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Tampa is the 9th best city in America to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, according to Wallethub

A green river flowing toward a large downtown area.
Photo via Tampa's Downtown Partnership

It’s so easy being green in the city of Tampa, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. Get your corned beef and cabbage, and put on your best green clothes because Tampa is one of the best cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the US. Don’t believe us? Just ask WalletHub, which ranked Tampa as the 15th best city to celebrate the holiday in the country.

Why is Tampa one of the best cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Wallethub compared 200 of America’s largest cities across 17 key metrics. They judged cities based on Irish pubs per capita, the lowest prices on 3-star hotels and even weather forecasts for St. Patrick’s Day.


Welcome to the River O’Green Fest

All of those reasons are great, but we think it’s the River O’Green Festival that truly makes Tampa stand out.

The Annual Mayor’s River O’Green Fest takes place Saturday, March 16. Beginning at 11am, the Hillsborough River will go a brilliant shade of emerald. In partnership with Tampa Downtown Partnership, this event takes place in the beautiful Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and lasts until 5pm.

The river provides a perfect backdrop to the celebration that includes live entertainment, games, kids activities, food trucks, and of course, beer. 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. 


“Seeing our Hillsborough River turn emerald green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is a great reminder of the excitement and fun that Tampa has to offer,” added Mayor Jane Castor. “I know how much I look forward to this annual tradition and the opportunity it brings to come together and celebrate all that makes our city great.” 

Some quick stats from the WalletHub report:

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa (1=Best, 100=Avg.):

  • 79th – % of Irish Population
  • 3rd – Irish Pubs & Restaurants per Capita
  • 62nd – Access to Bars
  • 105th – DUI Fatalities per Capita
  • 11th – Weather Forecast for St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re looking for great Irish pubs in Tampa consider visiting Four Green Fields, Hattrick’s Tavern, Maloney’s, Irish 31, The Dubliner Irish Pub, MacDinton’s, and Molly Malone’s.

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