March has arrived and with it comes the beginning of spring, days filled with more sunlight, and lots of green beads and beer. Now in its 28th year, Roanoke has a long-standing tradition of celebrating the Irish and the Irish-at-heart with its St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival. Many of Roanoke’s downtown restaurants and bars have joined the party, offering a full slate of Irish-themed food and drink and plenty of live music.
Martin’s Downtown has become a staple in these festivities with its annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. This year’s event kicks off at 12:00 with music by Roanoke jam band Groova Scape on the outdoor stage, followed by 11 other bands alternating between the indoor and outdoor stages. The lineup includes 2016 FloydFest On the Rise runner-up, Urban Soil, out of Raleigh, North Carolina, along with a number of other noteworthy Roanoke bands.