Break out your favorite green gear, it’s the holiday where everyone’s Irish and there’s plenty of luck to go around. We’ve rounded up the not-to-be-missed St. Patty’s Day events first, followed by museum nights out, a chef cookoff, pop-up shops and more going on this weekend.
St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Shamrock’n the Village
Breakfast: 10 a.m., celebrations continue at 3 p.m.
Ballantyne Village Courtyard
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Fill your St. Patrick’s Day with live music, Irish bagpipers, games and giveaways and college hoops playing on the big screen. No admission charge from 3 p.m.- 11 p.m. Go all in and start the day off with Kegs & Eggs at 10 a.m. $15 includes two beers and breakfast.
St. Patrick’s Day Food Truck Friday Celebration
It’s a twist on your Friday night routine this week at Food Truck Friday. Get a taste of Ireland with special menus from your favorite food trucks like Irish fries served with beer cheese and corned beef and mini stuffed cabbage rolls. Plus, Sycamore Brewing will be pouring their Irish Red beer.
The DreamChaser’s St. Patrick’s Day Sip & Shop
The DreamChaser’s Brewery
In Waxhaw, hope for the luck of the Irish as you hunt for your new favorite find from local and small businesses. Browse jewelry and apparel while sipping a brew from The DreamChaser’s Brewery.
St. Patty’s Day Murder Mystery by Charlotte Murder Mystery Company
Hold on to your wine glass, this isn’t just any St. Patrick’s Day Party. Patrick Flaherty, your would-be host, has been murdered. Join with the good people of the City of Blarney in the ultimate whodunnit at Treehouse Vineyards’ St. Patty’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner. Don’t worry, a traditional Irish dinner will still be served. $20 per person. Call 704.283.4208 to make your reservation.
St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza At Rí Rá The Irish Pub
Through March 19
Rí Rá The Irish Pub
The second you clock out on St. Patrick’s Day, head to Rí Rá for the ultimate Irish celebration. Dine on authentic fare, sip Guinness-inspired drinks and take in the sounds of the best in Irish music.
Shake Your Shamrocks
Friday, March 17
Piedmont Social House
Hang out on the lawn at Piedmont Social House with drink specials (including green draft beers), live music, a beer pong tournament and lawn games. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the PSH leprechaun!
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Friday, March 17
NoDa Brewing Company
Join a color-changing cup (you guessed it, green) and toast with a NoDa brew. They’ll have corn hole, disc golf and other lawn games going, as well as the TIN Kitchen food truck on-site.
Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 18
Bring the whole family to the 21st Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival. Grab a front row seat or join in as the parade steps off at 11 a.m. Afterwards, wander through the sea of green on S. Tryon Street to visit vendors offering food, drink and entertainment. Festival is open until 6 p.m. and is free to attend.
The rest of this weekend’s line-up:
Thursday, March 16
Taste of the New South
Levine Museum of the New South
Experience the Levine Museum of the New South in a whole new way. Taste your way through their inspired menu and creative cocktails served throughout the immersive exhibits. Entertainment includes a wide variety of regional genres, from gospel to beach music to jazz. $150 per person. Purchase your ticket here.
Sleeping Beauty at Charlotte Ballet
Through Sunday, March 19
Follow Princess Aurora through the enchanted classic tale brought to life by the Charlotte Ballet. Opulent sets, fanciful choreography and exquisite costumes set the scene for this storybook romance with performances through March 19. Tickets start at $25.
Grand Opening Party for the Eleventy Pop Up Shop
6907 Phillips Place Court
Get a sneak peek at ELEVENTY’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection this Friday night. The evening also features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages as well as ELEVENTY giveaways.
Junior League Little Black Dress Initiative Kick Off Party
1332 Maryland Avenue
One outfit. Five days. That’s how the Junior League of Charlotte is raising awareness about poverty in Charlotte. This year, they’re opening up the campaign to the entire community, encouraging participants to wear one black article of clothing all week (suit, scrubs, even yoga pants are welcome) to support the cause. Help kick off the campaign with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m., with a presentation from Crisis Assistance Ministry to follow.
PNC Bank Presents Gantt After Dark
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+ Culture
Every third Friday, the Gantt Center opens their doors for a free evening of gallery-wandering, entertainment, light fare and more. Gantt After Dark offers unique experiences including artist meet-and-greets and previews of works in progress by regional filmmakers.
Friday, March 17
Bechtler By Night: Painting with Bob Ross
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
At this month’s edition of Bechtler By Night, discover exhibits, play Bechtler BINGO, go on a scavener hunt and more. Embrace the “painting with Bob Ross” theme by creating your own masterpiece and sipping on a Happy Little Trees cocktail. Free admission with small plates and beverages available for purchase.
Science on the Rocks: Science of St. Patrick’s Day
Discovery Place Science
St. Patrick’s Day is a hands-on experience at Science on the Rocks. This month’s adults-only night at the museum lets you explore exhibits after dark, sample an Irish whiskey vaportini, compete in potato olympics, try your luck at St. Patrick’s themed games and more. Get your ticket here.
Saturday, March 18
Flywheel’s 5th Birthday Party
Help Flywheel celebrate their 5th birthday with maxed out classes (think DJ rides, a Super FLY 5 ride, raffles in classes, treats in the lobby…) and a whole lotta fun. Leading up to the big day, challenge yourself to daily challenges starting on March 13 to be entered to win a Charlotte Hornets package. Find more info here.
Boy Named Banjo Live at The Reid’s Patio Concert Series
Reid’s Fine Foods South Park
Reid’s South Park is kicking off their Patio Concert Series with music from Boy Named Banjo. Toast to the weekend from their outdoor bar. $10 admission.
17th Annual Guys & Dolls Auction Gala
Hilton Charlotte Center City
Join the Guys and Dolls in celebrating their 17th year of raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. At this lively auction and gala, do your part in helping them raise more than a quarter million dollars towards the fight to cure cystic fibrosis.
Sunday, March 19
Greenway Bridal Showcase
Dairy Barn at the Anne Springs Close Greenway
Calling all brides-to-be! Enjoy the beauty of the greenway while touring wedding venues with the convenience of a complimentary shuttle. Along the way, indulge in brunch-style eats, desserts by the bonfire and brews for your groom. You’ll also have the chance to win vendor giveaways, prizes and even a honeymoon getaway package. Happy planning!
Starving Artist Popup Market
Charlotte Art League
Shop local and handmade artwork, jewelry, gifts and more at the first outdoor market of the season. Grab some grub from food trucks Vic the Chili Man and Fresh Med while you shop. Emergensweets will also be on site to satisfy your sweet tooth. Free to the public.