoy the book reading at 12 pm (free coffee for parents), and create their own St. Patrick's Day pictures. At 1 pm, walk to Kindly Kitchen for a free, kids' healthy snack and be in a perfect location to step outside and watch the parade.

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday, March 17, 2 pm

Celebrate the Irish with a festive parade through downtown Boone. The inaugural event begins at 2 pm on King Street, starting at Poplar Grove Extension and traveling east on King Street, turning the final corner at Dan'l Boone Inn to conclude at the Legends parking lot. Following the parade, head over to the Jones House Cultural and Community Center at 604 W. King Street for free cookies and refreshments on the lawn. Mayor Rennie Brantz and other Town staff will be there for greet guests and pass out the St. Patrick's Day treats.

St. Patrick's Day Terrain Park Jam, Saturday, March 17, 9 am - 4 pm

Head out to Appalachian Ski Mountain for a fun and festive park session. In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, riders must wear green to participate. Features will be available for all abilites, and both skiers and snowboarders. Registration: 9-11:30 in the Alpine Ski Shop, while the park session begins around noon. This event is free with the purchase of a ski lift ticket. Get ready for some fun features and some awesome prizes for the competition standouts. Call 800-322-2373 or visit http://www.appskimtn.com for details. 

Daniel Boone Rail Jam, Saturday, March 17, 4 - 10 pm

The 4th annual Daniel Boone Rail Jam is bigger than ever, with the competition ramp and rails constructed down the middle of the Daniel Boone Amphitheater, the summer home of Horn In The West outdoor drama.

Don't worry about a lack of snow. Currently, the amphitheater and ramp are covered with fresh snowfall, and facilitators are also bringing in a semi-truck load of ice with which they can make their own machine-made snow, even in spring-like temperatures!

Spectators pay just $5 to enjoy this family-friendly evening; competitors pay $10 online through March 16, or $20 at the door. Bring your paid ticket displayed on your mobile device or pick it up at Will Call. Parking on site is free. Locally brewed craft beers will be available at the concession stand, while other vendors on the grounds will provide good eats. Sorry, no brown bagging; no pets permitted. Tickets are transferrable, but non-refundable. Visit http://www.danielboonerailjam.com.

High Country Grizzlies vs Richmond Roughriders, Saturday, March 17, 7 pm

In this exciting Indoor Arena Football match, the hometeam Grizzlies play in the Holmes Convocation Center. Tickets: $14; kids and students $5. Family four-pack available. Call 828-263-6152 or visit https://highcountrygrizzlies.com/family-four-pack/. 

Crochet Cowl Class, Sunday, March 18, 1:30 pm

Join Apple Hill Farm in Matney, NC, for an afternoon of coffee and crochet. Learn how to make a fun and fast crochet cowl using luxurious Lujoso yarn, incorporating the floating single crochet stitch. Even beginners will be able to finish the cowl within a few hours. You will need to bring a size K crochet hook and stitch marker. To join the class, you MUST pre-order your yarn and pay for the class via Apple Hill Farm's website at http://www.applehillfarmnc.com.

Here is the St. Paddy's Day Weekend nightlife line-up:

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 We hope you and yours have a very happy St. Patrick's Day weekend!