Come March 17th we all want to claim a little Irish heritage so that we can partake in the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. What originated as a day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland has turned into a full-blown celebration of all that is Irish; shamrocks, leprechauns and beer (preferably green).
While celebrations here in Orlando tend to be a little tamer than large cities like Chicago and New York, we still like to dress in green, drink beer and enjoy some culinary treats from across the the pond.
Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival
A mighty celebration indeed with events beginning on March 11th and continuing until St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Festivities include traditional, contemporary and modern Irish and country music. The Raglan Road Dancers will be performing daily. Pair up some of the area’s best Irish ale with authentic, mouthwatering dishes to get you into a celebratory mood. A $10 cover will be charged for all guests 18 and over on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. A full schedule of events encouraging you to ‘get your green on’ can be found on their website. Location: Downtown Disney.
Wall Street Plaza will be hosting a Weekend of Block Parties beginning with a St. Practice Day Party on Saturday, March 12th at 5:00 p.m. Events and drink specials continue through to Thursday March 17th. where the official St. Patrick’s Day Block party starts at noon. Location: Downtown Orlando.
Pat O’Briens celebrates ‘Your Day to be Irish’ with a live band and dueling pianos. Authentic Irish food and drink specials throughout the night. Location: Universal City Walk.
The Pub Orlando will feature live entertainment and drink specials on St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy a large selection of British comfort food as you celebrate the day. Location: Point Orlando on International Drive.
World of Beer, UCF location will be celebrating with Irish beer specials and Corned Beef and Cabbage. If you are looking for the whole green experience don’t head to WOB, their motto is “Drink Good Beer not Green Beer.” Location: Orlando, UCF area.
Dexter’s Winter Park celebrates with a Rock the Block Party with live music by ‘Get it Hot’.
Other St. Patrick’s Events in Orlando
- ShamRock N’ Run
An annual 5K run that benefits families in crisis in the Orlando Community will take place Saturday, March 5, 2016 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo. Sponsored by HOPE Helps, Inc.
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Visit downtown Winter Park on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2 pm for their 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The celebration will also feature Irish music and step-dancing and demonstrations at the main stage in Central Park. Irish music will be provided by the Tommy Doyle Band.
- Alive After 5
In Downtown Sanford during their monthly Second Thursday event on March 10, 2016, celebrate with the theme ‘It’s a Green Thing.’