Holi: the festival of colors. Image via Jai Ho! Dance Party Facebook page.

There are plenty of holidays this month—we’ve passed Mardi Gras, and this week ends just before March 17, both St. Patrick’s Day and the Indian festival of Holi. Both are colorful in their own ways, and both have exciting, cheap pre-celebrations this week. Also, this Friday 3/14 marks “Pi Day”, so clearly March is a month for celebration. 

Monday, March 10
Columbia Gorge Winetasting
Fifteen distinguished wineries from the Columbia Gorge and pairings of tasty small snackings from Tom Douglas all for $10: Do we really need to say more? (Or course not, that’s reason enough to be there, but we will.) The winemakers themselves will be pouring that night and the event goes down at the gorgeous—as in fancy enough for your wedding—Palace Ballroom. Palace Ballroom, $10.

Wednesday, March 12
The Forgotten Empire of the Pacific Northwest
You may have heard of Lewis and Clark (and their trail, their college, their state park), but the real pioneering voyage of the Pacific Northwest, the Astor Expedition, was far less famous. The wealthy fur trader John Astor financed the expedition, which ended in a fort at the mouth of the Columbia River and almost half of the company perishing. Peter Stark will discuss this perilous trek and his new book Astoria: The Forgotten Empire of the Pacific Northwest. Town Hall, $5. 

Thursday, March 13
Iska Dhaaf: ‘Even the Sun Will Burn’ Release Show
There's been no hotter band in Seattle over the past half year than Iska Dhaaf, and all that has been sans a proper release. The group's dual vocal approach and restrained guitar and drum rock buzzes with heady melodies. The duo, consisting of Nathan Quiroga (Buffalo Madonna) and Benjamin Verdoes (Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band), unveils its full length debut album Even the Sun Will Burn with a Nuemos show featuring Don’t Talk to the Cops and Stickers. Neumos, $8.

Saturday, March 15
Jai Ho! Holi Hai Festival of Colors 

Holi is a traditional Indian and Nepali celebration that signifies the victory of good over evil and the coming of spring. It’s also a terrific reason for a very rowdy party. Nectar Lounge will have all the elements for the festival, most importantly the customary covering everyone and everything with brightly colored powder. Dress in white (seriously) for the full effect, and experience the lively music and dance of quite possibly the most joyous holiday ever. Nectar Lounge, $10-$15.

Sunday, March 16
2nd Annual St. Paddle's Day Race
How well received was the first St. Paddle’s Day? Well enough that they’re holding it every year. Bring your paddleboard, kayak, or canoe to Alderbrook Resort (or rent one there at a reduced rate) for this festive race on the lower Hood Canal. With heats for all skills and ages everyone should be able to find their niche, even if that’s just kicking back on the waterfront lawn with the live fiddle music and tasty Irish barbecue. Alderbrook Resort and Spa, Free. 
 

Congratulations to Pat who will receive two tickets to see Royal Blood for her answer “Guinevere” to last week’s nobility question. Look out for more ticket giveaways in the future! 
 

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