I love a themed holiday. Whether it’s Christmas, 4th of July, Halloween or even St. Patrick’s Day, I love the festiveness of the decorations, fun food and special activities to share with your family.
I’m not even Irish, but there is something about celebrating on this “lucky” day that I just love. Maybe because St. Patrick’s Day is in the spring and I have great memories of spring break around this holiday, but March 17th is definitely one of my favorite days of the year. If you are looking for some fun things to do with your family this year to celebrate St. Patty’s day, I’ve got plenty for you to choose from! From Irish pubs to festivals and other fun activities, here’s your guide to St. Patty’s Day in Sarasota.
Outdoor Festivals and Parties
Shamrock Pub hosts its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party inside and outside under the tent. The pub opens at 9am and music at the alley stage starts at noon. The party goes till midnight and is one of Sarasota’s biggest parties. Tons of traditional food and Irish inspired festival creations, like Irish Nachos, will be available. And of course, lots of Irish, craft and popular beers will be on tap. There will be authentic Irish music, dancers, pipers and performances by some of the area’s best local bands. No cover charge, and sales benefit the Sarasota Family YMCA Youth Shelter.
There’s a street party in honor of St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Bradenton on Saturday evening. “Main Street Live!” takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5pm-midnight. The event features live music, food and beverage vendors, and more. This outdoor event is free and family friendly. Street closures start at 3pm so plan accordingly for traffic and parking!
The Irish Celtic Festival in Lakewood Ranch will offer an opportunity to start the holiday celebrations early, since it is held a week prior to St. Patrick’s Day, on March 10. There will be a Lucky Dog Parade, Irish Spirits Relay Race, a Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt, traditional Irish and Celtic food and drinks, artisan booths and other entertainment at Adventure Park. Free admission.
Farther south in Venice you can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the British Open Pub under a festival sized tent featuring Irish Sing-a-Longs and Jigs. The Irish Dance Academy of Sarasota, the Seamus McCarthy Band, bagpipers, and the Curry Creek Cloggers will perform. Green beer, Reuben’s, Irish stew, corned beef dinners and more will be served in the restaurant. $5 admission fee gets you a commemorative cup.
Irish Pubs and Other Festive Bars
You can’t go wrong checking out an Irish pub or restaurant on St. Patrick’s Day, or a local bar or brewery with a St. Patrick’s day party. Most Irish pubs will have special celebrations planned for this weekend so visiting one is a great way to join in the fun.
Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub
If you’re interested in getting a sitter and enjoying an adult only party for the holiday, Clancy’s in Bradenton has a great outdoor set up. Clancy’s 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash features traditional Irish style food like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and more. Plus there will be beer, drinks, bagpipers and live music from multiple bands all day, starting at noon.
Lynches Pub & Grub
The 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Lynches Pub & Grub on St. Armand’s Circle starts at 11am. There will be live entertainment all day featuring bands ands Irish dancers, bagpipers, great food and green beer.
Pub 32 Irish Gastropub
Pub 32 is re-opening just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. It won’t have its usual giant Irish holiday party, but there will still be a festive celebration with music all day, beer and whiskey flowing, Irish food to fill your belly, and Irish dancers.
Caddy’s at the Point
Caddy’s at the Point in Bradenton is not a traditional Irish Pub, but it has tons of outdoor activities and is an awesome place to take kids! There is cornhole, sand volleyball and plenty of space for them to run around. A special celebration is planned for March 17th, with a live band starting at 6pm.
Mandeville Beer Garden
Mandeville Beer Garden in Sarasota is celebrating its 3 year anniversary on the 17th and it has a great outdoor space for kids to run around. You can relax and enjoy a pint while the kids let loose and soak up some sun in the beer garden.
Grab your kids and go searching for those elusive leprechauns! Visit the Children’s Garden of Sarasota to help find the lost gold in the garden before the leprechauns do. Then turn your gold in for a sweet goodie bag! Enjoy a rainbow-themed coloring station too. This St. Patrick’s Day family fun event is free for garden members and included in general admission tickets.
Chase the Leprechaun 5K
Chase the Leprechaun 5K is a free 5K at a family friendly brewery, 3 Daughters, in St. Pete. 3 Daughters coordinates a monthly run from the brewery on the 4th Wednesday of each month, and added a special 5K just for St. Patty’s Day. You can run along the Pinellas trail, and if you run in costume you will be entered for a chance to win free shoes. The event starts at 10:30am but be sure to come a little early to sign in and warm up to get ready to catch the leprechaun!
St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Do your kids like making crafts for every holiday? Even if you are not Irish, you will have fun creating a memorable St. Patty’s Day keepsake at Learning Express Toys. March 17, from 11am-noon. RSVP is required so call the store to reserve one of the limited spots.
St. Patty’s day falls right in the middle of MLB Spring Training and both the Orioles and Pirates have home games on the 17th. Taking the kids to a spring training game is a great way to spend the afternoon and the parks are sure to have some Irish themed activities on hand.
March 17th also falls during the first weekend of March Madness so there will be plenty of basketball to enjoy on Saturday. Eight games will be on throughout the day while the top college teams compete to advance to the next round, so hosting your own St. Patty’s bash is a great way to watch some basketball and make your own Irish fare at home. You can even do a few Irish crafts with the kids!