St. Patrick’s Day Festivities Across North Carolina

U.S. National Whitewater CenterSt. Patrick’s Day Festivities Across North Carolina

Several events make celebrating St. Patrick's Day a festive week in Charlotte, including at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to find out about the many great events going on in honor of St. Patrick’s Day 2017 in North Carolina. From bagpipes to (corned) beef and shamrocks to stouts, there’s something for everyone at these local parades, festivals, parties and sporting events, which take place from March 11-18 this year. Just make sure to wear your best green when attending.

Green River Revival
March 11, 2017, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Charlotte
The U.S. National Whitewater Center’s rapids go green for this event, which begins in the morning with a used mountain bike sale and 5K along the USWNC’s trails. Major & The Monbacks kicks off the live music at 11 a.m., followed by The Motet throughout the afternoon. General admission to the whitewater center is free, but for $45 you can get a sweeping view of all the activities and music atop the terrace, along with a private cash bar and catered meal.

Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
March 11, 2017, noon-10 p.m.; Charlotte
A swarm of green takes over Uptown Charlotte on a yearly basis thanks to the self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Pub Crawl,” which usually has more than 20,000 attendees. This event has become so popular that many sign up months before without knowing the schedule. On the day of the crawl, the itinerary is announced via the event’s mobile app or at the check-in site. A $25 cost gets you the official R&B green shirt, which serves as your admission into all the bars along the crawl.

Kelly’s Running of the Leprechauns 5K and 10K
March 11, 2017, 8 a.m.-until; Nags Head
The famed Outer Banks restaurant and tavern will host its eighth annual race through the surrounding neighborhoods and coastline. These runs boast serious competitors (awards are handed out at the end) and those who dress up in costumes for a good time. Once you’re finished, Kelly’s will be serving up an Irish buffet featuring beer, Irish stew, Irish soda bread, sugar cookies and sweet potato biscuits.

Shamrock Run
March 11, 2017, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Asheville
This is the 11th year Asheville Catholic School is putting on these races, which include a fun run (8:45 a.m., $10); 10K (9 a.m., $35) and 5K (9:15 a.m., $30). You’ll run through the Grove Park neighborhood and can enjoy food and beer provided by Asheville Brewing at the end of the race. The school is also awarding prizes for runners dressed in their best St. Patrick’s Day costumes.

St. Patrick’s Festival
March 11, 2017, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Emerald Isle
Along with the traditional St. Patrick’s Day festival activities, Emerald Isle features amusement rides, a petting zoo, a beer garden and a “Little Ms. and Mr. Leprechaun” contest for boys and girls ages 2 to 3. Port City Pipes and Drums are providing the authentic Irish sound, and you can shop among 75 arts and crafts vendors while listening to entertainment from 10 bands throughout the day. Free admission.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival
March 11, 2017, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Raleigh
Raleigh has a tradition of honoring this day with an annual Irish Heritage contest, where two women and men between the ages of 16 and 23 of Irish birth or descent from the Triangle area are chosen from submitted essays and a judging panel. The parade kicks everything off at 10 a.m., followed by a festival that features two stages of music – one of which is dedicated to various schools of Irish dance and sounds. Free admission.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
March 11, 2017 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wilmington
Come join the Irish fun through music, dance, food and beer commencing through downtown. The parade begins at 11 a.m., with the festival immediately following. Free admission.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 12, 2017, 1 p.m.; Nags Head
With more than 8,000 attendees on a yearly basis, this parade has been dubbed by organizers as one of the largest in North Carolina. Bands, floats and numerous Irish bands are scheduled to appear on the Beach Road route, while Kelly’s will offer free hot dogs to everyone in attendance (at least until the supply is gone). Free admission.

Shamrock Shuffle
March 17, 2017, 8 p.m.-midnight; Goldsboro
This pub crawl will take you through five downtown Goldsboro bars, including, of course, The Flying Shamrock. The other bars featured are Ed’s, Jay’s, The RailHouse and Torero’s – all of which will have drink specials and live music. Admission is free, or you can pay $20 for the “Perk Pack,” which includes one extra bar visit along with free refreshments and a Shamrock Shuffle T-shirt.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Charlotte Goes Green Festival
March 18, 2017, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Charlotte
The St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls through Uptown Charlotte for the 21st year, featuring floats, flags and fun. Following the parade, enjoy the Charlotte Goes Green Festival, which offers Irish dance school performances, Irish music, food and drink vendors, and activities and amusements for children and adults. Free admission.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18, 2017, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Pinehurst
You’ll see cars, floats and yes, even golf carts decorated in this Pinehurst parade. Afterward, live entertainment and numerous activities will take place in Tufts Park, where local vendors will also be serving up tasty Irish food.

Matt McKenzie is a Charlotte-based writer who is thoroughly enjoying seeing North Carolina beer garner the national recognition it deserves.

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