Shamrock the 'Burg does a jig for a good cause

One of Williamsburg’s most popular St. Patrick’s Day celebrations returns on March 17, bigger and better than ever.

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg will once again host Shamrock the ‘Burg in downtown Williamsburg. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Building on North Boundary Street.

This year’s event includes traditional Irish music, dancers, and food and drinks. The Donnybrooks, a popular Celtic string band as well as the Cumascaigh Irish Dancers will perform.

The Culture Café will cater the cuisine for the event, which will include favorite Irish staples such as corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and soda bread. Of course, no St. Patrick’s Day celebration would be complete without adult beverages. Guinness stout and Harp lager will be available as well as wine and a special St. Patrick’s Day local craft beer.

Additional details are in the works for Shamrock the ‘Burg. The event, which started in 2011, is a celebration of all things Irish. Admission and combination tickets can be purchased online. Proceeds from Shamrock the ‘Burg, one of Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg’s signature fundraising events, go to local charities. This year’s beneficiaries are United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s Home for Good program, the Avalon Center for women, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula.

Tom MacDonnell, co-chairman of the event, expects 300 to 400 people to don their green and join the fun.

“We are really excited about getting the crowd up and dancing with our Irish dancers,” MacDonnell said.

Want to go?

Shamrock the ‘Burg well be held 4:30-8:30 p.m. March 17 at the Williamsburg Community Building, 401 N. Boundary St. Tickets range from $10-$30. For more information, visit

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