Sarasota St. Paddy's Festival

March 13-15, 2020, JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main Street, Sarasota, FL

Come share in the festivities as we celebrate all things Irish at the premiere of the Sarasota St. Paddy’s Festival. The event will be held in JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota at Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street on March 13-15, 2020. Great food and outstanding live music, as you enjoy the weekend in style! St. Paddy’s Day festivities begin Friday evening 4pm-10pm and continue Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals with the Humane Society of Sarasota County a Special Guest.

 

Enjoy delectable foods cooked fresh on site including seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes including many traditional Irish favorites. Seafood dishes are prepared using indigenous and sustainable seafood from Florida's coastal waters. Add to your main course with selections from a diverse menu of side dishes and choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, delicious fruit drinks and both soda and water options.

 

While enjoying your meal, sit back and relax to live on-stage performances by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit. Performers this year will be, beginning on Friday evening: Billy Rice Band (country rock), The Verge (classic rock 70’s to present) and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (rock, soul). Saturday listen to the sounds of: North Jetty Allstars (classic & yacht rock, bluegrass, blues), Tahja (Irish dancing, music & singing), JP Soars & The Red Hots (soul, blues) and Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, funk). On Sunday finish the weekend in style relaxing to live performances by: Ocean’s Eleven Big Band (big band, jazz, swing), RJ Howson (R&B, blues, rock) and CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion (blues, soul, roots). See the Band Performance Schedule in the column to your right. Click on the image to show an enlarged version.

 

The Humane Society of Sarasota County will have their “Big Mac” mobile adoption center onsite during the event. Please take a few moments to stop by and say “Hi” to the dedicated staff and meet their extended family of friends awaiting adoption. Perhaps in the process finding a new life companion while lending your support to a wonderful and compassionate organization.

 

Come enjoy great food and music while you kick back and experience that relaxation you have sought all week! Remember: YOU are the most important ingredient to this masterpiece we have created!

 

Note: Bands and performance times subject to change.

Dates
March 13-15, 2020
Times
Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Admission
General admission is FREE!
Driving Directions

GPS Address: JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main Street, Sarasota, FL

Driving Directions to the 1st Annual Sarasota St. Paddy's Day Festival

1) from St. Armands Circle: take John Ringling Blvd (SR-789) across Rt. 41 to the intersection of Cocoanut and Gulfstream (~4 minutes / 2.33 miles). JD Hamel Park and the St. Paddy's Day event begin here at the intersection of Gulfstream and Main Street and continues southeast to McAnsh Square.

 
2) from North or South of downtown Sarasota: take Rt. 41 toward Marina Plaza/Main Street. Turn east on Main Street and continue one block to Gulfstream. JD Hamel Park and the St. Paddy's Day festival are to your right.

Parking Information

The Palm Avenue Garage (1289 Palm Avenue)
Garage parking is available at the award-winning Palm Avenue Garage, located one block from Main Street on North Palm Avenue, only steps away from Five Points intersection in downtown Sarasota. The Palm Avenue Garage is a newly designed and LEED Certified facility utilizing the latest technology in equipment and design. The garage has spaces for 729 vehicles with handicap parking located on each floor close to the elevators. The city provides four reserved electric car-charging stations on the ground floor. The Palm Avenue parking garage is a perfect location to park short or long-term visits to downtown Sarasota.

State Street Garage (1538 State Street)
The parking garage bi-lateral entrance and exit points will provide excellent access from both State Street and Ringling Blvd. Parking spaces are located on levels 2 through 6, with motorcycle, bicycle and handicap van access on the ground floor. With downtown parking demands so high, parking time limits will ensure there is always a parking space available in either the 2-hour parking "shopper zone", or the 4-hour time restricted area on level 4 through 6.

2nd Street Garage (1400 Block of 2nd Street)
The 2nd Street Garage is located between First and Second streets, directly across from Whole Foods. Ground floor parking is intended for customers of Whole Foods, while the second and third levels of the garage are open to the public (except where posted). The public parking access ramp is located on Second Street, near the corner of Central Avenue. There are time restrictions in the facility that are monitored by the City Parking Division and for which citations are issued for time violations. The time restrictions are as follows:


Ground level: 2 hours              Levels 2 and 3: 4 hours

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