With St.Patricks Day just around the corner, everyone is going green (literally) and looking for the best spots to chug their beer. If you waited last minute to find your go to spot then chances are you didn’t attend Americas largest St.Patty’s Day celebration this past Saturday, which was The Shamrock Fest. Taking place just a few days ago, The Shamrock Fest played host to thousands of attendees at DC’s RFK Stadium. No need to panic though there are plenty of other events taking place throughout the area, just not any quite like this. This year, I had the pleasure of attending this day long festival, so without further adieu I’ll share my first time experience getting my green on.
Still being fairly new to the DC area at times I’m not always in the know with all of the great events that take place, this was definitely the case with the Shamrock Fest. I think it’s safe to say that American’s go pretty hard for St. Patrick’s Day and all of the beer-related festivities that come along with it. So when I heard about DC being the host city for a festival all things Shamrock, it initially didn’t peak my interest, that was until I did my research. The combination of coming across footage from last year’s festival plus having an urge to step outside of comfort zone nudged me towards the direction of wanting to check this event out.
Before I would know it Saturday, March 12th would arrive and it would be time for me to hop on the metro and make my way towards RFK Stadium. As I got on the Orange line headed towards the Stadium Armory station I could see that the train cart I was on was full of eager folks waiting to get to RFK stadium draped in various shades of green from their favorite sports teams and organizations. once the train arrived to the station I got off and headed towards the exit only to realize that many more people were getting off of this train as well and suddenly the large amount of people that got off of the same cart as I turned into a sea of green beads and glasses. Once I got to the stadium and finally got inside the party was on! From 3pm-11pm i found myself having a good time and indulging in all of the festivities like: walking around and checking out some of the vendors, consuming lots and lots of Angry Orchard beer, taking a puff from my hand rolled cigar courtesy of Castaneda Cigars, and ping-ponging between the 6 stages that featured some of Irish Rock’s best artist. While in between acts, close to a dozen disc jockeys kept the crowds rocking to various tunes. I even got to see Vanilla Ice perform, which most of you guys wouldn’t think is a big deal until you’ve actually seen the crowds reaction, they love this guy! It was pretty nostalgic for me as well, something I’d thought I would ever be able to say, but grateful nonetheless. He even brought out motorsports legend and Maryland native Travis Pastrana out to do some over the top crowd surfing. There were even carnival rides and Irish dancers present for children to enjoy making this festival great for the whole family.
Looking back I can honestly say I had a great time. From the food, drinks, live DJs to great acts, this was a well-rounded festival that anyone could enjoy. As I stated earlier sadly this event has happened so you’ll have to get your Shamrock fix somewhere else, but if you wanna stay in the know champs for 2017 be sure to stay dialed into their court.