Here at Funcoast.com, we're big believers of kicking off the weekend a little early. Enjoy the Funcoast.com Readers' Choice Awards party tonight at Kalahari, shake things up in Tiffin and enjoy some Irish-themed entertainment just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
1.) Great Lakes Beer Tasting
Why you should go: Why wouldn't you want to try five different Great Lakes Brewing Company beers — with an appetizer to compliment each brew? Try Conway's Irish Ale, Burning River, Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitzgerald and Eliot Ness. You can purchase presale tickets at Slater's Madison Street Pub or pay at the door the day of the event. The tasting will take place in the upstairs lounge. Must be 21 to attend.
• WHEN: 7 p.m. March 5
• WHERE: Slater's Madison Street Pub, 111 Madison St., Port Clinton
• COST: $12/presale, $15/day of event
• INFO: 419-732-2030
2.) Three Stooges Fest
Why you should go: The classic trio of Larry, Curly and Mo has become an American comedy staple. Enjoy a free screening of “Three Stooges Fest.” The concession stand will be open with all kinds of delicious refreshments.
• WHEN: 2 p.m. March 5
• WHERE: Norwalk Theatre, 57 E. Main St., Norwalk
• COST: Free
• INFO: 419-668-8048
3.) O'Malley's Dinner Theater
Why you should go: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, you can enjoy a meal and original Irish tale by John D. Attanasia. There will be a dinner buffet and dessert, complimented by a cash bar.
• WHEN: 6:30 p.m. March 5, doors open at 6 p.m.
• WHERE: German’s Villa, 3330 Liberty Ave., Vermilion
• COST: $25/person
• INFO: 440-967-1770
4.) Friday Night Live at the Ritz Theatre
Why you should go: If you love to listen to a wide range of live music in a relaxed atmosphere, this is for you. The Ritz Theatre hosts this eclectic selection of performers which includes the Heidelberg Singing Collegians, a vocal chamber group performing a variety of musical styles including popular, jazz and Broadway.
• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 4
• WHERE: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin
• COST: $10
• INFO: 419-448-8544
5.) 21st Annual Western Reserve Toy Show
Why you should go: Whether you’re a die hard collector or simply love to browse, make it a point to stop at this local toy show. You’ll find all kinds of old and new toys, including train sets, matchbox cars, dolls, action figures, sports cards and more. Lunch is available for an extra cost, and you can enjoy free parking and door prizes.
• WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 6
• WHERE: Western Reserve Elementary School, 3841 St. Rt. 20, Wakeman
• COST: $2/adult; children ages 12 and under free (with an adult)
• INFO: 419-668-4521 or 419-668-0940 after 6 p.m.