Looking for some ideas on to Erin go Braugh or Celebrate Ireland? Here’s a guide of where to go and what to see this St. Patrick's Day in the Chesapeake Bay Region... Every year on March 17, Chesapeake Irish pride is on full display. It's no secret that this region loves to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and this collection of festivities are a testament to that. If you're wondering where to go and what to know this St. Patrick's Day, check out our list of things to do.
Explore St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Washington, DC.
March 17, 2020
To kick off St. Patrick’s Day, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will host a mass that includes the Washington DC Fire Department's Emerald Society Pipes and Drums greeting parishioners, children performing traditional Irish step dancing, and guest brass instrumentalists from Ireland performing traditional Irish hymns with our choir, accompanied by our famous pipe organ.
Be sure to wear something green and join them for this very special Mass!
Guinness Brewery St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Halethorpe, MD
March 14, 15, & 17, 2020
What’s more Irish than Guinness? The brewery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Celebration on the 14th, 15th and 17th and a dinner on the 17th. If your going to go authentic Irish for the day then this is your place.
Shamrockin’ In Ghent District, Norfolk, VA
March 6, 2020
If your trying to get your liver warmed up for St. Patrick’s Day weekend try this block party. It is free and open to the public and will take place on Colley Avenue in Norfolk’s historic Ghent district between Shirley and Gates Avenues.
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, Virginia Beach, VA
March 20-22, 2020
Our three-day event includes a sports and fitness expo, race distances and challenges to accommodate all ages and skill levels, and a huge finish line celebration on the beach. With six events, there is a distance for everyone to choose from: the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Shamrock Marathon Relay, Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, TowneBank Shamrock 8K, Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile and Leprechaun Dash that is 26.2 yards.
The Shamrock Crawl, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
March 14, 2020
Singing, drinking with your Celtic family are all part of the pub crawl traditions on St. Patrick’s Day.
Irish Stroll, Virginia Beach, VA
March 14, 2020
Everything green (including beer), singing Danny Boy, and drowning a clover are the yearly Irish Stroll traditions on St. Patrick’s Day!
Norfolk LepreCon 2020
March 14, 2020
Two things that March are known for is St. Patrick’s Day and college basketball. If you attend the Norfolk LepreCon in Norfolk, you can do both! Celebrate St. Paddy's Day in downtown Norfolk with music, beer, cocktails, good eats, and sports in the Waterside District. It’s a day to grab beads, paint some shamrocks, and don your green derby hat.
The first recorded St. Patrick's day parade in history took place in New York City on March 17th, 1762. It was held by Irish soldiers who were serving in the British army. They marched to Irish music to help them reconnect with their Irish ancestry and fellow servicemen. Irish music is still a staple of St. Patrick’s Day parades around the Chesapeake Bay. Wear green and celebrate in the following cities.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Alexandria
March 7th at 12:30 PM, along King St. in Old Town Alexandria
Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 8th at 1:00 PM, starting at the West Gate Circle
Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 14th at 11:00 AM
St. Patrick's Day Parade, Baltimore
March 15th, at 2pm, starting at the Washington Monument through Downtown.
St. Patrick's Day Parade, Gaithersburg
March 14th, at 10am, Rio Washingtonian Center. Following the parade there will be live entertainment on the lakefront plaza until 2 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day Parade - Chesapeake City
March 14th , 12pm. The parade will vote for Best Float, Most Spirit, Best Dressed & Erin Go Braugh.
6th Annual O’Nancock St. Patrick’s Parade & Celtic Festival
March 15th, 2pm.
Time to get your Green On and become a Leprechaun!