The (Lake)land of the Irish

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It’s that time of year again when everyone claims a little Irish heritage in their family tree. St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and Lakeland is fully prepared with plenty of fun, food, and booze. From noon on Friday, all the way into your afternoon on Saturday, we’ll fill up your schedule with events all over town.

Kicking off the day, LkldLive is hosting a few of Lakeland’s most talented musicians for a special lunch-time show. Bitesize Bluegrass is taking over Studio B with lunch catered by Lakeland BBQ Co., throwing a little Southern flair into St. Patty’s Day. Southern Express and Jason “Cornbread” Baker will take the stage to deliver a set-list of fun, upbeat bluegrass music. In addition to foot-tapping tunes, “Cornbread” himself will be giving a look into the Celtic origins of bluegrass and how it influenced the music we know and love today. Tickets for this event are only $15 and it’s sure to be a packed house, so grab them quick!

Rolling on into the night, Red Door Wine Market is having an Irish Feast to fill you up with their twist of traditional Celtic grub. Everyone knows that corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes is the move for St. Patty’s Day, but I promise you it’s never been this good. Any meal from Red Door is a party in your mouth, and this is no exception. Head to Red Door between 4:00pm and midnight on Friday and grab a spot outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, live Irish music, and keep the Irish whiskey flowing. It’s a Lakeland hot-spot, so you might want to call and throw in your reservation today before the brand new porch fills up!

Time to work off those calories! From 7:00pm to 9:00pm, We are Curio and The Balance Culture will host St. Patrick’s Day Pilates at Cob & Pen to benefit Top Buttons, a local non-profit. Top Buttons works to build self-esteem in young women through fashion, providing the resources necessary to present themselves the way they want to be seen. For only $25 (or $40 for two tickets) you can enjoy drinks and appetizers from Cob & Pen, a pilates class from The Balance Culture, and share good company with the community of Lakeland, all for a great cause. If you can, bring your own yoga mat, as they are in limited supply and high demand. You won’t find an event quite like this anywhere else, so be a saint, and head to the Cob & Pen lawn for pilates for a cause this St. Patty’s Day.

If you still haven’t reached your St. Patrick’s Day fix after all this, Brass Tap in Lakeside Village is hosting the “Lakeland’s Biggest, Baddest St. Patty’s Day Party.” I’m sure you already have a bit of an idea of what this is going to look like. With classic, dark Irish brews on tap and plenty of culturally appropriate dishes, Brass Tap is the spot for the late-night St. Patty’s Day events. Open until 2:00am and showcasing live music all night, Brass Tap will be a great place to end your night this St. Patty’s Day.

WE’RE NOT DONE. The morning after, if you feel like getting out of bed, Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub is hosting the inaugural “4-Lap Clover 5k,” in which participants will be sent on a 4-lap run around Downtown Lakeland. With each lap, a short walk directly through Molly’s will be offered so participants (of an appropriate age) can partake in a 2oz shot of Guinness! There will be a large line-up of awards for biggest team, most colorful team, and of course, best looking team of leprechauns. This 5k is guaranteed fun, so register today to secure a spot!

If you didn’t know what you were doing for St. Patrick’s Day this year, we hope you do now! Lakeland never ceases to deliver on good ol’ fun, and fun of all kinds, for that matter. Get up and get out this St. Patty’s day, just make sure to wear green!

Photo Credit: Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub