Cheers to the luck of the Irish!
Here’s a handful of ways to celebrate the holiday across the region.
2020 Grand Marshal Installation and Dinner
Kick off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Alexandria with the annual Grand Marshal Dinner. Join John Brennan as he’s installed as the Grand Marshal for the upcoming parade, which takes place the following afternoon in Old Town. Black tie or festive Celtic attire for the dinner is required. // March 6; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; The Alexandrian: 480 King St., Alexandria; $110-$950
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fun Dog Show
Let your pups get in on the St. Patrick’s Day fun at the annual parade. Watch these pooches strut their stuff as they kick off the annual Ballyshaners’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or register your dog to be a part of the festivities. // March 7; 12:30 p.m.; King Street, Alexandria; $15 to participate; free for parade
Bluemont Shamrock Race
Get your fitness fix in at the sixth annual Bluemont Shamrock 5K and 10K race. Once you cross the finish line, enjoy a post-race celebration of corned beef and cabbage at Dirt Farm Brewing. // March 14; 9-11 a.m.; Great Country Farms: 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont; $25-$50
Arlington Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style at the annual Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl. Go with a group of friends and enjoy delicious green drinks at the best bars the city has to offer. // March 14; noon-7 p.m.; Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill: 2424 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; $10
Saint Patrick’s Day Cooking Class
Learn how to make some classic Irish dishes for a festive holiday feast. Participants will be making mustard- and honey-glazed corned beef, Irish cheddar and spring onion soda bread, potato mash and bittersweet chocolate Irish whiskey cake. // March 17; 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Sur La Table: 1101 S. Joyce St., Suite B-20, Arlington; $59