5 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Charlotte

Find your pot of gold at these festive events.

Searching for some lucky charms this St. Patrick's Day? Celebrate with a parade, have a treasure hunt or follow a trail of shamrocks.  However you go green, these family-friendly events are a surefire way to put a smile on even the smallest leprechaun's face! Hunting for four-leaf clovers? If you find one, consider yourself blessed with the luck of the Irish as a four-leaf clover is usually one in 10,000! The four leaves stand for faith, hope, love and luck.


1. Charlotte St. Patrick's Day and Charlotte Goes Green Festival.

Get your spot early for the parade as it marches through Uptown Charlotte in its 23rd year on March 16. There will be floats, pipe band music, dancers, and other entertainment. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of North Tryon and Ninth streets in Uptown Charlotte. Stick around for the festival afterwards and sample authentic Irish food and drink while you let the kids enjoy the Celtic Kid Zone.


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2. St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt

Participants are invited to follow the Leprechaun’s clues on March 16 along a 2-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, Charlotte.

3. St. Patrick's Day on Main

Put on your most festive attire and head out to the popular St. Patrick’s Day on Main in Rock Hill on March 16, 4-9 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, S.C.

4. Latta Celtic Festival

Celebrate all things Celtic by enjoying live music, historic Celtic warriors and heritage demonstrations, plus story times, dancing and farm animals. See website for the schedule of events. March 16-17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and children 5 and under are admitted free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville.

5. Leprechaun Trek

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. Sunday, March 17 at  2, 3 and 4 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance, call 704-854-6676. Space is limited and adult supervision is required. $7-$10, includes museum admission. The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.

Courtney McLaughlin is a freelance writer, mom and St. Patrick's Day celebration believer. 

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