Are you ready to get your green groove on? Don your fave shade of green as this seems to be the theme among local events the next few weeks. We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day so check out a couple of St. Patty’s Day parades, go for a run or just enjoy some good ol’ leprechaun fun! There are plenty of family friendly St. P options in the DMV!

Photo: Chrisinphilly5448 via flickr

Ireland On The Wharf
The Waterfront is hoping to bring the luck of the Irish to their first annual Ireland on The Wharf festival! Bring the whole family and celebrate the beauty and tradition of the Emerald Isle with bagpipers, Irish dancers, live music, kid -friendly activities and a beer garden for mom and dad! Check out fun acts like the Aine O’Doherty Band from Donegal, The Danny Burns Band and The ShamRogues.

Date: Mar. 10, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Where: District Pier / 7th Street Park

Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Don’t want to trek into D.C. for a parade? No problem! The City of Gaithersburg will host the 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Rio Washingtonian CenterThe parade will be led by Celtic dancers and marching bagpipe bands. Then, head over to the Lakefront Plaza where additional post-parade activities await, such as live musical performance by Lloyd Dobbler Effect, free family activities, strolling entertainment and merchant specials.

Date: Mar. 10, 10 a.m.
Where: 209 Boardwalk Pl. (Gaithersburg, Md)

The Washington D.C. 48th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade
D.C. does not disappoint when it comes to Irish fun on the National Mall. See hundreds of marching bands, military units, dance schools, floats and more in this well-liked annual parade. Don’t want to miss a beat? You can purchase tickets for the grandstands, next to the judges, so you’ll be able to hear each group introduced as they approach and see them at their best as they perform for the adjudicators. Otherwise, make sure to arrive early so you get a good view. The parade route is easily accessible from the Federal Triangle, Archives-Navy Memorial and Smithsonian Metro stations.

Date: Mar. 11, Noon
Where: Constitution Ave. from 7th to 17th Sts., NW 

Fairfax County’s Wear Green Campfire
Enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family at this St. Patrick’s Day outdoor event. Wear your best lucky green and search for all things green in the meadow ($6). Then enjoy roasting marshmallows by the campfire.

When: Mar. 17 at 5:30 p.m.-6p.m
Where: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Rd. in Chantilly
Cost: $


Smithsonian Irish Celebration
Smithsonian Discovery Theatre for children hosts All Ireland! This floor-stomping show is geared to kids ages 5 to 10 and features dancer-musicians Shannon Dunn and Alex Boatright performing old-style dancing, singing, and the sounds of traditional instruments.

When: March 17th
Where: Baird Auditorium, Natural History Museum
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Time: 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5 – $8

Do you have a favorite St. Patrick’s Day parade or Irish restaurant around D.C.? Tell us in the Comments.

—Guiomar Ochoa and Jamy Bond



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