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Parties, parades, pub crawls and more for St. Patrick's Day in Tampa Bay

Tampa cracked the top 10 this year in Wallethub’s list of the best cities in the country for St. Patrick’s Day parties — No. 8, in fact — thanks to its many Irish bars and pubs, not to mention traditions like dyeing the Hillsborough River green and letting the Rough Riders take over Ybor City with a big parade.

Boston and New York don’t have the green market cornered. And we have better weather, so who’s got the luck of the Irish now? The holiday is on Saturday this year, so the list of St. Patrick’s Day party choices is magically delicious. Read on for both adult and family friendly ways to shake a shamrock.

HILLSBOROUGH

Paddyfest

The Irish 31 pubs and the Channelside area will be glowing in green all week, starting with a street festival shutting down traffic on Rome Avenue on Friday and Saturday with live music by national headliners Love and Theft (Friday) and Magic Giant (Saturday). Friday also features a Lightning rally with appearances by Thunderbug, the Lightning Girls and Bolt Brigade (7 p.m.). Saturday brings a wing-eating contest (3:15 p.m.) a flip cup tournament for $500 (5:30 p.m.). Admission is $15 Friday, $20 Saturday. 4-9:15 p.m. Friday, 1-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Irish 31, 1611 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-0031.

Other events include:

Blarney Bike Ride

Work as teams to assemble bicycles to be donated to needy children, then ride the bike to follow clues and find prizes. All registered riders get free entry to the Paddyfest Street Fest Saturday evening. $40. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Ferg’s Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 443-8403.

Keggs and Eggs

Cool down from St. Patrick’s Day with brunch featuring green beer, mimosas and build your own bloody Marys at Irish 31. No cover. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

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K9s in Kilts

Dress your dog in Irish-themed costumes and let them strut their stuff on the runway. Best dressed dog wins its owner $300. Benefits Vets4Pets. $15. 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Irish 31. Get tickets or register for contests at paddyfest.org.

River O’Green Fest

This fairly new tradition started in 2012. Tampa once again will borrow a page from Chicago and dye the Hillsborough River a deep Kelly (bio-degradable) green. There will be live music, Irish dancing, beer, food, the River O’ Green Gallop and a leprechaun costume contest. Families can pick up a leprechaun map and search the park and Riverwalk to find up to 10 hidden leprechauns. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Night Parade

For 40 years, this Tampa krewe has embodied a living memorial to the Teddy Roosevelt regiment that played an instrumental role in the Spanish-American War when they sailed from Tampa to liberate Cuba from Spain. And for once, their annual Saturday parade for St. Patrick’s Day will fall on the actual holiday. Krewes from across Florida will help with green beads, floats and more as they step off at 8 p.m. Saturday on E Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Avoid crowds and bad parking situations by taking the trolley to the parade. Free.

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Dance Club Goes Irish

Ages 45 and older can bring a dish to share and wear green for this "Senior American Bandstand" St. Patrick’s Day dance with live music by On Our Own. $10, $8 members. Tampa Bay Dance Club, 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa. (813) 390-7160. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday.

Dolan’s St. Patrick’s Day

Dolan’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional Irish breakfast, live music by the Buddy Fitz Band, GNT, Solar Exposure and JT Curtis and the Florida Scoundrels, Irish dancers and plenty of beer. $5 after 3 p.m. P.J. Dolan’s, 2836 E Bearss Ave., Tampa. (813) 374-2338. 8 a.m. Saturday.

Greenfest St. Patrick’s Day Bash

The 12th annual party features beer, a costume contest, children’s activities, Irish party favors, live music by Ken Apperson (noon-3 p.m.), Skylar Clark (2:30-5:30 p.m.) and Johnny Shelton Band (7-11 p.m.) plus an Irish buffet including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. $5 cover, 11 and younger free; $19 for buffet, $9 kids. Mulligan’s Irish Pub at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive, Tampa. (813) 973-3870, ext. 225. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday.

Luck of the Irish Hunt

Hunt for the pot of gold at this party with a St. Patrick’s Day themed scavenger hunt for seniors. Free. Ruskin Senior Center, 905 Sixth St. SE, Ruskin. 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Paddy Hard

An indoor/outdoor party with music by Mighty Mango and DJ’s Flaco, Casper and Ku Duel, green Frose, roaming leprechauns, four liquor bars and holiday-themed photo opportunities. The block party ends at 1 a.m., but Franklin Manor rolls on until 3 a.m. $10. Franklin Manor, 912 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 487-9990. 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Tampa Dubliner St. Patrick’s Day Party

The Dubliner does it up again this year for St. Patrick’s Day with a huge party starting with an Irish brunch that turns into an all-day party with live entertainment, Irish dancers, green beer, games, giveaways and Irish food. $10 after 4 p.m. Dubliner Irish Pub, 2307 W Azeele St., Tampa. (813) 258-2257. 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Bottomless Brunch Crawl

The day starts with an all-you-can-eat Irish brunch with a bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Then, board the Crawler Party Bus for stops at Maloney’s Local Irish Pub and Ducky’s with a free shot and games at each stop. The day ends at the Mayor’s River O’Green Fest in Curtis Hixon Park. $60. District Tavern, 116 N 12th St., Tampa. (813) 955-2861. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Hangover Cure

Cure your St. Patrick’s Day hangover with an all-you-can-eat brunch and bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar before moving to a poolside party at Franklin Manor and the WXYZ Lounge. Includes a complimentary shot at each stop. $45. District Tavern, 116 N 12th St., Tampa. (813) 955-2861. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Day Double Header

Four Green Fields parties for two days with authentic Irish food, beer and music by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones. No cover. Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St., Tampa. (813) 254-4444. 9-11:55 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11:55 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day O’Brien’s Brandon

O’Brien’s promises to break records this year with their biggest St. Patrick’s Day party ever. So far, they’ve planned for three tents in the parking lot to house music by Mushu, Smakk, Jim Garrett, Dirt Road Rodeo, Johnny Feel Better, Stormbringer, the Dunedin Pipe Band and two DJs. Also, a live radio broadcast, vendors, Irish food and green beer. $10 after 2 p.m. O’Brien’s Irish Pub of Brandon, 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon. (813) 661-9688. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day O’Brien’s North Tampa

The party starts at 11 a.m. Saturday in North Tampa and goes on until 2 a.m. with bagpipers, performances by Scariff Academy of Irish Dance, green beer, Irish food and music by the Wyndbreakers, Flyte and Pheonix (tent); and Emigrant Sons, the Wyndbreakers and 22N (inside). $10 after 2 p.m. O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 15435 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 961-4092. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Seniors can sip on refreshments as they enjoy a presentation of Irish music and song by Mr. Steve. Free. Oaks at Riverview Senior Center, 101 E Kirby St., Tampa. (813) 272-6829. 1 p.m. Friday.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at MacDinton’s SOHO

Make sure to sport your green because MacDinton’s claims to be "the place to be seen in your green" at this party with corned beef hash, Irish bagpipers, DJ music for dancing and live entertainment. TBA. MacDinton’s Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8999. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt: Legless Leprechaun

Teams of two to five members set out to solve riddles along a trail of pubs and bars in downtown Tampa and Ybor City. Includes drink specials and free shots. Benefits Meals on Wheels. Part of the Mayor’s River O’Green Fest. $20. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 955-2861. 4-9 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Seniors Dance

Green attire require for this St. Patrick’s Day-themed seniors dance with a treasure hunt. Free. Town ’N Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa. (813) 873-6336. 1:30 p.m. Friday.

St. Patrick’s Day Yard Party

This isn’t a St. Patrick’s Day Party, it’s a bash. Here’s a night of $3 green beer, $4 green tea shots, $5 Guinness, $1 hot dogs, $2 pizza slices and music by DJ Xplicid. No cover. Yard of Ale, 406 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-4433. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day at Bradley’s

Bradley’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Rough Riders parade viewing party featuring two themed drag shows starring Joey Brooks, Kori Stevens and Tiffany McCray and dancing to music by VJ Charles Machado and DJ Steve Vaughn. No cover. Bradley’s on 7th, 1510 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-2723. 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day at Hard Rock

Seminole Hard Rock literally turns green for St. Patrick’s Day as they light the exterior of the building in shamrock green for a party with Irish-themed menus in the restaurants, Celtic music and bagpipes by MacGilliossa and $9 Leprechaun Kiss cocktails. No cover (food additional). Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625. 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day at O’Toole’s

O’Toole’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day outdoors, under a tent with a full bar, bag pipers, live music by Nobody Cares and an expanded selection of Irish fare. Make sure to wear something green. $10 advance, $13 at the door after 3 p.m. O’Toole’s Irish Pub, 1215 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. (813) 684-2600. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day for Seniors

Seniors can wear green and celebrate with refreshments and Irish music. Free. Brandon Senior Center and Davis Park, 612 N Parsons Ave., Brandon. (813) 635-8066. 1 p.m. Friday.

St. Patrick’s River Cruise

Climb aboard the Yacht StarShip for a St. Patrick’s Day-themed cruise with unlimited green beer (21 and older only), DJ dancing, cash bar and an enhanced winter menu with Guinness braised lamb, Irish stew, Irish whiskey seared salmon and corned beef. $79.95, $44.95 children. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

Steam Fridays: St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans

Enjoy an Irish-themed drag show by Amy, Alisa, Amanda and cast at this party with music by DJs Joe Gauthreaux and Deanne, $2 shamrock shooters all night, $1 drinks from 10 to 11 p.m., $3 Svedka drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight and sexy leprechaun go-go dancers. $5 after 10:30 p.m. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-4663. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday.

 

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PINELLAS

FinFest: St. Patrick’s Day at Finley’s

Finley’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a three-day festival featuring live music and green beer. Friday features live music by Shevonne and the Force Band (6:30-7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) with the Black Honkeys (8-11 p.m.). Saturday features a full line up of entertainment with the Guinness Band (noon-6:30 p.m.), the Whiskey Dregs (7-11 p.m.), the Conundrum Band (5-7 p.m. inside) and Midnight Bus Fulla Monkeys (9 p.m.-midnight inside). Sunday brings it down a notch with a 10 class bike show and music by the Soul Circus Cowboys (3-6 p.m.). $5 Fri.-Sat., free Sun. Finley’s Irish Pub & Eatery, 13477 Belcher Road S, Largo. (727) 535-7858. 6:30 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Get Stewed for St. Patrick’s Day

The daily special for St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish Stew and fresh baked soda bread ($12.90) with live music Steady Eddie. No cover. Whistle Stop Grill, 915 Main St, Safety Harbor. (727) 726-1956. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.

Indian Shores St. Patrick’s Day Street Fest

The Gulf front town closes down the street for the annual St. Patrick’s Day festival with arts and crafts vendors, food, corned beef and cabbage, Irish dancers, music by DJ Dan Bauer, beer and wine, a book sale and entertainment. Free. Indian Shores Town Hall , 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. (727) 595-4020. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Irish Festival

O’Keefe’s cranks it up another notch and turns St. Patrick’s Day into an Irish Festival with Irish drinks, bagpipers, Highland dancers, over sized lawn games and live music. $5, children free. O’Keefe’s Tavern and Grille, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. (727) 442-9034. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday.

Mulligans St. Patrick’s Day

Dress like a leprechaun for this party with an Irish buffet, green beer, entertainment, children’s activities, bounce house, face painting and live music by Kimi Tortuga, Lemon Street and Nightly Brew. $5 after 4 p.m.; $15 buffet. Mulligan’s Irish Pub at Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-4760. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Sea Dog’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

This festival fills up the entire block with live music by the Dan Signor Project (noon-4 p.m.) and Modern Mayhem (5-9 p.m.), Irish stout, whiskey shots, bangers, shepherd’s pie, Reuben sandwiches, Irish egg rolls, shuffleboard, cornhole and billiards. Park by Sunrise Hotel for a shuttle to the party. Free (food/drink additional). Sea Dog Brewing Company, 9610 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 954-7805. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

St. Paddy’s Day Booze Cruise

Climb aboard a party barge for a "lucky leprechaun" sunset party with all-you-can-drink rum punch, beer, wine, margaritas and water. Free food and live music awaits you at the dock. $35. Nikko Mussolini Dog Boutique and Spirits, 9524 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 201-4487. 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

The Pub’s giant marina front party "rocks the block" with an outdoor grill, draft truck, multiple portable bars and live music. No cover. Courigan’s Irish Pub, 1 Beach Drive SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 551-9019. 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

Thirsty First closes down First Avenue North for a giant St. Patrick’s Day block party with live music by the Soul Circus Cowboys, DJ dancing, a kids zone, drink specials and costumed leprechaun wrestling featuring stars of Micro Championship Wrestling. VIP includes all you can drink premium liquors and beer and a ringside seat for the wrestling match. Free, $50-$75 VIP. Thirsty First, 119 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 317-3333. 3 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Caddy’s on the Beach

Caddy’s piece of the beach takes on a hint of green with bag pipers, Irish dancers, live music, DJ dancing, bangers and mash, Shepherd’s Pie and smoked corned beef and cabbage. No cover. Caddy’s on the Beach, 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 360-4993. 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Casino Night

Wear green and hope you have the luck of the Irish for a night of gaming including black jack, craps, roulette and Texas hold’em. Corned beef and cabbage dinner available. Benefits the L.Y.N. Fund and the CNCN Scholarship Fund. $35 advance, $40 at the door; $25 advance, $30 at the door (Texas hold’em). Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 944-2060. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

A two day festival with beer trucks, green beer, Irish Step Dancers, traditional Irish food, artwork and music by West of Galway (4-7 p.m.) and the Whiskey Dregs (8-10 p.m.) Friday; and Dunedin Pipe Band (noon-12:20 p.m. and 9-9:45 p.m.), Cage O’Hanlon (12:30-1:50 p.m., 2:30-2:45 p.m. and 5:15-6:45 p.m.) and Clovers Revenge (7:45-8:50 p.m. and 9:50-10:50 p.m.) Saturday. Free. Flanagan’s Irish Pub, 465 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-4994. 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Hang Over Cure

Sop up the liquor with a Sunday Funday $1 burger. Then replenish with $3 Coronas and $3 Tully Green Teas. No cover. MacDinton’s Irish Pub St. Petersburg, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 201-9783. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Day Kelly’s Way

Chic-A-Boom Room and Kelly’s join together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $3 green can Bud and Bud Lights, $5 green tea shots, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness brats, Ruebens and music by DJ’s Frand (Friday) and Cutty Jones (Saturday). Free-$5. Chic-A-Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-0206. Noon-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day MacDinton’s St. Pete

Downtown St. Pete’s Irish pub throws a party with Irish dancers, bag pipers, traditional Irish food and green beer. No cover. MacDinton’s Irish Pub St. Petersburg, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 201-9783. 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Memory Cafe

A safe way for those suffering with dementia to get out of the house and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together. Only open to people with cognitive disorders and their caregivers. No cover. EasyLiving, Inc., 1180 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Clearwater. (813) 384-7571. 2-3:30 p.m. today.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Cricketers

This two day parking lot party under a tent sports a large stage for six live bands, bagpipers, full liquor bars, a beer truck with green beer, food and a "Lucky Ducks" game. Free (food/drink additional). Cricketers Dunedin, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 736-1322. 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Social

Seniors get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day at this celebration with a performance by the Tampa Bay Highland Dancers, games, refreshments and a social hour. Free. Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 724-3070. 2-3:30 p.m. today.

St. Patrick’s Day at Grillsmith

Get to any Grillsmith location and pose with Smitty the leprechaun for a selfie, post it to Facebook and get a free appetizer. Grillsmith will also have corned beef and cabbage ($14.99) and Jameson drinks ($9). No cover. GrillSmith, 2539 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 726-6061. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Day Yard of Ale

Yard of Ale throws a block party starting at 11 a.m. with live music, DJ dancing, bagpipers, Irish dancers, green beer and food. No cover. Yard of Ale, 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2027. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day at O’Maddy’s

O’Maddy’s St. Patrick’s Day party spills out onto the street with green beer, live music by Pete and Dean, Sweet Spot and The Josh Cruz Experience, raffles and food. Benefits the Michael J. Yakes Foundation. No cover. O’Maddy’s, 5405 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. (727) 323-8643. 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day at Peggy’s

St. Patrick’s Day brings an indoor and outdoor party to Peggy O’Neills with dancers, bag pipers, green beer and live music by The Outpatients, Hope Darling, Red House Road, Audio Star, Kamara O Fa, Larry Castle, the Dunedin Pipe Band, Lie Low, Jeriko Turnpike, Denny Dwyer, Dennis Panars and Velvet Jones. Festivities end outside at 11 p.m., but the party rolls on until 1 a.m. inside. Free. Peggy O’s Kitchen and Taps, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 787-7734. 4 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Golf Tournament

The two-person team scramble includes an Irish buffet, two free beers, contests and prizes. $60. Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 9424760. 8 a.m. Saturday.

Think Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Mastry’s wants party goes to "Think Green" for St. Patrick’s Day by starting the day with a beach clean-up at four area beaches (9 a.m.-noon). Then, return to the brewery where the party starts with a market (noon-3 p.m.), food truck (noon-8 p.m.) and DJ dancing (6-10 p.m.). The party continues Sunday with ballet based barre exercises in the biergarten followed by drink specials and live music by J Gilton. Free. Mastry’s Brewing Company, 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 202-8045. 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Three Birds, Three Pints St. Patrick’s Day

The indoor and outdoor all ages party features traditional Irish fare, drink, music and performances by the Scariff-Gilleoghan School of Irish Dance (12:30 and 7:30 p.m.). No cover. Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-2049. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday.

 

NORTH SUNCOAST

Inverness St. Patrick’s Festival

The celebration includes a live musical performance by Seven Nations, large parade and local merchant crawl. Free. Citrus County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. 5-10 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Bash

Try your hand on the lighted 18-hole miniature golf course at this Mulligan’s location’s pet friendly St. Patrick’s Day party with green beer, Irish music, an Irish food buffet, children’s activities and live music by Michael Lubecke (noon-3 p.m.), Chris and Carrie (3-6 p.m.) and Audiostar (7-11 p.m.). $5, 11 and younger free (cover); $15, $9 ages 10 and younger (buffet). Mulligan’s Irish Pub, 23253 Plantation Blvd., Land O’Lakes. (813) 996-4653. 12-11 p.m. Saturday.

 

ELSEWHERE

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Disney Springs

Raglan Road Irish Pub isn’t just throwing a St. Patrick’s Day Party. They’re pulling out all the stops with a three day "Mighty Festival" including authentic Irish food, Irish storytellers, dancers, Celtic face painters and live entertainment by 10 bands. Free (Friday and Sunday); $10, 17 and younger free (Saturday). Disney Springs, 1590 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 828-3800. Noon-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Day Pier 22

Pier 22 goes green for a St. Patrick’s Day party with corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches, green beer, Irish whiskey, Irish coffee and a "Happy Shenanigans" hour with food and drinks specials. $20-$50. Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W, Bradenton. (941) 748-8087. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

FAMILY EVENTS

Lucky Library Leprechauns

Elementary-aged children are invited to make St. Patrick’s Day crafts, listen to stories and play games. Free. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049. 11 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Lucky Paws

A St. Patrick’s Day themed pet adoption event with a "Hair of the Dog" Bloody Mary bar and a raffle. Benefits Suncoast Animal League. No cover. Cricketers Dunedin, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 736-1322. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Music and a Meal

Music and a Meal takes on an Irish twist with Scuteri and Spenser opening for Jun Bustamante in the Greenhouse. A health conscious meal available for purchase ($8). $12. Sacred Lands, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 367-3592. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Paws in Paradise

Dress yourself and your dog in green for a "jammin’" St. Patrick’s Day dog party with live steel drum music, free fresh mini doughnuts and discounts on ice cream. Free. Larry’s Ice Cream and Gelato, 6595 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 522-6566. 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Shamrock’n Run

This St. Paddy’s-themed event includes a 5K competitive run, 1.5-mile walk, a Clover Kids Dash. Green attire recommended. $15-$20; $10 Clover Dash. Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. (727) 593-6166. 7 p.m. Friday.

St. Paddy’s Day Block Party

The 300 block of Corey Avenue hosts a giant, outdoor St. Patrick’s Day party with a cornhole tournament (noon), live music by Tropical Disturbances (1-5 p.m.) and Rhythm and Boone (5-11 p.m.), food trucks, corned beef and cabbage, green beer, face painting and a dance party. Free. Corey Avenue, 300 Block of Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-7944. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.

St. Paddy’s Extravaganza

Lucky Dill is cooking up nearly 10,000 pounds of corned beef and cabbage for this week long party with a special Irish menu, kegs of green beer, bagpipers, stilt walkers, a fire hula show and live music by the Irish Rambles, Damien and Kenny, Celtic Conundrum, Paddy O’Furniture and the Black Velvet Band. No cover. Lucky Dill Deli, 33180 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 789-5574. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. today, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Day Tampa Lucky Run

Green attire required for this 5K run and 1-mile kids fun run including DJ dancing T-shirt, participation medals, PDQ gift card and goody bags. $24. Tampa Premium Outlets, 2398 Grand Cypress Drive, Lutz. (352) 807-0397. 8 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Put on your green and get out for a meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread and dessert. $8.50. Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 583-3770. 5-7 p.m. Friday.

St. Patrick’s Day Green Out

Get $1 off regular admission for every item of green you’re wearing. Also, everyone wearing green gets free green pizza and green Hawaiian Punch. You could even win "green" for correct trivia answers. $7. Astro Skate Tarpon Springs, 875 Cypress St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 938-5778. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Kids Crafts

Children in grades K through 5 can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day-themed stories and crafts. Free. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes. (813) 929-1214. 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Runs

Wear a green, or leprechaun themed, outfit for your choice of 5K, 10K, 15K or 1-mile runs on the streets of historic downtown Dunedin. $50-$65. Bauser’s Smoke Free Pub, 520 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 226-7223. 8 a.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day at Locale Market

To mark St. Patrick’s Day, Local Market is serving up corned beef and cabbage with boiled red potatoes. $14.99. Locale Market, 183 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 523-6300. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Museum

Kids can explore Ireland through stories, flag making and magical rainbow inertia experiments. Included with admission. $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

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TAMPA — The Ballet Nacional de Cuba performed Giselle, its signature ballet, on Wednesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Fifty-four dancers charmed a packed house, culminating in about two hours an effort that took more tha...
Published: 05/24/18
Bar review: Things are hopping at new Swan Brewing in Lakeland

Bar review: Things are hopping at new Swan Brewing in Lakeland

Lakeland’s a little out of the way, but I’m always eager to check out the bar scene there when passing through or attending an event. Every place I’ve visited just seems so pleasant.I regret missing the boat on the city’s first brewery, Lakeland Brew...
Published: 05/24/18
tbt* local craft beer of the week: Dark Harbor Mocha Stout, Sea Drift Ales & Lagers

tbt* local craft beer of the week: Dark Harbor Mocha Stout, Sea Drift Ales & Lagers

The saga of Barley Mow Brewing Company and its eventual offshoot/successor Sea Drift Ales & Lagers is a complicated one. The most interesting part is how the latter came to be as a result of brewery-distributor tensions, in which Barley Mow pulled an...
Published: 05/24/18
Review: Family matters in David Sedaris’ ‘Calypso’

Review: Family matters in David Sedaris’ ‘Calypso’

David Sedaris gets right to the point in the opening of the first essay in his new book, Calypso: "Though there’s an industry built on telling you otherwise, there are few real joys to middle age. The only perk I can see is that, with luck, you’ll ac...
Published: 05/24/18
Review: Strait-laced writer Michael Pollan explores psychedelics, and leaves the door of perception ajar

Review: Strait-laced writer Michael Pollan explores psychedelics, and leaves the door of perception ajar

Microdosing is hot. If you haven’t heard — but you probably have, from reports of its use at Silicon Valley workplaces, from Ayelet Waldman’s memoir A Really Good Day, from dozens of news stories — to microdose is to take small amounts of LSD, which ...
Published: 05/24/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 25

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 25

Redneck Riviera Whiskey Tasting: Country hitmaker John Rich, of Big and Rich, will be at Gaspar’s to host a tasting and bottle signing of his Redneck Riviera Whiskey. A percentage of sales will go to Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to chi...
Published: 05/24/18
9 things to do indoors on this rainy Memorial Day weekend

9 things to do indoors on this rainy Memorial Day weekend

It’s hard not to think of the Forrest Gump line: "One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months." If you are looking for something to do while the current deluge continues, we have some suggestions. There are obvious choices, like ma...
Published: 05/24/18
Lee Roy Selmon’s original Tampa restaurant is closing, marking the end of an era

Lee Roy Selmon’s original Tampa restaurant is closing, marking the end of an era

Lee Roy Selmon’s, the restaurant that paid homage to the community icon who rose to fame as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer and grew to become a popular civic leader, will shutter the doors of its original location on Tampa’s Boy Scout Boulevard in June.Employ...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18
Top things to do this weekend: Margarita Festival, Rays’ Kiermaier as Star Wars figure, Nintinder

Top things to do this weekend: Margarita Festival, Rays’ Kiermaier as Star Wars figure, Nintinder

LIME TIME: Tampa Bay Margarita Festival This year, there are twice the bartenders and a new RFID wristband system for less waiting at the two-day Tampa Bay Margarita Festival with a margarita flavor for every taste. Music headliners are the Wallflow...
Published: 05/23/18