So who was this Patrick guy anyway? Is there more to the 17th of March than wearing green and migrating to your favorite pub to order a few brewskis in your best Irish accent? The short answer is no. But the longer answer is yes! Like any great topic in 2019, with full access to the Internet, there is tons of nuance. Official, Saint Patrick Day is a Christian feast day declared and observed by the Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and of course the Church of Ireland. In commemoration of Christianity’s arrival to Ireland, we’re celebrating the death of Ireland’s most famous saint, Patrick who died in 461. The history and legend of this beloved Holiday is steeped in tradition, myth, and lore.
Let’s move to the much more pressing question. Where are the best places in Miami, FL, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and what’s with all the green beer? Oddly enough green beer is celebrating its 105th anniversary this year, and it’s origin traces back to, you guessed it, New York City. In 1914 a coroner named Dr. Thomas Hayes Curtin unveiled his invention at a Bronx social club, a beer the color of shamrocks. Enough history! Check out these cool places we uncovered to raise your glass in cheers to ole Patty himself.
Block Party. St. Patrick‘s Day Block Party is also held at CityPlace Doral. The free family-friendly event begins at 2 p.m. and lasts all day. The local entertainment plaza features face painters, arts and crafts stalls, cotton candy machines, authentic Irish performances, Celtic dancers, and St. Paddy’s Day signature green fountain. Grown-ups can enjoy a pint of green beer at the plaza beer garden. Coral Reef Park in Palmetto Bay holds Shamrock in the Park, free concert with a kids zone, food, and beer sale.
Riverside Festival. Join in the 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival featuring 2 full days filled with gourmet food items, drink specials, live entertainers, fun, & games! Music will be provided by IRIE, and several other entertainers throughout the day. This indoor festival is free to enter and food and crafts will be available for purchase at this venue. Dogs are welcome at this event as long as they are leashed. Children are invited to attend during daylight hours, when accompanied by a parent or guardian. However, this becomes a 21 and over only event after sundown.
Wynwood Block Party. South Florida’s favorite St Patrick’s Day celebration returns to Wynwood for the third year in a row. Let’s face it, we’re all Irish on St. Patty’s Day so in honor of that, this festive street party is free and open to the public. Presented by Jameson and SWARM – St. Pat’s Wynwood will pull out all the stops once again with an Irish Beer garden with our famous green beer, true street art, all of your craved beats by Wynwood’s finest DJs, Food Trucks and an Artisan Marketplace with the best treats, games, and special finds! Sread the green charm and get lucky with Wynwood’s finest!
The Dinner Detective. You’re out on an elegant dinner date when, suddenly, you hear a shot in the dark and a distant scream. Momentary chaos ensues until a detective arrives and the mystery begins to unfold. Do you have what it takes to uncover the culprit and solve the crime? Test your skills in this hilariously entertaining dinner show for less than dinner and a movie. Based on actual, real-life cold cases and set in present day, this highly interactive murder mystery dinner is a far cry from the campy cartoon characters you may have experienced elsewhere. By mixing realistic scenarios with a healthy dose of comedy, our Murder Mystery Dinner is sure to be an evening you’ll not soon forget! Now playing in Newport Beachside Resort, 16701 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL.