St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that people generally associate with Ireland and the color green, but unlike better-known holidays, its roots are unclear among Americans. As children, many of us commemorated the day by wearing green and pinching those who weren’t. As we grew older, we would maybe attend a parade with our family or friends, indulging in some artificially green colored treats.
Nowadays, in college, if you ask a person on the street about the origins of St. Patrick’s Day, chances are they’ll be too drunk to give you an answer. St. Patrick’s Day during the college and young adult years is attributed to drinking all day and night. However, this practice isn’t far off. Historically, the St. Patrick’s Day holiday recognizes the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. To celebrate the advent of new religion, Lenten traditions of fasting and alcohol restriction were revoked temporarily, which is where the custom of daylong drinking began.
Being a college town, Tallahassee hosts many St. Patrick’s Day events and festivities. Whether you feel like eating, drinking, listening to music, or all three, here are some fun things you can do on the holiday. Don’t forget to wear green!
Dueling Pianos at Midtown Pass
A popular sports bar, Midtown Pass is hosting their third annual St. Patty’s day celebration. The bar is advertising specials including $2 pints of Green beer, as well as Irish whiskey specials throughout the day. At 8 pm, the Dueling Pianos are scheduled to perform and are promised to deliver high-energy entertainment. The venue opens at 11 am for an all day celebration!
Saint Patrick’s Irish Pub
The sister pub to Midtown Pass, St. Patrick’s Irish Pub will be serving up Irish fare from 11 am on. On the menu are the traditional fish and chips, as well as Shepard’s Pie and Brunswick stew. The musical act Boyd and Wood will be appearing live at the pub at 8 pm. A photo booth will be at the event to capture all of your celebratory moments, so go out, and join the fun!
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Hosted by The Strip and Potbelly’s
Florida State students’ favorite bar has teamed up with the Strip Entertainment group to bring one of the largest and most exciting St. Patty’s day parties yet. An early bird ticket costing only 10 dollars will get you into both venues all day, which will be providing free beer to those of age. With complementary trollies running between the venues from 9 am to 2 am the next day, this event dubbed “the greatest party in the southeast” is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at College Town
Perhaps the most popular area for students in Tallahassee, College Town is crawling with undergrads and grads alike every night of the week. This St. Patrick’s day, they are promising 16 hours of free green beer (if you’re 21) from 10 am to 2 am. The block party is presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey and will feature the venues of 101, Cantina, Moda, and Recess, as well as the surrounding outdoor area. The event features live DJs and Reggae performances, games such as corn hole and a dunk tank, and Irish food and other delicious items. Early Bird tickets on the Eventbrite page are $10, and tickets at the door are $20. This all-day celebration is sure to be a blast!
Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub
If you want to carry on the Irish tradition all week, Finnegan’s Wake is hosting a St. Patty’s party this Saturday from 7 to 10. The event will feature traditional Irish music with a modern twist, brought to you by some of the best Irish session players in town. Keep the celebration going this weekend with the sounds of Ireland!
Tallahassee Roller Girls St. Patrick’s Day Scrimmage
If you’re under 21 or all-day drinking just isn’t your scene, celebrate the holiday in this unconventional, yet exciting, way! The Tallahassee Roller Girls are kicking off their season this Saturday from 7 to 10 pm with a St. Patrick’s Day themed scrimmage. The scrimmage will feature food from the Tallahassee Food Truck Association, with doors opening at 6:30 for optimal seating. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the general public, so head to the Hansel E. Tookes rec center for a night of food and fun!
Whether you’re a die-hard celebrant of St. Patrick’s Day or have no idea what the holiday even recognizes, it’s always a good time to join in on the festivities. Tallahassee has a great line-up of fun and affordable events that appeal to all ages and partying levels. So dress up in your best green attire and head out to one of these events tomorrow to get the party started, Collegiettes! Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Her Campus!