With all the hubbub surrounding Shamrock the Block's move to the Boulevard and businesses in the Bottom filling the void with Shamrock the Bottom, aka Shockoe Fest, it's easy to overlook the big whiskey bottle in the room. Now the entire city is one giant St. Patrick's Day party.
The Main Events: Conflicting celebratory factions means we'll be able to mark the country's long, contentious history with real party life competition. Thankfully, this isn't a battle between Catholics and Protestants. Rather, I like to think of it as a Team Richmond effort to celebrate Irish culture. The 11th annual Shamrock the Block and the new Shockoe Fest kick off Saturday, March 15, at 11 a.m., in their respective parts of the city.
Shamrock the Block
When: Sat., March 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Boulevard and Leigh streets.
Saint Patrick's Day festival with food, music and activities.
When: Sat., March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 17th Street Farmers' Market
Family-friendly Saint Patrick's Day celebration.
Some more St. Patrick's-themed events for this weekend:
Smashed Leprechaun at Rusty Beaver Brewery
When: March 14-17
Where: 18043 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Ruther Glen, VA 22546
From RustyBeaverBrewery.com: "The Smashed Bastard is going green and spreading the luck on St. Patty's Day Weekend! Stop by the brewery, enjoy a Smashed Leprechaun, and put some Irish in ya! Complimentary Corn Beef & Cabbage with purchase of a 16oz brew."
Rosie Connolly's St. Patrick's Weekend Street Party
When: Sat., March 15, 11 a.m., Sun., March 16, 12 p.m. and Mon., March 17, 11 a.m.
Where: 1548-A E. Main St., Richmond
Irish music, food and entertainment for the 3-day celebration.
When: Sat., March 15, 11:30 a.m.
Where: 1327 E. Cary St., Richmond
Irish food and drink specials with live performances by Flavor Project, Lost Satellites, Broken Monday and Typecast.
Parking Lot Patty's Party
When: Sat., March 15, 12-8 p.m.
Where: 110 N. 18th St., Richmond
Live music with Killer Tofu, the Rillsoul Band and DJ's with corn hole and water pong tournaments hosted by RVA Card.
St. Paddy's Palooza at Innsbrook
When: Sat., March 15, 12-5 p.m.
Where: 4951 Lake Brook Dr., Richmond
Charity event to benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation with live music, music and family-friendly activities.
St. Patty's Day Celebration at Keagan's Irish Pub
When: Sat., March 15, 2 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 2251 Old Brick Road, Richmond
No Charge, Doc Grin and Stonebrook Moonshine perform during the daylong event.
Dublin Down at Vanquish Restaurant and V2 Lounge
When: Sat., March 15, 9 p.m.
Where: 1005 East Main St.
Featuring DJs RUTU and Phenom.