Paddyfest Flip Cup Tournament
The green beer shenanigans kick off with a giant "Survivor Mode" flip cup tournament for $500 cash. 21 and older only. $10. Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 443-8403. 6 p.m. Thursday.
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. Thursday.
Car Bomb Wing Eating Contest
See how many wings drenched in Car Bomb wing sauce you can devour in three minutes. Wash them down with a free pint of Guinness. 21 and older only. $10. Irish 31, 1611 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-0031. 7 p.m. Thursday.
As a salute to St. Patrick's Day, March takes on a beer theme with interactive writing and drawing activities between readings. Readers include Jarod Rosello (comic maker and author of The Well Dressed Bear Will Never Be Found), Yuly Restrepo (The Tampa Review editor) and Lorraine Monteagut (writer). Free. Southern Brewing & Winemaking Supplies, 4500 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 238-7800. 8 p.m. Thursday.
Get Stewed for St. Patrick's Day
The daily special for St. Patrick's Day is an Irish Stew and unlimited Soda Bread special ($10.95) with live music by Steady Eddie. No cover. Whistle Stop Grill, 915 Main St, Safety Harbor. (727) 726-1956. 6-9 p.m. Thursday.
The Lucky Harms take on the Irish Screams in a banked track roller derby bout. The Hot Mess food truck will be on site. $10 advance, $12 day of. The Slayground, 4033 35th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 637-5003. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration Disney Springs
Raglan Road Irish Pub's weeklong celebration culminates 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. $10, 17 and younger free. Disney Springs, 1590 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 828-3800. Noon-9 p.m. Thursday.
St. Patrick's Day Gaming
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with non-stop gaming, 180-ounce tall tubes and a Guinness milk shake with Jameson Irish Whiskey. $10. GameTime, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-9675. 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday.
Louisiana Style St. Patrick's Day
Ricky P's puts a Cajun spin on the Irish holiday with Andouille sausage and cabbage, Irish stew, Green Bench brews and the Betty Fox Band performing on an outdoor stage. No cover (food/drink additional). Ricky P's Orleans Bistro, 1113 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-4061. 7 p.m. Thursday.
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. Thursday.
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. Thursday.
St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans
Audience suggestions guide the Third Thought improv team through a show filled with Irish whit and blarney. An improvisation jam closes the show. $5. 2 Palms Bar and Bistro, 2950 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. (352) 232-2758. 8 p.m. Friday.
St. Patrick's Day at IHOP
Go to any IHOP location wearing green on St. Patrick's Day and hit that pot of gold with a short stack of buttermilk pancakes for only $1. IHOP, 5800 34th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 527-7577. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday.
St. Patrick's Day at O'Maddy's
O'Maddy's throws a St. Patrick's Day party for a cause with music by Pete and Dean, Rob Tyre and Otis and the Old School Band, a fashion show and a raffle. Benefits "My," the Michael J. Yates Foundation. No cover. O'Maddy's, 5405 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. (727) 323-8643. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday.
St. Patrick's Day at Peggy's
St. Patrick's Day brings a multi-day party to Peggy O'Neills with live music by Stormbringer (Thursday) and 7 Nations (Friday), bag pipers, Celtic dancers, kilt and beard contests, a beer truck and drinking games. $5. Peggy O's Kitchen and Taps, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 787-7734. 8-11 p.m. Thursday, 9-11 p.m. Friday.
St. Patrick's Game Day
It's not the luck of the Irish, it's literally the luck of the draw at this card party and game day with prizes, raffles and food. Benefits local charities. $15. St. Brendan's Catholic Church, 245 Dory Passage, Clearwater Beach. (727) 584-0065. 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
St. Patrick's Wine, Whiskey and Beer Sampling
More than 50 wines, spirits and cordials available in this Irish-themed tasting with a keepsake wine glass. $10. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1845 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 907-2647. 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
The Young Irelanders
The eight performers blend traditional Irish and Celtic music with contemporary genres, accompanied with dancing. $15-$40. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Toll-free 1-800-826-9303. 8 p.m. Thursday.
Compiled by Kelly A. Stefani, Times staff writer