Guide to a Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa Bay 2018

Family Friendly St. Patrick's Day in Tampa Bay

Calling all Irish and Irish at heart! Gather your green beads, don your silly hats, and join us for a look at family-friendly things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa Bay. Paddy’s Day falls on a Saturday in 2018, so sure as you’re born, there’s plenty of green-hued fun to be had.

Just remember – if Mom or Dad enjoy an adult beverage, make sure someone sticks to soda. Please do not drink and drive.

Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa Bay

Mayor’s River O’Green

Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m.
Curtis Hixon Park, Downtown Tampa
The Hillsborough River turns kelly green for a day in what has quickly become the area’s signature St. Patrick’s Day event. Grab a beer and some grub, find a spot o’ green on the lawn, and catch live Irish music. With games and activities for the kids, family and adult scavenger hunts, and of course, the spectacle of watching the river turn a bright shade of green, it’s a hint of the Emerald Isle right here in Tampa Bay.

New to the event this year is the River O’Green Gallop, a 2-mile fun run/walk along the Tampa Riverwalk. Day-of registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and the run/walk steps off from Curtis Hixon Park at 9:30 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Pirate Water Taxi

Downtown Tampa/Davis Islands
They say getting there is half the fun, and a ride on the Pirate Water Taxi proves it! Hop aboard for a ride to Curtis Hixon Park and get a close-up look at the green water of the Hillsborough River on St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa. Each passenger gets free beads, and beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.

Paddyfest Family Fun Day

Saturday, March 10, Noon-4 p.m.
Irish 31
Start your Paddy’s Day celebration a week early with a family fun blowout at Irish 31’s Westchase location. They’ll have games, music, face painting, and a visit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fan Experience.

Paddyfest events continue all week long with a K-9’s in Kilts Costume Contest, Bullying No Way! Shake Your Shamrocks 5k, and Blarney Bike Ride. It all leads up to the main event, the Paddyfest Street Festival in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village on St. Patrick’s Day.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins

Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m.
Amalie Arena, Downtown Tampa
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on ice and cheer on our Tampa Bay Lightning as they make their playoff push! And how fitting that the visitors hail from Beantown on this Irish holiday. Dress for the occasion with some green Lightning gear from the NHL shop online. Let’s Go Bolts!

Tampa Bay Lightning play at Amalie Arena

Cheer on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on St. Patrick’s Day 2018!

O’Keefe’s St. Patrick’s Tent Festival

Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17
Downtown Clearwater
In Pinellas County, O’Keefe’s has been serving up Irish-themed fun for years. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day party features family-friendly activities like costume contests, rock painting and a rock climbing wall, plus bagpipers and Irish dancers. Get there early, nosh on corned beef and cabbage, and enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa Bay!

Dunedin St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17
Flanagan’s Irish Pub
Downtown Dunedin
You’d expect a city with its very own pipe band to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big way, and you’d be right! Flanagan’s Irish Pub hosts a street party complete with food trucks, Irish art and vendors, live music and Irish dancers. On St. Pat’s morning, get ready for all that Irish food with the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Run through downtown Dunedin. You can choose from a 5k, 10k, or 1-mile fun run, or complete the Leprechaun Challenge and do all three.

The Mayor's River O'Green in Downtown Tampa

The kids will love watching the river turn a bright shade of green on St. Patrick’s Day!

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2 Responses to Guide to a Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa Bay 2018

  1. Chris April 6, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    Gotta love Florida: come for the beaches, stay for everything else.

    • Kathy K
      Kathy K April 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

      So true! One of the great things about living here!

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