St Patrick’s Day Celebrations and Events in Northern Virginia

Updated on March 22, 2024 by Julie McCool

Plan your St Patrick's Day celebrations in Northern Virginia with this round-up of Irish Pubs where you can enjoy a pint, live music, Irish dancers, and tasty Irish food. We've also collected St Patrick's Day parades and fun runs to add the luck of the Irish to your month.

Annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Northern Virginia are back in 2024! Happily, most pubs are hosting live Irish entertainment plus food and drink specials this year. Some pubs require dinner reservations but most are open for walk-ins. Space may be limited, so arrive early to get a spot.

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St. Patricks' Day, March 17, 2024, falls on a Sunday, and some pub celebrations run all weekend (or week) long. Most of the races listed below are held the weekend before St. Patrick's Day.

Of course, you don't need to wait for a special day to enjoy the luck of the Irish. We heartily encourage a visit to these cozy Northern Virginia pubs every season.

Find more local fun: March Events in Northern Virginia: Festivals and Fun Near DC.

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations at Northern Virginia Pubs

Here are the latest updates on St. Patrick's Day events at local pubs. Follow the links for more details and check back for new announcements.

The Old Brogue, Great Falls

Old Brogue ready for St Patricks Day
Old Brogue ready for St Patrick's Day

The Old Brogue celebrates its anniversary every St. Patrick's Day with a day of Irish music, food, and a fun indoor-outdoor party. Most years, the pub serves traditional Irish beers from three bars with live concerts at dinner and lunch.

In 2024, the Old Brogue celebrates its 43rd St Patrick's Day Party (21 and over). Doors open at 10:00 and there's a $10 cover charge. The party is first come first served so arrive early. Visit the Old Brogue website for details.

We frequent The Old Brogue when cold winter nights call for a hearty Guinness Beef Pie or crunchy fish and chips. The Brogue is also a favorite when warm summer days prompt a pint on the patio.

The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax

The Auld Shebeen is a favorite Irish pub in Fairfax Virginia
The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax Virginia

Enjoy live Irish music and dancers on St. Patrick's Day at The Auld Shebeen, located in Old Town Fairfax. The Auld Shebeen will be hopping with live music and tasty Irish food on the main level and in the cellar.

Murphy's Grand Irish Pub, Alexandria

The Alexandria St. Patrick's Day Parade (details below) usually kicks off several days of themed celebrations but it was early this year. Fortunately, you can still enjoy a full week of events. The fun includes Irish Trivia, a pint-pouring competition, and special performances. On St. Patrick's Day, doors open at 9:00 for a day of live music and dance.

Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant and Bar, Alexandria

Daniel O'Connell's celebrates St. Patrick's Day all weekend long with a great line-up of Irish music. Tip: Visit again during the holiday season when Alexandria is transformed into one of the most beautiful Christmas towns near DC.

Daniel O'Connell's Pub Christmas lights in Old Town Alexandria
Daniel O'Connell's Pub Christmas lights

O'Sullivan's Irish Pub, Arlington

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2024 with a weekend of live music, Irish dancers, great food, plus rugby at O'Sullivan's. O'Sullivan's is a popular bar for watching rugby, football (aka soccer), and other sports.

Ireland's Four Courts, Arlington

The celebration starts on the prior weekend with the Four Courts Four Miler (details below). On the big day, doors open at 8:30 for a day of live entertainment, an Irish menu, and Irish beers in 3 indoor rooms and a 60-seat patio.

Finnegan's Grill and Irish Pub, Ashburn

Finnegan's opens on St. Patrick's Day at 9:00 with Irish music and dancers plus a special menu. Enjoy Irish music all day on Saturday the 16th too. No reservations needed but space is limited.

Ireland's Four Provinces, Falls Church

Celebrate all day long at Ireland's Four Provinces. Kick off the day with Kegs & Eggs or join one of several special lunch and dinner seatings (reservations needed). Enjoy live music in the dining room and on the patio.

Sully's Pour House, Herndon

St. Patrick's Day celebrations begin at 8:00 AM with Kegs & Eggs and continue with live Irish music and dancers plus food and drink specials all day long. No reservations needed but space is limited.

Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub, Sterling

Enjoy live music and Irish dancers during special performances throughout St. Patrick's Day weekend. The pub also serves tasty Irish food and drink.

Leprechaun statue in Carlingford Ireland
Leprechaun in Carlingford Ireland

More St Patrick's Day 2024 Events in Northern Virginia

Join one of the annual St. Patrick's Day races or cheer on a parade. Both the Ballyshaners parade in Alexandria and the Manassas St Patrick's Day are back in 2024.

Alexandria Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Alexandria, Mar 2

St. Patrick's Day dancers in Alexandria VA parade photo credit Ballyshaners
St Patrick's Day Parade, photo credit Ballyshaners

This family-fun celebration includes the biggest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Northern Virginia. The Parade features over a dozen marching bands plus other groups celebrating their Irish heritage. The parade starts at 12:15 and all events are free.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Manassas, Mar 9

Head to Manassas for a community parade featuring Irish dance groups, the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe and Drum, Washington Scottish Pipe and Drum, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Coalition Pipe and Drum, the Marine Corps Color Guard, and other area groups and organizations. Free; parade begins at 11:00.

Four Courts Four Miler, Arlington, Mar 12

The Four Courts Four Miler returns to Arlington in 2024! Now that Ireland’s Four Courts is open again, tackle the hills then celebrate with a pint at the popular Irish pub.

Bluemont Shamrock 5K/10K, Bluemont, Mar 16

The 8th annual Bluemont Shamrock is a 5 or 10K run through the scenic country roads of beautiful Bluemont. All pre-registered runners receive a commemorative shirt, bib, medal, and digital finisher certificate. Plus, there are cash awards in four age groups.

Wherever you complete your run, you can celebrate your effort and enjoy the views at Dirt Farm Brewing. Follow the link for registration details.

Lucky Leprechaun 5K, Reston, Mar 17

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a fun 5K race at Reston Town Center or compete virtually on the route of your choice. All pre-registered runners receive a Lucky Leprechaun 5K shirt, bib, medal, and digital finisher certificate. Plus, there's a photo contest with special awards. Follow the link to register and for more details.

Whether your focus is a St Patrick's Day event to celebrate on March 17th, or an Irish pub to visit throughout the year, we wish you happy travels and fun times.

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