From live music and parades to festivals in Disney territory, you’ll find plenty of reasons to wear green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando this year. Several Irish pubs, restaurants, and local organizations are hosting annual events and activities that appeal to locals and visitors alike. Get ready for a smorgasbord of Irish food, live music, and parades in Downtown Orlando and beyond.
Here are some of the top St. Patrick’s Day events in Orlando for 2014:
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Pat O’Brien’s
Pat O’Brien’s is a a party destination year round but goes the extra mile on St. Patrick’s Day where it’s ”Your Day to Be Irish” on March 17. The party starts at 2 p.m. and highlights include a live band and dueling pianos, Irish specialty drinks, authentic Irish food, bead girls, stilt walkers, and the option of having private balcony access as a VIP guest. You can buy your tickets at Universal CityWalk Guest Services.
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Winter Park
The 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in downtown Winter Park around the famous Park Avenue. It’s a free, family-friendly event and highlights include step-dancing on the main stage in Central Park, and Irish music. It’s the perfect opportunity to wear green and mingle with the locals for a fun, annual tradition.
34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown Winter Park
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Fiddler’s Green
This classic Irish pub and restaurant in Winter Park will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in grand style with live music performances from the Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders Band and Celtic Pulse Irish Dancers. This is also a great spot to get your fill of authentic Irish fare, such as Irish Stew, Galway Mussels, and Corned Beef and Cabbage.
544 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
St. Patrick’s Festival at Downtown Disney
If you’re looking for some family-friendly festivities around the parks, don’t miss the events at Downtown Disney this year. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is serving up St. Patrick’s Day specialties all month long and you can catch live music performances from Celtic bands, Bluegrass bands, and performances from The Raglan Rebels over the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Head to the Mighty Family Fun Zone for some fun with Disney’s ‘Muppets Most Wanted’.
St. Patrick’s Day Events at Downtown Disney
1490 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
St. Patrick’s Day Carillon Concerts at Bok Tower Gardens
If you want to make a short drive out of Orlando on Monday afternoon, head to Bok Tower Gardens for the St. Patrick’s Day Carillon Concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. You’ll get a chance to stroll the beautiful gardens and listen to Irish music playing on the carillon. The venue is a National Historic Landmark and is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Be sure to visit the Singing Tower and explore the historic gardens with spring blooms.
Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Boulevard
Lake Wales, FL 33853