The Luck of the Irish to you, especially since you live in St. Augustine! Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a week long celebration in the oldest city. There are lots of activities for the young and the old to enjoy. So put on your favorite green attire and your green beads celebrating the luckiest day of the year.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Celebrating St. Patty’s Day starts the weekend before on March 11 at 10 am with the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown St. Augustine. The parade starts at Francis Field and follows the same route as the Christmas and Easter parade through downtown. Grab your fold up chairs or a blanket and ﬁnd a spot on the parade route. The parade has your usually local involvement with a few extra surprises in kilts. When the parade is over, people follow behind the parade to the St. Francis ﬁeld to the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival.
The St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival
This annual festival is held at the St. Francis Field. Hours are on Saturday (March 10) are 11am-10pm and Sunday (March 11) 11am-7pm with an entrance fee of $10. Enjoy whiskey tasting, live international Celtic bands, Celtic food, Highland Games and a kid zone. If you ever wonder what it would be like to see a grown man throw a telephone pole in a kilt, then you need to see the Highland Games at the festival. Watch men and women compete Saturday and Sunday to be the best, with stone put, hammer throw and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Harp and Fiddle Performance
Don your green and join us for a live performance by harpist Kathleen Finnegan and fiddler Sue Tice at the Southeast Library on March 14th, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This family-friendly program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library Southeast. Light refreshments provided.
The Chieftains with the Jacksonville Symphony at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
The Chieftains are known as one of the top traditional folk musicians in Ireland and around the world. Their tour ends at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on March 19th at 6:00 pm. You don’t want to miss this one of a kind band.
Celtic Pub Crawl with St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours
Take the walking tour around downtown St. Augustine and learn about its rich Celtic History. The tour guide will take you to 3-5 pubs and learn a few of the traditional drinking customs at each pub. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so check out St. Augustine Historic Tours for more information.
Donovan’s Irish Resturant
Address:: 7440 U.S. 1 North
Enjoy Donovan’s Irish Resturant, all day and night on St. Patty’s Day. Known for the biggest parking lot party all day long. The food is amazing and green beer is served inside and out. Live music starts at 7 pm and rocks till 11 pm.
Ann O’Malley’s Deli and Pub
Address:: 23 Orange Street
Ann O’Malle’s is St. Augustine’s local Irish Pub, but this party is so big it usually spills into the street. Jacksonville Pipes and Drums start the party at 2 pm, with live local bands till 12 am. This is a local favorite, and everyone should stop by for the owners corn-beef and cabbage.
Meehan’s Irish Pub and Seafood House
Address:: 20 Avenida Menendez
Meehan’s Irish Pub is located in downtown St. Augustine on the bay front, and this year they are celebrating all week long. Starting the weekend before you can enjoy live music, Irish dancers, and bagpipes. You can enjoy the festivities indoors or outdoors and don’t forget to try the Beer Tower.
Barley Republic Public House
Address:: 48 Spanish Street
Barley Republic Public House is hosting their 6th Annual Festival. Barley Republic takes over their entire parking lot for live music, pint contest, raffles and traditional Irish food. There’s a $5 dollar door charge, so you know before you go.
Shaughnessy’s Sports Grill
Address:: Moultrie Plaza
Join the locals at the where-everyone-knows-your-name kind of bar. Food and drink specials all day long. Local band Money for Nothin’ starts playing at 5:30 pm.
Address:: 6975 A1A South
This is O’Loughlin’s first St. Patty’s Day party and is sure to be a fun time. Live music starts at 11 am and goes till close. Enjoy drink specials and O’Loughlin’s 96oz Stella Artois.
St. Augustine Moms Blog reminds everyone to enjoy responsibly!