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St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated with lavish festivities since the 17th century, but did you know that the original color associated with St. Patrick was actually blue? It was later changed to green to represent the shamrock, which is also associated with St. Patrick. Then St. Patrick's Day was commercialized years later in the 20th century to embody good luck and fortune as we understand it today. Green also symbolizes the Emerald Isles, which is what most people imagine when they picture Ireland.

While St. Patrick's Day may have changed over time, one thing has stayed true: everyone's love for beer! Many cities across the world will dye their local bodies of water green on Saturday, March 16, and Tampa is no exception with the 2019 Mayor's River O' Green Fest. And we all know that with green water comes green beer! So wear green (unless you want to be pinched) and head to these pubs, bars, and restaurants for St. Patrick's Day so you can get your green brew on.

With so many St. Patrick's Day events in Tampa Bay, it's hard to choose which party to go to! But no matter where you go, make sure you're wearing something green and ready to party like an Irishman!

Need some suggestions? Check out our list of awesome St. Patrick's Day events in Tampa you won't want to miss: 
St. Patrick's Day Mayor's River O' Green Fest 2019

St. Patrick's Day Mayor's River O' Green Fest 2019

on Saturday, 16 Mar, 11:00 AM
at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
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Join us for the 8th Annual Mayor’s River O’Green Fest, presented by Grow Financial, on Saturday, March 16, 2019, beginning at 11am! In partnership with the City of Tampa, this signature event of the Tampa Downtown Partnership takes place in the beautiful

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Friday - O'Brien's St. Patrick’s Weekend

Friday - O'Brien's St. Patrick’s Weekend

on Friday, 15 Mar, 6:30 PM
at O'Brien's Irish Pub | Brandon
701 W. Lumsden Rd., Brandon, FL 33511
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On Friday, March 15th there is NOWHERE better to be than at O'Brien's! It's just the beginning of their epic St. Patrick's Day weekend filled with live music (from the Soul Circus Cowboys and Black Velvet Band), green beer and lots of Luck of the Irish!

Saturday - O'Brien's St. Patrick’s Weekend

Saturday - O'Brien's St. Patrick’s Weekend

on Saturday, 16 Mar, 6:00 PM
at O'Brien's Irish Pub | Brandon
701 W. Lumsden Rd., Brandon, FL 33511
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Day 2 of St. Patrick’s Day Weekend starts with the New World Celt Games at 4 and continue on with Live Music starting at 6 pm! Come celebrate your luck with specialty priced beers and no cover at O'Brien's Brandon!

Sunday - O'Brien's Saint Patrick's Weekend

Sunday - O'Brien's Saint Patrick's Weekend

on Sunday, 17 Mar, 12:00 PM
at O'Brien's Irish Pub | Brandon
701 W. Lumsden Rd., Brandon, FL 33511
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Day 3 of our St. Patrick’s Weekend begins at 11 am on the 17th of March! Head to Brandon's before 2 pm to get in without paying a $10 cover. Live music from great local bands begins at noon with tons of entertainment so get to O'Brien's early!

St. Patrick's Weekend at Franklin Manor

St. Patrick's Weekend at Franklin Manor

on Saturday, 16 Mar, 11:00 AM
at Franklin Manor
912 N Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602
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What good fortune will you find this weekend during our 3rd Saint Patrick's Weekend here at The Franklin Manor?!

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Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Crawl - Tampa 2019

Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Crawl - Tampa 2019

on Saturday, 16 Mar, 4:00 PM
at Kelly Days Firehouse Tavern
1710 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
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? EARN FREE TICKETS ? Earn a Free Ticket by inviting your Facebook friends to the event. For More Info Visit https://www.facebook.com/CrawlWithUs/ and click "Send Message>Start>State>City>Free Tickets"

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St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks and Shenanigans 2019

St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks and Shenanigans 2019

on Saturday, 16 Mar, 10:00 AM
at Bay Area Renaissance Festival
11315 N 46th St, Tampa, FL 33617
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The Tampa Bay Renaissance Festival is happening from Feb 16 to March 31st, but on St. Patrick's Day Weekend they will have a themed weekend with all things St. Patrick's Day!

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'Luck of the Irish' St. Paddy's Weekend Pub Crawl 2019

'Luck of the Irish' St. Paddy's Weekend Pub Crawl 2019

on Saturday, 16 Mar, 1:00 PM
at TBD
TAMPA, FL 33602
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The best bars in town and top rated drink specials.

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Rough Riders - 2019 St Patrick's Parade

Rough Riders - 2019 St Patrick's Parade

on Saturday, 16 Mar, 7:00 PM
at Ybor City Historic District
Tampa, FL 33602
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Parade entry applications are due on February 16th. Parade applications can be found on the Rough Riders website: www.tamparoughriders.org You can go directly to the parade application by clicking teh follwoing link: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/a3d

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St. Patrick's Day at World of Beer (Westchase)

St. Patrick's Day at World of Beer (Westchase)

on Sunday, 17 Mar, 12:00 PM
at World of Beer | Westchase
9524 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33626
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LET'S GET SHAMROCK'D!!

Maloney's 10th Annual St Patrick's Day BASH!

Maloney's 10th Annual St Patrick's Day BASH!

on Friday, 15 Mar, 5:00 PM
at Maloney's Local Irish Pub Westchase
9540 W. Linebaugh, Tampa, FL 33626
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Join us for our 10th annual St Patrick's Day celebration - the BIGGEST in Tampa Bay!

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