South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center hosts a free party in St. Patrick’s Square for the community

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The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) officially kicks off St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17 with its St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The free family event, at 6 p.m. at the Center’s Plaza in Cutler Bay, will include the Finnegan Blue Band and performances from the Breffni Academy of Irish Dance.

Headlining band Finnegan Blue transforms New Orleans rock, bluegrass, gospel and funk for an unforgettable and rowdy performance. Sibling duo Anna Lee and Willie Fleming – joined by their father, Bill, Malcolm Jones (saxophone), Kevin Higuchi (percussion) and Oskar Beckmann (bass) – will deliver a high-energy performance “guaranteed to put a smile in your ears.”

Also performing are the Breffni Academy of Irish Dance, a Miami-based cultural dance group led by Michael O’Hara and Nicola O’Hara. The O’Haras have both been awarded the title “Masters of Irish Dancing” and serve as expert instructors, choreographers, judges and mentors in the Irish dancing community.

Their company’s performance includes a demonstration of traditional Irish dancing and an invitation for guests to learn the ‘Irish jig’, a lively cultural dance that is done to Celtic music played on a ‘jig’, an old word for fiddle. .

An outdoor family event at SMDCAC celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Finnegan Blue Band (pictured) and Breffni Academy of Irish Dance, March 17 at 6 p.m.

“It’s exciting to bring back free plaza events for the South Dade community. This event is designed to showcase great music, showcase local culture and encourage families to have a fun night out,” said Eric Fliss, General Manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. “Our Plaza will come alive with the tradition and vibrancy of St. Patrick’s Day.”

The St. Patrick’s Day Plaza Party is a community event and will offer food and drink for purchase, in addition to raffles and giveaways.

No outside food or drink will be permitted. Information about this event is available by calling (786) 573-5300 or visiting

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