Every year Charlotte does it big for St. Patrick's Day, which means you have no excuse for not making plans, wearing green and getting trashed from too much Guinness. The shenanigans below, happening in the Q.C. and the surrounding area, are all worthy for drinking, eating, being entertained and merry. Cheers!
Friday, March 13
Buff Faye's 6th Annual St. Patty's Day Get Lucky Friday Night Party Bus Join local drag queen Buff Faye for this wild ride with stops to LGBTQ-friendly bars, including Woodshed Lounge, Bar at 316, L4 Lounge
and Chasers, which will have a special drag show and $250 in prizes up for grabs. Ticket proceeds benefit Campus Pride for LGBTQ Youth. March 13, 7:15 p.m. to 2 a.m. Meeting spot at Backstage Vintage Apparel Store, 2005 Central Ave. donatenow.networkforgood.org/bufffaye.
Saturday, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Start the day off right with this annual Irish-focused parade. Starts at North Tryon Street and 9th Street and marches down to 3rd Street and then to Caldwell Street. March 14, 11 a.m. www.charlottestpatsday.com.
Charlotte Goes Green Festival This outdoor festival celebrates Irish culture with food, live music and dancing, arts and family-friendly activities. Walsh-Kelley School of Irish Dance, Grandfather Mountain Highlanders, Federal Clan Kings, Rince Na’ Eireann Dance School and Carolina Ceili Band. March 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Latta Arcade, 320 S Tryon St.
Rich & Bennett's Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl in Uptown Hosted by Rich and Bennett and featuring multiple bars and restaurants in Uptown. Fee includes event shirt. March 14. www.richandbennett.com.
Green River Revival at U.S. National Whitewater Center The festivities kick off with the Color Me Green 5K and continue with the center’s river rapids turning green. Live music from Bombadil at 1 p.m. and Matrimony at 3 p.m. March 14. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Craft Beer Crawl in South End The crawl takes you to local craft breweries, including The Beer Growler, Sycamore Brewing, Lenny Boy Brewing, Good Bottle and Triple C Brewing. There will be special keg tappings, live music and free trollery rides to stops on the crawl. Starts at Unknown Brewing. March 14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Unknown Brewing Co., 1327 S. Mint St. www.historicsouthend.com/craft-beer-crawl/.
Craft Cocktail Pop-Up at Evoke If you're looking for an alternative to beer drinking, this might be for you. Folks attending this pop-up event will learn how to make three signature cocktails by mixologist Xavier Hartsoe. Features light snack pairing and drink tasting. $50. March 14, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Evoke, 555 S McDowell St. www.cltcraftcocktail.eventbrite.com.
St. Patrick's Day at RiRa The pub will have traditional Irish food, live music and dance performances throughout the day. DJ Arod at 3 p.m. and Heroes at Last at 10 p.m. RiRa, 208 North Tryon St. 980-322-9859. www.rira.com/charlotte/.
St. Patrick's Day at Treehouse Vineyards Taste the vineyard's wines and enjoy music from Sulkes Band. Brixx Pizza's food truck will also be on site. $8. March 14, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Treehouse Vineyards, 301 Bay St., Monroe. 704-283-4208. www.treehousevineyards.net.
St. Patrick’s Day Bash at P.J. O’Reilly's Featuring live music, drink specials, Irish foods and an outdoor tent. March 14, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. P.J. O’Reilly’s Irish Pub and Grill, 16640 Hawfield Drive. 704-341-2247. www.pjoreillysirishpubandgrill.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Connolly’s The traditional Irish bar will have live Celtic music and dancers. Food trucks stationed outside. $5 cover. March 14. Connolly's Irish Pub, 115 E. 5th St. 704-358-9070. www.connollysirishpub.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Galway Hooker Irish Pub Featuring food trucks, lawn games, live music and plenty of beer. Free admission; VIP tickets available. March 14, 12 p.m. Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.galwayhookerpub.com.
St. Patrick's Day Pawdy at Dog Bar Hosted by the Great Danes Friends of Ruff Love Society. Features drink specials and doggy gift baskets. $5 donation. March 14, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Dog Bar, 3307 N. Davidson St. 704-370-3595. www.dogbarcharlotte.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Kennedy's Featuring an Irish menu, live music, drink specials and a cornhole tournament. March 14. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 336 N. Caswell St. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Big Ben Featuring Irish and/or English breakfast, corned beef and cabbage for dinner and live music after 7 p.m. March 14. Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant, 2000 South Blvd. 704-817-9697. www.bigbenpub.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Mortimer's Featuring live music and drink specials. March 14, 11-2 a.m. Mortimer's Cafe and Pub, 210 E. Trade St. 704-688-0366. www.mortimerspub.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Sir Edmond Halley's Featuring Irish food, dancers, bagpipe performances and giveaways. March 14. Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse, 4151 Park Road, Suite A. 704-525-7775. www.halleyspub.com.
Tuesday, March 17
Get Lucky Party at Bar Charlotte Bar Charlotte celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a green jello wrestling contest and $200 is up for grabs. For more information or to reserve a VIP table, text Julie at 980-333-8633. Free admission before midnight. March 17, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bar Charlotte, 300 N. College St. 704-342-2545. www.barcharlotte.com.
St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl at EpiCentre The crawl includes stops to Whisky River, Bubble, Suite, Strike City, Backfinn and Vida Vida. $15. March 17, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. www.charlottestpatsbarcrawl.eventbrite.com.
St. Patrick's Day at RiRa The pub will have traditional Irish food and live music. Music from DJ Method and Wicked Powers at 10 p.m. RiRa, 208 North Tryon St. 980-322-9859. www.rira.com/charlotte/.
St. Patrick’s Day Bash at P.J. O’Reilly's Featuring live music, drink specials, Irish foods and an outdoor tent. March 17, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. P.J. O’Reilly’s Irish Pub and Grill, 16640 Hawfield Drive. 704-341-2247. www.pjoreillysirishpubandgrill.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Galway Hooker Irish Pub Featuring live music, Irish cuisine and plenty of beer. Free admission. March 17. Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.galwayhookerpub.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Kennedy's Featuring an Irish menu, live music, and drink specials. March 17. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 336 N. Caswell St. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Sir Edmond Halley's Featuring Irish food, dancers, bagpipe performances and giveaways. March 17. Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse, 4151 Park Road, Suite A. 704-525-7775. www.halleyspub.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at The Kilted Buffalo Featuring limited edition Irish beers from Great Lakes Brewery and DJ Shenanigans. March 17. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 704-892-7571. www.thekiltedbuffalo.com.
St. Paddy's Day at Flying Saucer Featuring a selection of Irish and Irish-style beers on tap. The event will also feature live Celtic music from John Fenn Steila and Friends and a wide range of Irish whiskeys to choose from. March 17, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Flying Saucer, 9605 N Tryon St. 704-717-8179. www.beerknurd.com/stores/charlotte/.