Yes, St. Patrick's Day events are generally excuses for drinking, wearing green, punching people who aren't wearing green, etc. Even my appreciation for Guinness has it's limits, so for all ye fellow non-Irish folks out there, here are some other cool things to do this weekend:

The Saturday Portland Farmers Market is BACK! The 21st season of the PSU Market kicks off rain or shine (you know what to expect) at 8:30 am in the South Park Blocks. 100+ vendors will begin the season, to expand later in the season as the growing season really picks up. Get there early for the embarrassment of riches that PFM's biggest market always offers. South Park Blocks between SW Hall & SW Montgomery

The Oregon Historical Society will be celebrating Packy's 50th Birthday with their free family day from 11 to 3. There will be music and cake. They also promise animal guests - if you see an elephant storming through downtown Portland, he's on his way to a birthday party. 1200 SW Park Avenue.

Bollywood Theater just opened in my 'hood, so I want to check out this new Indian food restaurant in the same building as Salt and Straw Ice Cream. Offering street food small plates and a few entrees, nothing priced over $10, this new spot is absolutely beautiful inside - and they offer a full bar. 2039 NE Alberta St., open 11-10 pm

Good luck dodging dancers with crazy wigs and corned beef, to the less than Irish! And drink responsibly, lephrechaun-lovers.