Happy St. Patrick's Day! Feel the luck of the Irish with this edition of the weekend roundup!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Before you go hopping off to the rainbow's end for that pot of gold, take a look at our weekend recommendations. Between St. Patrick's Day parades, bar crawls, and other fun events (maple syrup festival, anyone?) there's plenty to do this weekend in the DMV. Just put on something green (leprechaun repellant), and you're good to go!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, March 13, to Sunday, March 15.
St. Patrick's Day Parade (NOTE: Postponed Indefinitely)
National Mall | 7th Street to 17th Street on Constitution Avenue, NW | Washington, D.C. | Sunday (postponed; more info will be posted when available)
Celebrating 50 years in the nation's capital, this famous parade is a must for experiencing St. Patrick's Day! From 12 to 3 p.m., come celebrate Irish culture with a parade procession covering 10 blocks on Constitution Avenue. Admission is free, but attendees are welcome to make a donation. They also need volunteers for making this fun event as successful as possible. Get the details here!
The Cat in the Hat
Riverside Center for the Performing Arts | 95 Riverside Parkway | Fredericksburg, VA | Multiple Dates
Dr. Seuss's iconic character is coming to the stage in Katie Mitchell's charming adaptation of The Cat in the Hat. Witness the hijinks that occur as the Cat in the Hat visits two bored children on a rainy day at home while their mother is away. The play runs through Friday, March 14, on select dates, so don't wait! Tickets are $16 for the show only, minus the meal. Buy them here!
The Shamrock Crawl
Various locations around Dupont Circle | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Hop like a leprechaun across Dupont Circle's bar scene, enjoying drink deals like $2 Miller Lites and $4 Shamrock shots from 2 to 10 p.m. There will also be tasty food specials offered at each location. General admission is $25 online and $40 the day of. Tickets include a commemorative drink mug, cover-free access to bars, event photos, and more. This event is 21+ only. Get the details here!
Maple Syrup Festival
Cunningham Falls State Park | 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road | Thurmont, MD | Saturday–Sunday
Maple. Syrup. Festival. No arms will need to be twisted to attend this amazing event! Experience the taste of real maple syrup with a delicious pancake breakfast, sugaring demos, and outdoor activities including a scenic hike along the Falls. Attendees can even buy some maple syrup to take home! Admission is a $3 donation to the park. Cash is the only accepted payment method. Find out more here!
Wolf Trap | 1551 Trap Road | Vienna, VA | Friday
Featuring "Songs & Strings," Aoife O'Donovan is bringing a dazzling evening of music to Wolf Trap. The Irish-American songwriter (Crooked Still, I'm With Her) will play through the song cycle "Bull Frogs Croon" as well as solo compositions spanning her career. Combining bluegrass, folk, and poetry, O'Donovan's talent is rare to come by. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets start at $37. Buy them here!
D.C. Brau Brewing Company | 3178-B Bladensburg Road, NE | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Six years and running, D.C.'s premier beer festival is back! Sample dozens of beers by local breweries including Denizens, Atlas Brew Works, and D.C. Brau (of course!) along with exclusive brews made just for the event. But that's not all—food trucks, live music, and games will round out the alcohol-fueled festivities. Craft beer lovers are in for something special! Tickets are $50-$75. Buy yours here!
St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
Coastal Highway from 60th to 44th Street | Ocean City, MD | Saturday
There's no St. Paddy's Day parade quite like Ocean City's! Beginning at noon, watch a colorful procession of marching units, floats, and more down Coastal Highway, along with a judging portion at the 45th Street parking lot. There will even be a morning 5K run on the Boardwalk before the main day's festivities. Admission is free. Check it out here!
Women in Aviation and Space Family Day
National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway | Chantilly, VA | Saturday
March is Women's History Month, and at the National Air and Space Museum, it's all about powerful women! Learn about women's strides in the sciences with special exhibitions, engage in flight simulator demos, and get a chance to speak to women working in STEM today. Don't forget to take a picture in the style of Rosie the Riveter! Admission is free; onsite parking is $15. Find out more here!
Ireland at The Wharf
The Wharf | 1100 Maine Avenue, SW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Between 1 and 6 p.m., District Wharf will transform into an Irish wonderland of traditional music, food, and plenty of Guinness to go 'round. At an extra cost, VIP packages are available and offer special whiskey tastings, musician meet-and-greets, and more. Come experience the culture of Ireland in one of D.C.'s largest celebrations! Event admission is free—just bring money for concessions. Check it out here!
The Hippodrome Theatre | 12 N. Eutaw Street | Baltimore, MD | Saturday
This amazing female-led quartet is embarking on a 15th Anniversary Tour, complete with a stop in Baltimore! Bringing their solid musicianship to Irish standards like "You Raise Me Up" and "Danny Boy," audiences are in for an incredible night of music. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, this show is a must-see! Standard admission starts at $65.50. Buy your tickets here!
Have any St. Paddy's Day plans? Share what you'll be doing in the comment section!