St. Patrick’s Day 2017 in Bethesda and D.C.

March will be here soon, bringing with it the Irish holiday associated with leprechauns, the color green, and luck. St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a time for everyone to celebrate, regardless of heritage – here are a few of the best ways this year:

Clover Beer Fest 2017

On Saturday, March 18 at the Yards Park near Nationals Park, beer enthusiasts will love this massive beer festival with over 100 varieties of Irish cider and beer. Tickets include unlimited pours of green beer and cider, access to the top local food trucks, and a craft market with artisan goods. Early bird tickets still available as of this writing.

St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March

Want to catch a local celebrity playing Irish tunes? The ensemble fronted by former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley will be performing at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on St. Patrick’s Day at 8 PM. O’Malley’s March blends contemporary pop and acoustic styles with traditional Celtic music. Tickets are available online.

The National ShamrockFest

The week before St. Patrick’s Day is ShamrockFest, which bills itself as the nation’s largest St. Paddy’s Day celebration where “everyone is Irish for the day.” This year’s ShamrockFest takes place at RFK stadium on March 11 and includes plenty of beer, multiple stages with over 30 bands and DJs, and traditional Irish dancing and bagpipes.

The Bead Warehouse 2017 Sale

The Saturday after St. Patrick’s Day on March 25, popular online store Marvin Schwab’s Bead Warehouse will be hosting a sale of beads, crafts, jewelry, and related supplies at the American Inn (8130 Wisconsin Avenue). The show takes place from 10 AM until 4:30 PM.

Need a hotel in Bethesda for St. Patrick’s Day?

If you’re going to be in Bethesda or D.C. this March and are in search of excellent accommodations, the American Inn of Bethesda is the spot for you. With easy access to downtown Bethesda and D.C., comfortable furniture, and plenty of top amenities, you’ll feel lucky staying here this St. Patrick’s Day – whether you’re Irish or not.