Now it’s time to make a game plan for St. Paddy’s Day 2018 🍀
🍀St. Patrick’s Day at Peggy’s
St. Patrick’s Day brings an indoor and outdoor party to Peggy O’Neills with dancers, bag pipers, green beer and live music by The Outpatients, Hope Darling, Red House Road, Audio Star, Kamara O Fa, Larry Castle, the Dunedin Pipe Band, Lie Low, Jeriko Turnpike, Denny Dwyer, Dennis Panars and Velvet Jones. Festivities end outside at 11 p.m., but the party rolls on until 1 a.m. inside. Free. Peggy O’s Kitchen and Taps, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 787-7734. 4 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday.
Put on green swim trunks and hit the beach for this outdoor party with live music by the Murphs, DJ dancing, games, corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sliders and green beer. No cover. Beach Bar, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday.
🍀St. Patrick’s Day Festival
A two day festival with beer trucks, green beer, Irish Step Dancers, traditional Irish food, artwork and music by West of Galway (4-7 p.m.) and the Whiskey Dregs (8-10 p.m.) Friday; and Dunedin Pipe Band (noon-12:20 p.m. and 9-9:45 p.m.), Cage O’Hanlon (12:30-1:50 p.m., 2:30-2:45 p.m. and 5:15-6:45 p.m.) and Clovers Revenge (7:45-8:50 p.m. and 9:50-10:50 p.m.) Saturday. Free. Flanagan’s Irish Pub, 465 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-4994. 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday.
🍀St. Paddy’s Extravaganza
Lucky Dill is cooking up nearly 10,000 pounds of corned beef and cabbage for this week long party with a special Irish menu, kegs of green beer, bagpipers, stilt walkers, a fire hula show and live music by the Irish Rambles, Damien and Kenny, Celtic Conundrum, Paddy O’Furniture and the Black Velvet Band. No cover. Lucky Dill Deli, 33180 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 789-5574. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
🍀St. Patrick’s Day Kelly’s Way
Chic-A-Boom Room and Kelly’s join together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $3 green can Bud and Bud Lights, $5 green tea shots, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness brats, Ruebens and music by DJ’s Frand (Friday) and Cutty Jones (Saturday). Free-$5. Chic-A-Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-0206. Noon-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
🍀St. Patrick’s Day at Grillsmith
Get to any Grillsmith location and pose with Smitty the leprechaun for a selfie, post it to Facebook and get a free appetizer. Grillsmith will also have corned beef and cabbage ($14.99) and Jameson drinks ($9). No cover. GrillSmith, 2539 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 726-6061. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
🍀Mulligans St. Patrick’s Day
Dress like a leprechaun for this party with an Irish buffet, green beer, entertainment, children’s activities, bounce house, face painting and live music by Kimi Tortuga, Lemon Street and Nightly Brew. $5 after 4 p.m.; $15 buffet. Mulligan’s Irish Pub at Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-4760. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.
🍀St. Patrick’s Golf Tournament
The two-person team scramble includes an Irish buffet, two free beers, contests and prizes. $60. Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 9424760. 8 a.m. Saturday.
🍀St. Patrick’s Day Casino Night
Wear green and hope you have the luck of the Irish for a night of gaming including black jack, craps, roulette and Texas hold’em. Corned beef and cabbage dinner available. Benefits the L.Y.N. Fund and the CNCN Scholarship Fund. $35 advance, $40 at the door; $25 advance, $30 at the door (Texas hold’em). Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 944-2060. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.
🍀Get Stewed for St. Patrick’s Day
The daily special for St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish Stew and fresh baked soda bread ($12.90) with live music Steady Eddie. No cover. Whistle Stop Grill, 915 Main St, Safety Harbor. (727) 726-1956. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.
🍀St. Patrick’s Day Green Out
Get $1 off regular admission for every item of green you’re wearing. Also, everyone wearing green gets free green pizza and green Hawaiian Punch. You could even win "green" for correct trivia answers. $7. Astro Skate Tarpon Springs, 875 Cypress St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 938-5778. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday.
🍀St. Patrick’s Day Runs
Wear a green, or leprechaun themed, outfit for your choice of 5K, 10K, 15K or 1-mile runs on the streets of historic downtown Dunedin. $50-$65. Bauser’s Smoke Free Pub, 520 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 226-7223. 8 a.m. Saturday.
O’Keefe’s cranks it up another notch and turns St. Patrick’s Day into an Irish Festival with Irish drinks, bagpipers, Highland dancers, over sized lawn games and live music. $5, children free. O’Keefe’s Tavern and Grille, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. (727) 442-9034. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday.
🍀Food Trucks: Rally Around Town
This month pays tribute to St. Patrick's Day with a festival featuring Irish potatoes for a French Fry Festival. Truck lineup includes Boom Boom Box, Cajun in a Truck, Flip'n Tasty Filipino, Food Truck in the Middle, I Wanna Wok, Merica Food Truck, Mr. C's Grilled Cheese, Surf and Turf Truck, the Cake Girl and Vanchetta Food Truck. Free (food and drink additional). Port of St. Petersburg, 250 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5715. 6-9 p.m. Friday.
🍀River O’Green Fest
This fairly new tradition started in 2012. Tampa once again will borrow a page from Chicago and dye the Hillsborough River a deep Kelly (bio-degradable) green. There will be live music, Irish dancing, beer, food, the River O’ Green Gallop and a leprechaun costume contest. Families can pick up a leprechaun map and search the park and Riverwalk to find up to 10 hidden leprechauns. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.
🍀Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training
The Phillies have themed activities and green attire on and off the field. $14-$39. Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House Field), 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457. 1:05 p.m. Friday.
🍀Bay Area Renaissance Festival
The festival continues with a Shamrocks and Shenanigans theme, including Highland games, a keg toss, men in kilts and a bonnie knees competition. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12); $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 1-800-966-8215. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
🍀Rough Riders Night Parade
The krewe is named after Teddy Roosevelt's famous regiment, which camped in Tampa before embarking for combat in Cuba. The Rough Riders have been throwing this big St. Patrick's Day parade for more than 20 years, like a Gasparilla turned green. This is another Saturday event after the actual holiday, and the parade will bring krewes from across Florida to celebrate with beads, floats and more. Avoid crowds and bad parking situations by taking the trolley to the parade, 8 p.m. Saturday along Ybor City's E Seventh Avenue.