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March 6, 2020

TOP PICKS: Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events

By Laura Byrne

*Many of the scheduled events have been cancelled due to coronavirus. 

You don’t have to be Irish to gather up your little leprechauns for a sham-ROCKING awesome St. Patrick’s weekend! There are several kid-friendly celebrations this Saturday, March 14, 2020…even though St. Patrick’s Day is actually on Tuesday, March 17!

There are a ton of St. Patrick’s Day related events being hosted at restaurants throughout Tampa Bay, so you’ll easily find an event near you.

If you are looking for something with more to do for the kids, check out our top picks of family friendly St. Patrick’s Day events we think the entire family will enjoy!


1) Mayor’s River O’ Green Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa | March 14 from 11:00 am-5:00pm: This is our favorite St. Patrick’s Day event! Don’t miss this 9th annual event! It’s a ‘picture perfect’ way to spend the day with the family as you enjoy live music, food trucks, games, activities for kids and the highlight of the day—the dyeing of the Hillsborough River a shade of Kelly Green! There will also be a Family Scavenger Hunt which starts at 11am. You can pick up a Leprechaun Map at the registration tent at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and search for 10 hidden leprechauns! Turn in your map by 3pm for a raffle ticket for your chance to win a grand prize. There is a suggested donation of $10 which will go to the Salvation Army of Tampa.

Also–Celebrate Pi Day with Glazer Children’s Museum during the River O Green Fest! You’ll need register online to take part in this epic pie fight that starts at 3:14pm, of course! Riverogreen.comCANCELED

2) Pirate Water Taxi River O Green in Tampa | March 14: Pirate Water Taxi will be running on extended hours from 10:00 am-12:00 am, so why not hop on the boat and take a tour to the Mayor’s River O’ Green Fest and explore St. Patrick’s Day along the Riverwalk!??! There will be free beads on board and beer and wine for purchase for the 21 and older crowd! Normal day rates are $20 adults, $10 kids. Piratewatertaxi.com

3) Rough Riders St Patrick’s Day Parade in Ybor City | March 14 at 7:00 pm: The annual parade starts at 8pm and will march down Ybor City’s 7th Avenue. You can even take a Street Car from downtown after the River O Green Fest and head to Ybor to continue to the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Given the start time of the parade, it’s probably best for older kids or even a date night after dropping off the kids with a sitter! tamparoughriders.org

4) St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Armature Works | March 14 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Armature Works is hosting a day of Irish fun on the Front Lawn with traditional Irish Step Dancers, Irish Music, themed cocktails and more. This event is FREE to attend! For the full line up of events, click here.

5) St. Patrick’s Festival in Clearwater | March 17-18, times vary
Enjoy Irish live music, food, dancers, bagpipers and much more at the St. Patrick’s Festival in Clearwater. Some great Irish bands such as Wyndbreaker Irish Band, The Black Honkeys and The Bearded Brothers band will be featured at the festival. Bring your kids as there will be many kid-friendly fun activities. Prices range from $5 to $10.

Looking for more family fun? Find more events in Tampa Bay near you! And for more grown-up St Patty’s Day fun, check out Tampa Date Night Guide’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Ever article!

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