If you live in an apartment in Glen Allen, VA then you know that there is no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than Richmond.
Shamrock the Block is moving to the Boulevard this year and Shockoe Bottom restaurants are getting together to throw their own party this year, the Shockoe Fest.
Since Shamrock the Block is changing locations, there will be more parties, more festivities, more things to do on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and the following weekend with the Church Hill Irish Festival.
Here is a look at the St. Patrick’s Day festivities coming up in Richmond
Shamrock the Block - Saturday, March 15
Shamrock the Block is moving to the Boulevard this year for more space and a better experience. It’s the first big outdoor festival of the season with great music, green beer and plenty of socializing. Free entry, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Shockoe Fest - Saturday, March 15
Shockoe Bottom restaurants decided to throw their own party – the first annual Shockoe Fest -- to keep St. Pat’s festivities alive and thriving in the Bottom. There will be live music in the Farmer's Market from Exebelle & the Rusted Cavalcade, Travis Elliot, Matt Conner, Jimmy Catlett group, Bucket, The Lucky Stiffs, an Irish dance group, Drum and Fife Corp and a bagpipe exhibition as well as a family-friendly kid zone. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
Rosie Connolly’s St. Patrick’s Weekend Street Party - Saturday, March 15, Sunday, March 16 & Monday, March 17
Rosie Connolly’s will be participating in the Shockoe Fest festivities, they are located directly on the Farmer’s Market. They will be blocking off Walnut Alley next to the pub and having bands and beer in the street. Patchwork and Uisce Beatha will perform on Saturday. Irish dancers and the metro Richmond Emerald Society Pipers will perform on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be Irish music inside on Sunday. On Monday, for St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll open at 11 a.m. for lunch and keep going until 2 a.m. with Irish specials, beer and festivities. Saturday doors open at 11 a.m., Sunday at noon and Monday at 11 a.m.
Tiki Bob's St. Patrick's Day Party in the Parking Lot - Saturday, March 15
Also affiliated with Shockoe Fest, Tiki Bob's celebrations will spill into the parking lot with music by Killer Tofu (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and Rillsoul Band (6 to 8 p.m.) with DJ House, DJ Top Notch and DJ Diesel. Corn hole and water pong tournaments hosted by RVA CARD. Noon to 2 a.m.
St. Paddy’s Palooza - Saturday, March 15
St. Patty’s Palooza is a family-friendly festival at Innsbrook Pavilion. On the main stage, kids and adults of all ages raise money for childhood cancer research by getting their head shaved. Plus tons of kids’ activities such as face painting, a petting zoo, bouncy houses and hot air balloon rides. Plus Irish red ales, stouts and green beer for the adults and music from St. Andrew’s Legion Bagpipes, Groove Train, The Killing Daylights and the Pat Russell Band. Free admission, fee for some children’s activities. Noon to 5 p.m.
Siné Irish Pub & Street Festival - Saturday, March 15
Siné Irish Pub 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party spills into the street. Bands, DJs, live music, Irish food specials, drink specials and more. Get there early, because people start lining up for this St. Pat’s party every year. Bands include The Flavor Project, Lost Satellites, Broken Monday, and Typecast. Pub opens at 11:30 a.m. $5 cover after 1 p.m.
Church Hill Irish Festival - Saturday, March 22 & Sunday March 23
Traditionally held the weekend after St. Patrick's Day, the Church Hill Irish Festival is two days of drinking, dancing, Irish food, socializing, music and much more. The street fair happens in front of St. Patrick’s Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets in Historic Church Hill. $5 donation suggested. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
More information - richmond.com