My favorite part about St. Patrick's Day is the food. I know it's pretty basic, but one of my all time favorite dishes is Corned Beef. I love it on sandwiches, I love it sliced, I love it just about any way it's served. My mom is part Irish, so this day is always a celebration for us – corned beef, cabbage, mashed potatoes, soda bread, and some root veggies accompanied by Black and Tans, and of course, copious amounts of Jameson.

The cynic in me wants to avoid downtown Denver all weekend long, and just celebrate with my family. But you know what? It can be a fun time. People are coming together to celebrate good times with good friends, and what better way to have fun with your friends and family, than by doing it and supporting a good cause.  This Friday, make sure you stop by Fadó Irish Pub. The pinnacle of  St Patrick's Day celebrations is this charity event on March 16, for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

If you're not familiar with this, know that it's the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer while requesting donations of support from friends and family. Not only will monetary donations be greatly appreciated, but Fadó's will also be donating 20% of all food sales.

With all the money you'll be spending on booze, try to tuck away a little and head down on Friday. It's for a really great cause, and it will make your hangover that much better the next day.