5 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Charlotte
May the luck o' the Irish be with ye at these festive events!
It’s a festive (and lucky!) time of year filled with a sea of green. Fun Fact: In case you were wondering how the shamrock came to be associated with the holiday, did you know that Saint Patrick used the three-leaf plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland? Whether you’re Irish or just Irish at heart, check out these family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day events in and around Charlotte.
Get your spot early for the parade as it marches through uptown Charlotte in its 22nd year on March 17. There will be floats, pipe band music, dancers, and other entertainment. Stick around for the festival afterwards and sample authentic Irish food and drink while you let the kids enjoy the Celtic Kid Zone.
Participants are invited to follow the Leprechaun’s clues on March 17 along a two-mile walk through the woods to seek out hidden treasure. The hunt is self-guided and drop-ins are welcome. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 S. York Road.
Put on your most festive attire and head out to the popular St. Patrick’s Day on Main in Rock Hill on March 17, 4-10 p.m. The free festival features traditional Irish music and dancers, food and beverage vendors, and a kids’ zone for the little ones. E. Main St., Rock Hill.
Celebrate all things Celtic by enjoying live music, historic Celtic warriors and heritage demonstrations, plus storytimes, dancing, farm animals and more. See website for the schedule of events. March 17-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8-$9, children under the age of 5 admitted free with paying adult. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville.
Follow a trail of shamrocks and clues left behind by a mischievous leprechaun friend to find his pot of treasure all while learning the stories behind St. Patrick's Day. March 17 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance. Space is limited. $7-$10, includes museum admission. The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd.