A series of events around downtown Tampa and Channelside Drive include:
• Cornhole Tournament on Saturday and also Kids Day, both at Ferg's Live with the Thunderbug cheering on a free street hockey game with magic, face painting, games and prizes for all ages. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. At 1 p.m., up to 32 two-person cornhold teams compete in the fifth annual tournament for $1,500 in cash and prizes. $10, $20 team. Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa.
• St. Pup-Trick's Day: Adoptable pets dress in costume to show off their Irish side to win your heart in a pet parade. Also taking place at Irish 31 Westchase (4 p.m.) and Ferg's Live (5 p.m.). No cover. Irish 31, 1611 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-0031. 4 p.m. Saturday.
• Blarney Bike Ride: Dress in a crazy, Irish themed costume and jump on your bike for a ride to Irish 31 Pub in Hyde Park with samples of not-yet-released Botanical IPA. Then, it's back to Ferg's Live for more sampling, giveaways and prizes for best costumes and best decorated bikes. Free. Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 443-8403. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
• Shamrock Shuffle: Get a complimentary buffet and New Belgium samples after collecting golden shamrocks along a 3-mile route. Prizes for runners wearing the most green and best costumes. Free. Irish 31, 1611 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-0031. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Folk music and step dancing by Canada's sisters Erin and Colleen Searson with Danno O'Shea (percussion) and Fraser Gauthier (guitar). $15 advance, $20 at the door. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome), 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. (813) 988-8188. 3 p.m. Sunday.
This St. Paddy's-themed event includes a 5K competitive run, 1.5-mile walk, a Clover kids fun run, live entertainment, food and drinks. Green attire encouraged. $10-$25. Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5016. 7 p.m. Friday.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration Disney Springs
Raglan Road Irish Pub is throwing a St. Patrick's Day Party with authentic Irish food, Irish storytellers, dancers and live entertainment by the High Road, the Raglan Roots Coalition, Avi McGourty, Cooney and Ryan and Jig Jam. Free, $10 18 and older March 17. Disney Springs, 1590 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 828-3800. 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, noon-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 4-8:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, and noon-9 p.m. March 17.
Lucky Dill St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza
A weeklong event celebrating its 25th anniversary and St. Patrick's Day with Irish-inspired food and drink, 10,000 pounds of corned beef, Leprechauns, balloon art, fire dancers, Irish step dancers, bagpipes, stilt walkers, hoola hoopers, face painting, contests, green beer and live entertainment. Monday, the celebration opens with live music by the Irish Ramblers (5-9 p.m.) and a bagpiper. Each day features live music. March 17 brings the Irish Ramblers (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), Clockwork Knockwork (2-8:30 p.m.), Greg West (9 p.m.), a bagpiper and Irish step dancers. March 19 features a leprechaun breakfast (8-11 a.m.), balloon art, stilt walkers, Irish step dancers, a bagpiper and live music by Empty Hats (noon-9 p.m.) and R-Crew (8:30-11:30 p.m.).
Corks, Forks and Craft Beers
An Irish-themed festival with hot appetizers, desserts, wines, local craft beers, games, prizes and an auction. Benefits Take Stock in Children and other local charities. $20. Church on the Bayou Presbyterian Church, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 935-5352. 5-8 p.m. Saturday.
Indian Shores Street Fest
The gulf front town closes down the street for the sixth annual St. Patrick's Day festival with youth activities, arts and crafts vendors, Irish dancers, music by DJ Dan Bauer, food, beer and wine. Free. Indian Shores Town Hall , 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. (727) 474-7777. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
O'Keefe's Irish Festival
O'Keefe's cranks it up another notch with tons of corned beef and cabbage, green beer, Shephard's pie, Irish drinks, bagpipers, face painting, dancers, a dueling piano show and entertainment by DJ Doug Shaw. Warm up at a deck pre-party on Wednesday with green beer and live music by the Empty Hats. Free (Wed.); $5 after 5 p.m. (Thur.). O'Keefe's Tavern and Grille, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. (727) 442-9034. 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. March 17.
Musical St. Patrick's Day
A salute to St. Patrick's day features marches, show tunes and Irish melodies. Free. Masonic Home of St. Petersburg, 3201 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3499. 4 p.m. Sunday.
St. Patrick's Day at Bradley's
Bradley's celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a "Tracks Review" party featuring two themed drag shows starring Joey Brooks, Esme Russell, Divinity Everlasting and Natasha and dancing to music by VJ Charles Machado and DJ Steve Vaughn. No cover. Bradley's on 7th, 1510 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-2723. 10 p.m. Saturday.
St. Patrick's Trolley Hop
Hop between more than 20 Ybor City bars, pubs and restaurants offering specials for the annual Rough Riders hop. Choose your start location from the following: James Joyce, Bad Monkey, Ybor Eats Party Garden, Tequila's, Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Channelside and Maloney's. $25. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 248-1898. 6-11:59 p.m. Friday.
St. Practice Day Pub Crawl
Put on your green for this five stop pub crawl with a free drink at each stop and free swag. $15. Yard of Ale, 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-877-820-2582. 5-10 p.m. Saturday.
Dubliner St. Puppy's Day
Animals are welcome at this outdoor St. Patrick's Day party with a puppy parade, costume contest, live music, Irish dancers, an Irish brunch and prizes for most Irish dog. Donate a 7-pound or larger bag of pet food and get a free Irish beer. Benefits the Tampa Bay Humane Society. Free (food/drink additional). Dubliner Irish Pub, 2307 W Azeele St., Tampa. (813) 258-2257. 2-6 p.m. Saturday.
O'Brien's St. Puppy's Day
Bring your furry friend dressed in their holiday green for a St. Patrick's Day party with adoptable dogs on site, Irish dancers, live music and contests for best best male, best female, owner/dog look-a-like and best in show. Benefits 4 Lucky Dogs Pet Rescue and Second Chance Boxer Rescue. Free. O'Brien's Irish Pub of Brandon, 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon. (813) 661-9688. 3-7 p.m. Sunday.
Next Week's Highlights
Tampa's River O'Green Fest
Once again, Tampa will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by turning the Hillsborough River bright green with bio-degradable dye. In addition, there will be Irish entertainment, games, a children's area, Irish food and beer. Free. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 274-8615. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19.
The Paddyfest St. Patrick's Day extravaganza culminates with live music by Forrest Hoffar (5 p.m.) and American Idiot (7:30 p.m.), Irish dancing (8:30 p.m.), a U2 tribute (9 p.m.) and a Bono look-alike contest (10 p.m.). $15, 18 and younger free. Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 443-8403. 5 p.m. March 17. There will also be a Pattyfest Party Shuttle that day. Hop on a Brew Bus for a free ride to the Paddyfest party at Ferg's Live from Irish 31 and back. Shuttles run every 15 minutes until 1 a.m. Free. Irish 31, 1611 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-0031. 5 p.m. March 17.
Greenfest St. Patrick's Day Bash
The party kicks off with green beer and Guinness pints at special prices. Then dig into an Irish buffet (beginning at 4 p.m.; $14, $8 for kids) including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and bangers and mash. There's also music from Glen Colvin and Audiostar, prizes for best costumes, party favors and a kids bounce house. $5 after 4 p.m., 11 and younger free (food/drink extra). Mulligan's Irish Pub at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive, Tampa. (813) 973-3870, ext. 225. Noon-11 p.m. March 17.
Brandon O'Briens St. Patrick's Day Party
The day dedicated to all things green features live music by the Soul Circus Cowboys, the Black Honkeys, Johnny Feel Better and the Bawdy Boys. $10 after 2 p.m. O'Brien's Irish Pub of Brandon, 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon. (813) 661-9688. 11 a.m. March 17.
Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training: vs. Tampa Bay
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, everyone on and off the field wears green and there are secret themed activities planned. $14-$39. Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457. 1:05 p.m. March 17.
St. Patrick's Day Beach Party
Put on green swim trunks and hit the beach for this outdoor St. Patrick's Day party with live music, DJ dancing, photos with leprechauns, corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sliders, $2 Miller Lite drafts and $6 Jameson Irish Whiskey. No cover. Beach Bar, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. March 17.
St. Patrick's Day MacDinton's St. Pete
Downtown St. Pete's Irish pub throws a party with live music, Irish dancers, traditional food and bag pipes. No cover. MacDinton's Irish Pub St. Petersburg, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0544. 4 p.m. March 17.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Cricketers
This three-day parking lot party under a tent sports a large stage for six live bands, food and drink. Free. Cricketers Dunedin, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 736-1322. 8 p.m. March 17-19.
St. Patrick's Day Party at MacDinton's SOHO
Make sure to sport your green because MacDinton's claims to be "the place to be seen in your green" at this party with Irish dancers, bagpipers, traditional food and $4 Miller Lites. $10 after 2 p.m. MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8999. 11 a.m. March 17.
St. Patrick's Day Street Festival
Flanagan's takes its annual party into the street and Pioneer Park with live music by Lucid Druid, the Mighty Fine Peppers and Cage O'hanlon, bagpipers, Irish Step Dancers, traditional Irish food, special guests and beer. Free. Flanagan's Irish Pub, 465 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-4994. 11 a.m.-midnight March 17.
Compiled by Kelly A. Stefani, Times staff writer