FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March Mart: 6 things to do in Spring, Klein this weekend, March 14-17

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Here are a few ways to spend time in Spring and Klein this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 14-17.

1. Buy rare plants at March Mart
March 14-16

Mercer Botanic Gardens hosts its annual fundraiser during which the public can peruse more than 1,200 varieties of plants to purchase and ask local plant specialists gardening-related questions. The free event attracts more than 3,000 attendees annually and will open with a special VIP event March 14. 4-7 p.m. (March 14), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (March 15), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (March 16). Free. Mercer Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. 713-274-4160. www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer

2. Attend a local theater production
March 15-17

Playhouse 1960 performs “God of Carnage” on stage this weekend. 8 p.m. (March 15-16), 3 p.m. (March 17). $18-$21. Playhouse 1960, 6814 Gant Road, Houston. 281-587-8243. www.playhouse1960.com

3. Explore the park after dark
March 15

Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a Park After Dark “Sounds of the Night” program, during which attendees will enjoy the sounds of wildlife like frogs, toads and owls. Attendees are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and will meet near the restrooms. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Pundt Park, 4129 Spring Creek Drive, Spring. 713-755-6444. www.hcp4.net

Thistle Draftshop

With 58 beers on tap at all times, the eatery’s selection of beer, wine, cider and mead changes on a weekly basis. (via Courtesy Thistle Draftshop)

4. Drink craft beer while raising money for dogs in need
March 16

Thistle Draftshop hosts a Pint K for Under Achievers Re-Run, a mock 5K, during which participants can enjoy craft beer while raising money for dogs in need. Proceeds from the event benefit Reggie’s Friends, a nonprofit that works to help Houston shelter dogs, street dogs and dogs who have been abandoned in boarding facilities find loving, forever families. 4 p.m. Price varies. Thistle Draftshop, 5210 FM 2920, Ste. 100, Spring. 832-823-0194. www.thistledraftshop.com

5. Attend the 41st annual FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17

The 3-mile parade closes FM 1960 from Paradise Valley Drive to Kuykendahl Road and features more than 100 floats, fire trucks, police vehicles, rescue boats, horses and performing groups. The 41st annual event attracts thousands of spectators annually and is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Texas. The parade also features a vendor market located at the mid-point of the route, which offers a variety of food, drinks and merchandise available for purchase. Funds raised during the parade benefit the Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services Scholarship and Education Fund. 2-5 p.m. Free. 5303 FM 1960, Houston. 291-378-0800. www.1960parade.com

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Old Town Spring (via Courtesy Old Town Spring)

6. Participate in Old Town Spring’s Luck of the Irish event
March 17

Wear green and go shopping at Old Town Spring where several shops will be offering special St. Patrick’s Day deals. Shoppers who take and post photos of leprechauns in the shops will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate. The Loose Caboose will also be serving up crawfish and green beer. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Old Town Spring, 26302 Preston Ave., Spring. 281-353-9310. www.oldtownspring.com

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.
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