St. Patrick's Day may fall on a Wednesday this year, but that shouldn't stop you from having a shamrockin' good time in Capitol Riverfront. Whether you're sipping a beer out on the patio or picnicking in the park with friends, check out all the ways CapRiv goes green for the luckiest day of the year.
Dig Into Neighborhood Specials
For the kids and kids at heart, join Victoria Lai from Ice Cream Jubilee for a special St. Paddy’s Day virtual ice cream pie class on Tuesday, March 16 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Decorate (or dig in right away) two ready-to-eat ice cream pies and create your very own 5” pie with the all-inclusive kit you receive when you register for the class. Can’t make it? Enjoy a pre-made Double Stout Caramel or Minty Grasshopper ice cream pie, order two for $16 now through March 17 while supplies last.
Keep up the ice cream theme at ColdStone Creamery and try out their brand new Lucky Charms milkshake -- a little Instagram-worthy treat for both cereal and ice cream lovers.
For something a bit more boozy, head to Atlas Brew Works on Wednesday, March 17 for St. Paddy's stout specials you can enjoy on their outdoor patio or visit one of the many neighborhood bars to raise a glass in celebration for another reason to drink! Keep it close to home with Bluejacket / NRG Provisions' St. Patrick's Day menu that'll bring the pub right to your kitchen with ales, whiskey, Guinness-braised short rib, Reuben sandwiches and more.
Enjoy Public Green Spaces
St. Paddy’s Day is a reminder that a new season of warmer weather, budding flowers, and longer days of sunshine is almost upon us. Why not celebrate that by enjoying your public green spaces throughout the neighborhood? Try picnicking along the riverfront in Yards Park or taking your lunch break in Canal Park because the holiday falls on a workday after all. Bring your dogs on a walk to the Virginia Avenue Park or Bark and Go Park to meet with their furry friends (and yours too!). Get a head start on your summer 2021 goal of walking, biking, or running the entire Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Whatever you choose, there’s a little something for everyone to do outside in Capitol Riverfront.
Learn More About the Parks' Green Features
Not only is the neighborhood full of green spaces for you and yours to enjoy, but those spaces are extra “green” too! Yards Park and Canal Park both have eco-friendly features that help minimize their environmental footprint. The stunning light tower down by the river designed by James Carpenter Design Associates isn’t just an art piece, it also serves as a beacon or reference point for the neighborhood and is completely powered by solar LED lights. The rain gardens, an array of local shrubs, flowers, and trees, on the eastern side of Canal Park are fed by stormwater runoff which is then filtered and reused for 95% of the park’s water needs. The pavilions in Canal Park are made from green roofs and recycled materials and use geothermal heating and cooling to keep operations as green as possible. Learn more about the park’s features and history here and here.