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Irish You Were Here: How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Florida

St Patrick's Day in Florida
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Whether you’re Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is a time of celebration, green beer and frivolity.

Here in Florida, we do it better than anywhere else. No matter where you land in the state, there is a party brewing for St. Patty’s.

Here are our top picks for how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Florida.

McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run Pensacola

March 9, 2024

Get ready for one of the most exciting St. Patrick’s Day events in Pensacola – the annual McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run! This event is open to everyone, whether you prefer to run or walk. The 5K certified course starts and finishes at McGuire’s Irish Pub in Downtown Pensacola, and participants must be able to complete the course in under one hour.

After the run, there will be several fun-filled post-run parties at McGuire’s and other downtown locations, making it an event for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the Pub Crawl at the beach or the festive celebrations at popular Irish establishments such as O’Riley’s Downtown, O’Riley’s on Creighton, and Margaritaville at Pensacola Beach.

Check out the complete list of St. Patrick’s Day activities in Pensacola here.

St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival

March 9 – 10, 2024

Romanza St. Augustine hosts this amazing two-day festival every year to celebrate Celtic music and heritage.

The festivities kick off on Friday with a whiskey tasting event, get your tickets here. Then the party continues Saturday and Sunday.

With entertainment for the entire family, this is a great opportunity to hear amazing music from traditional ballads all the way to Celtic rock bands, watch Highland style competitions of strength and skill, Celtic food and drink, merchandise, and children’s entertainment.

Kicking off that Saturday will be the Annual St. Augustine St. Patrick Parade.

Learn more on their website here.

Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival, Disney Springs, Orlando

March 14 – 17, 2024

Disney Springs Raglan Road is holding this Mighty Festival to celebrate Irish heritage and culture. 

You can see plenty of authentic Irish entertainment including music, Irish dancers, and plenty of food and drink to go around. 

While there will be no green beer you will be able to sample a variety of different Irish craft beers and cocktails and purchase a variety of Irish themed souvenirs.

Bring the kids for complimentary face painting!

Click here to learn more.

DeLand St. Patrick’s Day Street Party

March 17, 2024

You’re invited to the yearly Childhood Cancer Foundation fundraiser, presented by the Elusive Grape! For just $35 per ticket, enjoy a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner along with two drink tickets for your choice of beer or wine.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Childhood Cancer Foundation, so come out and support this important cause while enjoying a fun evening of food and drinks.

For more details on where to purchase tickets, click here.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Dunedin

March 17, 2024

This is one of the best street festivals of the year. Downtown Dunedin puts on this annual celebration of Irish culture and keeps the green beer and yummy eats flowing all day long.

There will be live music, parades, Irish dancing, and a full-on party from 11 AM to 11 PM on St. Patrick’s Day.

Start at Flanagan’s Irish Pub and party the day away.

Click here to learn more.

Mayor’s River O’Green Fest, Tampa

March 16, 2024

Who doesn’t want to see the Hillsborough River turn green? Now it is your chance. 

Hosted on Saturday, they will dye the river green and host an epic party at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

This family-friendly event will include food trucks, live music, games, kid’s activities, and all the green beer you can drink.

Wear your green and party on the waterfront. Click here to learn more.

Paddy Fest St. Pete

March 16 – 17, 2024

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the first-ever Paddy Fest in St. Pete, happening in Downtown St. Pete.

Enjoy a day filled with Irish-themed entertainment, including performances by talented acts like My 3 Kilts, Mac Tier, and First of the Day, as well as fun activities, Celtic games, delicious Irish cuisine, and drinks.

Admission is only $5 and includes one free green beer, with proceeds going to benefit Ocean Aid 360. For a special experience, VIP tickets are also available. Join the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party St. Pete has ever seen!

Bring your lucky charm to the Pier. Click here to learn more.

St Patrick’s Day Parade, Naples

March 16, 2024

Over 40 years ago, fun-loving Neapolitans got together and decided to have a parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. With hard work, volunteers and generous support, the Parade has prospered for decades.

This is the largest privately-funded Parade in Florida. Over 40,000 people each year come together to celebrate Irish heritage and culture in America in downtown Naples.

The parade starts at the corner of 3rd Street South and 10th Ave and finish in front of the Naples City Hall.

Get ready to Shamrock. Click here to learn more.

Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

March 16, 2024

Are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style? Look no further than the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival! This amazing event promises to be fun for the whole family, with something for everyone to enjoy.

As one of Fort Lauderdale’s biggest and most popular events, the parade and festival is sure to bring a unique and unforgettable celebration of Irish culture to the streets of Fort Lauderdale.

Don’t miss out on the excitement and check out the schedule of events here.

St. Pat’s Wynwood Miami

March 17, 2024

This is by far the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in South Florida. Break out all your green and get ready for a great time at one of the best block parties of the season.

The city’s best DJ’s will be spinning as all of Miami comes to turn up the celebration throughout the neighborhood streets.

A combination of art and Irish culture allows all the visitors to take in the street art and sip on a green beer while listening to great music. There will be a plethora of delicious food trucks, fun arts and crafts activities, and inspiration from the unique ambiance of the art district.

Find more information click here now.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, Delray Beach

March 16, 2024

You will not want to miss this free, family-friendly event. The Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival have proudly served the community for over 50 years.

The parade kicks off at 12:00 PM downtown Delray Beach featuring floats, marching bands, non-profits, fire engines, motorcycles, first responders, Pipes and Drums, Irish heritage societies and other ethnic groups.

The festival begins at 1:00 PM in Old School Square. It will include live music, vendors, food booths & trucks, vendors, games, Pipes and Drums and so much more!

Fun-filled entertainment for all ages. Click here to learn more.

St Patrick’s Day Bar Stroll, Key West

March 16, 2024

This Key West tradition started back in 1979 as a race. As Old Town has become more of a tourist destination they have changed it to a stroll to be more inclusive and lower energy.

Dress up in your favorite St. Paddy’s Day garb and join tons of leprechauns and people filling the streets to join in on the bar-hopping through all the most popular places in the city.

Proceeds go to local charities and all participants also get a cool commemorative t-shirt to celebrate the day.

This year the stroll takes place on Saturday, starting at 11:00 AM at Southernmost Beach Cafe with a countdown to the official kickoff at 12:00 PM.

Click here to learn more and check out this year’s t-shirt design.

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

We hope this encourages you to get out there and do something new for St. Patrick’s Day this year. With fun events all over the state, you’re sure to find something that is just your style.

Just make sure to grab your green to avoid any errant pinches and get your party on!

Check out some of the other great events and places to visit here on Outcoast. For great party and celebration ideas click here for our celebration section.


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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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