Things to Do for St. Patrick's Day in Charlotte
Wear something green. Work that Irish charm. And get your fellow leprechauns together to explore these fun events in the Queen City!
by Chelsea Galusky Feb 27, 2019
The Queen City becomes an Emerald City in the month of March. Here is a roundup of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Uptown Charlotte – Tryon Street
Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Our St. Patrick's Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. The parade processional includes flags, floats and pipe band music that will make everyone feel like they are Irish for a day. Stay afterward for the Charlotte Goes Green Festival (on S. Tryon Street between 3rd Street and Stonewall Street) for more special performances by Irish dancers, play in the Kids Zone and check out authentic Irish/Celtic vendors from all around the country.
Green River Revival
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Saturday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free / $6 for parking
The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host their 10th Green River Revival event. The day starts with a Color Me Green 5K Trail Run where participants will be splashed with the green dye as they run through the trails. Take a photo next to the river that will turn green as a four leaf clover at 1 p.m. Yoga, live music and plenty of beer are also on the day’s schedule of events.
Celtic Festival & Music Night
Historic Latta Plantation
Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 Adults, $9 Seniors and students, Free for Children 5 and under
The 7th annual Latta Celtic Festival has attracted spectators from near and far have to celebrate the Celtic culture where James Latta hails from. There will be live music, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts, historic Celtic warriors and heritage demonstrations. Children will be entertained by story times, dancing and visiting the farm animals. This year, the Celtic Festival will feature an Outlander themed after party on Saturday night.
Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m.
Cost: $25 St. Patrick's Day Special
Wear green as you cheer on our Charlotte Checkers Hockey team for a fun night out with friends or coworkers. The Checkers St. Patrick's Day Special includes a ticket to the game, beer and a merchandise gift card. It's also Family Night, so you can save 40% on family 4-packs of group tickets. Come early to check out the pre-game tailgate starting at 4 p.m., then explore each of the concession stands at Bojangles' Coliseum to sample green popcorn, green beer or a warm corned beef sandwich with sauerkraut (available while supplies last).
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Saturday, March 16 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: $25 Prepay, $30 Day Of
Speaking of drinking beer, you will have plenty of opportunities for it during the 19th annual Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Since the pub crawl's inception in 2001, it has continuously grown in size and popularity, making it the World's Largest Pub Crawl. Check-in and make new friends at The Pub Crawl Party Lot. Then, follow the green-clad masses in matching event t-shirts and koozies. Download the event’s app for participating bars and transportation info as you enjoy green-hued brews around Charlotte.
Sunday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Hozier, the multi-Platinum singer/songwriter from Ireland, will bring the Wasteland Baby! Tour to Charlotte as a part of a 26-date run. Special guest Jade Bird will also be on the Ovens Auditorium stage. Be sure to wish him a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Birthday during the show! “I’m very excited to announce the U.S. tour, which will coincide with the release of the new album Wasteland, Baby! I’ve enjoyed incredible support from fans in North America and I am thrilled to be going back there soon to play this music live.” – Hozier
Cost: Ticket prices vary
If green isn’t your hue, don your favorite college colors for the 2019 New York Life Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament at the Spectrum Center from March 12-16. This is the 13th time the city of Charlotte has hosted this premier postseason conference tournament.
The Belfast Mill Irish Pub
The Broken Spoke
Lower South End
*Fun fact: There is a phone booth inside with direct calling to Ireland!
Connolly’s On Fifth
Rock Hill, SC
Mortimer’s Café and Pub
Murphy’s Kitchen & Tap
Ri Ra The Irish Local
Tyber Creek Pub
Selwyn Avenue Pub
Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse
Valhalla Pub & Eatery
The Workman’s Friend
Fields of Green
Prefer a low-key spot to bring the family? Need to rest amidst St. Patrick’s Day festivities? See if you can find a four-leaf clover at any of these green pastures throughout Charlotte -
- Belmont: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
- Myers Park: Duke Mansion, Freedom Park, Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary
- NoDa: Historic Rosedale Plantation
- University City: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
- Uptown: Romare Bearden Park, The Green, First Ward Park, Fourth Ward Park
For more events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, visit the Charlotte’s got a lot events calendar - charlottesgotalot.com/events