St. Patrick's Day is on a Wednesday this year. But who wants to party on a Wednesday? Luckily, there are events that start this weekend.
SAT-SUN: Bay Area Renaissance Festival
The continuing festival goes Irish this weekend with Highland Games, pipe and drum performances, Irish dancers, green beer, Celtic vendors. Plus the replica of a 16th century village has the usual entertainment on multiple stages, street theater, live armored contact jousting, human chess matches and fire-eaters. MOSI grounds, 11315 N 46th St., Tampa. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $17.95 adults, $9.95 kids 5-12, $14-95 seniors. (813) 983-0111. bayarearenaissancefest.com.
SAT: Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade
Floats, beads and more with krewes from across Florida. This year U.S. Navy Sailors, Sea Cadets and the Navy Marching Band serve as the grand marshals. The family-friendly parade starts at Nick Nuccio Parkway and Seventh Avenue in Ybor City and moves down Seventh to 20th Street. 8 p.m. Free. (813) 248-1898. tampa-roughriders.org.
SAT: Palm Harbor Irish Street Festival
The downtown historic district of Old Palm Harbor offers indoor and outdoor entertainment, food, vendors. Entertainment includes Guinness the Duo (noon-4 p.m.), Cristi Vale (4-8 p.m.) and Greg Billings Band (8-11 p.m.) outdoors; and Peter Robinson (noon-5 p.m.), Scratch N' Dent (5-9 p.m.), Irish Step Dancers (5 p.m.), City of Dunedin Pipe Band (5:30 p.m.) and Claiborne Shepherd (9 p.m.-2 a.m.) inside. Noon-3 a.m. Peggy O'Neill's Irish Pub and Eatery, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. No cover, food and drink separate. (727) 787-7734.
SAT: Spring Break St. Patrick's Pre-Party
A tent party to warm up for the big day with corned beef and cabbage, burgers, Irish drinks and live entertainment by Cellfish (4-8 p.m.), Four Star Riot (8 p.m.-midnight), Shark from 97x Rock (5-7 p.m.) and a "Green" Bikini Contest (9 p.m.). 4 p.m.-3 a.m. O'Keefe's Tavern, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. $5 (food and drink extra). (727) 442-9034. okeefestavernonline.com.
WED: All Day St. Patty's Party, Three Birds Tavern
Start the day with an authentic Irish breakfast and tunes from 98 Rock's Big Rig. Entertainment includes Irish dancers, pipe performance and live music by Roctopus (8 p.m.-midnight). Wear green or authentic Irish attire and vie for the crown of Mr. and Mrs. Irish 2010. 9-2 a.m. Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. No cover, food and drink separate. (727) 895-2049. www.threebirdstavern.com.
WED: Garrison Goes Green
The Rough Riders load their Teddy Roosevelt float onto a barge and spray an environmentally friendly dye into the Garrison Channel. Members of the Rough Riders Navy throw beads to the crowd. 6-9 p.m. Channelside District, Tampa. Free. (813) 466-5338. channelsidebayplaza.com.
WED: St. Patrick's Day Party, the Pub
The waterfront venue with three decks offers Irish-themed dishes, green beer and live music by the Leprechaun Group (2-6 p.m.) and the Galliere Group (6-10 p.m.). 2-10 p.m. The Pub Waterfront Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. No cover, food and drink separate. (727) 595-3172. www.thepubwaterfrontrestaurant.com.
WED: Dunedin St. Patrick's Day Street Festival
Main Street comes alive with Irish festivities including entertainment by Noel Cooney, Jeff Glover, the Dunedin Pipe Band, Irish Buskers, dancers and more. Also, Irish banger sandwiches, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and beer (green, too). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Flanagan's Irish Pub, 465 Main St., Dunedin. No cover, food and drink separate. (727) 736-4994. www.flanagansirishpub.net.
WED: St. Patrick's Day Tent Party, O'Keefe's
Annual tent party with corned beef and cabbage, burgers, Irish drinks, dancers, drummers, continuous bagpipers, area art vendors and live entertainment by Hooligans (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), Pooka (4-8 p.m.), Black Honkeys (9 p.m.-2 a.m.) and Spice from 102.5 Classic Rock (7-9 p.m.). 11 a.m.-2 a.m. O'Keefe's Tavern, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. $5, $10 after 7 p.m. (food and drink separate). (727) 442-9034. okeefestavernonline.com.
WED: St. Patty's Day Party, Tank's Tap Room
With lots of beer, Irish whiskey, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness Stout Irish stew, music by Todd the Bagpiper and more. This is a family event, so bring the kids. 2 p.m.-3 a.m. Tank's Tap Room, 13150 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. No cover, food and drink separate. (813) 961-2337. www.tankstaproom.com.
WED: St. Patrick's Day Party, the Dubliner
Kicks off with a huge tent and Irish buffet featuring fish and chips, shepherd's pie and sausages imported from Ireland (11 a.m.-3 p.m., $9.95). Live music, Irish dance with a bagpipe group and games. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. The Dubliner Irish Pub in Citrus Park, 12836 Henderson Road, Tampa. $5 cover starting at 4 p.m. includes free Guinness, Harp or Smithwicks.
TODAY: Paul Wilborn and the Blue Roses
A salute to St. Patrick's Day with guest vocalist Eugenie Bondurant. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N Tampa St., Tampa. $8, $7 students with ID, $6 museum members. (813) 221-2222. fmopa.org.
Pronounced kay-lee, Ceilidh is the Gaelic word for party. This ceilidh features Nova Scotia fiddlers Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray with stepdancer Sabra MacGillivray. 7:30 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 at the door. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.
SUN: The Irish Tenors
Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Karl Scully breathe new life into traditional treasures like Danny Boy and My Wild Irish Rose. 2 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $32.50-$62.50. (727) 791-7400. theirishtenors.com.
SUN: Mick Moloney and Friends
Traditional Irish revue with Moloney, Athena Tergis and Jerry O'Sullivan playing the fiddle, uilleann pipes (traditional bagpipes of Ireland), flute, banjo, octave mandolin and guitar, accompanied by Irish stepdancer Niall O'Leary. 7:30 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. $20, $18 students. (727) 942-5605. mickmoloney.com.
TUE: St. Patrick's Day Concert
An evening of Irish music and song by Chris Morgan and his band. The concert for all ages includes traditional and folk songs. 7 p.m. Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Free. (727) 943-4922.
WED: Sounds of Ireland
With Michael Londra of Riverdance, music by An Dochas and dancers from Celtic Legends. 3 and 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $28 VIP, $25 advance, $28 day of show. $10 additional for traditional Irish meal. (727) 587-6793. www.michaellondra.com.
FRI: Rough Riders St. Patrick's Weekend Street Car Hop
Your ticket lets you ride the TECO Line Streetcar System, getting on and off as often as you want to enjoy food and drink from Tampa's hot spots. Streetcar operates until 2 a.m. 6 p.m.-midnight. Various stops from Ybor to Channelside District , Tampa. $35, $20 Rough Rider members. (813) 248-1898. tampa-roughriders.org.
FRI: We're All a Little Irish
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, try meade, Irish cream, beers and more. Benefits Medical Ministry International's medical trip to Peru. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 892-9463. uncorkedwines.com.
SUN: St. Patrick's Theme Dinner Dance
Dancing to the big band sounds of the 18-piece Frankie Dee New York Orchestra and singers (2-5 p.m.). Buffet dinner precedes the dance (1:30 p.m.). Cash bar available. 1:30 p.m. The Hideaway, 247 Hallcrest Ave., Spring Hill. $16. (Reservations required.) (352) 666-1416.
WED: St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance
Let your Irish show at this celebration with corned beef and cabbage, coffee, tea, dessert and dancing to music by Nick at Night. BYOB welcome. 6 p.m. Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center. $17. (813) 633-9093.
WED: St. Patrick's Day With an Author
Join Irish author Ann O'Farrell for tea, scones and conversation. 3 p.m. Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Free. (727) 298-3080.
St. Patrick's Day-themed running events include 5K (7 p.m.), 1.5-mile walk (7:05 p.m.) and the Clover Kids Fun Run (8:15 p.m.). Held in conjunction with the Sunset Sounds in Ulmer Park with live music by Buffalo Strange. Race day registration begins at 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. $20 5K, $15 1.5-mile walk, $7 kids' fun run advance and day of. (727) 587-6740.
SUN: Shamrock Classic
A flat, winding course in distances of 10K, 5K and a 1-mile fun walk/run. St. Patrick's-themed run with an after-party including green beer. 8 a.m. Sabal Park, at Interstate 75 and Martin Luther King Boulevard (off Falkenburg Road), Brandon. 5 and 10K: $20 advance, $25 race day; 1-mile: $5 advance, $10 race day. (813) 684-0224, ext. 212. flraceplace.com.
St. Puppy's Day
The pet-friendly event kicks off with an Irish brunch. Dogs can roam the fenced festival ground, with music, Irish dancers, a Puppy Costume Parade, "Most Irish Dog" contest, adoptable pets and more. Dog and cat food drive benefits the Tampa Bay Humane Society. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dubliner Irish Pub, 12836 Henderson Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 300-2076. www.thedublineririshpub.com.