Sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
2pm to midnight
March 17 in the pub and under the tent outside
Downtown’s neighborhood pub, The Shamrock, will host their sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party from 2pm to midnight on Mon.March 17 in the pub and under the tent outside
Proceeds benefit the Sarasota Family YMCA Youth Shelter and the event is free and open to the public.
Doors open at 9 a.m. on Monday.
The all-day block party includes live music, live art, food trucks, face painting and lots of Irish and craft beers.
Last year the Shamrock raised more than $7,000 for the YMCA shelter which provides safe care for youths ages 10 to 18 who have run away or are experiencing family conflict.
“We’re so thrilled to once again support the Y Youth Shelter while at the same time throwing the best St. Pat’s party around,” said Shamrock owner Derek Anderson.
“There’s no better way to start your week than Monday at the block party because it’s got the best entertainment lineup ever!”
The headliner for the main stage is Have Gun Will Travel, a Bradenton-based folk/pop/rock band whose music has been featured on national television and radio.
The rest of the lineup includes Andy Thomas, Ship of Fools, Passerine, City of Sarasota Pipe Band, Sons of Hippies, Hail Dale, Big Blu House and RAEF with a DJ/lightshow between acts after dark.
Music starts inside the bar at 2 p.m. and moves outside at 4 p.m.
“The entertainment schedule is a combination of traditional Irish music fused with local contemporary indie acts — everything from hip-hop to folk to indie rock,” said Anderson. “If you stick around for the day you’re really gonna catch a lot of different things — definitely something for everybody.
At 6 p.m., the Shamrock’s annual limerick contest finalists will take the stage for a change to win a trip to Chicago for a tour of the new Lagunitas Brewery during their “Beer Circus” grand opening event.
Contest submissions are being accepted now at ticketsarasota.com/limerick.
The pub will also be open before and after the block party from 9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.