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River O’Green Fest returns this year to downtown Tampa!

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, downtown Tampa’s beloved St. Patrick’s Day celebration is returning! The River O’Green Fest will once again take over Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday, March 12 from 11am-5pm for a day filled with shamrocking fun!

Since it’s all in the name, you can also expect the river to turn a shade of green —this is done using environmentally safe dyes.

“We are so excited to bring back this wonderful Tampa tradition,” said Tampa Downtown Partnership President and CEO Lynda Remund. “We haven’t been able to host our signature event since 2019, so we know people are looking forward to putting on their green garb, pulling out their best Irish accent, and celebrating the holiday in the greatest city!”

The  River O’ Green Fest is FREE to attend and absolutely a family and pet-friendly event. You can expect to see the return of live music, Irish-inspired food from local restaurants and activities designed with kids in mind.

“It’s been way too long since Tampa got its Irish on, so let’s get ready to shamrock and roll at River OGreen 2022. One thing we can all a-green on is that this town knows how to paddy,” said City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.

Once we have more details about this year’s event, we’ll be sure to update this post!

Photos from previous River O’Green Fest events at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 





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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