11 a.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto
$5 to $45
Thinking about getting a new tattoo? Who better to do the job than celebrity artists, including the stars of “Ink Masters” and other reality shows? This tattoo festival is home to artists from around the country, as well as cosplay contests, after-parties, photo opportunities and more. Runs through Sunday.
5 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Art Center Sarasota opens its fourth exhibition cycle of the season, including "Spectrum II," curated by Nathan Skiles, featuring art by Cody Berringer, Caitlyn Burns and Shawn Pettersen; "Beginning to End" by Peppi Elona; Intangible Corporeal, curated by Dustin Juengel and "From Within," an open, all-media juried exhibition. On view through April 21.
Under the Covers: An Evening of Singers and Songwriters
7 p.m. at the Gator Club, 1490 Main St.
LDG Productions presents this regular covers showcase.
‘The Love of Three Kings’
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $135
This opera in three acts, with music by Italo Montemezzi, tells the story of Princess Fiora, who is forced to marry the son of the man who conquered her country. She begins meeting in secret with her true love, which raises suspicions.
Great Performers: The Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti
7:30 p.m. at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets $45 to $90
Sarasota Concert Association presents this concert by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with standout violinist Nicola Benedetti.
Shamrock Pub is the place to be for St. Paddy’s festivities. The ninth annual block party returns, featuring beer, food, a limerick contest and music by Hail Dale, Blue Skye Pipes and Drums, Runaway Gypsies, Drake School of Irish Dance, All Hail The Queen, The Beat Down and more. Benefits the Sarasota Family YMCA Youth Shelter.
Jazz at 2: Jerry Eckert Trio
2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
$15; $10 for members
The Jerry Eckert Trio performs in this regular jazz series.
Calusa Brewing celebrates the holiday with the release of its newest beer, Reddy Mercury. Try one of the Irish reds, paired with desserts from Create Bakery and Gifts and a corned beef and cabbage sandwich from Taste Time To Love Us.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with live music by SparkNotes, New Divide and Randy Johnson, as well as food trucks, photo booths, Irish jig dancing, prizes and more.
mchapel projects: 'Organic Geometry'
6 p.m. at mchapel projects, 2061 Princeton St.
mchapel projects, a gallery with a focus on contemporary, experimental art, opens with its first exhibition, "Organic Geometry." The exhibition includes art by Marianne Chapel, Cynthia Mason, Laine Nixon and Jill Taffet.
Masterworks 6: ‘Titan’ Sarasota Orchestra
8 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
Sergei Nakariakov performs on the flugelhorn, including Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Bernstein’s Candide Overture and Mahler’s Symphony No.1, called the "Titan." Continues through Sunday.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18
New Stages: Experiment #42.000
Times vary at The Ringling
Performance-art group Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure, with the help of several dozen performers, creates a unique tour of performance, individualized for each guest. Continues Sunday.
‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’
1:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $135
The Sarasota Opera presents this 1953 opera in three acts by Francis Poulenc, which tells a harrowing, fictionalized version of the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne. Set during the French Revolution’s infamous “Reign of Terror,” a group of Carmelite nuns were guillotined in Paris for refusing to renounce their religion. Centered on Blanche de la Force, who joins a Carmelite order to devote her life to God, her story explores the true meaning of faith.
Movie Night: 'Return of the Jedi'
6 p.m. at Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.
Mandeville Beer Garden presents an outdoor screening of "Return of the Jedi," accompanied by food and drink specials.