Things to do for St. Patrick's Day

Posted on March 01 2019

Things to do for St. Patrick's Day

Things to do for St. Patrick’s Day 2019

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

March 15, 2019

To kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend on Friday, 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!

Irish Whiskey Tasting Pre-St Patrick's Day, St. Michaels

March 16, 2019

What’s more Irish than Irish Whiskey?  Warm this chilly winter up with an Irish Whiskey tasting at the Old Brick Inn in St. Michaels.  Did you know that Irish whiskey is also known as “uisce betha,” which means “water of life” in Gaelic?  Don’t forget to purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Barleyjuice - Celtic Music, Westminster

March 15-16, 2019
Guinness will flow and to this annual appearance by favorite rebellious rockers. High energy Celtic Music for those that want to Sham Rock!

Shamrockin’ In Ghent, Va

March 8, 2019

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 Convention Center 
March 15-17, 2019

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. 

 Parades

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 2nd at 12:30 PM, along King St. in Old Town Alexandria

Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 10th at 1:00 PM, starting at the West Gate Circle

Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 10th at 11:00 AM

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Baltimore

March 10, at 2pm, starting at the Washington Monument through Downtown.

 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Gaithersburg

March 16, 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 16, 12pm.

6th Annual O’Nancock St. Patrick’s Parade & Celtic Festival

March 10th, 11am. 

Time to get your Green On and become a Leprechaun!

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