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Freedom First St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Festival

Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Begins at 11am on Jefferson St. at Elm Ave., continues to Campbell Ave. and ends at Williamson Rd.

Shamrock Festival

12:00pm - 5:00pm - Live music, adult beverages, and more! Admission is FREE and begins at noon in Wells Fargo Plaza behind the City Market Building. Band lineup:

  • Empty Bottles 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • The Dancing Chicken Band 1:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Gasoline Alley 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Freedom First Kids Zone

Admission is FREE! From 12pm to 5pm in two locations: In front of the Taubman Museum of Art on Salem Avenue and in Market Square along Market Street. GAMES, INFLATABLES, FACE PAINTING, & MORE!

Corned Beef & Co. Celtic Celebration - 10:00am - 5:00pm 

Celtic Stage will kick off at the conclusion of the parade and will go until 5:00pm.

Second Wynde headlines the show with guest musicians. Schedule is as follows (all times are approximate, depending on the conclusion of the parade):

  • 12:15  Roanoke Pipers' Club
  • 12:30  Celtic Celebration Welcome
  • 12:45  Second Wynde, Guest Performers and BRIMS Dance Troup
  • 2:00  Ceili King Recognition
  • 2:15  Roanoke Pipers' Club
  • 2:45  St. Brendan Trophy Presentation
  • 3:00  Second Wynde, Guest Performers and BRIMS Dance Troup
  • 4:00  Roanoke Pipers' Club
  • 4:15  Second Wynde, Guest Performers and BRIMS Dance Troup
  • 5:00  Celtic Stage Show Ends - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Martin's St. Patty's Block Party - 11:00am - 1:00am

12 Bands!
Authentic Irish Ales
Traditional Irish Food
Huge Covered Outdoor Beer Garden
2 Stages of Entertainment featuring:
BIG Something, Empire Strikes Brass, C2 & Brothers Reed, South Hill Banks, Sol Searchers, Trae Pierce & The T-Stones, The Kind, A Place Called Home, Maradeen, Shorefire, Gote, Barefoot West
Special Kick Off Pre-Party Event Friday, March 16th w/ The Mantras

Shamrock Hill 5K & 1-Mile Race - 8:30am

Start your St. Patrick’s Day by running the Shamrock Hill 5K at Roanoke Catholic School!

With an 8:30am start, the race finishes in plenty of time to catch the Freedom First St. Patrick's Day Parade at 11:00am and Shamrock Festival at 12:00pm. Take advantage of the free and convenient parking at Roanoke Catholic.

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Later Event: April 5
Salem Red Sox Opening Night