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In America, St. Paddy’s Day is known for being an especially joyful holiday. We dye things green, imbibe freely, and let out hearty shouts of good cheer. In Williamsburg, there are plenty of St.-Patrick’s-Day-themed events, but as always, the fun comes topped with culture and enrichment. If you ask us, celebrating history in Williamsburg is a no-brainer— you walk away happier AND smarter. Here are three tips for a jolly Saint Patrick’s Day.
Sometimes the best way to have a good time is to do something you’ve never done before.
On Sunday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m., Billsburg Brewery will hold its first annual Billsburg St. Paddy’s Day Beer Mile, which includes the world’s shortest parade and the world’s tallest leprechaun, so get ready for lots of laughs. The one-mile beer race includes 150 spots for the beer division and 50 spots for the non-alcoholic division as well as a costume contest and a festive post-race party with finisher medals, food, and music. For rules, registration and schedule details, click here.
2.Dance to an Irish soundtrack!
One of the special traits of this area is that it’s home to many talented musicians, all working throughout the year to make food for the soul. In Williamsburg, you don’t have to look far to find a live music gathering for any occasion— which is why this is #2 for the three tips for a jolly Saint Patrick’s Day.
Come to Prince George Street on March 8 to experience live Irish music from So’lach, a traditional Irish folk band known for making merry tunes. On March 17 from 5-8 p.m., you can catch them again at Craft 31 over a specialty burger and craft beer.
The Irish Drinking Band will play four times for a Williamsburg tour in March.
On March 17, vocalist Patrick Ryan will be playing at Cappriccio Ristorante.
3.Step back in time.
The last of our three tips for a jolly Saint Patrick’s Day is to embrace being in the home of living history! Colonial Williamsburg is the best place to hear the remarkable stories of 18th-century people (including ghost stories!). On March 17, hear music from the Emerald Isle at the Hennage Auditorium, experience an authentic Irish meal at Sweet Tea & Barley, or partake in any of the incredible events going on that celebrate the lives of all the Americans who came before us.
Depending on the size of your group, King’s Creek has options to suit every need on St. Patrick’s Day with our Cottages, Townes and Estates! Take your pick of accommodations, and then let the fun begin!