Weekend Happenings: March 16 – 18
Posted on March 15, 2018

This St. Patrick’s Day is packed with Irish-themed adventures, plus a dose of film, theatre, and coffee to level out the weekend.


WASHINGTON, DC EVENTS

Sights and Sounds: Ireland Today

Dupont Underground
1500 19th St NW, DC
Time: Friday 7PM, Saturday 10AM-9:30PM
Cost: $10-15

Give the green beer a rest this St. Patrick’s day and celebrate with a little culture: on Friday, view the “first significant survey of Irish visual art in DC”, and on Saturday, experience traditional Irish music, an Irish poetry reading, cartoons and coloring, and short films.

Shamrock Fest

RFK Stadium
2400 E. Capitol St SE, DC
Time: Saturday 12-8
Cost: starting at $34.99

If you’re looking for a party on St. Patrick’s Day, this is the place to be in DC. Featuring a variety of live music on multiple stages, all the beer and cocktails you’d expect, games, merchants, and of course, bagpipes and Irish dancing.

Environmental Film Festival

Various film venues in DC
Time: Friday-Sunday, times vary
Cost: many screenings are free – check website for details

This unique film festival’s mission is to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. Many of the screenings are free and take place at area embassies, museums, and local cinemas; the DC location is an opportunity for films and filmmakers to reach national and international lawmakers.

 

MARYLAND EVENTS

The Fourth Light Project

Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda
Time: Friday 8PM
Cost: starting at $25

Blending medieval Sufi poetry, folk songs from their native Iran, and a modern mélange of acoustic and electronic sound, vocal and instrumental duo Niyaz offers a fresh, exciting way to experience world music through interactive technologies and advanced projections that capture the comingling of sound and movement in real time. Visit the website for pre- and post-concert panel discussion times.

Treasure Hunt on Horseback

Happy on Hooves
5014 Mt. Carmel Rd, Hampstead
Time: Saturday and Sunday, choose your time online
Cost: $75 per rider

Engage your sense of adventure for a special St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt on Horseback. No experience needed – a lucky leprechaun has hidden clues around the ranch that will lead you to prizes and cash! Get out for this 90-minute adventure, for ages 21+.

 

VIRGINIA EVENTS

Egg Hunt & Spring Showcase

Plaza America, Reston
Time: Saturday, March 31, 10am – 2pm

Visit with the Easter bunny, jam out to live music by the #1 DC Event Band – ONYX, hop away on the moon bounce, enjoy a face painter and balloon twister, visit participating retailers for a special egg hunt and get your craft on at a spring themed craft table!

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Reston Community Center – CenterStage
2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston
Time: Friday and Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM
Cost: $23

Support local theatrical talent at the Reston Community Players’ performance of a classic Southern drama portraying a family’s sizzling secrets and rampant deceit.

Artfest Week 2018

Fort Smith Park
2411 24th St N, Arlington
Time: Friday 6-8PM, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5
Cost: FREE

Join this week-long celebration with an art show and sale featuring the works of 40 Arlington-based artists, in paintings of many genres, ceramics, sculpture, artists cards, and unframed works. Participate in a variety of hands-on workshops to cultivate your artistic talents.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Rescheduled

From King St to Royal St, Alexandria
Time: Sunday 1:30PM
Cost: FREE

This family fun celebration includes a dog show from 11:30-12:30 at Market Square in Old Town, and the parade kicks off at 1:30 (note the new route on the website) with federal, state, and local elected officials; the Irish Ambassador; military commanders; and other local celebrities.


PHILADELPHIA EVENTS

Xfinity Live! St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Xfinity Live!
1100 Pattison Ave, Philly
Time: Saturday 9PM-12AM
Cost: FREE

Xfinity Live! will be pouring green beer and showering partygoers with cash confetti in honor of the holiday. Stick around for live performances by cover band Bangarang in the Victory Beer Hall.

Women’s Film Festival

Various cinematic venues in Philly
Time: Friday-Sunday, times vary
Cost: Varies – see website for details

Women’s History Month is the perfect time to represent female-centric films as well as strong women producers, directors, and actors. The opening night celebration of Savannah Bloch’s “And Then There Was Eve” will kick off the festival at the Kimmel Center, with screenings and events throughout the week at venues across the city.

St. Patrick’s Day Family Festival

Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philly
Time: Saturday 11-5
Cost: $19

The traditions of Ireland are the focal point this St. Patrick’s Day with step dancing performances, activities centered around the color green, cooking workshops, stories of Irish folklore, and more – suited for the whole family, from littlest leprechaun and up!

 

CONCERTS, THEATRE, & SPORTING EVENTS AT A GLANCE
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability

  • Romeo Santos, Eaglebank Arena, Saturday
  • J Boog, 9:30 Club, Sunday
  • Patricia Racette, Lyric Opera House, Sunday
  • John Eaton, Wolf Trap, Friday
  • Shostakovich and the Black, Wolf Trap, Sunday
  • Tiffany Haddish: #SheReady, Warner Theatre, Saturday
  • Swan Lake, Academy of Music, Friday-Sunday
  • Shen Yun, Kimmel Center, Friday-Sunday
  • Flyers VS Jets, Saturday