Although St. Patrick's Day events in St. Augustine may be somewhat smaller in scale compared than those in Boston, New York and Chicago (with its river flowing green), St. Augustine can boast something other cities cannot. You see, it was discovered that, in March of 1601, St. Augustine hosted the very first parade to celebrate St. Patrick. Yep, that's another cool first claim for our awesome First Coast. And you better believe the Spaniards had fun celebrating too ! 

This year, have your own St. Patrick’s Day fun across the Ancient City and beyond into Jacksonville, where Irish heritage is celebrated with pub grub, green beer and upbeat music. Let’s dive into the round up of upcoming St. Patrick's Day events in St. Augustine and Jacksonville. 

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Local St. Patrick's Day Events & Activities

Celtic Music and Heritage Festival

When: Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2024 | Festivities on Saturday & Sunday start at 10am
Where: Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084

Cost: General admission is $20 with children ages 12 and under free. Active duty and retired military with ID are also free. For VIP and other admission details see this link.

Info: Expect live music, highland games and so much more. This annual weekend festival is full of Celtic flair and should not be missed!

St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10-11:30am
Where: Kicks off from Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084
Cost: FREE

Info: For details on the parade route, visit this link. Expect to see bagpipers, drums, floats, local community clubs, marching bands and more. And, of course, lots and lots of the color green.

St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage with green beer
Photo courtesy of Maria DiCicco

BYOB Red Boat Tour St. Patrick’s Day Party

When: Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 5-6:30pm
Where: Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine, FL 32084
Cost: $39 per adult

Info: For details on this St. Patrick's Day event in St. Augustine, visit the event page here or Red Boat Tours website for more information. Tours last an hour and a half and are BYOB.

St. Paddy’s Day Run 10K and 5K

When: Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 8am
Where: Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 N. Main St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 
Cost: $30-50 per entry

Info: Finisher medals for all finishers, and moisture-wicking shirts go to all participants in this fun run benefiting the Springfield Historical Society. FYI, beer is a decent recovery drink. 

USS Orleck Shipyard Social

When: Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 2-10pm
Where: USS Orleck Naval Museum, 610 East Bay St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
Cost: $30+

Info: Stand on the deck of a retired naval destroyer and soak in all the Irish vibes of live music, food, fun and more for this all-day party.

Jax Cooking Studio Irish Dinner

When: Sunday, March 17, 2024, from 2-4:30pm
Where: Jax Cooking Studio, 14035 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Cost: $100 per adult

Info: Jump on this cooking class quickly before it sells out! You learn how to make beef wellington, Scotch eggs (well, Irish eggs — whatever), Bailey’s chocolate mousse and more yumminess.

Scott egg
Scottish eggs and Irish eggs are authentic fare. | courtesy of Maria DiCicco

Bars and Bar Crawls

Justice Pub “Kiss Me I’m Irish” Event

When: Friday, March 15, 2024; Doors open at 7pm
Where: 315 East Bay St. Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Cost: $10 entry

Info: Live music by The Okult, Falling In Place, The Citrus Trees and Minor Influence, and Best St. Patty’s Outfit Contest. Leave all the other contest competitors green with envy!

Shamrock Stroll Bar Crawl

When: Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 1-8pm
Where: Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House, 333 1st Street North Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Cost: $20

Info: Well, for some, St. Patrick's Day events in St. Augustine means it's time to get rowdy! Find those green tutus and Mardi Gras beads because you may be running into some other leprechauns throughout the day!

Fionn MacCool's Irish Restaurant & Pub

When: March 17, 2024; Doors open at 10am | Live music 10:30am-1am
Where: 145 Hilden Rd., Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
Cost: No Cover (pay for your food and drink)

Info: Expect Irish dancers, pipes and drums, bands playing all day, and a St. Patrick's Day themed limited menu of your holiday favorites to nosh on.

The Stout Snug

When: Sunday, March 17, 2024
Where: 1190 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville, FL 32205
Cost: No Cover (pay for your food and drink)

Info: A day of pub grub and music…. First, be entertained by Jig to a Milestone from 12-3pm. Next, take in the late night jams from Blood, Sweat and Whiskey from 9pm-Midnight.

Green pink glass and shamrock

More Pubs For St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Irish grub, green beer and good times await. Check local pub websites for door times and music schedules. There will surely be festivities at every single one of these Irish bars in St. Augustine and Jacksonville.

Restaurants for St. Patrick's Day

My mom is Irish (her maiden name is a famous whiskey brand) and I’m going to go out on a limb and say no one makes as good a corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s day than she does. But, maybe, these St. Augustine restaurants can be put to the test!

Visit these establishments for the Irish specials, green beer, live music and other surprises that may be in store for those seeking St. Patrick's Day events in St. Augustine and more. 

 Sláinte! And Happy St. Patrick's Day