The Washington DC area celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a variety of PARADES!
Washington DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade (The Nation’s Parade!)
http://dcstpatsparade.com/. March 15. Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a parade along Constitution Avenue – 7th to 17th Streets NW. It’s two-and-a-half hour event also known as the Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Check out the floats, bands – marching and bagpipe, military, police and fire departments. Irish pubs sponsor parade parties with musicians, dancers and singers. Family friendly!
Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
http://www.ballyshaners.org/parade/parade_front.htm. March 7. Fun starts at noon.
This family celebration includes a classic car show, a dog show in addition to a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Enjoy watching your elected officials; the Irish Ambassador; military commanders; and other local celebrities participate – along with local scouts, Marines and high school bands.
Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade
http://www.annapolis.com/directory/event/st-patricks-day-parade-annapolis.html. March 8. 1 p.m.
Annapolis celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a parade in Historic Annapolis featuring more than 90 floats with participation by many local organizations. The city celebrates Irish Week with ten days of events including music, an Irish Coffee competition and more.
Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/st-patricks-day-parade. March 14. 10 a.m. – Noon
The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Harp and Shamrock Society, The Peterson Companies and Rio Washingtonian Center (I-370 and Washingtonian Boulevard).will host a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade at Washingtonian Center.
Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade
http://www.stpatparade.net/. March 14. 11 a.m.
The City of Manassas will host a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Town with Irish dance groups, Pipe and Drum from the Emerald Society, Washington Scottish, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Coalition. The Marine Corps Color Guard will be on site along with other area organizations.
http://shamrockfest.com/. March 21. 3 – 11 p.m.
The largest Saint Patrick’s Day party in the region features Five Live Stages, an Irish Shopping Bazaar, food, drink and fun activities for all ages. Kids under 11 are free with paying adult! At RFK Stadium.
Celebrate St. Paddy’s – by hiring a babysitter and making your way into town!
The Shamrock Crawl
http://theshamrockcrawl.com/. Two events: March 14, 2015 in Washington DC and March 21, 2015 in Arlington, VA. The event celebrates a full day of great bars, DJs, and drink specials. Sign up for the events at their website.
http://www.dublinerdc.com/index.php/live-music. March 17, 2015, 10 a.m.
The Dubliner, known for quantities of Guinness Stout, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day this year along with its 40th anniversary! Takes two parties with live music – John McGrath, Morris Minor, and Jimmy Raferty & Paddy Halligan – on multiple stages, tented patio. Come for lunch and/or dinner! 520 N. Capitol St. NW Washington, DC. (202) 737-3773.
http://logantavern.com/. March 17, 2015.
All day happy hour at the bar, community table and patio. Come for half-priced draft beers and great “beer” food specials like Fish & Chips and Sausage Rolls. Test your knowledge with an Irish Quiz of 15 Irish history and culture questions. It’s not just one day…get St. Patrick’s Day cocktails from March 13-17. 1423 P St. NW Washington DC (202) 332-3710.
http://washingtondc.eventful.com/events/cloverfest-presented-drink-district-/E0-001-080869589-0. March 14: Two sessions: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m.
Channel your inner leprechaun and join us at Cloverfest presented by Drink the District! There will be 75+ beers to sample at the end of this rainbow – you’ll have unlimited access to a selection of full pour options, including one very special green beer. Dueling pianos, lawn games and DC food trucks will round off this great day out! Cost: Tickets required – $39.00 to $50.00. 130 N St. SE, Washington DC (lots east of Nationals Park)
http://www.lindypromo.com/?event=shamrocks-shenanigans. March 17, 2015, 11 a.m.-Closing. Bagpipers, beads, giveaways, & DJs Oh My! Live music playing throughout the day! The ShamRogues – known as the best Irish band in DC, as well as the Mike Leverone Duo, provide great Irish tunes all day. Rumors, 19th and M St. NW Washington DC.
http://www.lindypromo.com/?event=dc-leprechaun-lap. March 7, 2015, 1 – 9 p.m.
The Leprechaun Lap starts with food and drink specials at Mackey’s Irish Pub then on to Buffalo Billards, Black Rooster, Rumors, The Front Page, James Hoban’s, Madhatter, The Mighty Pint, The Bottom Line, Irish Whiskey, Fiesta Lounge, Café Citron, BlackFinn, Bread and Brew, Sign of the Whale and more. Registration is between 1 and 6 p.m. at Mackey’s 1823 L St. NW, Washington, DC.
Ri Ra Irish Pub Georgetown
http://www.rira.com/georgetown/whats-on.html. March, 17. 7 a.m. (breakfast served!)
Enjoy a special Irish happy hour available all day, every day, and authentic live bands throughout the month of March at Georgetown’s Ri Ra Irish Pub. The festivities include live Irish dancers, bagpipe players and performances by Irish musical acts. Find out what the Jameson Ice Luge is if you’re a Ri Ra novice! 3123-3125 M Street, NW Washington DC (202) 751-2111.
FADO Irish Pub and Whiskey Crawl
http://www.fadoirishpub.com/washington/st-patricks-day-2015. March 17 . 8 a.m.
It’s our 17th St Patrick’s Day in Chinatown and to celebrate we’re opening the doors open at 8 a.m. for St Patrick’s Day 2015. Come on in early for breakfast and a pint. We’ll have Irish dancers and bag pipers performing throughout the day. Live Music starts at 2pm: line up TBD. $10 cover starts at noon. 808 7th St NW Washington, DC (202) 789-0066 and 1 Park Pl #7 Annapolis, MD (410) 626-0069.
http://www.wrap.org/soberride/. 4 p.m. March 17 – 4 a.m. March 18.
The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s St. Paddy’s Day SoberRide is one way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday. Don’t take chances – set the example!
Running for St. Paddy’s Day? Sure – work off the treats to come….
Four Courts Four Miler
https://www.runpacers.com/race/four-courts-four-miler/. March 14. 9:00 AM
This race starts and ends at Ireland’s Four Courts. Four miles sound like a piece of cake? Just know the first half is downhill, but the second is completely uphill. The good news is that runners will be rewarded with food and booze post-race. Register for $40. 2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
Lucky Leprechaun Fun Run
https://frederickymca.org/events/event/2015-lucky-leprechaun-5k-fun-run. March 15, 7:30 a.m.
The Fun Run (1 mile for kids!) will begin at 8:30am with the 5k starting at 9:00am. Packet pickup will be available the day before at the Green Valley Y.11791 Fingerboard Road, Monrovia, MD 21770.
St. Patrick’s Day Cultural Outings
Mt. Vernon: Washington’s Irish Historic Concert Reception
http://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/washingtons-irish-historic-concert-reception. March 20, 7 – 9 p.m.
Explore the history related to the Irish during the Revolutionary War at a performance by Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones. A reception will take place in the Vaughan Lobby following this performance and cultural music discussion. Taste a sampling of chef prepared Irish-inspired dishes!
Floral Designs: Catch the Irish Spirit
http://www.fxva.com/includes/calendar-of-events/Floral-Designs-Catch-the-Irish-Spirit/14191/. March 15, 2015. 2:30 p.m.
Irish or not, you can enjoy the spirit of the day. Floral design instructor Chuck Mason helps you create an arrangement with an Irish spirit using decorative greens and flowers. A leprechaun may even leave a bit of gold. Green Spring Gardens and Horticultural Center, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Annandale, VA (703) 642-5173.