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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Washington D.C.

White house with green water fountain

​You could weather out the cold in front of season of yet another season of American Idol, or get out and celebrate St. Patrick's day in Washington D.C. Let us show you a few spots to rock that sparkly, emerald-green outfit and celebrate your honorary Irish heritage across our nation's capital. Unfortunately, the annual St. Paddy's Day parade has been cancelled due to "rising security costs", but there are plenty of places to celebrate the day with goofily clad friends.

ShamrockFest 2019 at RFK Stadium

Shamrockfest is America's largest St. Paddy's Day festival. There is no better place to eat traditional Irish fare and enjoy a few pints of the black stuff than with thousands of green-clad festival goers on the grounds of RFK Stadium. With over 30 acts on 6 stages, grab a ticket and head over for an afternoon you're sure to make an annual tradition.

Stop By St. Patrick's Church

St. Patrick's Church is the oldest parish in the Federal City of Washington, D.C. It was established in 1794 to minister to the needs of the stonemasons building the White House and the U.S Capitol. It was used as a refuge from British troops during their invasion in the War of 1812, and was just barely saved from destruction by the foreman who oversaw its reconstruction. What better day to stop by and take in the the traditional Irish architecture?

Grab a Pint at The Dubliner

The Dubliner opens bright and early at 9:00 AM on St. Patrick's Day. Listen to live, Irish music from John McGrath, Brian Gaffney, and Morris Minor over bangers and mash, Irish beef stew, and corned beef and cabbage. Our last president even showed up one year to join in the festivities.

Join in a Pub Crawl

There are countless pub crawls on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day and the weekend of the 23rd. Look up St. Patrick's Day pub crawls in D.C. and the options are endless. Shown above is The Shamrock Crawl, a run of Dupont Circle Bars battening down the hatches for a horde of festive Irish folk revelling in the spirit of the day.

Photo Credits:

Shamrockfest, Courtesy of

The Dubliner, Courtesy of Mary Parker Architectural Photography

The Shamrock Crawl, Courtesy of The Shamrock Crawl

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