Sláinte: How RVA gets down for St. Patrick’s Day

Looking to get your Irish on? Look no further.

Looking to get your Irish on? Look no further. There’s a bevy of Irish related festivities happening this weekend.

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Shamrock the Block

Now in its 10th year, Shamrock the Block will be 30,000 people convening on the streets of Shockoe Bottom to eat, drink, and watch bands like Killing Daylights, Murphy’s Kids, and more.

  • Saturday, March 16th • 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • 100 N. 17th St
  • Free admission

Church Hill Irish Festival

The 28th annual festival kicks off Saturday at 10:00 AM with a parade. There’ll be traditional Irish musicians, bagpipers, and dancers performing throughout the weekend. Children’s games and face painting will also be available.

  • Saturday, March 23rd – Sunday, March 24th
  • Church Hill
  • $2 donation

Sine’s 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party

The bar will host bands like Broken Monday and the Chase Fralin band, plus more (rain or shine!)

  • Saturday, March 16th • 11:30 AM (bands start at 1:00 PM)
  • 1327 E. Cary Street
  • $5 cover

St. Patty’s Palooza

A free family-friendly event with petting zoo, bounce houses, and face painting. Adults can look forward to a beer garden, food vendors, and dance troupes. Proceeds go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

  • Saturday, March 16th • 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr Glen Allen, VA 23060
  • Free admission

Rosie Connolly’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Street Party

Featuring beer truck, food vendors, and live music all weekend.

  • Saturday, March 16th – Sunday, March 17th • doors open at 11:00 AM
  • 1548 E. Main Street
  • Free admission

Capital Ale House St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

The downtown bar will have 10 different Irish & Scottish ales on tap (and at least ten more in bottles). It will also debut a new Irish menu, featuring Tender corned beef and cabbage, Dill and Irish whisky cured salmon on crispy potato cake and chive cream, and more. There will also be live music.

  • Sunday, March 17th • 3:00 PM
  • 623 E. Main Street
  • FREE admission

Free “Beer School” at Popkin Tavern

Join certified Cicerone James Vance as he guides you through the wonderful world of craft beer.

  • Saturday, March 16th • 4:00 PM
  • 123 W. Broad Street.
  • Free admission


Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles today. Their standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland feature high-energy performances that mix ancient Irish music and new influences.

  • Saturday, March 16th • 7:30 PM
  • Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music • 28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond
  • $10 – $36 Presents the Capital Ale St. Paddies Brew Tour

Hop on board and visit Legend Brewing Co., Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and Midnight Brewery, each one opened for the special St. Patrick’s Day tour.

  • Sunday, March 17th • 1:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Meet at Capital Ale House, 623 E. Main Street
  • $45

photo by William Wilson loves Belinda

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