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Richmond’s Top 5 Activities for St. Patrick’s Day Fun in 2022

cheerful friends holding glasses with beer on St. Patrick's day celebration

You don’t need to live in Ireland to be lucky enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The City of Richmond has everything from block parties and Irish pubs to 5k races for people who are looking for a fun time.

The festivities are kicking off early this year with fun to be had as early as March 11th, but don’t worry, the party continues through St. Patty’s day on March 17th and the weekend after. If you can’t make it to Shamrock the Block in Scott’s Addition, you might be able to secure a seat at one of Shockoe Bottom’s Irish pubs.

City Parking is your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when it comes to convenient parking in Richmond. Once you’ve made it to your preferred party spot, drop your car off in one of our lots and enjoy yourself. If you plan on drinking and need to come back for your car the next day, we have 12 and 24 hour rates at certain lots.

Check out this great list of places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in RVA:

1. Rosie Connolly’s Pub

Right alongside Richmond’s popular 17th Street Market, Rosie Connolly’s is an Irish pub bringing you Irish comfort food, Guiness on draft and a selection of Irish whiskeys.

They’re hosting two events for St. Patrick’s Day this year, starting with a warm up party on Saturday, March 11th from noon to midnight.Get yourself ready for the weekend festivities by listening to pub songs and drinking Tullamore Dew specials at Rosie’s.

Enjoy the party from the patio bar, or check out the 17th Street Farmer’s Market.

While you’re there, City Parking has you covered by a lot. Check out any of these convenient parking locations:

  • Lot 160: 100 N 17th Street Parking
  • Lot 222: 17th Street and Ambler
  • Lot 16: 16th and Broad Street
  • Lot 128: N. 18th Street
  • Lot 180: 18th and Grace Street
  • Lot 15: 15th and Main
  • Lot 801: 18th and Main

2. Shamrock the Block

One of Richmond’s favorite street festivals is back with all the bands, beer and food you could possibly want. Shamrock the Block is the River City’s first big outdoor festival of the year, and while it’s not the last, you won’t want to miss it!

Stretch your St. Patrick’s Day celebration along Arthur Ashe Boulevard from West Broad Street to West Leigh Street. Adults, kids and pets will all be dressed in green and having a great time on March 11 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival usually pulls in about 20,000 guests to the Scott’s Addition neighborhood. The area is already a hotspot for weekend fun and crowds but even with this big event, you don’t have to rely on luck to find parking.

CityParking loves the Scott’s Addition neighborhood just as much as you do but we know how difficult parking there can be. Take a short stroll from these lots to get to the block party:

  • Lot 209: Arthur Ashe Boulevard and Leigh Street
  • Lot 203: 1203 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
  • Lot 117: 1117 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
  • Lot 523: Kensington Avenue and N Colonial Avenue
  • Lot 310: W Marshall Street and Summit Avenue

3. Shamrock RunRVA 5k

Burn off that corned beef and cabbage with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Lucky Road on Sunday, March 12th. The Shamrock RunRVA 5k is a festive race complete with custom medals, a celebratory beer, a pint glass prize and a post-race party. Make sure you’ve got a fun outfit because there will be a costume contest after the race.

Runners hit the road at 10:30 a.m. and the party goes all afternoon long.

If running isn’t your thing, don’t worry! There will be plenty of people opting to take a walk instead.

Whether you’re running or just watching, check out these nearby lots managed by City Parking. These are a bit farther from the start but close by for those hoping to cheer on the runners during the race: 

  • Lot 209: Arthur Ashe Boulevard and Leigh Street
  • Lot 203: 1203 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
  • Lot 117: 1117 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard

4. Siné Irish Pub

Every weekend is a party at Siné ,and St. Patrick’s Day is guaranteed to be a good time. Located in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip, Siné holds an annual St. Patrick’s Day party. 

The pub features Irish-American favorites like corned beef, shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips. While at the bar grab any of your favorite beers, including local brews, or stay true to the holiday by grabbing a Guinness on draft.

City Parking has you covered on St. Patrick’s Day or any time you decide to head over to Siné. Here are some nearby lots you can park at: 

  • Lot 141: 14th and Cary Parking Deck
  • Lot 15: 15th and Main
  • Lot 902: 1051 E Cary Street
  • Lot 903: 1017 E Canal Street
  • Lot 31: Cary and Dock between 15th and 16th

5. McCormack’s Irish Pub

Another fun spot in Shockoe Bottom is McCormack’s Irish Pub. McCormack’s has been in Richmond for almost twenty-five years and is self-described as a pub “with a bit of attitude.”

Pop in early for some dinner or stay late for drinks with your lads.

With a chill atmosphere and a prime location, this St. Patrick’s Day hangout might become a new favorite. Another bonus is that McCormack’s is super close to Rosie Connolly’s and around the corner from Siné, making Shockoe Bottom and Slip the ultimate places to hop from pub to pub.

While you’re grabbing some pub food or visiting multiple bars, drop your car at any of these City Parking spots: 

  • Lot 160: 100 N 17th Street Parking
  • Lot 222: 17th Street and Ambler
  • Lot 127: 17th and Main
  • Lot 16: 16th and Broad Street
  • Lot 180: 18th and Grace Street
  • Lot 15: 15th and Main
  • Lot 801: 18th and Main