At some point over the past 400 years, St. Patrick’s Day became more than the religious feast it was first conceived as in the 17th century, reserved to honor the death of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. With an Irish-American population more than seven times larger than the population of Ireland, the United States celebrates the holiday in true American fashion—by going big. With a full month of events throughout the state, partake in everything from parades and pub crawls to concerts and kids’ activities to celebrate the Emerald Isle.
Annapolis St. Patrick’s Parade
3/4. Downtown Annapolis. 1 p.m. Free. As part of Annapolis’ Irish Weekend, a festive parade makes its way through the state capital
St. Patrick’s Celebration
3/10. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 11 a.m. $15-20. Bring the kids to enjoy Irish music, dance, and traditions with local performance schools and BSO musicians. Teelin Irish Dance 3/10. Carroll County Arts Council, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. 3 & 7 p.m. Prices vary. This renowned dance troupe performs two shows in Westminster.
3/10. Railroad Ave. & Main St., Westminster. 9 a.m. $32. Throw on your sneakers for this St. Paddy’s 5K with a post-race party featuring a pub crawl, live music, and kids’ activities.
3/11. Charles & Mulberry Sts. 1:15 p.m. $40. Grab your green and join in one of the city’s most festive 5Ks, with an after-party and free beer at Power Plant Live
Baltimore St. Patrick Parade
3/11. Washington Monument, 699 N. Charles St. 2 p.m. Free. Follow floats, bagpipes, and a sea of green during this Charm City celebration of the city’s Irish community.
3/17. Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. 7:30 p.m. $62-95. This Dublin-based quartet performs its Grammy-nominated sound at the Hippodrome.
St. Patrick’s Snakes
3/17. Lake Roland, 1000 Lakeside Dr. 1 p.m. $3-5. To commemorate an odd St. Patrick’s tradition, learn about snakes, meet the park’s reptiles, and make snake-themed crafts.
3/17. Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. 2 p.m. Free. Gather around the Pratt’s Central Library for classic Irish stories full of leprechauns and pots of gold.