Celebrate Irish heritage and history during St. Patrick’s Day in Frederick County, MD. With special events, live music, kegs, and eggs. Put on your best greens, grab a pint at a brewery or a pub, and experience this holiday in historic Frederick.


St. Patrick's Day Bushwallers

Let’s Start With Frederick’s Irish Roots

The City of Frederick’s history as an organized community begins with an Irish immigrant to the New World. Daniel Dulany the Elder was born in Queen’s County, Ireland in the 1600s and came to Colonial Maryland as an indentured servant in 1703. After serving his indenture as a law clerk and a stint studying in the law in London, Dulany returned to America and became a powerful legal figure in Annapolis during the 1720s. 

Dulany’s role in establishing Frederick began with land speculation and development on what was then Maryland’s frontier. In 1745, Dulany laid out “Frederick Town” on land he had purchased from Benjamin Tasker. The community he laid out became the county seat of Frederick County when it was formed in 1748. Dulany died in 1753, revered as an important figure in Maryland’s colonial history, but also a key figure in the development of Frederick. Cheers to Daniel Dulany!


Daniel Dulany the ElderDaniel Dulany the Elder - Interested in history? Read up on Revolutionary-era Frederick!

Visit the Pub


In the 21st century, the standard-bearer of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Frederick County can be found at 209 N. Market Street in Downtown Frederick. 

Since 1981, Bushwaller’s has been serving savory Irish and American comfort dishes such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, Guinness beef stew, and burgers. Their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have become famous locally. 

Head out to the pub on March 17th starting at 8AM for “Kegs N Eggs” with live music all day along. 


Bushwallers 05


Travel around the corner to W. 2nd Street to visit Magoo’s for a comfortable pub vibe with all the favorite Irish comfort foods. An excellent spot for a night out during St. Patrick’s Day! 

Brewer's Alley

After a pint of Guinness, head over to the historic Brewer’s Alley Restaurant. Frederick’s oldest brew-pub, housed in a building that once was home to City Hall and an opera house, will be hosting a Kegs and Eggs event on March 17th from 9AMto 11AM, with specials through closing at 1AM.

Brewer's Alley will also be hosting an Irish-themed beer dinner on March 12th. 


Brewer's Alley - 2022

The Breweries 

Frederick has become known as a beer-lover’s paradise. This St. Patrick’s Day, several of the city’s breweries are going all in on green celebrations on the 17th. 

Over on Market Street at Olde Mother Brewing Co., enjoy an afternoon mix of traditional and modern Irish tunes from That Raucous Crew with the amazing craft brews from Olde Mother and the delicious smash burgers from Fifty-Fifty from 3-6PM. Event is family friendly.


Olde Mother St. Patrick

Head down to Carroll Creek and celebrate from 1-5PM at Idiom Brewery. They will be hosting live music by the JJ Billings Band.


Idiom Brewery

Other St. Patrick's Day Experiences 

Teelin Irish Dance - Weinberg Center for the Arts


Teelin Dance

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, experience the brilliant energy of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography, thundering beats and graceful beauty at the Weinberg Center o March 16th. 

St. Patrick's Day at The Derby 

Head to New Market Main Street for live Irish music, food specials, and a lively St. Patrick's Day experience. 


Looking for more events and experiences in Frederick County? Explore our Events Calendar!