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6 March-Madness themed events to attend in NoVA

College basketball is on everyone’s minds this month. Here’s where to go to watch the games, as well as attend themed events.

March Madness: Oregon & Washington vs. California with Michael Franz
March 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Capital Wine School is hosting a face off between California wines and Oregon wines. Come find out how the states’ climates affect the wines’ taste, and sample a dozen comparable wines in blind head-to-head pairings. // The Capital Wine School: 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC; $85

Kegs ‘n Eggs St. Patty’s Day/March Madness Celebration
March 17, 9 a.m.-3 a.m.
Combining St. Patrick’s Day and a March Madness kick-off event, The G.O.A.T will be showing basketball games on the 50-plus HD TVs hanging on the walls, while serving $4 Guinness drafts, $6 Jameson Irish whiskey and $3 draft Miller Lites. // The G.O.A.T Sports Bar: 3028 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; Free

March Madness at Hops N Shine
March 19-25, During opening hours
Watch your favorite teams play, check in on your bracket and enjoy 50 beers on draft and moonshine-infused cocktails at Hops N Shine. // Hops N Shine: 3410 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; Free

Cigar Madness
March 30, 6-10 p.m.
Watch the NCAA playoffs and enjoy a prime rib dinner as you sip whisky. Each admission ticket comes with one raffle ticket for prizes, as well as a complimentary cigar. // American Legion Post 364: 3640 Friendly Post Lane, Woodbridge; $40

March Madness Game Day/Networking
March 31, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Complimentary sliders and fries will be given to the first 20 people who attend this event at Burger7, meant for young professionals in the DMV who would like to network while watching the game. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite team colors or jerseys. There will also be mini basketball hoop competitions for prizes, food specials, large TVs and other games like Uno, Scrabble and Jenga. // Burger7: 4533 Duke St., Alexandria; $10

Second Annual Malt Madness
April 6, Noon-10 p.m.
Get a group of friends together and register as a team to compete in Port City Brewing Company’s second annual Malt Madness. Teams will battle in giant yard pong and cornhole tournaments. Teams can be two to six people, and each team will receive beers and limited-edition team headbands. The brewery is also welcoming back its Spring MVP Ideaal Tripel beer for the event. // Port City Brewing Company: 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria; $20 for teams of two, $10 per additional team member

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