St. Patrick's Day, with its parties and green beer, isn't known for being the most family-friendly holiday. Still, that doesn't mean families can't have fun--and best of all, for free. Although the cities of West Palm Beach and Ft. Pierce themselves have parties more geared towards adults--especially following the cancellation of this year's Irish Fest, a short drive away to some neighboring towns will lead you to some great events the kids can enjoy, too. So whether it's a parade or annual celebration, here are some great free events for people of all ages to enjoy and celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Delray St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
March 11 @ 11 a.m.
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483
Head to nearby Delray for their annual St. Patrick's Day festival and parade down Atlantic Ave. The parade gets started at noon.
March 17 @ 9 a.m.
O'Sheas - 531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Although there's no official word yet on kid-friendly activities at O'Sheas in West Palm Beach, past St. Patrick's Day parties have made sure they're included. Previous block parties have included a bounce house, face painting, snow cones and popcorn.
Clematis by Night
March 16 @ 6 p.m.
100 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Clematis by Night is a weekly free concert series held every Thursday night in downtown West Palm Beach, featuring live music ranging from chart-topping national acts to local favorites. Although not strictly related to St. Patrick's Day, the timing puts it just a night before, making it the perfect way to kick off your St. Patrick's Day weekend with the whole family.
Boynton Blarney Bash
March 17 @ 6 p.m.
Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33483
Join the festivities in nearby Boynton Beach for their annual Blarney Bash with live music from Clockwork Knotwork and Celtic Mayhem and dance from the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance. The kids will have plenty activities, too, including face painting, balloon artists, and more. Be sure to enter the costume contest for a chance to win a pot o' gold!
Port St. Lucie St. Patrick's Day Festival
March 17 @ 3 p.m. and March 18 @ 10 a.m.
Civic Center - 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial Pkwy., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Nearby Port St. Lucie will have their annual St. Patrick's Day party at the Civic Center starting Friday night, March 17, and going into Saturday, March 18, hosted by the Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department and the Friendly Sons & Daughters of Ireland. The day kicks off with the parade at 11 a.m., which will process to where the rest of the festivities will be held. Enjoy traditional Irish food, green beer, music, Irish dancing, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.