Grab your beach chair and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Shore! Enjoy the annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade, filled with Irish dancers, guest appearances from Sea Isle’s Irish King and Queen, and even the Mummers. Celebrate following the parade with traditional Irish food and music at Kix McNutley’s. March 17, 3:30-8 p.m., 93rd and Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, (609) 241-0404, KixMcNutleys.com, free
Stop by Boardwalk Hall as it hosts the NCAA’s ECAC Division 1 Men’s Hockey Championships. Watch the finest universities on the East Coast, including Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton battle it out to claim the championship title. March 16-17 at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, (800) 736-1420, ECACHockey.com, $42-$87
Take a trolley ride to see the Stone Harbor Saving Station and the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse complete with guided tours of each. Beginning at the historic Physick Estate, take in the sights the gorgeous beach town has to offer, while learning important history. March 19, 10 a.m. at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, (609) 884-5404, CapeMayMAC.org, $15
Celebrate art at the Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts. A variety of fine handmade jewelry, original watercolors, garden accessories and wind chimes will all be available for purchase. Admission prices go to both local and national charities like Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Ocean City Food Cupboard. March 31-April 1 at the Music Pier, 801 Boardwalk, Ocean City, (800) 822-4112, OceanCityCraftShows.com, $3
Country musician Eric Church quickly rocketed to stardom after his debut 2006 album Sinners Like Me. Six years, three records and one American Country Music award later, Church hits the stage for his “Blood, Sweat and Beers” tour. Catch songs off of Church’s newest album, Chief. March 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave., (609) 449-1000, TrumpTaj.com, $33.75-41.50
Van Halen is kicking off the Feb. 7 release of their album A Different Kind of Truth with a worldwide tour. Mixing classic hits from the last three decades with a dose of new selections, like their 2012 single “Tattoo,” this is a show for fans of any age. March 24, 7:30 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk Ave., (609) 348-7000, Board-walkHall.com, $29.50-149.50
Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
This duo, known for the ‘90s hit “Un-break My Heart,” will take the Atlantic City stage for one night to showcase the music that have made them staples in the R&B community. Braxton will be performing songs off of her newest album, Pulse. March 24, 9 p.m. at Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., (800) 754-3000, CaesarsAC.com, $50-105
(pictured) Black’s loud, brash attitude has earned him a reputation for hilarity. Hear what he has to yell about now on his “Running on Empty” tour. March 30-31, 9 p.m. at the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, The-Borgata.com, $75
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 12 (March, 2012).
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