Your Weekend Guide!

If you're looking for fun, entertaining and educational things to do in Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, or Montgomery County, you've come to the right place. Our Weekend Guide is packed with a variety of our favorite events and activities that we want to share with you! 

Washington D.C. Events

Discover the luck of the Irish at PUBLIN

Now through April 21st

1843 7th Street NW,  Washington, D.C. 

This year, Drink Company’s uber popular Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar has a second concept hidden inside. PUBLIN is like a leprechaun’s lair, covered in shamrocks, spring flowers, and a gold beehive. The cocktail menu features elevated Irish classics, which are heavy on the whiskey, of course.

Cost: Entry is free, cocktail prices vary.

Think green at the Environmental Film Festival

March 14-24

Various Locations

This year’s Environmental Film Festival has a particularly urgent call to action--to save the planet. The lineup includes more than 160 films, many of which speak to the climate crisis and what we can do to fight it. National Geographic is a presenting sponsor of the festival and will host several major speakers and films, including a VR documentary about Bears Ears National Monument.

Cost: Ticket prices for screenings vary.

Explore the world at the Travel & Adventure Show

March 16-17, 2019 

Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001

Ready to get the heck out of town? Plan your vacation at this mega-show featuring travel experts sharing pro tips and thousands of international and domestic destinations showing off their sandy beaches and cosmopolitan cities. Don’t miss your chance to meet Samantha Brown, Patricia Schultz, and other travel celebs. You can also renew your passport or apply for global entry while you’re there.

Cost: Tickets start at $11

Drink green at bars and restaurants around town

March 15-17, 2019

Various locations

Establishments across the city are celebrating St. Patrick all weekend long with food and drink specials that’ll have you feeling lucky. City Tap Dupont and City Tap Penn Quarter are serving up Irish classics plus quirky offerings like French toast with Lucky Charms marshmallows and whiskey syrup. 

Dirty Habit is offering “Flights to Dublin,” AKA high-end whiskey tasting flights ranging from $25-$50. Brew Republic is having kegs and eggs for breakfast--with dollar beers (price increases every hour) and a breakfast buffet to start the day. 

The Alex Speakeasy is curating Irish whiskey flights (plus a full size pour of one) for $15, alongside Irish food specials. Valor Brewpub and The Ugly Mug will both offer $5 Smithwicks, $5 Harps, $7 Black & Tans, and $6 Patty’s Irish Whiskey. 

Bar Deco will pour $5 green beer and fish & chips. Barrel is bringing back their Smashed Potato theme, with $5 Paddy’s, $8 Irish drafts, and food specials like green mashed potatoes. Scotts will offer $1 Irish beers and ciders to anyone named Patrick (or anyone who’s accompanying a Patrick) from 4-6pm on Sunday, followed by a traditional corned beef and cabbage for dinner ($36, no need to know a Patrick).

 The G.O.A.T. is serving a breakfast buffet with green eggs, green beer & green mimosas all day. Union Pub invites guests to beat the clock and order Irish Slammers for $3 beginning at 11am, with the price going up by $1 every hour until 4pm ($8 until close).

Cost: Admission is free, food and drink prices vary.

Northern Virginia

Crosshairs Garage Races

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

G4 level Parking Garage, 201 12th St S, Arlington, VA 22202

Crosshairs Garage Races (named "The Best Use of a Garage that Doesn't Involve Your Car" in 2018 by Washingtonian Magazine) returns for the fifth year of the region’s ONLY underground bike race!

Crystal City's signature bicycle race series in a parking garage takes over the G4 level of the parking garage at 201 12th Street S. Crosshairs Garage Races hosts races for elites and amateurs with participants in each category competing for weekly prizes.

Those too timid for the saddle can always catch the excitement from the comfort of the sidelines while enjoying a beverage from the event’s pop-up bar.

Cost: $20 race registration online, $25 day-of registration. Free to spectate

Shamrocks and Shennanigans Alexandria

Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, 2019

Virtual Race (can be run (or walked) from any location you choose)

Leprechaun costumes, traditional Irish food and running, of course--there's no better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than completing the 1st AnnualShamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4 miler event. Celebrate your race and the “Luck of the Irish” with runners from all 50 states and around the world. Complete each distance one at a time or if you're feeling lucky complete all 4 miles. Either way, we encourage you to wear your finest St. Patrick's Day attire and have fun!

Along with your official tvek race bib, your official Shamrocks & Shenanigans 4 Miler Finisher medal will include 4 leaf mile markers to be added to your finishers medal. Complete all 4 miles at once or 1 mile at a time!

Cost: $29-$50

Montgomery County, MD

Gaithersburg St Patricks Day Parade

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM 

Rio Blvd & Grand Corner Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Harp and Shamrock Society, will host a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade at Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg, MD. The Parade includes state and local officials, Gaithersburg Police, Irish dancers, pipe bands, fire trucks, equestrian units, and much more. After the end of the parade at noon, there is live entertainment on the lakefront plaza until 2 p.m.

Hike & Seek: Pot of Gold

Sunday, March 17, 2019 |2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Bethesda, MD

Looking for a little adventure? Follow the clues as you hike around Cabin John Park to solve a new nature-themed puzzle each month.

A few mysterious and mischievous creatures have visited the park, leaving golden clues along the trail. What will you find at the rainbow's end? It's a scavenger hunt just for St. Patrick's Day!

Check-in at the front desk any time between 2pm and 4pm for a few hints and for your supplies. Price is per family. Drop-ins welcome. Natural surface trails may not be stroller accessible. Severe weather cancels the program.

Cost: $6 per family

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