SUNNYSIDE — St. Patrick's Day might not be for another six months, but a group of bars in Queens will be getting into the holiday spirit early with an Irish music festival Saturday.
A group of 10 watering holes around Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside — known collectively as Sunnyside's Boulevard Bars — will be hosting a "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" festival, with each locale featuring live music, DJs, dancing, karaoke, raffles and drink specials from 7 p.m. on.
The festival is to raise money for the the Sunnyside/Woodside Boys and Girls Club. It's the third charity event Sunnyside's Boulevard Bars have hosted this year — an Irish music festival in March raised $3,000 for local firehouse Ladder Company 163, and a Santathon Pub Crawl in December drew nearly $5,000 for local charities and collected hundred of gifts for Toys for Tots.
The bars participating in Saturday's festival are The Courtyard Ale House, Bar 43, Maggie Mae's, PJ Horgan's, Arriba Arriba, Bliss Street Station, McGuinness's, Sidetracks, Molly Bloom's and The Gaslight.