Thanks to the beginning of Lent and the start of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we have a buffet of activities to keep you from sitting at home staring at Netflix for hours upon hours this weekend. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but take the next few days as an incentive to “mix it up” a bit, as the kids say.
Any one of the local fish fries is sure to hit the spot if you’re stomach is growling by the time you leave work today. Saturday, celebrate the ending of another workweek by grabbing your friends and checking out downtown Cape Girardeau’s 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, with more than 10 businesses participating.
While you’re downtown Saturday, stop by Port Cape Girardeau for the eighth annual Cross Rivers Roots and Blues Festival, featuring several bands including Jimmy Burns from Chicago.
And top off your weekend Sunday with yet another St. Patrick’s Day party hosted by Cape Eagles Club, or attend the free Gospel music concert with Danny Norman at Trinity Assembly of God in Illinois.
If you’re observing Lent, stop by one (or all) of these local fish fries:
Scott City Knights of Columbus
When: 4 to 7 p.m. today
Menu: All-you-can-eat fried chicken/American pond-raised catfish, hushpuppies, fries, baked beans, “Kelso Slaw,” macaroni and cheese, beverages
How much: $11 for adults; $5 for ages 6 to 12; free for age 6 and younger
* Carry-outs available
Cape Girardeau Knights of Columbus-lower hall
When: 5 to 7 p.m. today
Menu: Fried catfish, hushpuppies, fries, slaw, baked beans, bread and onions, dessert.
* Serving will be in the Rathskeller (lower hall)
How much: $10 for adults; $5 for age 5 to 12
* A cash bar will be available
* Carry outs available
Jackson Knights of Columbus Hall
When: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today
Menu: All-you-can-eat fried chicken, fish, macaroni and cheese, fries, hushpuppies, slaw, baked beans, beverages.
How much: $10 for adults; $5 for ages 6 to 12; free for age 5 and younger
When: 5 to 7:30 p.m. today
Menu: Pond-raised catfish, fried chicken, hushpuppies, slaw, homemade onion rings, fries, fried biscuits, potato salad, baked beans and homemade macaroni and cheese.
How much: $12 for adults; $6 for ages 6 to 12; free for age 6 and younger
31st annual Downtown Cape Girardeau Pub Crawl
When: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday
Where: Downtown Cape Girardeau
More info: Facebook
Locations participating Saturday:
* The Library
* 21 Taps
* Shakers Bar
* Minglewood Brewery
* Pour House
* Rude Dog Pub
* Port Cape Girardeau
* Coin-Op Cantina
* Blue Diamond Sports Bar
* Hotshots Sports Bar Grill
Participants may pick up punch cards at any of the listed locations. Prizes will be awarded at all locations to those who complete the entire circuit.
All about that music
The eighth annual Cross River Roots and Blues Festival kicks off this weekend, and according to local musician Ivas John and the show’s founder, “It’s all centered around the music.”
“My idea with starting this mini-festival was to bring together musicians I’ve met in different places in Chicago, Missouri and in Kentucky,” John said Wednesday.
* Bruce Zimmerman and the Water Street Band
* Lew Jetton 61 South
* Ivas John Band
* Jimmy Burns
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Port Cape Girardeau at 19 N. Water St. in Cape Girardeau
How much: Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door
* Purchase advance tickets at Port Cape Girardeau, Hempies and Shivelbines Music
* Doors open at 6 p.m.; music starts at 7 p.m.
* Appetizer buffet provided by Port Cape Girardeau
An evening with Danny
This weekend is your chance to attend a free gospel concert with artist and songwriter Danny Norman.
Norman was awarded Artists Music Guild North Carolina’s 2018 Songwriter Of The Year and also 2016 Country Video Of The Year Award for “I’m An American” by The Indie Music Channel Awards.
When: 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Trinity Assembly of God in Olive Branch, Illinois
More info: (573) 225-8580
Sunday, fun day!
Get ready for a St. Patrick’s Day party with the Cape Eagles.
You’re in on the debut of Sugar Daddy Band, featuring Holly Benton, Kevin Engert and Sissy Donahue.
When: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Cape Eagles Club (Downstairs Venue) at 321 N. Spring St. in Cape Girardeau
More info: (573) 335-0931