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Beyond green beer and shamrocks

Spring Guide/Mark Fox

Mountain dining establishments at Breckenridge resort will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a costume contest and food and drink specials. Wear your best green and participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Costume Competition from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Sevens at the base of Peak 7. Sevens will also have drink specials all day and is adding shepherd’s pie and fish and chips to the menu for the occasion. T Bar will feature corned beef and hash ($16.95, includes a beer) or Irish stout-battered broccoli with spicy remoulade, and The Maggie traditionally pours green beer for the day. Visit for more information.Burke and Riley’s Irish Pub opens at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. Snag a nice, big breakfast or even some traditional corned beef and cabbage, which is only available over the holiday. The restaurant will have live bagpipe music, Irish step dancers, traditional food and beer, and the staff will be decked out in St. Patrick’s Day finery. For more information, visit Tandy’s Irish Pub will be serving up drink specials all day and live music for all ages from singer, songwriter and guitarist Dru Carter at 2 p.m. Visit for more information.The Breckenridge Recreation Center makes fitness fun with its Snowpitch Softball Tournament on Saturday. The second-annual tournament will be held on the fields at the Breckenridge Recreation Center and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team registration for the event has already closed, but spectators and costumes are encouraged. For more information, visit, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll dance band Peak 11 will invade The Gold Pan on Main Street in Breck on St. Patrick’s Day. The show starts at 6 p.m., and the cover is $5. Visit or

St. Patrick’s Day comes a day early at Copper Mountain, with the Eenie Weenie “Green” Bikini Contest on Saturday, brought back in celebration of Copper Mountain’s 40th anniversary season. This on-snow bikini contest debuted at Copper Mountain in 1986 and was featured in Rolling Stone magazine and on “Good Morning America.” Contestants will ski or snowboard from the base of the 22-foot Main Vain Superpipe into Burning Stones Plaza at Copper’s Center Village in bikinis of all shapes and types. Jack’s Slopeside Grill & Bar will have St. Patrick’s Day specials, green beer and music. Free, family-friendly “O’Fuego” festivities at Copper include DJ Leprechaun Landry, a Celtic Cosmic Fire performance, fire pits, green beer and green fireworks over West Lake. O’Fuego also marks Copper’s last Woodward Rail Session of the season under the lights from 5 to 6 p.m. and green fireworks over West Lake at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Commoners will play The Barkley Ballroom this year for St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish jam rock band has been playing all over Colorado since 2003. The Commoners play a blend of original tunes, traditional Irish songs and classic rock-jam band covers performed with three-part harmonies and exude a fun-loving, happy and familial energy on stage. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9. There’s a $5 cover. Check out the free pre-party at Ollie’s from 6 to 8 p.m. with Flanders. Visit for more information.

The Goat Tavern is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party with the Dirty Bourbon River Show at 9 p.m. Sunday. The band describes its music as “New Orleans gypsy brass circus rock.” Tickets are $5. For more information, visit

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