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Church Hill Irish Festival 2013

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Parking is free, with three shuttle buses at 17th and Broad.

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One of the oldest – and arguably best – festivals in town is the Church Hill Irish Festival, returning to the historic neighborhood for its 28th year.

Traditionally held the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day, the Church Hill Irish Festival happens on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24.

Expect two days of drinking, celebrating, dancing and much more on several stages and into the streets in Church Hill.

Here’s what else:


The band line-up is still being finalized. But you can expect a packed schedule on several stages with Pugsy Mahone, Uisce Beatha, the Janet Martin band, Greater Richmond Pipes and Drums, Powder Keg, Kelly Kennedy, the Atkinsons and several bluegrass bands.

There are three stages at the festival...


... homemade Irish lasagna, as well as traditional favorites like corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.... food from Richmond restaurants like Poe’s Pub, O’Toole’s, Rosie O’Connolly’s and new this year – BBQ from Church Hill’s own Alamo BBQ.


.... plenty of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s from Ireland, Irish coffee and a little Miller Lite ...

Kids’ Activities & Parade

The Church Hill Irish Festival kicks off every year with “the world’s smallest parade,” according to event organizers. The parade starts on Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues to the four-block street fair in front of St. Patrick’s Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets.

There will be a huge children’s play area with bounce houses, games, face painting and more.

The St. Baldrick’s head shave for kids with cancer will be held Saturday around 3 p.m.

The Hill Topper 5k Race will return for its second year with a 5K run through Church Hill on Sunday, March 24 at 8 a.m. New this year, a Little Leprechaun Race for kids following the 5K.

New This Year


Last year, the Church Hill Irish Festival experienced some bad weather with rain and snow. Typically 10,000 to 20,000 turn out for the Irish Festival.

There will be a free shuttle and parking located at 16th and East Broad Streets.

And cheers, Richmond! St. Patrick's Day lives on!


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  • Jenn B.

    Gotta bail...hope to see you all soon though!

    March 23, 2013

  • Michele

    I plan on being there as well after my hike hope to see everyone

    March 22, 2013

  • wolf c.

    Wish I could go with you all but my family needs to help my Dad out at the River. Have fun and don't do anything I wouldn't do!

    March 22, 2013

  • Collins

    Sure, text me[masked]-8005. Looking forward to seeing you, drinking some beer, eats, music, more... should be fun

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Monique

    I'm not going to be able to get there until 2:30 or 3:00. Can I text you someone then to find you all?

    March 20, 2013

  • Rob

    celtic dancers

    March 17, 2013

  • Collins

    Happy St Patrick's Day to all of you and looking forward to next weekend!

    March 17, 2013

  • Drew G.

    doing a hike in Prince William Ntl Forest

    March 5, 2013

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