Gather 'round, lads and lassies! It's time to plan for how and where you'll spend your St. Patrick's Day. The shenanigans below, happening in Charlotte and the surrounding area, are all good choices for drinking, eating, being entertained and merry. Cheers to finding a pot o' gold!
Friday, March 14
5th Annual Buff Faye's Get Lucky Party Bus Check-in for the party bus ride is at Hartigan's Irish Pub, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The bus stops at a variety of LGBT-friendly pubs (including Chasers, The Bar at 316, Cathode Azure, and Hartigan's) and drag performer Buff Faye and her divas are there throughout the ride. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Campus Pride for LGBT youth. $15-$25. March 14, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Hartigan's Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St. 704-347-1841. www.hartigans.com.
Leprechaun Jizz: All Green Paint Party at Bar Charlotte As the event's flyer states: "Come in white, leave in green." Drink specials include select $5 beers and $5 vodka energy drinks. Text "green" to 980-333-8633 to get on the VIP list for free admission. Doors open at 9 p.m. 18 and up are welcome. March 14, 9 p.m. Bar Charlotte, 300 N. College St. 704-342-2545. www.barcharlotte.com.
St. Practice Day/St. Patty's Pre-Game Party at Whisky River The party before the party will feature DJ Boss and 103.7's own Austin and Big Sexy. Drink specials include $6 Irish car bombs and $3 select beers. Kitchen opens at 11 p.m. March 14. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.
Pour Days of Green at Kennedy's The pub is celebrating St. Patrick's Day, starting on Friday and continuing through Monday. During this time there will be screenings of college basketball games, live music, beads and giveaways and food and drink specials. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 336 N. Caswell St. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.
The Chuckleheads at The Tavern The Charlotte improv troupe presents its "Some Folks Have All the Luck Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza." The St. Patrick's Day themed show features improv games, musical activities, game show elements, and the heavy-duty audience participation. For advance tickets, call 704-301-1564 or visit www.planetimprov.com. March 14, 8 p.m. $10-$15. 300 East Morehead St.
Saturday, March 15
18th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival This year's parade features floats, pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers, musical groups, marching bands and more. Includes performances from Loch Norman Pipe Band, Federal Clan Kings, Lissakeole, Rince Na' Eireann Dance School, Rince Na' Eireann Dance School and more. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. at Tryon Street and 9th Street. It will march south on Tryon Street to 3rd Street and then march on to Caldwell Street. March 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.charlottestpatsday.com.
6th Annual Green Party at EpiCentre The party features a live performance from Swedish synth-pop trio NoNoNo (think of that whistling single: "Pumpin' Blood") and music from DJ Roshay. March 15, 3 p.m. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.pavilionatepicentre.com.
Green River Revival at U.S. National Whitewater Center The celebration will kick off with the Color Me Green 5K, a trail race similar to the Color Run. Following the race, the whitewater rapids will turn a bright green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. There will then be live music (Love Cannon and The Mike Strauss Band), food and drinks and a corn hole tournament. The river will remain open to those who want to raft or kayak. For full details, visit www.usnwc.org/green-river-revival-2/. March 15. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.
Rich and Bennett's 14th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl The Q.C.'s largest St. Patrick's Day pub crawl. Ticket price includes an event T-shirt, koozie, giveaways and cover into all bar stops on the crawl. Check-in is at 12 p.m. at Dixie's Tavern. For tickets, visit www.rockhouseevents.com. $20-$30. March 15. Dixie's Tavern, 301 E. 7th St. 704-374-1700. www.dixiescharlotte.com.
Get Lucky St. Patty's Day Party at Roxbury The party features drink specials, including $2 Mickeys, $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $5 fireballs and mixed drinks. $7 cover. March 15, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
St. Patrick's Day Bash at Hickory Tavern The party features a live DJ inside and live performances by Burning Bright and Simplified on the venue's outside patio. There will also be drink specials. March 15, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Hickory Tavern (Metropolitan location), 1100 Metropolitan Ave. 704-334-5155. www.thehickorytavern.com.
Shamrock 'N' Roll at RiRa Pay tribute to S. Patrick with traditional Irish music, food and cold beer. Crashbox performs at 10 p.m. Drink specials include $2 Miller Lite and Coors Lite bottles; $2 PBR cans, $3 pints of Heineken and $5 Jagerbombs. March 15. RiRa, 208 N. Tryon St. 704-333-5554. www.rira.com.
2nd Annual Kegs and Eggs, Beer and Bagels at Prohibition There will be plenty of kegs, eggs, beer and bagels. Drink specials include $3 Mimosas and a $4 "build-your-own" Bloody Mary bar. Enjoy the St. Patrick's Day parade from the second floor patio. March 15, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St. 704-358-4244. www.prohibitionclt.com.
Kegs & Eggs at Sip You can watch the parade from this spot and enjoy a breakfast buffet. There will also be $4 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Doors open at 9 a.m. March 15. Sip, 200 N. Tryon St. 704-334-3315. www.sipcharlotte.com.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Fitzgerald's The parties feature kegs and eggs and $5 "baby" Guinness. March 15, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, 201 E. 5th St. 704-370-0687. www.fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.
St. Paddy's Day Bash at Howl at the Moon Drink specials include $3 "green" beers, $5 "leprechaun" car bombs, and $20 "get lucky" 86 oz. buckets. There will also be dueling pianos all night long. Free entry before 6 p.m. with RSVP. March 15, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Howl At The Moon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com.
St. Pat's Saturday & Anniversary Party at Mortimer's To celebrate it's four year anniversary, the folks at Mortimer's are throwing a day and night party. Live music with Jay Mathey on the patio from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be party favors, cornhole, drink specials ($5 Jameson, $5 Guinness draughts, $5 Absolut and $3 Coors Light bottles ) and more. Free admission. March 15. Mortimer's Cafe and Pub, 210 E. Trade St. 704-688-0366. www.mortimerspub.com.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Kennedy's The third annual party features live music, cornhole and $5 Irish car bombs. John Boy & Billy will be in the house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 15, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 336 N. Caswell St. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.
St. Patrick's Day at Big Ben Pub The party features Irish music, bag pipers, "green" beer and corned beef and cabbage. March 15, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant, 2000 South Blvd. 704-817-9697. www.bigbenpub.com.
Eat, Drink & Be Irish at Galway Hooker The party features live music (including Natty Boh, 5 On Sundays, and Joystick) and DJs, Irish dancers, bagpipers, games, raffles and more. Galway Hooker also offers food and drink menus stocked full of Irish fare. Free admission; $40 for VIP ticket (includes a St. Patrick's Day T-shirt and swag bag, door prizes and giveaways, four drink tickets, four raffle tickets, and entry to outside VIP party and tent). March 15, noon-2 a.m. Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.galwayhookerpub.com.
Latta Celtic Festival The second annual fest will feature live music from Thistledown Tinkers and Stirling Ridge, Scottish dancing, brews from Olde Mecklenberg Brewery and more. $6-$8; Free for children 5 years old and under. March 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; March 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Celtic Music Night An evening Celtic music concert featuring ThistleDown Tinkers, Highland Pipes and Stirling Ridge. $10. March 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Sunday, March 16
St. Patrick's Day on Main Festival The fest, held in downtown Rock Hill, will feature live music from. the Bagpiper (4:55 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.), The Federal Clan Kings (5:45 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.) and The Belfast Boys (7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.), dancers from Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing and Rince na h'Eireann School of Traditional Irish Dance, activities for children, vendors, food and drink. March 16, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.onlyinoldtown.com.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Kennedy's The party will feature $5 Irish car bombs, cornhole, an Irish-style menu, and plenty of pints of Guinness. Cornhole tournament starts at noon. Winning team gets $200 and second place gets a pair of MMA tickets. March 17. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 336 N. Caswell St. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.
Monday, March 17
Eat, Drink & Be Irish at Galway Hooker The party features live music (featuring Burning Bright and Thistledown Tinkers, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.) and DJs, Irish dancers, bagpipers, games, raffles and more. Galway Hooker also offers food and drink menus stocked full of Irish fare. Free admission. March 17. Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.galwayhookerpub.com.
Irish Flu Bar Crawl Stops on the pub crawl include Fitzgerald's (5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), Connolly's (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.), SIP (7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), Prohibition (8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), RiRa (9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.),. BlackFinn (10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.) and Bubble (11:30 p.m.). For more information, visit www.rockhouseevents.com/events. $5-$10. March 17. Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, 201 E 5th St. 704-370-0687. www.fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.
St. Patrick's Day at RiRa Pay tribute to St. Patrick with traditional Irish music, food and cold beer. Drink specials include $4 pints of Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp and Newcastle. There will also be $4 well drinks. March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. RiRa, 208 N. Tryon St. 704-333-5554. www.rira.com.
St. Practice Day at Tilted Kilt Features an Irish menu with corned beef and cabbage. There will also be drink specials, including brewed "green" ale. March 17. Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, 13230 Carowinds Blvd. 704-910-5353. www.tiltedkilt.com.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Kennedy's The party will feature $5 Irish car bombs, an Irish-style menu, and plenty of pints of Guinness. March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 336 N. Caswell St. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Fitzgerald's The parties feature kegs and eggs and $5 "baby" Guinness. March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, 201 E 5th St. 704-370-0687. www.fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.
St. Patrick's Day at Sip Doors open at 1 p.m. to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Drink specials include $3 beers, $4 shots, $5 calls, and $5 Irish Whiskey all night. March 17, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. SIP, 200 N. Tryon St. 704-334-3315. www.sipcharlotte.com.