If you’ve been outside at all in the past few days (and for your sake, we sure hope you have) then you are experiencing the seasonal euphoria that coincides with those first warm days of the year. Sure it would be nice if it was 70 degrees and sunny all year long, but one thing we love about the change of seasons is how much you really (and we mean REALLY) appreciate the transition from the cold winter months to the warm spring days. That doesn’t mean we are always blessed with a warm spring here on Delmarva, in fact each year it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not March will bring sunshine…or snow. The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations across Delmarva are fun and festive no matter the weather outcome, but it sure is nice when we get a warm, sunshine filled day for enjoying the parades, live music, and street festivals. Take a look at what’s on tap this year in Ocean City, Easton, Cambridge, Snow Hill and Salisbury.
2nd Friday Art Stroll in Berlin – Student Art Month
When: Friday, March 11, 5pm
Where: Downtown Berlin, 5-9pm
What: Berlin’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll will certainly benefit from the warm weather this month – we will be enjoying the first of many outdoor strolls through Berlin this year to enjoy local artwork and entertainment. This month is particularly noteworthy, as it is dedicated to student artists! Be on the lookout for featured artwork from local students as you shop and dine in Berlin. What’s more, the town will unveil Phase 1 of the Berlin Public Art Mural that students from Buckingham Elementary have been working on. The unveiling will take place at the Visitor’s Center on Main Street at 5:30pm. You can find us celebrating the Grand Opening of The Berlin Printery and CFD Fine Jewelry on Main Street from 5-8!
St. Patty’s Day Boardwalk 5K
When: Saturday, Marcy 12, 9am
Where: Shenanigans, Ocean City
What: Start your St. Patty’s Day celebrations off with a boardwalk 5K in OCMD! The annual race is hosted by OC Tri-Running and takes place along the boardwalk in Ocean City with an after-party to be held on 4th Street at Shenanigans. The race starts at 9am, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy a 5k along the Boardwalk before heading north to enjoy the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Expect plenty of festive runners as well, so be sure to dress the part!
Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: Saturday, March 12, 11am (Parade begins at Noon)
Where: Coastal Highway, Ocean City (58th Street to 45h Street)
What: Each year, the Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day signifies the start of the busy season here in OCMD, as businesses open back up for the season and tourist and locals alike turnout to enjoy the resort town. Expect large crowds up and down Coastal Highway for the local parade, which starts at noon. We suggest arriving early to nab a good spot (and to find parking). The parade begins on 58th Street and travels south to 45th Street. The 45th Street Village is the central hub of operations, with plenty of green beer to go around. Once the parade ends, there are many, many local businesses that will be celebrating the occasion with food and drinks specials, live music, bagpipe performances and more. Stay tuned for our article on the best places for some post-parade fun!
Paddy on Poplar
When: Saturday, March 12, 12pm-5pm
Where: Downtown Cambridge
What: In Cambridge, expect plenty of live music, great food, and local fun at the Paddy on Poplar celebration. Local businesses will come together for the festival, with RAR Brewing and Jimmie & Sooks sponsoring the event and the entertainment. Paddy on Poplar will take place on Poplar Street between noon and 5pm; the day will feature live music from reggae-rock band Tropidelic. RAR will also be celebrating their 2nd anniversary, Dank Day in the Streets, with three can releases. Arrive early for the can releases because those cans go fast!
Spring 2016 Cask Event
When: Saturday, March 12, 4-7pm
Where: The Brick Room, Salisbury
What: After enjoying the parade in Ocean City or Paddy on Poplar in Cambridge, we suggest stopping by The Brick Room in Salisbury for this seasonal cask event. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door and include a tasting from each cask, 1 pint of your favorite brew and food provided by Chef Jason from Roadie Joes. Local breweries will be competing in the friendly cask ale competition, with EVO, Rubber Sole, Mispillion, RAR, 3rd Wave, Tall Tales, and Fin City all set to compete in the spring event.
Snow Hill Blues Jam
When: Saturday, March 12, 7pm
Where: Snow Hill @ the Old Firehouse on Green Street
What: The annual Snow Hill Blues Jam returns this Saturday at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) at the Old Firehouse in Snow Hill. Tickets are $25 and include BBQ from Tom Mason’s and musical entertainment by The Nighthawks. The bar will provided by Arts on the River, who will also be hosting several raffles to benefit great causes.
Easton St. Patricks Day Parade & Events
When: Thursday, March 17, 12pm-6pm
Where: Downtown Easton
What: The Easton Business Alliance presents their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Events, which will include an ecumenical service, Irish tea, children’s crafts & activities, parade, and the famous potato race. The annual parade will begin at 5:30pm in Downtown Easton and will be followed by the potato race at 6pm.