St. Patrick’s Day, Free Krispy Kreme, Treasure Hunts, Holi Festival, Seafood Fest, Crash Test Dummies and More Things to Do This Weekend (3/17)

Wear your best green outfit and celebrate the luck of the Irish this week – it’s St. Patrick’s Day in the Queen City! There’s fun for the whole family including street festivals, treasure hunts and traditional performances from Irish dancers to bagpipe players. After the holiday, catch an art opening, celebrate the colors of spring at Holi Festival, introduce the kids to opera and more.


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Looking for a fun way to show off your green this St. Patty’s Day? We’ve got the scoop on St. Patrick’s Day around the Queen City! Check out the green foods, St. Pat’s dinners and more here or read on for more ways to celebrate throughout the week.

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Wear Green for a Free Krispy Kreme Donut
Thursday, March 17
It’s your lucky day! Visit a local, participating Krispy Kreme location wearing your best green and get rewarded with a special green O’riginal Glazed donut. Check online for a list of stores and restrictions.

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Charlotte Film Society Cinema Trivia Night and Legion Brewing Takeover at Starlight on 22nd
Thursday, March 17, 3:00p – 10:00p
Join the Charlotte Film Society for an evening of trivia at Starlight on 22nd and learn more about the Independent Picture House opening this year. Legion Brewing will take care of the drinks with a tap takeover featuring specials on their popular brews.

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Crash Test Dummies
Thursday, March 17, 7:30p
If you are a child of the 90s, chances are Crash Test Dummies provided a part of the soundtrack of your youth – and 30 years since their first single, they are coming to Charlotte to celebrate! Tickets are on-sale now.

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St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt at Cane Creek Park
Thursday, March 17
Stop by the park on Thursday and help locate some treasure those tricky leprechauns left behind. Find a bag of gold and deliver it to the Main Office for your choice of one of three prizes including an Eno Hammock, camping credits or an Annual Pass to the park.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Petty Thieves Brewing
Thursday, March 17, 7:00p
Gift your ears with the sound of Irish fiddle by Alexandra Fitzgerald and enjoy a cold St. Patty’s Day brew from Petty Thieves.

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St. Patty’s Day Celebration at Galway Hooker
Thursday, March 17, 9:00a – 11:00p
Ready for an all-day St. Patty’s Day celebration? Start the morning with Kegs & Eggs, enjoy a live performance by Irish step dancers throughout the day, listen to live music and end the night with Irish band, Ghosts of Bannockburn.

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Steal the Pint: St. Patrick’s Day Edition at The Brewers at 4001 Yancey
Thursday, March 17, 11:00a – 10:00p
The Brewers at 4001 Yancey aren’t leaving this year’s celebration up to luck – come in the brewery on Thursday and get a free St. Paddy’s Day glass to add to your collection. Glasses are available while supplies last.

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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with Primal Brewing
Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for as long as you can with Primal Brewing. The weekend-long event will feature live music, food trucks, green beer, and more!


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Outer Limits Opening Night with SouthEnd ARTS
Friday, March 18, 5:00p – 8:30p
Check out the largest original exhibition in SouthEnd ARTS history – Outer Limits – curated by Zaire McPhearson. The event is free but space is limited so registration is requested.

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Luck of the Village at Birkdale Village
Friday, March 18, 6:00p – 9:00p
Head to Birkdale Village this Friday for a St. Patty’s Day celebration including live music, dancing and more festive activities. Check the schedule of events for more details. This event was originally slated for March 11 but was postponed due to rain.


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Green Eggs + Ham with Opera Carolina & Cabarrus Arts Council
Saturday, March 19, 3:00p
Whether you like Green Eggs + Ham, or not, you are sure to enjoy this family-friendly production courtesy of Opera Carolina and Cabarrus Arts Council. Tickets are free but registration is required.

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Lucky Clover Scavenger Hunt at McDowell Nature Preserve
Saturday, March 19, 1:00p – 3:00p
Bring your family out to McDowell Nature Preserve for a self-guided treasure hunt through the woods to find hidden four-leaf clovers. Pre-registration is required.

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Optimist Hall: West Kept Secret Fitness Class
Saturday, March 19, 9:00a – 10:00a
Follow West Kept Secret as they take you on a fitness journey with a combo of cardio, strength training and Pilates. The class is free and sure to make you feel like a million bucks.

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Color Festival at Hindu Center of Charlotte
Saturday, March 19, 11:00a – 2:00p
Celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi and welcome the colors of spring back into our lives! Enjoy live music, delicious food, art activities for the kids and more.

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Sycamore Brewing Seafood Fest and Pop-Up Market
Saturday, March 19, 12:00p – 5:00p
Spend your afternoon shopping and noshing on delicious treats courtesy of local seafood trucks. If that’s not enough, coffee, beer and a great time are guaranteed!

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Junior League of Charlotte Membership Event
Wednesday, March 23, 6:00p – 8:00p
Learn all about membership with the Junior League of Charlotte during this informative evening at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.