St. Patrick’s Day has always been a beloved holiday for Irish and Irish-at-heart, forming a sea of green on the Space Coast when gathering all over the county at various Irish festivals and pubs to celebrate. Dig out your best leprechaun themed attire, wear shoes that are suitable to do an Irish jig and enjoy corned beef and cabbage and a green brew from any of these festive places.
March 12 and 17
Meg O’ Malley’s Restaurant and Irish Pub Street Party
812 E. New Haven Ave.
One of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day celebrations occurs at Meg O’ Malley’s in Downtown Melbourne. On March 12 its annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a street party behind the pub in the courtyard. On March 17 they will host an Irish breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by all-day entertainment. Both events consist of all things Irish, including green beers, the Rondeau School Irish dancers, bagpipers from Brevard Police and Fire Pipe and Drums, and other live Irish musicians. This year, Meg’s is featuring musician Donavon Frankenreiter with a live and free performance on March 17. For more information, visit MegOMalleys.com
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s Annual Brave the Shave for Kids with Cancer
2261 Town Center Ave.
Make it a St. Patrick’s Day to remember by giving back with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Be a part of an exciting event that has been going on every St. Patrick’s Day since 2000 that benefits children, infants, teens and young adults with cancer by donating, volunteering or by shaving your head for a child who has lost their hair due to cancer and treatments. They fund more in childhood cancer than any other organization. Event hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit StBaldricks.org
World of Beer’s St. Patrick’s Day and Loyalty Appreciation Day
2290 Town Center Ave.
Another fun Irish event in The Avenue Viera will occur at World of Beer, marking the holiday with their Loyalty Appreciation Day. Loyal Members receive corned beef, cabbage and shepherd’s pie beginning at 6 p.m. They will feature specials on Irish imports, including Irish stouts, lagers, Red Ale pints and Irish beer shots. Brevard Police and Fire Pipe and Drums will perform at 8:30 p.m., so be prepared to have a good old-fashioned Irish time. For more information, visit WorldOfBeer.com
Party at Paddy Cassidy’s Irish Pub
2009 N. Atlantic Ave.
Live Irish entertainment will abound at Paddy Cassidy’s Irish Pub from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. with performances from the band Hot Pink, Irish dancers and bagpipers. They will feature a large selection of Irish beers and whiskeys, corned beef and cabbage, and once again serve Patty’s Irish Crème Ale, made on Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 783-0810.
2364 N. Highway A1A,
Those 21 and up will enjoy drink specials as this St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday, a popular night for Monkey Bar when ladies drink half off and party goers dance to live entertainment. For this Irish holiday, dance the night away and drink green beer. Be sure to wear your most creative green attire and prepare to “go bananas” on the dance floor. For more information, visit MonkeyBar.pub