Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the Emerald Coast

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 06:25 pm Updated: Oct 17, 2023 10:15 am

Downtown Pensacola is no stranger to proper St. Patrick’s Day observances. And this year, as in years' past, you'll find not one celebration but rather a full array of chipper shenanigans. 

Celebrate Ireland’s rich heritage with the world-famous “Celtic Woman” at the Saenger Theatre on March 2. It's a cultural masterpiece layering the ethereal voices of Ireland’s premier singers with the powerful harmonies of a full orchestra. Since its 2005 debut, “Celtic Woman” has traveled the world, gracing millions of people with a repertoire of Irish classics, contemporary songs and classical favorites. 

On March 9, thousands will gather for one of Pensacola’s biggest and most renowned events: the 42nd Annual McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day Run. The festive tradition is expected to draw more than 12,000 participants, making it one of the largest 5Ks in the United States! Costumed and un-costumed runners and walkers are welcomed. (There may not be a pot of gold at the finish line, but the after-party Irish Wakes, Irish stew and Irish beer will surely put a little jig into your step.) 

Downtown Pensacola will transform St. Patrick’s Day into a full weekend of celebration starting with a Luck o’ the Irish-themed Gallery Night March 15. Palafox will be closed to traffic and galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars will open their doors for the evening. The festive attire, live music and art vendors are sure to give you a taste of Pensacola’s vibrant downtown culture. 

What better way to experience St. Patrick’s Day than celebrating at O’Riley’s Irish Pub on Palafox, where two big events are happening? On March 16, O’Riley’s will host the 4th Annual Downtown Pensacola Grog March and food drive. Don your green attire and bring at least two non-perishable food items. Then head back to O’Riley’s the next morning for the official St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, with corned beef and cabbage specials, live entertainment and festive drinks!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your four-legged friend. Bring your pup, break out the leprechaun hats, shamrock glasses and green everything and come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with SouthBARK at The Wine Bar on Palafox on Sunday, March 17.