Tampa’s annual River O’Green Festival will return to Curtis Hixon Park on March 13 from 11am-5pm. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 12, but was postponed due to weather. This fun St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes dying the Hillsborough River a brilliant emerald green. The River O’Green Fest is put on by Tampa’s Downtown Partnership with the City of Tampa.
The Hillsborough River provides a perfect backdrop to the celebration which includes live entertainment, games, kids activities, food trucks, and of course, beer. While an official array of performers, contests, and events is still TBA, a typical River O’Green Fest includes a fun run, a Leprechaun contest, Irish music live on the Curtis Hixon stage, and tons of Irish food and beverages.
Hillsborough River turns green this March
While there is plenty to enjoy for adults, the River O’Green Fest is totally family-friendly, and your four-legged friends are more than welcome to attend.
For those worried about the river, organizers have assured that the dye used is completely safe. The dye used is safe for the environment, non-toxic, biodegradable, meets all EPA standards and is certified for use by NSF Std 60. In fact, it’s the same dye often used in water systems to trace the flow of drinking water.
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