St. Patrick’s Day makes us all Irish, regardless of our actual ancestry. In Hampton Roads, the celebration has stretched into more than a week, with plenty of opportunities to drink green beer, model goofy green attire and, for the more athletically inclined, maybe even work up a green sweat.
Here are a few ways for to celebrate the luck of the Irish around the Hampton Roads area.
Williamsburg VA events-
The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg presents SHAMROCK the BLOCK sponsored by ESG, International. Join us for a blockbuster event! For the second year in a row, we’re throwing a St. Patty’s Day party a little early, Saturday, March 10, 2012. We’ll be celebrating with the popular band,The Fighting Jamesons. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!
Saturday March 10, 2012 – Doors open at 6:30pm –10:00pm
Where: Legacy Hall 4301 New Town Ave Williamsburg
Why: To benefit Avalon, Bacon St and Jamestown 4H.
Ticket Price: Adults $15.00 (must be 21)
Only 300 tickets will be sold.
more information, click here
Williamsburg VA-‘Poisoned Dwarf’ is back at the Corner Pocket for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash at The Corner Pocket in Williamsburg – this year it’s on FRIDAY, March 16th -to kick off a weekend of Irish food, drink and fun. There’s a special menu featuring your favorite Irish fare, and there’s Guinness on tap – as well as other Irish beers and ales. Did I say, Poisoned Dwarf? It’s a party – see you there! $5 cover charge
Quote: ‘Arguably the best Celtic Band in the Region’ – Daily Press
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, featuring Anthony Fallon @ Kimball Theater
Mar 17, 2012 Saturday, 2:00 PM & 7:30 pm | Saturday
Straight from Dublin, Ireland, four-time Solo World Champion Irish Dancer and former Principal Lead Dancer for Riverdance Anthony Fallon comes to Williamsburg to perform Fallon has been touring full time with the world-renowned Riverdance since 2004. The show will also feature traditional live Irish music, song, dance and merriment. Irish band “Gann Ainm” from Norfolk and An Cor Rud Irish Dancers will also entertain.
Portions of the ticket price to benefit Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic. Tickets are $22, general admission, $20 for seniors, students and military. Call 800-History for more info.
428 W Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Newport News -March 11, 2012 – 7:30 pm
The Chieftains: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Ferguson Center
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as the Chieftains mark their 50th year of performances! Six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains, are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive.
Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, in their 50 years together The Chieftains have performed with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide. In doing so, they have broken many musical boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world.
The Greening of City Center
Wednesday, March 17, 6 – 8:30 pm
City Center Fountain Plaza
The magic of the leprechauns will transform the Fountain Plaza into a “wee bit” of the Emerald Isle. Activities include children’s Irish mural coloring, take-away crafts, Shamrock Hunt for prizes, and Shamrock face painting.
PERFORMING: Dance troupe from Rhythm of Ireland Performing Company, National Recording Artists – Virginia Coalition and another performers TBA
Event sponsored by 93.7 BOB FM
Free Admission, Free Parking. Food and beverage available for purchase ($)
Norfolk -Shamrockin’ in Ghent Street Party
Keeping the St. Patrick’s Day street party tradition alive, Hope House Foundation in partnership with BOBFM hosts Shamrockin’ in Ghent Friday, March 16, 2012 6pm-10pm. Tis the luck of the Irish we’ll be sharin’ on Colley Avenue, between Shirley & Gates Avenue in the Heart of Ghent, as we welcome all our neighbors to the party of the year, which has been a long standing tradition for the community.
The street party is free, but proceeds from food and beverage purchases will benefit Hope House Foundation, a local organization that provides independent living services to adults with developmental disabilities. Call (757) 625-6161.
Norfolk-45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Witness the pride of the Ocean View section of Norfolk at this free annual parade sponsored by the Father Robert B. Kealey Council #3548 of the Knights of Columbus. It will step off at 10 a.m. Saturday near Northside Middle School on Granby Street and run until 12:30 p.m. The parade features marching bands, clowns, floats, baton twirlers and more.
Patrick Schafer, 14, lives near the parade route and has watched it every year of his life. “It’s fun to see all the adults acting crazy even more than the kids,” he said.
Immediately after the parade, the Knights of Columbus on Government Avenue will be open to the public for the after-party. The event features live music from classic rock band Tidewater Drive and beach and dance ensemble F.A.B., plus food and drink specials.
Other Ocean View establishments such as Greenies, The Thirsty Camel and Mojo Bones will also host post-parade parties. (757) 587-3548, www.norfolkparade.com.
Norfolk-After Parade Party (21- up only) NOT FOR KIDS-BE PREPARED FOR DRUNKEN FOOLS !
After the parade( 12-4pm) come and join the action at the Knights of Columbus grounds for live music, food, and fun. There will be a variety of food vendors and live music. This years bands will be: Hotcakes (inside the Hall) and Bill Deals The Original Rhondels (outside). The party is held immediately following the parade and is hosted by The Columbian Club of Ocean View. 211 W. Government Ave, Norfolk, VA.
Norfolk-ShamROCK N’ ROLL at Town Point Park
Saturday, March 17, 2012 TowneBank Fountain Park
5pm-9pm The Event is FREE and Everyone is Welcome!
Norfolk Festevents kicks off its 2011 season with its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 17 from 5 to 10 p.m. at TowneBank Fountain Park in downtown Norfolk. Local dance band Cheap Thrills will headline, but there will also be bagpipe performances by Tidewater Pipes and Drums and traditional Irish food on the menu. Part of beer and wine sales will benefit the Norfolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
For more info, visit www.festevents.org.
VA Beach -The 40th Annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend will take place in Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 16-18, 2012. The St. Patrick’s Day weekend event features a race distance for every member of the family, including the marathon, a half marathon, an 8k, the Final Mile for elementary students, and a 26.2 yard Children’s Marathon for the youngest members of the family. The 8k and children’s races will be held on Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day!) and the full and half marathon will be run on Sunday, March 18. The weekend also features a 2-day Sports & Fitness Expo packed with exhibitors and vendors, which will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. A post-race party on each day will feature live music, delicious Murphy’s Irish stew, and plenty of Yuengling beverages. Add in the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful beaches, and King Neptune and you have the prescription for a memorable family experience! Gather your green and come to Virginia Beach in March for some Shamrockin family fun!
Looking for green beer? Here are a few local bars hosting parties, food/drink specials and music.
Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub
Friday through Sunday at 2914 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach. 417-7701.
Jack Quinn Irish Pub
11 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday at 241 Granby St., Norfolk. 623-2233.
Did I miss any ? Please comment below if you have a St Paddy’s day event to share.
St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. ~Adrienne Cook
An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth. ~Irish Saying
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