We go big with the St. Patrick’s Day events and celebrations in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!

In 2016, Bustle named Roanoke of The 10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Cities in the United States and we work hard to maintain that reputation with a variety of great events.

St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Virginia’s Blue Ridge are headlined by the Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Shamrock Festival, an annual event that attracts over 25,000 people to Downtown Roanoke.

In addition to the family friendly parade, there are also St. Patty’s Day parties, live music, fun runs, and more.

Here’s your guide to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day events in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!

Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Shamrock Festival

Downtown Roanoke
March 16
Arrive early to claim your spot and get the best view of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Roanoke! Following the parade, spend the afternoon partying at the Shamrock Festival and the Freedom First Kids Zone - which both feature FREE admission!

Shamrock Hill Run

Roanoke Catholic School
March 16
Get an early start on burning off those St. Patrick’s Day food & drink calories by taking part in the Shamrock Hill Run in Downtown Roanoke. It’s a 5k chip-timed race (as well as a 1K Walk/Run option) that begins at 8:30 so you’ll finish in plenty of time to head to the parade afterwards.

Big Lick St. Patrick’s Day Party

Big Lick Brewing Company
March 16
Big Lick Brewing Company will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day weekend by having its special Lick O’ the Irish Red Ale and Paddy O’ Furniture Dry Irish Stout brews on tap, as well as the Longfin Grill food truck serving food with a special Irish themed menu. There will also be live music and a local Girl Scout Troop onsite selling cookies that pair great with Big Lick beers.

Celtic Celebration at Corned Beef & Co.

Corned Beef & Company
March 16
The festivities begin at 10:00 am at Corned Beef and Co. and they’ll be partying throughout the day with food specials, green beer, traditional Celtic music and dancers, and more. 

Danú: St. Patrick’s Celebration

Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech
March 16
Danú is an ensemble from Ireland that blends many of the elements of traditional Irish music with their own unique sound and style. The group has performed around the world for the past two decades and will provide an incredible concert experience in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Martin’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Party

Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill
March 16
Put on your green and get ready to rock at Martin’s Shamrockin’ Street Party! There will be 13 bands performing on two different stages, an outdoor beer garden, and Irish themed food available from the kitchen.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Primland

March 16
Spend St. Patrick’s Day in style at the award-winning Primland resort in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! There will be live Irish music by Duada and special St. Patrick’s Day cocktails served in the Great Hall at the lodge.

St. Patrick’s Day Enhanced Lunch Buffet at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

The Regency Room at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
March 16
Your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations should absolutely include an Irish feast and this special buffet at The Regency Room at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center is the place to be! The menu will include traditional Irish favorites, including corned beef & cabbage, potato soup, shepherd’s pie, Irish soda bread, and more.

Shamrock Festival Volleyball Tournament

Salem Civic Center
March 16-17
Many of the top female youth volleyball players from around the Mid-Atlantic will be in Virginia’s Blue Ridge to take part in the Shamrock Festival Volleyball Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. It’s a two-day event that hosts over 200 teams and also serves as a showcase event for college coaches and recruiters. 

St. Patrick’s Day at Big Lick

Big Lick Brewing Company
March 17
It will be Sunday St. Patrick’s Day Fun Day at Big Lick Brewing Company with Irish food, special Irish-themed brews, and live music, including bagpipers!

St. Patrick’s Day Grand Buffet

The Regency Room at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
March 17
Brunch at The Hotel Roanoke’s Regency Room restaurant is one of the signature dining experiences in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and this special buffet will feature all your favorite Irish food favorites.

Lúnasa featuring Tim O’Brien

Jefferson Center
March 21
Lúnasa is named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival that honored the Irish god Lugh, the patron of the arts. Its members are some of the finest musicians from Ireland and they’ll take the stage at Jefferson Center with Grammy Award winning artist Tim O’Brien.

Learn more about what’s going on in the region this month by checking out the following blog post: 35 Events to Check Out this March in Virginia’s Blue Ridge >

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