5 to Try: 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 Mar 09, 2018
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Uptown Charlotte – Tryon Street
Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Charlotte will be celebrating the 22nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival this year with floats, pipe band music, dancing and plenty of Irish fun. The Charlotte Goes Green Festival kicks off after the parade concludes and will feature special performances by Irish dancers, Irish/Celtic vendors and a Kids Zone.
Green River Revival
Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free / $6 for parking
The U.S. National Whitewater Center will once again be dying it's waters green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day and its 9th annual 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. Yoga, live music and plenty of beer are also on the day’s schedule of events.
Saturday, March 10 through Friday, March 17
Cost: Free entry
If you want to get a head start on celebrating the luck of the Irish, Murphy’s Charlotte Shamrock Shenanigans includes the first annual “Saint Practice Day” (March 10) and a Halfweek to Paddy’s Day (March 14) complete with green beer and live music. Then, join them for the big St. Paddy’s Day celebration for Irish dancers, bag pipers and a special Irish menu all day. Knowing that St. Patrick’s Day can often leave people feeling a little green the next day, Murphy’s will also host a “St. Recovery Day” brunch at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Brunch-goers can cure St. Paddy’s hangovers with Bloody Mary’s and savory menu items.
Celtic Festival & Music Night
Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Students, Free for Children 5 and under
The 6th annual Latta Celtic Festival will feature 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 a special Sunday performance by Master Fiddler Jaime Laval.
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Saturday, March 17 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: $25 Prepay, $30 Day Of
Since the pub crawl's inception in 2001, Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl has grown in popularity and size, earning it a reputation as "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.
NCAA March Madness
March 16 & 18 / March 15 from 11 a.m. - 6:20 p.m.
Cost: Ticket prices vary / Open practice free to the public
If green isn’t your hue, don your favorite college colors for the first and second round games of the 2018 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16 & 18. And for the full behind-the-scenes experience, mark your calendars for Thursday, March 15 when all eight teams will have 40 minutes on the court for a shoot around.