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The Luck of the Irish in Charlotte! March 7, 2017

While traditionally when you think of Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations, you may think of Chicago or Savannah, don’t look past the festivities right here in the Queen City! Charlotte boasts a robust calendar of Saint Patrick’s Day activities fit for the whole clan (get it?!), starting this weekend!


The Green River Revival Festival at the U.S. National Whitewater Center is a free day of family fun this Saturday, March 11th (aside from a charge for parking). From Yoga at 9:30 am, to the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run, to a Cornhole Tournament at 2:00pm, there’s plenty of physical activity to get everyone moving and grooving. To top it off, there will be live music starting at 12:00pm, and the river itself will be dyed green at 1:00pm! While there, enjoy the many outdoor activities offered at the USNWC – from rafting to ziplining – this place has it all!

For the party enthusiasts, there’s Charlotte’s 17th Annual Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. It may surprise you that this event is the world’s largest pub crawl – so it’s your chance to be a part of something quite monumental! By purchasing your $20 Rich & Bennett’s Pub Crawl t-shirt you’ll be eligible for free cover and drink specials at participating bars. The event kicks off at The Pub Crawl Party Lot (219 E 7th Street) on Saturday, March 11th at 12:00pm with food trucks and a DJ, and is sure to be a wild time with over 20,000 participants! Come adorned in your most festive attire!

On Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th, the Latta Plantation is hosting its Latta Celtic Festival. The festival features live music, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts vendors and historic Celtic Demonstrations. There’s story time and visits with farm animals for the kids, as well as a Saturday night music fundraiser for those with later bedtimes. Celebrate Celtic culture in a historic and beautiful setting!

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The festivities end with the big shebang – the 21st Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival on Saturday, March 18th. The parade, which begins at 11:00am, runs through uptown, starting at N. Tryon Street and 9th Street (see parade map here). The parade is filled with Irish bagpipes and Irish dancers, as well as a multitude of floats from families and businesses across the region. You’ll see cheerleaders and drill teams, police and firemen and everything in between! In addition to the Parade, the adjoining family festival, which is located at S. Tryon Street between 3rd Street and Stonewall Street, runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Not only does it feature performances by dancers and musicians, but it includes games and rides for children, a plethora of food and drink vendors (hello, green beer!) and many, many hand-crafted goods for purchase. Take the whole family and enjoy a day of fun!

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, remember that you don’t have to be green with envy at your friends traveling far and wide to revel in the fun because Charlotte has your holiday covered!



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Irish eyes are smiling in Charlotte! St. Patrick’s Day is being celebrated throughout Charlotte with Irish fun for everyone!

The 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival will be on Saturday, March 14th! Floats, Irish music, Irish dancers and a Celtic kids zone will fill Uptown Streets! Grand Marshall will be Dr. Young, Honorary Counsel of Ireland. The festival begins at 10am and the parade at 11am, on North Tryon and 9th Street.

The Shamrock 4 Miler and Kids Leprechaun Jog will be on March 14th, 6:45 am. at Stonecrest Shopping Center in the beautiful Ballantyne area of South Charlotte. As a special treat, the Easter Bunny will visit 8am-11am! Music, refreshments and live music add to the fun!

Historic Latta Plantation offers a Celtic Festival with live music, food vendors and local breweries! Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy a spring evening listening to bands like Thistledown Tinkers and Loch Norman Pipes. Irish dancing under the stars encouraged! March 14th-15th.

Charlotte is home to The World’s Largest Pub Crawl! Rich and Bennett’s 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl is the most popular St. Paddy’s day adult celebration in the city! Register and your t-shirt is your entry into all participating bars.

The 3rd Annual Color Me Green 5k Color Run will be a fun, messy way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day! Dodge the green dye as you run through the USNWC trail system. The White Water Center will collect socks for White Water Academy students. Award will be given to the greenest participants! The green fun is on March 14th.

A boy always dressed in green is Peter Pan! The North West School of the Arts actors, singers, dancers and musicians, will perform Peter Pan the Musical. This favorite classic will be on March 14th-15th.

For foodies craving to create some Irish fare, The Ritz Carlton is offering an Irish-inspired sweets menu. Students will make and eat chocolate Guinness cheesecake, Irish banana bread pudding, chocolate hazelnut potato candy and Baileys marshmallows. The cooking fun will be March 14th 9am-noon.

Enjoy bit o’ Irish luck and a bit o’ Irish Cheer in the Queen City this St. Patrick’s Day!

Erin Go Braugh!









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The Queen City is a lucky place to be on St. Patrick’s Day!

Families can enjoy the fun Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15th. The parade will have the traditional flags, floats and pipe band music filling the heart of Uptown. Children will especially like the kids area, food, Irish dancers, Irish music, bagpipers and Celtic vendors at the Charlotte Goes Green Festival between 3rd and Stonewall Street.

Another way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with terrific family fun is at Latta Plantation. Latta’s 2nd annual Celtic Festival on March 15-16, 10am-4pm, will include live music and Scottish dancing by Latta’s Kilts and Petticoats dancers. Grownups will enjoy local beers from the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Food will be available from The Scottish Cottage, Appalachian Smoke, and Anna’s Sweet Treats. The children can play games, enjoy stories and visit the farm animals.  On March 16th, beginning at 6:00pm there will be a Celtic Night Fundraiser under the stars. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at one of Charlotte’s most beautiful historic sites!

Charlotte always offers fun sporting events!

On March 17 at 7:00pm, at the Time Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Bobcats will take on the Atlanta Hawks. What better way to wind down the busy St. Patrick’s Day weekend than to take the family to a great game of hoops?

An adrenaline filled day of Irish fun can be found at the U.S. National Whitewater Center on March 15th. The Green River Revival will start off with a heart pumping Color Me Green 5k. After the race families can enjoy riding the whitewater rapids colored a lovely Irish green and enjoy live music, food, drinks and a corn hole tournament.

If a true Irish experience is what you seek in Charlotte over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend than a visit to Fitzgerald’s is in order! Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub on the corner of 5th and N. College Street offers an authentic Irish experience on St. Patty’s Day. On March 15th and 17th from 11am to 2am, the St. Patrick’s Day Party features kegs and eggs. Cute little $5 baby Guinness will be served!

Paint the Queen City green with family and friends at one of the many Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Charlotte!

Erin go bragh!




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Charlotteans always feel lucky living in the beautiful Queen City! This St. Paddy’s Day, Charlotteans will be putting on the green and celebrating their good luck in true Irish style at  Saint Patrick’s Day festivities held throughout the city March 16th-17th!

The seventeenth annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013! The parade will begin at 11:00 am at Tryon and 9th Street in uptown Charlotte. The parade will march south to 3rd Street and end at Caldwell.  This is a true parade with music, floats and all people Irish for the day! The Grand Marshall will be our very own N.C. Governor Pat McCrory.

After you enjoy the parade, continue the fun at the 2013 Charlotte Goes Green Festival! The Festival will be happening close by the parade at S. Tryon Street, between 1st and 3rd Street.  Irish music, including the traditional bagpipers; Irish dancers, food and beverages, and a Celtic Kid Zone will be a treat for the entire family! The Festival is free!

Families wanting a little more frolicking on  St. Paddy’s Day can dance a jig out to the U.S. Whitewater Center and join in the Color Me Green Race. The race is a challenging 5K trail and participants must wear a white t-shirt to avoid the green dye bombardment throughout the course (awards for the cleanest and greenest shirts). The Color Me Green Race is on Saturday. March 16th. Registration and packet pickup is at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m.  After the race, celebrate with live music, Cornhole Tournament and the annual dying of the river. The green river will remain open for rafters and kayakers.

Celtic Music Night is another family-friendly way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with the entire gang! Presented by Historic Latta Plantation at the 5225 Sample Road, on March 16th, 10a.m.-4p.m. This fundraising event will feature live music from Irish Temperance and The Highland Pipes.  Food will be provided by the Scottish Cottage and beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Kids welcome.

 If a good- old Irish belly laugh sounds like fun, Charlotteans can have their funny bones tickled by the Chuckleheads Kiss Us We’re Irish Happy St. Patrick’s Eve Comedy Musical Variety Extravaganza at the Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 North Community House Rd. The show is improvisational comedy, with heavy audience participation. Located on corner of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and North Community House Road, approximately one mile from the Morrison YMCA in South Charlotte.

Adults wanting to imbibe in traditional Irish beverages can join in the St. Paddy’s Luck of the Irish Pubcrawl in Charlotte. The Luck of the Irish Crawl begins at Vapiano, 201 South Tryon Street, from 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16th – 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 17th. At Valaiano you will receive a wristband, cup, and map, and then you’re free to hit the streets of Charlotte in search of all of the participating bars! Passes will be required.

Dixie’s Tavern will also offer Irish revelers a chance to visit over 30 different Uptown drinking establishments at Rick & Bennett’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Check in is at Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E 7th Street.

Enjoy all St. Patrick events in Charlotte and paint the town Green with family and friends! Erin go brah!