It’s that time again – time to put on your favorite green pants, skirt, or kilt and head out to celebrate Irish heritage. If you haven’t made plans yet or aren’t sure where to go, you’ve got options!
Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival
This annual Raleigh event celebrates Irish and Celtic heritage and traditions with a parade and other festivities downtown, including plenty of food and drink for you and all your friends. The event also features Leprechaun Lane with activities for kids as well as The Irish Village with Celtic-inspired jewelry, arts, and crafts. And live music will be performed all afternoon! If you’re looking for a fun day of celebration out in Raleigh’s downtown, this where you want to be.
Date: March 17
Location: City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh
Address: 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Times: Parade: 10am; Festival: after parade-7pm
And best of all, it’s FREE!
St. Paddy’s Day Festival at Hibernian
If you’re looking to skip the parade, the Hibernian Pub and Shop Local Raleigh are also hosting festivities at the Glenwood South Hibernian location. They’ll have live music, Irish dancing, and plenty of good food and drinks. Another great option for those looking to celebrate their Irish heritage (even if you aren’t Irish)!
Date: March 17
Location: Hibernian Pub of Raleigh
Address: 311 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27603
Times: Noon – 11 pm
St. Patrick’s Day at Lonerider
If breweries are more your scene, Lonerider is also hosting a St. Patrick’s day event with live music from Orange Echo and a food truck by Johnson’s BBQ. They’ve got plenty of Irish beer waiting for you on tap – check out their website for more details.
Location: Lonerider Brewery
Address: 8816 Gulf Ct. Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27617
Times: 2 pm – 11 pm
WRAL has a great list of freebies and other St. Patrick’s Day promotions from local Raleigh businesses. If you’re feeling the Irish spirit and have to have a green milkshake or some free Domino’s pizza, check out this post for more information.
No matter what you choose to do this weekend, remember above all to be safe, and never drink and drive. The cost of a ride home is always much cheaper than the potential costs of drinking and driving, so grab a Lyft (you can use my referral code COREY2063 for ride credits if you’ve never used Lyft before) and have a great, safe St. Patrick’s Day!