Saint Patrick’s Day in Sarasota and Bradenton is going to be a great time, celebrated with the traditional Irish fare. Below are some of the best parties in town, organized and ready just for you.  Whether you are looking for a big Irish festival in Sarasota/Bradenton or being in an Irish pub having corned beef and cabbage, you will find something fun to do.

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Irish Celtic Festival & Lucky Dog Parade: 11AM-4:30 PM, Greenbrook Adventure Park, Lakewood Ranch:  Lakewood Ranch is the place to be for you and your dog Saturday, March 10th.  Kick off Saint Patrick’s Day early in Lakewood Ranch. This is the 7th year for the festival and proceeds from the parade benefit the Humane Society of LWR. Don’t forget to wear your green!  There will be games for children, a scavenger hunt and more! Celtic food, hard cider, great beers and good entertainment.  Men, enter the “best legs in a kilt” contest.  Don’t forget to bring your dog for the annual LUCKY DOG PARADE too. Awards will be given for dogs that are Most Irish, Cutest & Dog/Owner Look Alike.

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Irish Celtic After Party: Naughty Monk Brewery, 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, 6:30PM-10:30 PM.  Live Music by Clovers Revenge. If you haven’t been here, you have missed some great beers and music too.  Naughty Monk does not serve food, but you can order out and accept delivery.  There is a great pizza place, called Wolves Head Pizza & Wings ( less than a mile away. Order and pick it up.  It is worth the 2 block drive.

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Paddy Wagon Irish Pub, 3877 Clark Road, Sarasota: Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Dublin this year.  Starting on Friday, March 16th at 8 PM (midnight in Dublin), Saint Patrick’s Day will officially begin.  You will want to come before 8 PM and get ready to toast, Dublin style with a Guinness Stout.  The party continues on March 17th from 4PM-7PM, enjoy a Celtic cook-off.  Listen to the Bag Pipers both days.  Paddy Wagon will be collecting non-perishable food for All Faiths Food Bank.

Lynches Pub & Grub, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota: Friday 16th & Saturday the 17th. The party starts at 11 AM. If you check out Lynches’s website, you can see they are anxiously waiting for Saint Patrick’s Day. Lynches is counting down to the special day. This authentic Irish pub even has floors that were imported from West Cork, Ireland. Traditional Irish food, coupled with the vibe of St. Armands Circle, sounds like a good combination for Saint Patrick’s Day in Sarasota.

Saint Patrick's Day SarasotaShamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota: Kick off Saint Patrick’s Day-Eve in Sarasota at the Shamrock Pub. The fun starts on Saint Friday, the 16th at 7 PM under the tent with a live performance by Clover’s Revenge. Celebrating on Saint Patrick’s Eve in the US is a common tradition because it is already Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

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Downtown Sarasota St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: Come back on Saturday to celebrate Sarasota’s 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day block party.  The first pint will be poured at 9 AM (hey it’s 5 O’clock somewhere). This is a free event. The block party starts at 12:00 PM and will go on until midnight.  Some of the groups taking the stage are Ship of Fools, Andy Thomas, Blue Skye Pipes & Drums and more!  This is a child and pet-friendly event. Bring a chair, but leave your coolers at home. Parking is available but it may be easier to take Uber or Lyft.

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Clancy’s Irish Pub: 6218 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton.  12 PM- 1 AM Clancy’s 17th Annual Irish fest will start and noon this Saint Patrick’s Day, 2018. I personally can’t think of a better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day-Florida Tiki style.  The music won’t stop until 1 AM. Just a few entertainment highlights will be the Celtic Irish Dancers, the Bag Pipers, the Billy Rice Band and the closing the night’s celebration will be Whiskey Blind. Dress up in your best Irish green costume and have a chance to win the $50 price.

McCabe’s Irish Pub & Lou’s Diner, 302 12th St. West, Bradenton (Downtown Bradenton). Doors open at 9 AM. McCabe’s is going to start the party early this St. Patrick’s Day in Bradenton. Now you can have the best of both worlds. Listen to live Irish/Celtic much from Noon to 6 PM with bagpipers and Irish step dancers.  Enjoy traditional Irish food like corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie or fish and chips.  Put your green on and go!

Downtown Bradenton Saint Patrick’s Day Block Party: 6 PM, Old Main Street, 400 12th St. West, is going Irish for St. Paddy’s Day. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and fun.  Businesses along Main Street will be open too, including pubs & restaurants, all ready to help celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Bradenton.  This is always a good time and family friendly free event.

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Beach Bistro Saint Patrick’s Parade:  At the time this blog was written, information was not posted regarding the parade.  I sent an email to the restaurant inquiring and received no response. However, the Beach Bistro has been doing the Saint Patrick’s Day parade for 18 years, so I doubt they will stop now.  Normally, the parade route started in Holmes Beach and proceeded north along Marina Drive. You may want to check their website for any updates

Irish Blessing for Sarasota & Bradenton

To begin your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in Sarasota or Bradenton, I leave you with this Irish Blessing….

May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.

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