St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Festival 2017

** SKIP TO THE END for a list of IRISH PUBS for St. Patrick’s Day in St. Augustine! **

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and  Celtic Music & Heritage Festival are always so much fun. We can’t wait to follow the parade over to St. Francis Field and watch the Highland Games and Celtic bands. {ahem- that’s Celtic with a hard C. As in Cat. Don’t say sssseltic and sound like an idiot like I did!} Here’s a round up of what to expect this weekend:



:: INSIDER Tips! Enjoy Celtic Fest Weekend 2017 ::

Anyone can go to the Celtic Fest! But only Simply St. Augustine readers have insider tips. Because I love y’all, here’s my St. Patty’s gift to you. Consider it a pot o’ festival gold…


Protip 1 Parking: The parade starts at 10:00. Arrive early to park and walk to a great spot to watch. Parking in the garage isn’t a problem early in the mornings. If you’ll be arriving late (and by late I mean 9:45, not 10:15), head straight to the plaza on the S end of the historic district. Parking will be a bit easier and the parade takes longer to get to that end of town so you will not miss it.

Protip 2 Where to Watch the Parade: Crowds are thickest on Orange Street where the judging is (I’ll be on Ann O’Malley’s balcony- yell “Hi Simply!!” so I can wave back!). I suggest walking down the Bayfront to where the crowds thin a bit or grabbing a cup of Kookaburra and then watching from the plaza.

Protip 3 Buy VIP Festival Passes: Benefits include both days admission, a t-shirt, 2 drink tokens, and biggest benefit: Separate, air conditioned VIP Restrooms, seating, and bars which have shorter lines & are clean!



St. Patty’s Day Parade, March 11, 2017!!

St. Augustine’s St. Patricks Day Parade is not on Friday, March 17- it’s on a weekend so everyone can join in the fun! See photos from 2013’s St. Patrick’s Day parade here!

st patricks day parade st augustine route
I know this says 2016- the parade route is the same again this year!!!


Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival

See photos from 2013 St. Augustine Celtic Festival here!

  • Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • $10 one day general admission, kids free & Military free {thank you for serving!}
  • $60 VIP admission SOLD OUT {both days, 2 beers/wine, VIP seating & restrooms, t-shirt & MORE!}
  • Browse food & craft vendors both days while enjoying some of the best Celtic bands in the world!
  • Pirate magician, inflatables & other fun activities for the kids!
  • See you there!!



:: 4 Best Irish Pubs in St Augustine ::

St. Patrick’s Day is coming! Head to a local pub to celebrate with a pint, good food and friends!

We have 4 Irish Pubs in St. Augustine.  I’ll give my completely biased take on each and you can pick one for St. Patty’s Day fun this weekend, or make a project of visiting each and choosing a new favorite!!

Ann O’Malley’s is one of my hubby’s favorite spots in town.  John & Sherri, super friendly owners, make a mean Corned Beef & Cabbage- a family recipe they only serve twice a year!! They’re always packed on St. Patrick’s Day with locals and visitors looking for great live music. This is a small-town hangout at its best.

Barley Republic Irish Public House Their reuben is my favorite ever and you must order the porcini fries alongside it!!  I also love the shepherd’s pie. Barley has their own parking lot on Spanish Street but don’t expect to park there Celtic weekend… instead, they host bands in the space for some fantastic live music!

Donovan’s Irish Restaurant is in Palencia, 10 minutes north of town.  It’s in a strip mall but they’ve transformed the interior to feel pub like. Our food was good but I remember thinking it was a bit pricey. On the positive side, the Irish owner is often in the restaurant and I hear they know how to throw a party!

Meehan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant has the best view in town.  Seriously- sit outside overlooking the water and you’ll agree that this is one of the best views in town!  Substantial dinner portions and a full bar- many locals and visitors love it and you’re sure to have fun on St. Patrick’s Day!