Over the weekend, I had some friends visiting from out of town and we decided to treat ourselves to dinner at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. To no one’s surprise, the service was stellar and the food was fantastic. (I went with my favorite stand-by: fish and chips with a pint of Guinness; it never disappoints.) The meal got me in the Irish spirit, and even more excited about the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration that will soon return to Disney Springs.
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, the festivities will be in full force all weekend long, starting at noon on Friday, March 16, 2018. Thinking of joining the fun? Read on to see what’s in store:
If you love live music, this is your chance to discover incredible Irish entertainment that rivals anything you’ll find on the Emerald Isle. The line-up includes Young Dubliners, dubbed one of Celtic rock’s hardest working bands; well-known U2 tribute band, Elevation, back by popular demand; The Maguires, a family band called “brilliant” by IrishCentral news; Briste, an inspiring all-female trio; The Byrne Brothers, featuring Dempsey (age 8), Finn (age 11) and Luca (age 13) playing alongside their father Tommy; and Reel Republic, hailing from the southwest corner of Ireland. These acclaimed musicians will be joined by The Raglan Roots Coalition and Out the Gap – the pub’s very own house bands, each talented in their own right.
For those who want to step into the action, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers will be performing throughout the weekend and will be teaching traditional Irish dance steps to those willing to learn – no experience necessary! (Tip: wear your dancing shoes; the moves are much more impressive in heels versus flip-flops, based on my experience.)
Of course, an impressive collection of beers, spirits and craft cocktails will be available, ready to pair with exceptional pub grub and more elegant Irish fare. No green beer here, everything is authentically Irish, including the complimentary face-painting artwork … want a shamrock? … that’ll be three leaves (not four – that would be a clover).
On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. Reservations can be booked for other festival days, including brunch, by calling 407-938-0300.
Here are the all the details on the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival.
In the meantime, I’d suggest you gather your greenest outfit and get ready for a rollicking good time!