The parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church invite you to the 28th Annual Irish Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 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. A $5.00 donation will be requested at the gate. Free shuttle parking is located at 16th and East Broad Streets.
More than 45 traditional Irish musicians, several local bands, dancers and bagpipers will perform on three stages throughout the weekend. Sponsored by Guinness, this year’s line-up includes Uisce Beatha, The Janet Martin Band, The Bart Chucker Band, Tinker’s Dam, Echolalia, Powder Keg, Haze and the Transients, and many other local favorites; Celtic/Irish crafts and merchandise, family fun, childrens’ games in a huge kid’s area, food, refreshments and more.
The Hill Topper 5k race will be held Sunday, March 24th, racing through the Church Hill neighborhood, beginning and ending at 25th and Broad Streets. Come out and run with us! Race starts at 9:00 a.m. A new Little Leprechaun Loop has been added for the kiddos, a one-mile fun run before the main event starting at 8:15 a.m. Both runs benefit the neighborhood and the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center!
Proceeds benefit Connor’s Heroes, Stone Circle of Friends, Prevention of Blindness, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. Baldrick’s Society, St. Francis Home, Little Sisters of the Poor, Church Hill Crime Watch, The Conrad Center, CASA, Freedom House, USO, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and many other neighborhood causes, and St. Patrick’s Church, “a little church with a big heart,” built in 1859 by Irish immigrants. Contact: www.churchhillirishfestival.com or 804-356-1093.