Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Washington DC

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March 12, 2022 @ 8:00 am - March 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm PST

Close up of people in red and green kilts playing the drums and marching in the Washington DC St. Patrick's Day Parade in Washington, DC, USA

Throw away that four-leaf clover since the only lucky charm you'll need this March 17th is our handy guide to celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Capital. Follow along as we spill all the juicy details on where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Washington DC.

St. Patrick's Day Events in Washington DC

St. Patrick's Parade of Washington DC

Kilts, Irish step dancers, and floats, oh my! It must be the St. Patrick's Parade of Washington D.C. This explosion of Irish pride and heritage has delighted tourists and locals alike for over half a century.

Get down with your Gaelic spirit as you marvel at the colorful flags, coordinated finery, and car brigades that pepper the street.

This year music and merriment will kick off on Sunday, March 13th at noon.

The parade commences on Constitution Avenue and then goes from 7th to 17th Streets, NW. 

Greater Manassas St. Patrick's Day Parade

Looking to let the little kids get in on the march madness? Bring out your brightest green wares and prepare for an overload of family fun when you head to the Greater Manassas St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Costumes, marching bands, and lilting Celtic charm come together to make this a can't miss Irish extravaganza.

Festivities will begin on Saturday, March 12th, 2022, at 11 a11 am the Irish action will travel along Center Street.

Pro Tip: Events will occur rain or shine, so dress accordingly and get ready to honor Irish history in America.

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St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chinatown

Pay your respects, or perhaps light a candle in recognition of the real Saint Patrick himself when you visit the gorgeous brick and baroque St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chinatown.

This monument to the Catholic faith is open to the public year-round and is the oldest parish in Washington DC. Established in 1794 to tend to the needs of the stonemasons building the White House and the U.S. Capitol. 

Its stunning stained glass accented interior and Gothic Revival facade are well worth documenting. 

Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl

Ready to participate in the most Irish of pastimes? Fuel up for a day celebration of green beer, Jameson, and more when you hit the D.C. streets for the Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl.

Find your Leprechaun hat, and don those crazy shamrock shades as you'll want to stand out from the crowd as you make your way to six of the city's best bars.

Revelry will start on March 12th, 2022, at noon and until 8:00. Pace yourself!

Verdant and vivacious party-goers can expect stops at the Hard Rock, Pi Pizzeria, proper 21, Yard House, Penn Social, and Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. 

Shamrock Fest

Alexa, play 'Shipping up to Boston' by the Dropkick Murphys. Prime your posse to rage out to America's most famed Celtic band, plus tons more live acts, DJs, and Irish performers at Shamrock Fest.

This annual explosion of Slainte-inspired shenanigans is back with a full vengeance and will have the Guinness and Jameson flowing all day Saturday, March 12th, 2022.

This multi-stage event draws thousands of Irish inclined merrymakers and includes an overflow of midway games, festival food, and iconic contests. 

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Irish pubs

Duffy's Irish Pub

Post up in one of D.C.'s best Irish pubs for an afternoon of Celtic-inspired sounds and sensational green beer when you raise a glass at Duffy's Irish Pub.

This Capital mainstay features outdoor dining and legendary chicken wings conveniently located in Dupont Circle. Swing by on Saturday, March 12th, aka 'St. Practice Day' for the ceremonial tapping of the Green Beer Keg, Irish dancing, and live music.

Return for the main event, March 17th, where the first 30 patrons will be privy to Free Irish Breakfast burritos. Plus enjoy all-day musical musings of drums, pipes, and dancers!

The Dubliner

An impressive Irish whiskey collection, hearty Hibernian fare, and loads of authentic Eire entertainment make the Dubliner a can't miss stop on any Washington D.C. pub tour. Heavily inspired by the old country, the Dubliner would hardly be out of place on O'Connell Street.

For almost 50 years, this well-loved bar has fed and watered its loyal patrons with ice-cold pints of Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale and steaming bowls of Irish Beef stew.

This St. Patrick's Day promises to be a craic of a good time. The Dubliner will be debuting an entire week of Irish-themed live music. 

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Every year, come mid-March, the capital of the United States erupts into a sea of emerald green, shamrocks, bagpipes, and more. From the iconic craic-filled parade of Washington D.C. to the simple pleasures of downing a Guinness at a local Irish pub, there are endless ways to keep the Eire traditions alive in our Nation's Capital.

Whether you choose to witness the floating festivities of the St. Patrick's Parade or cozy up in Duffy's Irish Pub for green beer and breakfast burritos, you can't help but feel the magic of the Emerald Isle in Washington D.C. this March. 

Tell us, what's your favorite way to spend St. Patrick's Day in Washington D.C.?

Leave us a comment below!


March 12, 2022 @ 8:00 am PST
March 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm PST
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