Editor’s note: Due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines, nearly all of DC’s in-person St. Patrick’s day events have been canceled for 2021. We hope to see you back here next year, perusing our guide for the best St. Patrick’s day festivities.

A wee bit o’Irish luck comes to town this St. Patrick’s Day with (mostly) free, family-friendly events. Get dressed in green and get ready to enjoy some Celtic music at Strathmore, traditional Irish step at Anacostia Community Museum and a parade (or two!). There is plenty of kid-friendly fun at the end of this rainbow—so get ready to Paddy like you’re Irish in Washington, DC.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at The Music Center at Strathmore
The stage of the Strathmore’s Music Center will feature an Irish band, dancers, pipe players, a choral arrangements of Irish classics and a special performance by champion fiddler and singer, Seán Heely, in a one-of-a-kind concert.

When: Mar. 13, 8 p.m.
Where:5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, MD
Cost: Starting at $29
Online: strathmore.org

St. Patrick’s Day Craft Event
Get ready to paint the world with rainbows at this free craft event. Starting at noon, two crafts will be provider for wee leprechauns free of charge. In addition to the regular menu, Irish-themed food will also be available. Be sure to reserve your spot before the fun day.

When: Mar. 14, noon-4 p.m.
Where: Hops N Shine, 3410 Mount Vernon Ave., Del Ray
Cost: Free
Online: eventbrite.com/e/st-patricks-day-craft-event

photo: City of Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg 20th St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day a little early this year at the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! After the parade, join us on the Boardwalk for a live musical performance by The Breakaways from 11am-2pm

When: Mar. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Rio Blvd. & Grand Corner Ave., Gaithersburg, MD
Cost: Free
Online: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


50th Anniversary DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This annual affair has grown from what was little more than a leisurely stroll by a few hundred participants to what is now being called “The Nation’s St. Patrick’s Parade.” In 1974, the Constitution Avenue route was established and the march became a full-scale Parade with Marching Bands, Pipe Bands, our Nation’s Military, Police, and Fire Departments as well as Floats, Novelty Groups and those marchers wearing green.

When: Mar. 15, Noon-3 p.m.
Where: National Mall, 7th St to 17th St on Constitution Avenue NW
Cost: Free
Online: http://dcstpatsparade.com/


photo: JPMPinMontreal via Flickr

Irish Step Dancing
Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish step dancing presented by the Shannon Dunne Dance Company. This performance will take place in the garden plaza at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum.

When: Mar. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: 1901 Fort Pl. SE, Anacostia
Cost: Free
Online: anacostia.si.edu

O’Faolain’s Road to St. Patrick’s Day
From Mar. 13-17, this Sterling restaurant features daily music and dancing in their dining room. While the bar gets packed with Smithwick’s-swilling enthusiasts, the restaurant is family-friendly and packed with table-tapping, green-wearing kiddos. The kids menu is not available during special events, put their fish & chips is perfectly portioned for two kids under 12 to share.

When Mar.13-17
Where: 20921 Davenport Dr., Sterling, VA
Cost: Entrees are $15 & up
Online: ofaolains.com

––Meghan Yudes Meyers


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