Enjoy one or many of the ultimate Irish celebrations in McKinney this St. Patrick’s Day.

Since the holiday falls on Sunday, it’s no surprise that festivities begin early:

Colonial Lodge McKinney is holding its third annual St. Patty’s Celebration on Friday.  Visit alcco.com.

Hank’s Texas Grill: Concerts will be held Friday and Saturday. 121 North plays on Friday. Micky and The Motorcars are featured on Saturday. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Visit hankstexasgrill.com.

The Pub in McKinney: Ten Can Riot will be showing their green, celebrating St. Patty's Day Punk Rock style. The celebration features traditional Irish fare: corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, Irish beef stew as well as beer and shot specials and free giveaways. Live music starts at 8 p.m. with no cover charge. Visit thepubmckinney.com.

Churchill’s British Restaurant and Pub: Food specials and green beer all weekend. For this three-day St. Patty's Day celebration, enjoy green beer, Guinness stew, corned beef, cabbage and soda bread. Free appetizers are also provided. Yes, it’s British, not Irish, but they are all brothers under the Great Britain sign. Visit churchillsmckinney.com.

Rick’s Chophouse: Each Sunday is a Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit rickschophouse.com.

Delaney's Irish Pub: Brunch until 2 p.m. and a big green party that afternoon and evening featuring green beer, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and more. Visit delaneystx.com.


If sports are your thing …

FC Dallas is hosting the Houston Dynamo in MLS soccer action at FC Dallas Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. FC Dallas is 1-1 on the season. Visit fcdallas.com.

The MLB.com Academy Mobile Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch. The free event will give fans a first look into the 2013 season and the opportunity to test the new swing analysis technology that MLB.com Academy will launch this spring. The location is 6151 Alma Road in McKinney. Visit mlb.com/academy.

There will be a Texas Revolution watching party at the Londoner Pub in Allen. While the area’s Indoor Football League team plays at Chicago, the non-traveling players and dancers will be here to watch the game with you. Game time is 2 p.m. Visit texasrevs.com.