Alright, party people. Saturday is the day. The Irish Festival, Shamrock the Block, returns to the Boulevard from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Grab your green and get ready for a good time.
The free event always draws large crowds and this year is boasting attendance by more than 70-vendors selling beer, food, and crafts along with a small kids area for parents who want to venture out.
Of course, there will also be live music on the main stage from acts like Cracker Jackson, and The Folly and Redneck Pool Party.
There will also be an after-party in the parking lot of River City Roll that will include performances from Three Sheets to the Wind, East of Blue Ridge and Dance Candy. Those shows begin at 5:00pm and wrap at 2:00am.
Shamrock the Block is sponsored by Murphy’s Irish Stout, River City Roll, Heineken, Belle Isle, Dave and Busters, Brown Distributing and the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association. Proceeds from the event will benefit Project Local a group that supports other non-profit organizations.
But here’s what you really want to know… the Boulevard will be closed off for this event. Expect the closure to start at Leigh Street/Moore Street (Boulevard Burger and Fries and Movieland) to Broad Street. The closure begins at 5:30am Saturday to 9:00pm. So, if you have to leave Scott’s – head out on Summit Ave., Highpoint Ave., Mactavish Ave. or Roseneath Road.
There will be parking at the Diamond and on streets in and around Scott’s Addition. Lyft is offering a 25% off discount for two rides with code: RVASHAMROCK — Drop off and pick up for that is on Leigh Street in the bike lanes near the Redskins training facility.