Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these Central Florida festivities. From block parties to bar specials, there are several events you can enjoy today. Just don't get caught not wearing any green.
St. Patrick's Day Block Party on Wall Street
Where: Wall Street Plaza, Downtown Orlando
When: Starts at noon
Cost: Free admission, drink prices vary
The Buzz: There will be live music from Who Rescued Who, Off Kilter, The Lighter Exchange as well as Irish pipes and drums. Drink specials include $5 on Guinness Pints, $5 Guinness Blonde, $5 Jameson Irish Whiskey and $5 Irish Car Bombs. A leprechaun will also be giving out green goodies.
Irish Takeover at World of Beer
Where: 3402 Technological Drive, Suite 201
When: Starts at noon
Cost: Drink prices vary
The Buzz: Specials include $3 Irish Car Bombs and $5 select Irish drafts From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can receive one free car bomb. Other specials include $4 Guinness and $5 Kaboom Bombs, and $12 corned beef and cabbage. Loyalty members receive 25 percent off their food and drink.
Where: 11650 University Blvd.
When: All-day event
Cost: Free for 21 and over, cover starts at $5 for 18 and over
The Buzz: It's the Tilted Kilt's biggest party of the year. The night will feature bands and artists such as Steve Colbert and the Crazy Carls. The drink specials are $2 Jell-O shots and $6 Guinness.
St. Patrick's Day Block Party "Get Lucky"
Where: Thorton Park District, East Washington Street, North Summerlin Avenue and Central Boulevard
When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: General admission is $10 and the VIP admission is $30
The Buzz: There will be music from DJ Crue Alex Jones and $250 cash prizes for best and sexiest leprechaun.
Mighty Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub
Where: 1640 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista
When: Noon to 1:30 a.m.
Cost: Cover charge is $10
The Buzz: Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. The $3 Band and Reel O' Grande will be performing along with the Raglan Road Dancers, who are seven full-time champion dancers who perform daily.
St. Patty's Day Blarney Bash
Where: Wrecker's Sports Bar at the Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee
When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
The Buzz: The bar features a specialty menu putting its own twist on traditional Irish dishes including corn beef quesadillas, shepherd's pie and Guinness fudge cake. There will be all-day drink specials and live entertainment.
Where: Universal City Walk, 6000 Universal Blvd.,Orlando
When: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Cost: Admission is free till 7 p.m.
The Buzz: The celebration will include a New Orleans-style party featuring live bands and stilt walkers. O'Brien's will have its Irish rueben, a sandwich featuring slow-cooked, hand-carved corned beef brisket with crispy sauerkraut.
Veronica Brezina is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future.