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Party all weekend at the only Guinness brewery in America
Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15
Guinness Open Gate Brewery
The trip to Halethorpe, Maryland is worth it to spend St. Patrick’s Day at the only Guinness brewery in the U.S. After a quick MARC train ride and a free shuttle, you’ll be transported to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that includes more than 30 booths of Guinness beer, Irish food, and music and dance entertainment. In addition to the brand’s traditional stout, you can sample brews that were made especially for the event and can only be found at Open Gate Brewery while touring the facility and watching beer brewing right in front of you. For an extra $30, you can sit down to a full Irish breakfast to start off your day, and all attendees will get $15 off a Lyft ride home using the promo code “GuinnessGetHome.”
Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the gate
Don’t limit yourself to just one bar by going to LepreCon
Saturday, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day is practically synonymous with pub crawls. At LepreCon, you can hop between participating bars for a full 12 hours without running into cover charges. Your wristband will get you discounts, live entertainment, an opportunity to compete for cash prizes in the costume contest, and the chance to pose in professional photographs at every bar. Watch the event’s website for a full list of participating bars.
Cost: Tickets are $10-$20
Attend DC’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Saturday, March 14
Ireland at The Wharf has it all. You can toss back Guiness drafts in the festival’s beer garden or sip on Irish whiskey all afternoon while being entertained by Irish dancers and live music from a local Celtic band and other performers. You’ll cover the bill for your food and drink but the rest of the festival is free, unless you upgrade to VIP status for exclusive barrel-aged beers from Guinness Open Gate Brewery, access to private balconies for performance viewing, and other perks.
Cost: Free (or VIP tickets are $75)
Decorate ‘big ass’ cookies at DC’s most beloved bakery
Tuesday, March 17
Baked and Wired
You can pick up St. Patrick’s Day sweets like green rice krispie treats and a chocolate cupcake with Jameson ganache and Bailey’s buttercream frosting. Or, simply take matters into your own hands at Baked and Wired’s cookie decorating event. You’ll get two giant cookies and all the materials (and expert advice) you need to make confections worthy of being sold in DC’s favorite cupcake spot.