27th Annual Irish Festival Announcement!

The parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church invite you to the 27th Annual Irish Festival, March  24 and 25, 10:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The festival begins on Saturday with the St. Patrick’s Parade and continues with a 4-block street fair in front of St. Patrick’s Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets on Historic Church Hill.  

More than 45 traditional Irish musicians, local bands, dancers, and bagpipers will perform on two stages throughout the weekend. Sponsored by Guinness, this year’s line-up includes Uisce Beatha, The Janet Martin Band, The Bart Chucker Band, Tinkers Damn, Echolalia, Powder Keg, Haze and the Transients, and many other local favorites. Celtic/Irish crafts and merchandise, family fun, children’s games in a huge kid’s area, food, refreshments, and more.

The inaugural Hill Topper 5k Race will kick off at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 25.  The race through the Historic Church Hill neighborhood will begin and end at 25th and Broad Streets, and will benefit the neighborhood and The Robinson Theater.  Come out and run with us!

A $2.00 donation will be requested at the gate.

Free Shuttle parking located at 16th and East Broad Streets.

Proceeds benefit St. Baldrick’s Society, St. Francis Home, Little Sisters of the Poor, Church Hill Crime Watch, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. Peter’s Meals Program, The Conrad Center, Stone Circle of Friends, Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life Center at Bon Secours, St. John’s Church, Prevent Blindness Virginia and many other neighborhood causes, and St. Patrick’s Church, “a little church with a big heart,” built in 1859 by Irish immigrants.

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A huge children’s play area will be sponsored by the great folks from “Connor’s Heroes”, an organization that assists families and children who are fighting childhood cancer.

Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Society and their fight against childhood cancer, the Church Hill Association, the Church Hill Crime Watch, Richmond Hill, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. John’s Church, the St. Peter’s Meals Program, Stone’s Circle of Friends and many other neighborhood causes.

A $2.00 donation will be collected at the gate. Sponsored in part by Guinness & Harp Beer and our friends at Loveland Distributing.

We kindly ask that you leave all pets at home.

Music & Entertainment!

Traditional Irish musicians, bagpipers and dancers will perform throughout the weekend. This year’s lineup includes Uisce Beatha; the Janet Martin Band; Andy, Cindy and Then Some; Page Wilson; the Taters, the Atkinsons; Tinkers Damn; Bart Chucker Band; Susan Greenbaum and many other local favorites. We will also have a Bluegrass Stage.

In addition to great entertainment, there will be plenty of family fun, including children’s games, face painting and Irish-themed crafts. Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance! Food and refreshments will also be available. Enjoy wonderful “Irish Lasagna” prepared by the Ladies of St. Patrick’s, “Fish and Chips” and other favorites provided by Rare Olde Times Irish Pub, and many more.