Saturday – Shamrock the Block
Let the madness begin! Shamrock the Block brings the party to the Boulevard with food, vendors, live music and lots and lots of beer including Murphy’s Irish Stout, craft breweries from nearby Scott’s Addition and craft cocktails from Belle Isle Moonshine. Featuring live music from Cracker Jackson, The Folly and Redneck Pool Party. Word to the wise: this isn’t really a kid festival, although there is a small kids’ area. It’s more known for being a booze-and-socialize party. Wear something green and keep your pants on. Noon-6 p.m. Free entry, pay as you go. Boulevard from Broad to Leigh streets. www.shamrocktheblock.com
Saturday – Shockoe Bottom Blarney Bash
St. Patrick’s Day festival in the newly renovated 17th Street Farmers’ Market with Irish dancing, the Metro Richmond Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, a moon bounce for kids, beer trucks, plus food and patio seating at restaurants facing the market. With live music from The Cary St. Ramblers and Andy Cleveland featuring The Sutor Brothers. Plus plenty of festivities at nearby Rosie Connolly’s, 1548 E. Main St. with a back lot party, music, pipes and drums and more all day. Noon-6 p.m. Free, pay as you go. 17 S. 17th St. www.facebook.com/events/427485474662875
Saturday -St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
It’s hard to believe, but it’s the 20th anniversary for the St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival at Siné Irish Pub in Shockoe Slip. Do you feel old now? (We do.) They put up a big heated tent on Virginia Street for an all-day indoor-outdoor marathon of music and celebrating. Featuring live music from Nobody’s Poet, PowerDaze and The Mashup, plus plenty of Irish draft beer, green beer and Irish food. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. 1327 E. Cary St. $5 estimated cover. www.sineirishpub.com or (804) 649-7767
Saturday -St. Paddy’s Palooza
St. Paddy’s Palooza in Innsbrook celebrates 10 years of family-friendly festivities with a KidsZone offering pony rides, face painting, a bounce house, a petting zoo and a 77,000 square foot hot air balloon cave. Plus live music, bagpipers, food vendors like Gregory’s Grill and Rare Olde Times, and plenty of local craft beer. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen. Free entry; fee for activities. www.innsbrook.com.