St. Patrick’s Day is a great way to celebrate all things Irish! Lucky for us at Lakeside, there are several opportunities to celebrate the Irish heritage.  Whether you are into running, live music or parades, we have compiled a list of the area’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to check out!


Throw on your pair of green running sneakers and shorts and participate in one of the area’s popular St. Patrick’s Day themed races.  On Saturday, March 12th, head over to Reston Town Center for the Lucky Leprechaun 5K or participate in St. Pat’s 5K in Ashburn.  Need some extra time to get ready to run after the Leprechauns?  Check out the annual Shamrock Run in Manassas on Saturday, March 19th.


However, if you are looking to celebrate the Irish culture with live music, traditional Irish food, green beer and Guinness on the actual day itself, March 17th, many local venues will be playing host to a St. Patrick’s Day party.  Starting at 9am, Finnegans Bar and Grill, in Ashburn will be serving up a special Irish breakfast and live music throughout the day beginning at 10am.  Over in Herndon, check out Ned Devine’s Irish Pub for their entertainment stage, dance floor and varied Irish menu.  Head over to Fairfax to take in the sights, sounds and smells of all things St. Patrick’s Day at one of the best Irish Pubs in Northern Virginia.  The Auld Shebeen will be having a huge celebration with live music and people from Guinness will be in the building from 5pm-7pm with giveaways.  Cheers!


Lastly, it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day in the DMV without a parade! Come rain or shine, line Center Street in the city of Manassas on Saturday, March 12th, to watch their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  If that isn’t enough, head into D.C. on Sunday, March 13th, for the ever-popular parade.  Starting at noon, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Washington, D.C. will run along Constitution Avenue showcasing military units, floats, various groups and organizations and marching bands.


So, get your green on and may the luck of the Irish be with you this St. Patrick’s Day!


Posted by Jill Burke.