Saturday – Shamrock the Block – The Boulevard will be flowing this Saturday with beer and people dressed in green — but the big question is, will there be snow? Regardless, Shamrock the Block returns with a full day of drinking, socializing and celebrating the luck of the Irish. Fill your cup with beers like Murphy’s Irish Stout, Heineken, Bud Light or craft beer from the Scott’s Addition neighborhood. Food options this year include Carytown Burgers & Fries, Buffalo Wild Wings, Happy Empanada, and many more. Bands are Totally Random and Redneck Pool Party. Last year, over 40,000 people attended. Noon to 6 p.m. On the Boulevard from W. Leigh to Broad streets. Free entry, pay as you go.
Saturday – Blarney Bash – The Shockoe Bottom alternative to Shamrock the Block is a lot smaller — around 5,000 people — and more family-friendly with moon bounces and face-painting, as well as Irish dancers and pipes and drums. Beer trucks will be pouring Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Irish cider and Miller Lite. And expect plenty of Shockoe area restaurants serving food. The Halligan Bar & Grill will be dishing up BBQ, fish n’ chips and Memphis chicken and Old City Bar will be doing ham and potato soup and smoked brisket sliders. Stop by Rosie Connolly’s for their back lot party during the Bash with Irish dancers, The Sutor Brothers, The Cary Street Ramblers Bar. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 100 N. 17th St. Free entry, pay as you go.
Saturday – Richmond Bluegrass Jam – The free family-friendly event features 30 of the region’s bluegrass and Americana bands playing from noon to midnight as well as food trucks, art and craft vendors, an “instrument petting zoo” and other activities for kids. The event raises funds for the Richmond Fisher House, a home away from home for the families of patients at McGuire Veterans Medical Center. The jam will be at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road.
Saturday & Sunday – Virginia Wine Expo Grand Tasting – Sip and sample over 650 wines from Virginia and beyond at the Virginia Wine Expo. This year will also feature wine from Spain and Portugal, as well as California’s Sonoma County. Plus specialty foods such as artisan chocolate, honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cheese and more will be available for sampling. Saturday noon to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St. $45 in advance