Irish and non-Irish alike celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There are parades, festivals, parties and so much more to enjoy on this special holiday. While most bars and pubs will have parties for adults to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, there are still plenty of activities for families. While some of the activities listed do entail an admission fee, some of them are free for the entire family to enjoy.
St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival 2014
Flanagan’s Irish Pub
465 Main St.
Dunedin, FL 34698
Date: March 15, 2014
Flanagan’s Irish Pub will once again be hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. Enjoy traditional Irish food, drink and fun. There will be two stages of entertainment for the enjoyment of visitors. Arts and crafts vendors will be at the street festival, as well as games for the amusement of children and adults alike. Bring the family and enjoy the fun and festivities at the St.Patrick’s Day Street Festival in downtown Dunedin.
Mayor’s River O’ Green
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Date: March 15, 2014 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn will once again host the River O’ Green celebration at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The park covers eight acres and has a portion of the Hillsborough River running through it. Mayor Buckhorn will use biodegradable dye to turn part of the river green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. There will also be food and beer for purchase, as well as live bands, crafts, games and activities for the entire family. This is a free event and is open to the public.
Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL 33759
Date: March 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
The Irish Tenors are some of the world’s greatest Irish singers. The trio entertains audiences with exquisite Irish music. Finbar Wright, Ronan Tynan and Anthony Kearns will once again return to Ruth Eckerd Hall with a patriotically charged performance worthy of the cost of admission. Prices start at $50 each and are worth every penny.
Claddagh – An Explosion of Celtic Dance & Music
Largo Cultural Center
105 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771
Date: March 17, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Claddagh is an exuberant music and dance show that will have you tapping your feet and wanting to dance. This show is a multimedia spectacular with an underlying romantic story line. If you enjoy ‘Rhythm Dance’ and other forms of Celtic dance, then this show is a must-see event. Tickets for this explosive event range from $24.50 up to $34.50 when purchased in advance.
St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
Indian Shores Municipal Center
19305 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Shores, FL 33785
Date: March 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Indian Shores Municipal Center is hosting the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. There will be food, games, beer, wine, arts and crafts, books for sale, vendors, activities for children and live entertainment by Tom Davis. Check out the different food vendors and treat your taste buds to a delightful afternoon of delectable delights. Everyone is welcome and there is no cover charge. Free parking is available. The seating for the festivities is limited so bring some chairs or blankets to sit on.
Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.