A sample of the upcoming week’s arts and entertainment highlights:
■ St. Patrick's Day events
There are plenty of ways to get your Irish on for Monday's holiday.
The Summit Center in Mankato is hosting a corned beef and cabbage lunch (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $9) with Irish tunes provided by the VINE VOICES. The Clay Center in St. Peter is also hosting its annual Souper Bowl fundraiser (5-7 p.m., American Legion in St. Peter) in which visitors can purchase a locally made, artisinal bowl and get a cup of soup.
As for parades, St. Peter's begins at 5:30 p.m. on South Third Street. New Ulm's parade — billed as the longest consecutive Irish parade event in the state — begins 5 p.m. at South Minnesota Street. Also, Lake Crystal is hosting a carnival with kids activities and prizes from 6-8 p.m. at the Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center.
If parades aren't your style, the Lost Walleye Trio is playing at the Wow! Zone from 5-8 p.m. and Dutler's Bowl is hosting "O'Dutler's Pot of Gold" all night.
■ Willy Porter in Mankato
Accomplished guitarist and songwriter Willy Porter performs 7:30 p.m. at Minnesota State University's Halling Recital Hall on Thursday.
Representing the next installment of the Department of Music's Performance Series, Porter has played alongside such music notables as Sting, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck and Jethro Tull. The Washington Post wrote that "Porter is a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone" while the The Village Voice said, "Porter captures the street corner ethic of acoustic performance perfectly."
Tickets are $12. For more information, visit www.mnsu.edu/music/events/.
■ Equinox Fair
Full Moon Production is Mankato is debuting its latest event on Saturday at the Best Western in Mankato, the Equinox Fair.
Workshops and vendors open at noon and include everything from meditation and gardening sessions to essential oils and tarot readings. Live music begins at 7 p.m. and includes Useful Jenkins, Peewee Dread, Venice Gas House Trolley, Leeland James and Jeremy Michael Olson.
Tickets are $20 (pass to the event, all workshops and live music), $15 (event and all the workshops) and $8 (music only).
For more info, search "Equinox Art Fair" in Facebook.