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What is Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration special event?

For the first-time ever, guests can get their Irish fix at the Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for the entire month of March. The park will come alive with special entertainment, delicious Irish-themed food, and beverages, plus thrilling roller coasters and attractions to mark the special holiday. And, for the first time in more than a year, park guests will be able to safely stroll through all 10 of Busch Gardens’ European villages. This one-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will be offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, March 5 – 28, as well as on St. Patrick’s Day Wednesday, March 17. Event hours vary and reservations are required. The park will host a Members-only day on Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Highlights:

NEW! Park-wide Access – Busch Gardens will once again open all 10 villages for park guests to enjoy. While park capacity will continue to be limited, numerous attractions, roller coasters, restaurants and shops will be open throughout the European- themed park (with physical distancing).

NEW! Entertainment – celebrating 20 years of Irish dance at Busch Gardens, this tribute on the Das Festhaus stage honors favorite performances through the years such as Irish Thunder, Emerald Beat and Celtic Fyre. Guests can sing along to classic tunes celebrating Irish tradition and immerse themselves in the thunderous sound of step dance. A fan favorite, The Killarney Band, also hits the stage performing traditional folk tunes such as Danny Boy and The Wild Rover as guests sip on their favorite pub fare.

NEW! Food and Beverages – guests can embark on a flavor-filled journey to enjoy Irish-themed fare like corned beef and cabbage, bangers and colcannon, Guinness® mousse, plus a wide variety of rotating specialty brews such as Kilkenny, Guinness® and Smithwick’s.

NEW! For the Kids – younger guests can join in the fun with the Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt. Kids can search for the lucky leprechauns hiding throughout the park and win a prize. And Clancy, Busch Gardens famous Leprechaun, will make a special appearance for a physically distant meet-and-greet, and souvenir photos.

NEW! Local Irish Dance Schools – Virginia’s Irish Dance Schools will show off their amazing talent on Saturdays in the park’s San Marco Theatre.

Is this a separately ticketed event?

Admission to Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is included for active Memberships, Annual Passes, Fun Cards, Military Passes, Preschool Passes, Friends and Family Passes, Waves of Honor Tickets, Member FREE Guest Tickets or previously purchased 2020 Spring or Summer Single-Day Tickets.

Admission for this limited-capacity event starts at only $39.99. Purchase your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration admission tickets here.

What is the best way to visit Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and other park events?

For the best admission option, guests can lock in an entire year of fun with a new 2021 Membership for as low as $11.25 per month with no down payment. Members receive 12 months of unlimited visitation and amazing park benefits and rewards such as FREE parking, up to 50 percent discount on in-park merchandise, up to 20 percent discount on dining, FREE guest tickets and so much more. Admission to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and other park events is included for active Members, Annual Pass and Fun Card holders. Join and become a Member here.

Will the experiences differ between reservation sessions?

No, the experience will be the same for all reservation sessions.

Is Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration kid-friendly?

Absolutely! Our youngest guests are encouraged to participate in the park-wide Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt, be enthralled by the Shamrock Surprise Squad, and enjoy a special appearance by Clancy, Busch Gardens’ famous Leprechaun, for a physically distant meet-and-greet.

Face Covering Policy: Please note that all guests 2 years of age and older must wear an approved face covering while in the park. Any forms of a costumed face mask or covering are not permitted. Review approved face coverings and important safety guidelines here.

What are the hours of the event?

Event sessions & hours vary based on event date. Please view the park calendar for operating hours for your preferred date.

When is the Members-Only Appreciation Day?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Basic, Unlimited, Premier and Platinum Members are invited to enjoy the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and the park all to themselves on Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Make sure to save the date and mark your calendar for this will be an event you won’t want to miss with special performances during each session by The Fighting Jamesons band, and other fun to be had!

Will there be Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration food options available for those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, please see each participating locations for dietary selections.

How much is parking?

Unless already included with your active Membership, Annual Pass, Military Pass, Friends & Family Pass, parking for this special event is $25.

What do I need to bring with me to access the park?

A reservation is required for all visitors. Guests will need to bring their original ticket/Membership/Annual Pass/Fun Card/Preschool Pass/Friends and Family Pass/Military Pass, their reservation confirmation and their photo ID for entry.

How do I enter the park?

All guests will enter through the toll plaza, including Platinum & Premier Members and Platinum Annual Passes, and will be directed towards the appropriate parking lot for special event entry.

What villages will be open for the Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration special event?

The following villages will be open for guests to enjoy: England, Scotland, Ireland, France, New France, Germany, Oktoberfest, Italy, Festa Italia and Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

What rides are operating during the event?

Roller coasters: Griffon, Apollo’s Chariot, Verbolten, InvadR.

Rides: Finnegan’s Flyer, Busch Gardens Railway, The Little Balloons, Battering Ram, Flying Machine, DaVinci’s Cradle, Turkish Delight, The Trade Wind, Le Catapult, Kinder Karussel, Der Roto Baron, Der Wirbelwind, Prince Elmo’s Spire, Oscar’s Whirly Worm, Grover’s Alpine Express.

*Please note that colder temperatures or inclement weather conditions may impact ride operations during the event. The attractions listed above will be the only operational rides during the Busch Gardens Wild Weekends special event.

Will all food & beverage establishments be open?

The following food & beverage locations will be open for your enjoyment: Marco Polo’s Marketplace, Brauhaus, Roman Frieze, Silk Road Bar, Das Festhaus, M. Sweets Confectionery, Grogan’s Pub, Brady’s Drink, Abbey Stone Cart, Les Frites, Three Rivers Snacks, Alpen Drink, Der Marketplatz, and Pretzel World.

What culinary locations will be selling the specialty St. Patrick’s Day Celebration food & beverage items?

The specialty St. Patrick’s Day Celebration food & beverage items can be found at Grogan’s Pub, Brady’s Drink and Abby Stone Cart.

Will 2021 Pint & Stein Club Memberships be available for purchase?

Yes, 2021 Pint & Stein Club Memberships will be available for purchase at Grogan’s Pub and the Brauhaus.

What merchandise locations will be open?

The following shops will be open for Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Bella Casa, Tempesto Shop, The Emporium, Felt & Feather, Emerald Isle Gifts, Pot O’ Gold Toy Shop, Tweedside Gifts, Trapper Dave’s General Store, La Belle Maison, Acadia Traders, Caribou Pottery, German Gifts, Arcade & Games, and Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Trove.

What specialty entertainment & experiences can I look forward to at St. Patrick’s Day Celebration?

Guests will enjoy the following entertainment & experiences at Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration:

Celtic Celebration: A 20 Year Tribute to Irish Dance – Celebrating 20 years of Irish dance at Busch Gardens, this tribute on Das Festhaus stage honors favorite performances through the years such as Irish Thunder, Emerald Beat and Celtic Fyre. Sing along to classic tunes celebrating Irish tradition and immerse yourself in the thunderous sound of step dance.

St. Paddy’s DJ – The party continues into Oktoberfest with a DJ on top of Das Festhaus playing upbeat music and popular hits that are sure to get you moving and grooving!

Emerald Ensemble – Sláinte! Prepare to be serenaded by this interactive group of strolling vocalists singing contemporary songs with an Irish twist. You won’t be able to resist clapping along to these charming performers!

Killarney Band – Your favorite Irish jig band is back in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Sing along to traditional folk tunes such as Danny Boy and The Wild Rover as you sip on your favorite pub fare.

Local Irish Dance Schools – Support Virginia’s Irish Dance Schools as they show off local talent every Saturday in San Marco Theatre.

Ireland Village Celebration – Ireland comes to life for St. Patrick’s Day in a true Irish celebration complete with music, fun and some of Killarney’s most iconic characters. Snap a photo with stilt walkers and festive townsfolk, sip on an Irish stout and rejoice in wishing good fortune for all!

Shamrock Surprise Squad – Feeling lucky? Our Shamrock Surprise Squad brings the luck of the Irish to a whole new level! If you get ‘shamrocked’ by Miss Molly Maloney or the Killarney Mayor during your visit, show it off in a selfie for the chance to be featured on our social channels.

Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt – Our youngest guests can join in the St. Patrick’s Day fun with the Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt. Grab a clue sheet at the Welcome Center and see if you can find all nine lucky leprechauns hiding in the park. Once complete, redeem a prize at the Emporium in England.

Clancy Meet & Greet – Snap a souvenir photo to remember your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration visit with Busch Gardens’ favorite leprechaun, Clancy, in France village.

What is Busch Gardens Williamsburg doing to ensure guest health and safety in light of coronavirus concerns for this event?

The health and safety of our guests, ambassadors and animals is our top priority. For details and information about the measures the guest can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, click here.

Can I use my Membership, Annual Pass, Military Pass, Preschool Pass, Fun Card & Friends and Family Pass to attend this event?

Yes, all Memberships, Annual Passes, Military Passes, Preschool Passes, Fun Cards & Friends and Family Pass can be used to attend this event. However, a reservation is still required. Click here to make a reservation.

Do I receive any additional benefits as a Member or an Annual Pass Holder?

As a Member, you are able to use your normal benefits such as free admission, parking and in-park discounts. Reservations are still required. Click here to see the full list of benefits associated with your Membership tier.

Is my Member’s Friend for Free Ticket valid for the Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration?

Yes, Member Friend for Free tickets are valid for Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

Can I use my previously purchased Single-Day, Multi-Day or Vacation Package ticket for this special event?

Yes, previously purchased 2020 Spring or Summer Single-Day Tickets can be used for admission. Reservations are required and no refunds will be given for the cost difference. Click here to make a reservation.

Are the Waves of Honor tickets valid for this event?

Yes, but reservations are required.

Are previously purchased All-Season Dine, Quick Queue, Pint Club & Stein Club products valid at Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration?

All-Season Dine: Yes, All Season Dines will be valid for the 2021 season at participating locations. The park will honor previously purchased 2020 All Season Dine plans throughout 2021, but will NOT sell new 2021 plans.

Quick Queue: All Quick Queue purchased January – July 2020 will be valid for use. However, to get the best value of your Quick Queue, we recommend using it during a visit when you have more coasters/attractions to choose from.
*Platinum Memberships that receive the Member Reward of a one-time, one-ride Quick Queue per visit will be able to utilize this reward.

Stein & Pint Club: Previously purchased 2020 Pint & Stein Club Memberships will be honored at participating locations

Will the Pet Kennels be available during the event?

Yes, the Pet Kennels will be open during Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

Will wheelchair or stroller rentals available to rent?

Yes, wheelchair and strollers are available to rent online before your visit or when you arrive at the park. Please visit our Welcome Center in England.

Can I use my previously purchased refillable souvenir cup?

Yes, however due to our health and safety protocols, filling the bottle from the self-serve drink dispenser is not permitted. A disposable cup will be available to dispense refills.

Will the Ride Accessibility Program (RAP) still be honored?

Yes, the Ride Accessibility Program will be available during Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.