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St. Patrick’s Day Events Around The Tampa Bay Area
St. Patrick’s Day, a day for green clothing, lots of clovers, green beer, festivals and parades around the United States. Tampa Bay is one of the greatest places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve compiled a list of events and entertainment that is great for the whole family, events for just the adults, and even local Tampa Bay runs for the runners at heart. Hopefully this will help you plan for the St. Patty’s Day festivities that start today (March 13th) and run well thru the early wee morning of March 18th.
FRIDAY – MARCH 13th
Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Trolley Hop – Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa
6 p.m. – Just for the Adults – $20.00
More than a dozen Ybor City bars and restaurants offer specials for the annual Rough Riders St. Pat’s Trolley Hop. Enjoy food and more from local tampa bay restaurants and bars while hopping the trolley between them. To purchase passes and for more info click here.
SATURDAY – MARCH 14th
Mayor’s River O’Green Festival – Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa
Begins at 11:00 a.m. – Free Event for the whole family
Mayor Bob Buckhorn turns Hillsborough River green to begin the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Come out to enjoy food, live entertainment, and kids’ activities. – http://www.tampagov.net
The Dye the River Green Brunch Cruise – Yacht Starship, 603 Channelside Dr., Tampa
9:30 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. – Just for the Adults
View the green waters of the Hillsborough River as you dine aboard the Yacht Starship. Irish brunch buffet complete with corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and Irish music. www.yachtstarship.com
Rough Riders’ Parade – Downtown Ybor City, E. Seventh Avenue
8:00 p.m. – Free Event for the whole family
Crews from all across Florida bring their floats join to celebrate Tampa Bays premier St. Patrick’s Day Parade hosted by the Rough Riders. Sport your green and get ready to scream for beads! Grand Marshals of this year’s parade, Steve and Julie Weintraub. Show up early to avoid traffic and take the trolley to the parade to help with parking. TampaRoughRiders.com
Gaspar’s Grotto – 1805 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
8:00 p.m. – Just for the Adults
Ybor City’s notorious pirate bar holds its Funniest Irish Costume or T-shirt contest. Winner will find an ounce of real gold under their rainbow. http://www.gasparsgrotto.com
Bay Area Renaissance Festival – MOSI, 11315 N 46th St, Tampa, FL 33617
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday – Fun for the whole family
The lords and ladies of this festival get ready for Shamrocks & Shenanigans weekend. Go back in time to Ireland and visit the Celtic Village, where you can find local Irish vendors, wine and beer tastings, and even a kilt contest. Sit back and enjoy traditional Irish music and dancing or watch the Highland Games. www.bayarearenfest.com
Irish 31 – 1611 W. Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
3:00 p.m., Saturday/ 12:00 p.m. Sunday/ 3:00 p.m. Monday – Fun for the whole family
Hyde Park Village Irish 31 pub is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a three-day street festival. Enjoy bands, sexiest Leprechaun contest, kid’s actives, and even a chance to win a trip to Ireland! www.Irish31.com
SUNDAY – MARCH 15th
The Dubliner Irish Pubs – Citrus Park: 12836 Henderson Road or 2307 W. Azeele St., Tampa
11:00 a.m. – Fun for the whole family
Come enjoy a traditional Irish Brunch Buffet complete with with live entertainment, Irish dancers, contests, green beer and outdoor festival. http://www.thedublineririshpub.com
St. Puppy’s Day – Dubliner Irish Pub, 2307 W. Azeele Street, Tampa
11:00 a.m. – Event for the whole family
The annual Tampa Bay Humane Society benefit with a St. Patrick’s Day twist kicks off with an Irish brunch buffet featuring a selection of traditional Irish breakfast and lunch food. Highlights include a puppy parade and costume contest, live music, Irish dancers, prizes for most Irish dogs and giveaways. Donate 7 pounds or more of dog food and get a free Irish beer.
Irish 31 – 1611 W. Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
12:00 p.m. Sunday/ 3:00 p.m. Monday – Fun for the whole family
Day two of this three day street festival in Hyde Park Village, Irish 31 pub is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy bands, sexiest Leprechaun contest, kid’s actives, and even a chance to win a trip to Ireland! www.Irish31.com
MONDAY – MARCH 16th
PJ Dolans – 2836 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa
Begins at 8:00 p.m. – Just for the Adults
Start off your morning with a traditional Irish breakfast at 8 a.m., then begin the fun with live music all day and Irish dancers performing at 8 p.m.
TUESDAY – MARCH 17th
Paddyfest – Ferg’s Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Begins at Noon – Just for the Adults
Channelside’s new addition brings it on with five bars, five green beer tents, an ice fluge with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey shots, a $500 Irish jig contest and two stages of entertainment for a mega St. Patrick’s Day party!
Irish invasion at Four Green Fields – 205 W. Platt Street, Tampa
10:00 a.m. – Just for the Adults
Four Green Fields opens at 10 a.m., with a lunch buffet of shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and fish ‘n’ chips until 2 p.m. Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones crank out the Irish music from noon until 2 a.m.
FOR THE RUNNERS IN TAMPA BAY
Bolt Run – Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Saturday, March 14th – Run starts at 6:00 a.m. – Fun for the whole family
St. Patrick’s Day-themed runs on the flat streets around the arena and along the waterfront in distances of 5 miles, 5K and a 1-mile fun run. Includes tickets to that night’s home game against Winnipeg, pre- and postrace parties and a commemorative T-shirt.
Shamrock Classic 5K and 10K – O’Brien’s Irish Pub of Brandon, 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon
Saturday, March 14th – Run starts at 8:00 a.m. – Fun for the whole family
The annual St. Patrick’s Day themed event includes your choice of 10K, 5K or 1-mile fun run/walk. An Irish-themed after party includes bananas, bagels and green beer.
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