You’ve got the luck of an Irish-loving city on your side when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s our list of kid-friendly parades, parties and other activities for you and your lucky charms.


The Washington D.C. 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade
See over 100 marching bands, military units, dance school, floats and more in this popular annual parade. The parade route is easily accessible from the Federal Triangle, Archives-Navy Memorial and Smithsonian Metro stations; or you can purchase tickets for the grandstands, located between 15th and 16th streets next to the judges reviewing stand. If you watch from the grandstands, you’ll hear each group introduced as they approach and see them at their best as they perform for the judges. You’ll also be near the restrooms! Purchase grandstand tickets for $20 here.

Date: March 12 at Noon
Where: Constitution Ave from 7th to 17th St. NW

ShamrockFest 2017
DC’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration features live music, food, drinks, roving entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish village, carnival rides and games, and more. Enjoy more than 30 bands and DJs on five stages. 2017 headliners include Gaelic Storm, Blues Traveler and Reel Big Fish.

Date: March 11th 2pm to 10pm
Where: RFK Stadium Festival Grounds 2400 E. Capitol St. SE
Cost: $29.99 – $79.99 (12 and under are free).


Kidville Bethesda St. Patrick’s Day Party
You’re in luck if you’re looking for family-friendly fun that doesn’t involve parades or pubs. Kidville features an indoor play space that gives kids a safe space to run, climb and make new friends. The St. Patrick’s Day Party will feature a Pot of Gold Photo Booth, art projects, live music from the Rockin’ Railroad crew, and snacks.

Where: Kidville Bethesda
When: March 17th, 4pm to 5pm
Cost: $20 (6 months and under free).

St. Patrick’s Day Sunset Harbor Cruise
You and your shamrock shakers can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day on the water with fun Irish tunes, snacks and drinks. Don your luckiest green outfit and you could win free cruises and fun prizes.

Where: Washington Marina
1300 Main Ave. SW
When: March 17th 6pm to 8pm
Cost: $45 (2 and under are free)

Danu’ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
You and your shamrock shakers will love this high-energy show featuring Celtic music and dance from the Emerald Isles, performed by one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles. Their virtuosity with authentic Irish instruments including flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki, is matched by gorgeous vocals in Irish and English.

When: March 17th at 8pm
Where: George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
4400 University Dr. in Fairfax, VA
Cost: $30+



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: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theatre
1100 Jefferson Dr. SW in DC
Time: 10:15am and 11:30am
Cost: $5 – $8

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. Then enjoy roasting marshmallows by the campfire.

When: March 17th at 6:30pm
Where: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Rd. in Chantilly
Cost: $8

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

—Jamy Bond

Photos courtesy of The Washington, D.C. Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade