Williamsburg, Virginia (Feb. 26, 2021) – 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 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.
In compliance with Virginia’s phase 3 safety guidelines for reopening businesses, Busch Gardens operates with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements and temperature screenings. Special event capacity will be limited to create ample space for guests to enjoy their experience, while maintaining physical distancing in a safe environment.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will offer a taste of all-things Irish such as corned beef and cabbage, and Guinness®. Decorated villages, fan-favorite rides and coasters, authentic live entertainment, family-friendly activities, classic pub fare and a St. Patrick’s Day staple - green beer - will all be on tap.
NEW! Park-wide Access – Busch Garden 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! Culinary 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! Culinary and Beverages – guests can embark on a flavor-filled journey to enjoy animal inspired sweet
treats like zebra chocolate drizzled kettle corn, fun cocktails like a Moscow Mule and Salty Dog, a wide
variety of specialty brews like Snakebite Stout, and delicious entrée favorites from Das Festhaus.
NEW! For the Kids – a park-wide fur and feathers scavenger hunt will inspire kids to learn about animals
and the impact they have on the environment. Kids can also play in Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ and
learn how to build a birdhouse. (Nominal fee)
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.
“Spring is such a great time to visit the park and it’s exciting to open all villages along with a great selection of rides and attractions for our all-new St. Patrick’s Day Celebration,” said Kevin Lembke, president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA®. “While we continue to operate safely with limited capacity, our unique offerings including the best live entertainment and specialty St Patrick’s Day themed food and drinks, this event is sure to become an annual guest favorite.”
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Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration event admission starts at only $39.99. For the best admission option, guests can lock in an entire year of fun witha 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 the new March special event is included for active Members, Annual Pass and Fun Card holders. Visit www.buschgardens.com/williamsburg/tickets/reservations/ for a complete list of rides, attractions, event activities, and to make reservations.
Good to Know
Reservations for the park’s Food & Wine Festival are now available. More details about this popular event, scheduled for weekends April 2 – May 23, will be announced soon.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit Buschgardens.com/williamsburg/park-info/park-safety/.
Busch Gardens® Williamsburg is an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 130 acres of family fun. Home to top-rated roller coasters including the all-new Pantheon®, the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster coming in 2021, more than 50 rides and attractions, live stage shows, monthly special events and delicious culinary experiences. Busch Gardens has been voted the “World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park” every year since 1990. For more information, visit BuschGardens.com/williamsburg. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 38,000 animals in need over the Company’s history.
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