St. Patrick's Day is one of those fun holidays where you get to adorn yourself in all things green, indulge in Irish cuisine, or even party at the local Irish pub with a pitcher of Guinness! If you're looking for entertainment that's a little more tame and family-friendly, however; it may be harder to figure out how to celebrate. Luckily the DC metropolitan area has a variety of cool events going on that can appeal to every member of your family. Check out some of our picks below:
March 17th at 12 PM
RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 E. Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003
The National ShamrockFest is a huge St. Patrick’s Day themed festival that adults and kids can both enjoy. This cool street festival will have food and drinks, games, carnival rides, craft vendors, and live music and entertainment with more than 30 bands and DJ's. You can score tickets to this event here.
The Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 18th at 1:30PM King Street and St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Dog Show will be held at Market Square from 11:30-12:30.
This historical parade has been taking place for years in Old Town, Alexandria and is always a fun time! Watch the marines, local scouts, and high school bands march down King Street and enjoy the live Irish music and colorful banners. There's even a dog show that will take place before the parade kicks off and a couple Irish pubs to dine at after the festivities. Learn more about the event here.
Shamrock & Roll St. Patrick’s Day Block Party March 17th starting at 9 a.m. 43751 Central Station Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147
This event is Loudoun County’s largest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day celebration! This will be a super fun event for the whole family and is a great cause as the proceeds go to benefit the Loudon County First Responders Foundation. The festivities for this event include Irish bagpipers and dancers, games, local live music, giveaways and more. The Kid-friendly entertainment and gaming will take place until 1 p.m. Children 12 years old and under are free. You can purchase your tickets here.
Port Discovery Children's Museum St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 17th from 10 AM – 5 PM 35 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202 .
If you're looking for something to do with your little ones, then this is the event for you. This special event at the museum will be both fun and educational for the kiddo's. It will feature interactive stories and songs, science, and art stations where they can be creative, as well as a segment called "Mother Goose on the Loose" where your child can learn early literacy skills. Find out more about this event here.
If you have any questions or suggestions about how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2018, let us know in the comments.