Shamrocks, FreshLo & Sky Cubacub

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COVINGTON, Ky. - Sunday is the feast day of that Irish bishop whose life and activities some 1,600 years ago are shrouded in myth, mystery, and scholastic controversy - but since he DID become a saint, and he HAS come to represent all things related to Ireland, there will be a whole lot of partying going on in #LoveTheCov this weekend in honor of St. Patrick ... especially given that recently approved City regulation that allows some bars meeting certain restrictions to open Sunday extra, extra, extra early.
(One wonders what the actual man, St. Patrick, would think of all this.)
However, if partying isn’t your thing, there’s plenty else to do in Covington that doesn’t involve alcohol: The Center for Great Neighborhoods is bringing the community together with a multi-dimensional event, The Carnegie is opening the third phase of its Open Source exhibit, and there’s an activities day for kids at a Latonia park, the year-round Covington Farmer’s Market, and a trail day at Devou Park.
Check it out:
St. Paddy’s (not Patty’s!!!)
  • Molly Malone’s claims “the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in the tristate,” kicking off with Kegs and Eggs at 7 a.m. Sunday, with a souvenir shirt for the early birds and then it goes from there, with three floors, an outdoor tent, and Irish bands, dancers, food, and drink all day, HERE.
  • Mac’s Pizza Pub also is starting super early (6 a.m.) with its Fourth-Annual St. “Mac-trick’s” Day party with all sorts of green drinks and Irish flavors, T-shirt giveaways etc., HERE.
  • Also opening early for St. Patrick’s Day, as in 9 a.m., will be Keystone Bar & Grill, where you can win a $100 gift card by finding a lucky clover (under your mac & cheese), HERE.
  • ALTO Pizza Kitchen + Bar will host Lake Teepen (and a guest) on Sunday, giving you “toe-tapping” tunes with your pizza, HERE.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Craft Party (for kids) at Behringer-Crawford Museum, HERE.
  • Del Gardo’s will celebrate St. Patrick’s on Saturday by featuring Irish Slammer Cannoli and Sham-Rockin Cannoli, with 20 percent of proceeds going to The Cure for Research, HERE.
  • There’s green beer all weekend at Braxton Brewing Co., as well as Irish dancers on Saturday, HERE.
  • Balderdash will be playing outside on Saturday (weather permitting) at Cock and Bull, HERE.
The Westside gathers ...
The corner of Fisk and ML King Jr. Boulevard will become “a vibrant platform for community conversations, connections and sharing” on Saturday thanks to (well, naturally) the Center for Great Neighborhoods.
The FreshLo Space Transformation (named after the multi-dimensional program whose initiatives include teaching management and planning skills and promoting culturally inspired food) will feature food, arts and crafts - and of course lots of mingling and discussion about issues important to the Westside neighborhood.
For example, CGN will be collecting input on where a permanent dog park might be set up, and inside the Center, experts will be helping people prepare their taxes. Info, HERE.
Open Source 1.3
You know why cities like Covington are so cool? Because they have places like The Carnegie.
At The Carnegie Galleries this weekend: 
  • Friday is the opening reception of Open Source 1.3, the third installment of the 2018-29 gallery season featuring a project with Chicago-based Sky Cubacub. Info, HERE
  • Saturday is a symposium - Critical Mass III: In the Mid - that addresses issues of regionalism and art criticism through dialogue with artists, writers, and curators over brunch drinks (Open Source’s new exhibition model for The Carnegie). Info, HERE
Friday fun at Barb Cook Park
Get outside with your kids Friday, and we’ll help “schedule” the activities.
It’s the “Go Green with St. Patrick” activities day at Barb Cook Neighborhood Park in Latonia, sponsored by Covington Parks & Recreation. Arts, crafts, gardening, pots of gold. Info, HERE.
StoutFest for the strong
If you not only like beer but like BEER, then this event is for you: 2019 StoutFest.
Hosted by All About Stout at Molly Malone’s, this Saturday afternoon party celebrates - you guessed it - stout beer, with more than two dozen flavors, not to mention Irish whiskey, an oyster bar, and live music.
Info, HERE.
Year-round Farmers Market
This Saturday, wares include things like baked goods, meats and eggs, unique rubs and spices, prepared soups and salads, natural body products, cold-pressed juices, and more.
Check it all out - plus your Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Smoke Justis. Info, HERE.
Rain Drops & Lemon Drops
This Saturday morning event has a lot going on: It’s Rain Drops & Lemon Drops, featuring yoga (Rooted Yoga), the Lemon Drop Cocktail Bar (at Hotel Covington), and a chance to do good (thanks to Welcome House).
Your ticket price is cheaper if you bring a rainy-weather product (umbrellas, ponchos etc.) to donate to Welcome House. Info, HERE.
Live music
On Friday, there’s Papadosio at Madison Theater, HERE ... Marmalade at Wunderbar, HERE ... The Amador Sisters at The Radisson, HERE ... Black Mountain Throwdown at Molly Malone’s, HERE ... and Luke Smith + the Foundation at The Globe, HERE.
On Saturday, there’s Friend & a Foe at The Globe, HERE ... Papadosio (for the second night in a row) at Madison Theater, HERE ... Chalk Eye and Sarah Asher at Wunderbar, HERE ...Kyle Eldridge and the Rhythm Rounders at Molly Malone’s, HERE ... and FinTan at Molly Malone’s, HERE.
And then there’s the monthly trail-clearing day at Devou Park on Sunday, HERE ... a scorpion-mounting class Friday at Hail Dark Aesthetics, HERE ... the Summertrip Tapping & Can Release at Braxton Brewing Co. starting Friday morning, HERE ... and the Give Back Friday! class at Warrior Spirit Wellness, HERE.