Saint Patrick’s Day in Sarasota and Bradenton is going to be a great time, celebrated with the traditional Irish fare.  But this year St. Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday-not fun!  Or is it??

Let’s put a spin on the postive!  Because it is on a Tuesday in 2020, you actually get to celebrate BOTH weekends (before & after)!

Lucky US! 🍀

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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St. Patricks day in lakewood ranchIrish 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 9th.  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.  Get Info about tickets and times here

After Party-The Grove, downtown Lakewood Ranch- March 7th: 5 PM-10PM.  Come to The Grove after the Lakewood Ranch Irish Festival.  Sit down, relax and listen to live music outside on the patio.

The Grove will be having happy hour during that time and will also be having an all day drink special-Irish Mules for $6.

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Saint Patrick's Day SarasotaSarasota St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival:  J Daniel Park (199 Bayfront)-follow the people. Friday the 13th-15th at 6 PM.

Don’t be superstitious Friday the 13th is lucky this year!

At 6 PM Friday is when the celebrations kick off bayfront Sarasota. There will be live music, food trucks, beer tents, and a lot of happy people wearing green. There is parking a few blocks away.

However, if you plan on having a pint or two take an Uber or Lyft and they will drop you off like you’re a rock star-right in front!

Lucky Leprechaun 5K, March 14th. Nathan Benderson Park 5 PM-11 PM.  This is a fun run for the entire family.  Kid’s Rainbow Dash starts at 4 PM and the 5 K begins at 7 PM.  The after race party 6:30 PM-11 PM.  The after party will have Irish music, food, drinks, and games. If you have never been to a 5K at Nathan Benderson Park, it is a nice running track and it is a timed race.  The after party is fun and the food is good too!  Not sure why, but a cold beer after a run is the best!

Gator Club, 1490 Main Street, Sarasota: Sat. March 14th 6PM-2AM. Johnny Diamond will be performing inside and Spark Notes will be entertaining the crowd outside.  Great food trucks, Smokin Momma Lora’s BBQ, party favors and lots of fun!  Tickets are $10.  Proceeds go to Designing Daughters of Sarasota.

Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, March 14th. Noon-Midnight. Join in the fun with the New World Celts & Clover’s Revenge and get your Green On!  This is a great place to have a meet up for new friends and old alike!

Sunday-March 15th

Woody’s River Roo, 5717 18th St East, Ellenton. Join your friends at Woody’s for the Pre-St. Patrick’s Day party.  Listen to the Irish Rock Band-Whiskey Dregs, enjoy a few green beers and take home a few give-a-ways.  And you can do it all waterside!

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Downtown Sarasota St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: Come back on Sunday to celebrate Sarasota’s 12th 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.  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.

If you are a jovial writer, sign up to write an Irish Limerick, the Top O’ the Limerick Contest will award a winner for the best limerick and $500.  Learn more at

Ham Heaven & Devil Dogs, 3131 Clark Rd., Sarasota.  March 17th,  11 AM-7 PM. What festivity isn’t made better with food?  St. Patrick’s Day is definately one of them where food and booze, well they just go so well together.  I think Ham Heaven & Devil Dogs totally gets it too!  So, before you drink, you need to eat!

Now, some of my college friends would beg to know the old saying, Eating is Cheating.  Well, not so much nowadays.  You really should stop and get some grub with Corned Beef Sandwiches, Rubens & More!

The Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.  The festivities for the 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day event begin early Sunday the 17th with a Meetup starting at 11 AM -11:55 AM. This is a great get together to raise money for the City Soccer Club.  They will be pouring beer all day if you’re not a morning person.  Stop by the tent in the afternoon or come from 8:30 PM-10:30 PM to listen to The Conundrum play.


Downtown Bradenton-Main Street LIVE- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Saturday March 14th.  Downtown Bradenton comes alive for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day.  Live music, vendors and there will be plenty of Irish music and Guiness to go around.  I was down here last year and it was Fun!!

🍻Motorworks Brewing: 1014 9th Street, Bradenton. Celebrates St. Patricks Day in Bradenton with live music on March 17th from 3 PM-7 PM.  Hear David Morris play and drink some local brews too.

Clancy’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton.  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day noon-1 a.m. March 17 featuring Irish food and drink specials, live music and more. BC & The Gang noon-3 p.m., Irish Dance Academy 3-3:30 p.m., bag pipers 5-8 p.m., Captured by the “Crewe” 6:30-7:30 p.m.,

The Billy Rice Band 7-10 p.m., The Eric Von Band 10 p.m.-1 a.m. There is a $50 prize for Best Irish Costume. Information: 941-794-2489 or

Evie’s Tavern, Downtown Lakewood Ranch, March 17th, 12PM-11PM.  Stop by Evie’s for a bite to corned beef & cabbage and a pint of Guiness or if you play dangerous, try one of Evie’s Car Bombs.  Good times and Live Trivia too with 3 prizes.

🍀McCabe’s Irish Pub, 302 12th St. West, Bradenton (Downtown Bradenton). This is where I was for St. Patrick’s Day 2019 and I will be back at McCabe’s for 2020.  We took an Uber and were dropped off just a few steps away from McCabe’s.

There was a young lad in a kilt who greeted us with a nice cold beer before we walked inside. Once in the bar, it was a fun-filled atmosphere and lively Irish music. Great service and plenty of Guinness to go around.

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Beach Bistro Saint Patrick’s Parade:  Come to the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 15th, 2020.

The parade starts at 4PM at Eat Here Restaurant.  The parade route proceeds north along Marina & Palm Avenues to its conclusion at 78th Street & Palm.  See local high school bands perform along with Irish step dancers, bagpipers, floats & more.

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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