St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate in the Triangle. Whether you prefer a family friendly event, some delicious Irish food, or drinking green beer and dancing the night away – we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of nine local St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations happening this weekend – have fun and don’t forget to wear green!
This year, the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day parade is scheduled to start downtown at 10am on March 16th. As always, you will be entertained by Irish dancers, bagpipes, marching bands, and local celebrities. After the parade, head over to City Plaza for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Live music will be performed on the City Plaza stage, with Irish Dancing entertainment happening on the courthouse steps. Like most events here, there will be food truck vendors, beer vendors, and plenty of activities for the kids!
If you are looking for an adults only event, this is the one for you! Hosted by Milk Bar, located in Glenwood South, this event goes from 12 – 9pm on March 16th. Live music begins at 1pm and will include everything from local DJ’s to amazing local bands. Beer tents will be set up and Southern Charred will be selling their delicious BBQ. Proceeds will benefit CASA – Helping to empower individuals experiencing poverty and disability by providing affordable, permanent housing in the Raleigh area for 20 years. This event has a strict 21 and up policy.
Do you prefer a more structured event? Bar Crawl Live’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl might be perfect for you. ‘Week of’ tickets are still available, and if it’s your birthday week you can get a free ticket! There are six local venues on the itinerary, with the kickoff party starting promptly at 2pm at Noir. DJ’s will provide music entertainment at each location, and professional photographers and videographers will be there to document the fun. Wear your St. Patrick’s Day best – there are several costume prizes! This event is 21 and up.
On March 16th from 12 – 4pm, Lafayette Village will transform to create a total Irish Immersion Experience. Enjoy Irish dancing, live music, authentic food offerings, and amazing activities for the whole family! We are really excited to check out the Scriptorium, where you can learn to write with a quill pen, and to play the outdoor historic games on the lawn. Kids will love gathering clues and treasure throughout the Village as part of the Irish Quest.
It’s important to start a day of celebration with a hearty breakfast, and Carolina Ale House has you covered. Their annual Keg and Egg’s event kicks off on March 16th at 9am. Live music will be performed from 10am to 2pm. Are you a champion Lucky Charms cereal eater? Join the Lucky Charms Eating Contest by purchasing a ticket here – top three winners will receive a Carolina Ale House gift card. May the luck of the Irish be with you!
Is it even St. Patrick’s Day if you haven’t had a shot of Jameson from an Ice Luge at 11am? That’s just one of the many fun things Hibernian is offering for their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. They will be serving Irish food until 2am, with live music lasting until midnight. Earlier in the day they will have kid friendly activities, with face painting at 12:30 and Irish Dancers at 2pm.
If you prefer to make St. Patrick’s Day a weekend long celebration, Pat Murnane’s is the place for you! They have live music all weekend, starting on Friday at 8pm. On Saturday they will have a Caricaturist from 3:30 – 4:30pm, so come get your portrait done. Sunday brings talented Irish dancers, an amazing Irish guitarist, as well a talented Bag Piper. Come hungry, because their authentic Irish Pub offerings are delicious.
Do you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Raleigh on St. Patrick’s Day weekend? You are in luck, Doherty’s in Cary and Apex are both hosting celebrations! Doherty’s Apex is offering a weeklong celebration with two full days of live music, Irish food, and Irish dancers. Saturday evening there will be an afterparty from 10-12pm featuring DJ Tino Gray.
Doherty’s Cary location is also hosting a full St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The party will start at 3pm on March 16th, with live music, bag pipes, and Irish Dancers. You can expect authentic Irish food, and plenty of cold beer. Saturday evening there will be an afterparty from 10-12pm featuring DJ George.
We know we’ve given you a lot of options for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and we hope that you have an amazing weekend with whatever you decide to do. Stay tuned to our blog to read about more local events – and as always, email email@example.com if you have an idea for our blog.