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The Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Tampa Bay for Families

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 weekend…even though St. Patrick’s Day is actually on Thursday, 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!

*Be sure to check with each venue before you go because inclement weather has already impacted events scheduled for Saturday like the River O’Green Fest in Tampa which will now be held on Sunday. The inaugural SHAMROCK Fest at the St. Pete Pier has been cancelled.

Rough Riders St Patrick’s Day Parade in Ybor City | March 12 at 7:00 pm

The annual parade starts at 7pm 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!


River O’ Green Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa | Sunday, March 13 from 11:00 am-5:00pm

*NEW DATE* Previously scheduled for March 12
This is our favorite annual St. Patrick’s Day event in Tampa Bay for families! The River O’Green Fest is 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 (with environmentally safe dyes, of course)!  There will even be a Leprechaun costume contest.

Pirate Water Taxi River O Green in Tampa | Sunday, March 13

Pirate Water Taxi will be running throughout the day so why not hop on the boat and take a tour to the River O’ Green Fest and explore St. Patrick’s Day along the Riverwalk!??! Normal day rates are $25 adults, $15 kids.


Head over to the St. Pete Pier for a shamrockin’ good time at the inaugural SHAMROCKFest! Enjoy authentic Irish beer, food, live music, and even leprechaun appearances. There’s no age requirement to attend, however ages 12 and up will need to purchase a ticket. Tickets are required for entry and are available online.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Armature Works | Sunday, March 13

*New date* Originally scheduled for March 12
Armature Works is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on the river with live music, green beer from Stone’s Throw, frozen Irish Coffee from Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey Pop-Up, Irish dancers, giveaways and MORE! The river will be GREEN as part of the 2022 River O Green Fest, so there will be plenty of photo opps as well.  For the full line up of events, click here.

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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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