Over 30 St. Patrick's Day parties, bar crawls and family-friendly events happening in Tampa Bay this week

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St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and Tampa Bay bars and restaurants are getting ready to dish out green beer and traditional Irish eats. From low-key bar crawls and block parties to The City of Tampa’s annual River O’Green celebration, there are dozens of St. Patrick-themed events happening in every corner of Tampa Bay. We've curated a list of over 30 local parties, markets, and crawls happening for St. Patrick’s Day 2023—all events are free to attend unless a ticket price is indicated.

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Armature Works Live music from local Irish band MoonCoin plus dancing, food trucks, photo opportunities and lots of flowing green beer. Although this event is free to attend, you can RSVP via Eventbrite. Saturday, March 18. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. eventbrite.com

[email protected] Partygoers can dance to tunes from DJ Johnny while sipping on cheap drink specials and tall pints of Guinness.  The bar encourages folks to wear green clothes and festive attire. Saturday, March 18. 11 a.m. 548 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. @bar548dtsp on Facebook

Bayboro Brewing This local brewery invites its beer-loving patrons to hang out in its relaxed outdoor patio and sip on popular brews, like its “New Bird” IPA and “Toasted Iron” lager. More festivities to be announced. Friday, March 17.  1 p.m. 2390 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. bayborobrewing.com

Corey Avenue Block Party This popular strip of St. Pete Beach is known for its massive holiday celebrations, and St. Patrick’s Day is no different. All day long, you can listen to live music from local bands like Sandy Bottom Boys, Bad Neighbors and Beach Rats, while enjoying a variety of drink specials, raffles and games from neighboring bars and restaurants. Friday, March 17. noon-11 p.m. Corey Avenue’s 300 Block. coreyave.com

Cosmic Fish Kava Bar This local kava spot is known for its alcohol-free celebrations, and its St. Patrick’s Day market—chock full of local artists and small businesses—continues that tradition. Friday, March 17.  6 p.m. 5944 34th St. N, St. Petersburg. cosmicfishkavabar.com

Crabby Bill's This weekend, Crabby Bill’s original Indian Rocks Beach location offers holiday-themed specials, like green beer and corned beef and cabbage. It also hosts bands, its annual “Shamrock Scavenger Hunt,” and various raffles. Friday-Sunday, March 17-19. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 401 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. crabbybills.com

Crooked Thumb Brewery Music from Clearwater-based ska and reggae band The New Rulers starts at 6 p.m., plus tasty Irish eats and an exclusive Irish coffee stout beer release. Friday, March 17. 5 p.m. 555 10th Ave S, Safety Harbor. crookedthumbbrew.com

District Tavern Tampa This bar crawl offers a welcome shot at all participating locations, access to a bottomless brunch and exclusive drink specials. The same events company hosts similar crawls in both SOHO and Ybor City. Saturday, March, 18. noon-8 p.m.  $30-$65. District Tavern, 116 N 12th St., Tampa. eventbrite.com

Fenway Hotel This Dunedin hotel’s restaurant, The Hew Parlor & Chophouse, will dish out specials like Irish-inspired wagyu corned beef and potato and mulligatawny stew. Enjoy a green beer from its rooftop Hi-Fi Bar, too. Friday, March 17. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $8-$23. 453 Edgewater Dr., Dunedin. fenwayhotel.com

Flanagan's Irish Pub This Irish Pub is the heart of Dunedin’s annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, which will be chock full of live music, food and drink specials, arts and crafts vendors and family-friendly fun. Admission is free, but it’s recommended to RSVP on Eventbrite. Friday, March 17. 11 a.m.-11 pm. 465 Main St., Dunedin. eventbrite.com

Florida Avenue Brewing Co. While this brewery’s sibling location in Seminole Heights gets ready to open, its Wesley Chapel beer garden hosts a holiday party full of live tunes, cold beer, specialty cocktails and Irish food specials. Friday, March 17.  3 p.m.-11 p.m. 2029 Arrowgrass Dr., Wesley Chapel. floridaavebrewing.com

Four Green Fields Local pub-lovers rejoiced when this beloved Tampa institution re-opened at a new location last year, and Four Green Fields’ second Patrick’s Day back will definitely get you in that holiday spirit. Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones and Cormac McGuinness provide Irish tunes while you sip on some red ales. Thursday, March 16. 7 p.m. 802 N 12th St., Tampa. fourgreenfields.com

The Garage A loaded drag performance hosted by the“Queen of Shamrocks” Kori Stevens starts at 10:30 p.m. and features other local queens like Stephanie Stuart, Lady Janet, Cleo Patra and Pheyonce Montrese. Friday, March 17. 8 p.m. 2729 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. shorelinedjs.com

Hotel Tampa Riverwalk The best place to grab a riverside lunch in downtown Tampa is also prime for celebrating the River O'Green festivities happening on St. Patrick's Day. The hotel will have a DJ, drink specials and an outside pool party, making for the perfect excuse to start the weekend early. Friday, March 17, 3 p.m. Free. 200 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. hoteltampariverwalk.com

Hurricane Eddie's This beachside dive wants you to wear green to its holiday party, which boasts live music all day-long and various booze specials. Friday, March 17. 10 a.m. 5413 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. @hurricaneeddiesgulfport Facebook

Jacks London Grill House-cured corned beef, Irish lamb and beef stew and freshly-baked soda bread are the stars of this restaurant’s holiday offerings. Friday, March 17. noon. 1050 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. jackslondongrill.com

James Joyce Bar Crawl This pub hosts a two-day bar crawl this weekend, which  features some of Ybor City’s favorite bars, like Coyote Ugly, Spookeasy Lounge and Rock Brothers Brewing. More than 1,000 folks are expected to attend, so grab your ticket now. Friday, March 17-Saturday, March 18. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. $20-$25. 1724 E 8th Ave., Ybor City. crawlwith.us

Krate at The Grove The Rich Sheldon Band provides live tunes at this family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event. Friday, March 17.  p.m. 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. krateatthegrove.com

Lost & Found $7 Jameson, Guinness, and craft cocktail specials, plus bumpin’ tunes from DJ Danny Vintage will occupy this laid back, 70’s theme bar. Friday, March 17. 5 p.m.  Free. 2420 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. lostandfoundstpete.com

Lucky Dill Deli Irish musicians take the stage at Lucky Dill’s multi-day St. Patrick’s Day parties, which also feature whiskey tastings and a full spread of traditional foods on its patio and outdoor “party tents.” Apparently, this Palm Harbor restaurant will dish out 10,000 pounds of corned beef and cabbage during this year’s celebration. Now through-Friday, March 17. 10 a.m. 33180 US Hwy-19 N, Palm Harbor. luckydilldeli.com

MacDinton’s Irish Pub Tampa radio station Hot 101.5-FM takes over this South Tampa hotspot this week, hosting various bar-friendly games and giveaways. Guests can win Busch Gardens tickets, gift cards and more out of its “pot of gold.” Thursday,-Saturday March 16-18. 3 p.m. 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Macdintons.com

The North End Tap House This Gulfport favorite’s open mic jam will complement its spread of traditional Irish Eats and cold beer. Specials include Irish beef and Guinness stew, colcannon (aka traditional mashed potato with cabbage and bacon) and Scotch eggs. RSVPs are encouraged. Friday, March 17. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. 2908 1/2 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. eventbrite.com

O’Tooles Irish Pub For the 17th year in a row, this Brandon-based pub hosts its annual St. Patrick’s day party full of traditional Irish eats, cold beer, karaoke, and Celtic music from local band North Of Argyll. Friday, March 17. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.1215 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. @otoolesirish on Facebook

Paddy Fest St. Pete Arguably one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in all of Tampa Bay, this party happens this Friday and features cultural performances,Irish food, festivities and of course, booze. Owners of downtown’s Mary Margaret’s Irish Pub, Pete Boland and Kat Van Dora, organized this festival happening at Williams Park, caddy corner from their restaurant. Friday, March 17. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 350 2nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. paddyfeststpete.com

Park & Rec DTSP and The Avenue's block party Hunger Thirst restaurant group hosts a massive holiday party at its two downtown bars. Bagpipe jams, DJ’s, photo booths, drink specials and booze-friendly games will be spread out between both bars. You can also find the same drink specials—like $8 Car Bombs— at its other downtown St. Pete bar, No Vacancy. Friday, March 17. noon. 330 1st Ave. S, St Petersburg. youthhasnoage.com

Pre-St. Patrick's Day Alien Green Out This Pinellas Park skate center hosts a family-friendly celebration, featuring free green pizza, a green costume contest and Irish trivia. Wednesday, March 15.  6:30 p.m. $7. 10001 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. @astroskatepinellas on Facebook

River O’Green Fest The City of Tampa’s annual St. Patrick’s Day event returns to Curtis Hixon Park this weekend, and the river’s bright green color will certainly be the star of the show. But family-friendly activities, live music and food trucks will occupy the waterfront park, too. Saturday, March 18. 11 a.m. 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. riverogreen.com

Salty Nun This St. Pete bar and restaurant is hosting a holiday event for a great cause. Its dance fundraiser—featuring performances by Ceazia Giovanni Kreshe, James Cass, and Fatalya—will benefit Come Out St. Pete, a local LGBTQ+ nonprofit. Sunday, March 19. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. 2501 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. saltynun.com

Salty Shamrock Guests can expect a plethora of live Irish music, corned beef and cabbage and green beer from this free, three-day festival. A $10 cover gets you access to all three days of partying. Friday-Sunday, March 17-19.  11 a.m. 6186 N US Highway 41, Apollo Beach. @saltyshamrockfl on Facebook

Screen Door Microcinema This Ybor City indie theater hosts two screenings of the classic Irish Tale “The Boondock Saints.” This 1999 film follows two Irish-Catholic brothers bring a ”bloody brand of vigilante justice” to the streets of Boston. Thursday-Friday, March 16-17.  7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $8. Kress Annex, 1624 E 7th Ave., Ybor City. eventbrite.com

St. Pete Bar Crawl This massive weekend party will definitely get you access to some of the cheapest (and stiffest) drink specials in The Burg’—which include $7 car bombs, $5 Jameson Green tea shots and $4 green beers. Participating bars include The Avenue, Park & Rec Where's Jubes, Pour Judgement, One Night Stand and Yard of Ale. Live music and other festivities will ensue. Friday, March 17. 4 p.m. $27.17-$39.20. Park & Rec, 100 4th St. S, St. Petersburg. eventbrite.com

Troubled Waters Brewing Riding off the high of its fourth anniversary party, this Safety Harbor brewery hosts a St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring local rocker  Hard Drawn. Friday, March 17. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 670 Main St., Safety Harbor. troubledwatersbeer.com

Water Street Tampa Downtown Tampa’s hottest district hosts a family-friendly holiday celebration with leprechaun face painting for the kiddos, “Luck of the Irish” flavored ice cream from Chill Bros, live music and more. Friday, March 17. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Water St., Tampa. waterstreettampa.com

World of Beer Westchase Pints of Guinness and Irish whiskey will flow during this weekend-long party, complete with live music and tasty bar grub. Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 19.  noon. 9524 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. worldofbeer.com

Yacht Starship Spend your holiday gliding across Tampa Bay on Yacht Starship’s lunch or dinner cruises. Both experiences are equipped with expected Irish fixins’, DJ entertainment and tasty waterfront views. Friday, March 17. noon & 7 p.m. $54.95 –$129.95. 603 Channelside Dr., Tampa. yachtstarship.com

Zoie's This newly-opened restaurant and performance space hosts a holiday-themed version of its Dine N' Drag event this weekend. Reservations for its two shows are  highly encouraged. Friday, March 17. 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Cost of food & drink. 2245 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. zoiesfl.com

3 Daughters Brewing This popular St. Pete brewery invites its patrons to put on their best St Patrick’s Day costumes and participate in its annual “Chase the Leprechaun Run.”  Folks that make it to the finish line are rewarded with an ice-cold green beer. Wednesday, March 15. 6:30 p.m. 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 3dbrewing.com