Watch the pinching, and have a whale of a time (as the Irish would say) at these free and cheap St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout Miami-Dade County:
South Florida Emerald Society St. Patrick’s Day Festival
It’s the 37th annual festival from noon to 6 pm March 12 at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., in Coral Gables. Irish live music and bands. Irish food. Kids’ rides and activities. Free admission. For more information, call 305-949-8400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fado Irish Pub
Fado says: “Don’t just party – paddy hard.” And they will Thursday, March 17, at the block-long party at the pub at 900 S Miami Ave. in Mary Brickell Village. Expect 8 hours of DJs and entertainment at multiple stages and outdoor bars. $10 cover for the outdoor festival that begins at 5 pm and online tickets are here.
If you can’t make that event, Fado also will have a free “Start Early with St. Practice Day” from 10 pm-3 am Saturday, March 12, with dueling DJs, including one from Power 96 radio.
Put on your green leprechaun suit (I know you have one) and get ready for this bar crawl, which includes a $100 best costume prize. Revelers will bounce between hot spots, beginning with registration from noon to 3 pm Saturday, March 12, at The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., and then onto the Beaker & Gray, SuViche, Pride and Joy BBQ, and Bar Louie. The best part? Get 63% off the Miami Leprecrawl here.
Crawl from Keep Crawling
This local celebration began in 1989 and hasn’t stopped since. Live music with Paddy Kelleghan begins at noon on Thursday, March 17, at the Irish pub and restaurant on 253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Live DJ at 9 pm. For more info, call 305-445-3777.
The City of Palmetto Bay celebrates its first ever St. Patrick’s Day from 6 to 11 pm Thursday, March 17, at Ludovici Park Amphitheatre, 17641 Old Cutler Rd., with a live band and DJ. Free admission. Costume contest for the best St. Patty’s outfit. Food and drinks for sale. Must be 21 and older with photo ID to drink alcohol. $10 parking. For more info, call 305-259-1234.
Break out the Gaelic charms and shamrocks because everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Grab your green beer and pump your fist to the sounds of Wynwood’s finest DJs at MANA, 2250 NW 5th Ave., from 2 pm Thursday, March 17, to 2 am Friday, March 18. This celebration is free and open to the public.
The mall at 20505 S Dixie Hwy. celebrates the Irish with a family event from 6 to 8 pm Friday, March 11. Local musicians, dancers and artists in the mall’s Center Court. Hosted by ‘Art & Juice’ founder Raquel Torrent, children will participate in various arts and crafts activities that are sure to get you in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit. Free and open to the public.
Vagabond Pool Bar
Books & Books
Irish lunch and dinner specials all day long on March 17 at the bookstore and cafe, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. All local beers $5 and live music by Darryl Nutter in the courtyard beginning at 4:30 pm.
Fritz & Frans Bierhaus
The 4th annual block party outside Fritz & Frans Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, in Coral Gables will rock on from 4 pm-2 am Thursday, March 17. Free admission. For more info, call 305-774-1883.
Coconut Grove Irish Stroll
This bar-hopping event allows for strolls through various Irish pubs in the Grove, including Duffy’s. Free admission, but you’ll want tickets to take advantage of the drink specials. Tickets $10-$15 and there’s a special group price. Tickets and info here.
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