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Lots to do this weekend in downtown, Ybor City


Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2014 at 03:00 PM

Looking for something to do this weekend? From celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to supporting literacy or finding a real bargain for yourself or your home, there are plenty of ways to stay busy.

Here are just a few of the things happening in downtown Tampa and in Ybor City this weekend.

CHISELERS MARKET is an annual sale of collectibles, furniture, art, jewelry, household items and more.

There’s even a silent auction at the event, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Plant Hall at the University of Tampa.

Admission is free.

MAYOR’S RIVER O’GREEN FEST is the city of Tampa’s official annual St. Patrick’s Day event, taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

The party is centered around the Hillsborough River, which will be transformed into a bright shade of green for the occasion.

The free event includes entertainment, games, kids activities, food trucks serving Irish fair and beer.

A LITERACY LUNCHEON features authors Connie Mae Fowler and Doris Weatherford and also recognizes women who are leaders in promoting reading and literacy.

The event, part of the public library’s centennial celebration, is 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Maestro’s Restaurant at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $19.14 each and available by calling (813) 273-3616 or emailing thplcentennialevents@gmail.com.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE is sponsored by the Rough Riders and will be from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday along Seventh Avenue, beginning at Nuccio Parkway in Ybor City.

The event is free and about 20,000 spectators are expected.

PADDYFEST is a three-day street festival from Saturday through Monday with live music, a Kid’s Zone, cornhole tournament and other contests.

The event will be held at Irish 31, 1611 Swann Ave., in Hyde Park Village with proceeds benefiting the Mike Alstott Family Foundation.

Admission varies between $15 and $150. See www.irish.31.com.

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