St. Patrick's Day 2020 Events for Families

From parades to music, arts and crafts, history lessons and green water, there are lots of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Photo courtesy of Historic Latta Plantation

Looking for fun things to do St. Patrick's Day weekend? Well you have the luck of the Irish as Charlotte and surrounding areas have lots of family-friendly activities like fun runs, dancing, leprechaun sightings, food, Kid Zones and entertainment. While you might not find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, these events are guaranteed to shamrock your world. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival, March 14

What's St. Patrick's Day without a parade? No need to find out when you head to Uptown Charlotte March 14 for the 24th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Tryon Street with an impressive line up of pipe bands, Irish dancers, drum lines, floats, dogs, beauty queens and so much more. After the parade, keep those Irish eyes smiling at the Charlotte Goes Green Festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on S. Tryon Street from 3rd Street to Levine Avenue of the Arts. Enjoy live Irish music, arts, crafts, a Celtic Kids Zone, food, beverages and over 60 vendors.

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Enjoy a parade AND a festival in Uptown Charlotte. 

Green River Revival, March 14

You don't need to take a road trip to watch a river turn a stunning shade of green! Visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center for a full day of fun, food, music and colorful water. The Green River Revival begins at 10 a.m. when pass activities open, followed by the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run at 10:30 a.m. and the Kids Fun Run at 11:30 a.m. Spend the day outdoors enjoying live music, food and activities. This is event is free and open to the public. Parking is $6 per car without a parking pass. 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214. 704-391-3900.

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Keep your eyes peeled for leprechauns at the Green River Revival. 

St. Patricks Day on Main, March 14, Rock Hill

Visit Rock Hill's Main Street in Old Town for this free annual event with food, games, beer and music. The fun starts at 2 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Kids of all ages will LOVE the entertainment area with a jump house, photo booth, basketball, batting cage, giant skee ball, football toss, 9 holes of mini-golf and more. Music starts at 4 p.m. and beer tokens will be available from 2-9:15 p.m.

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Don't miss the huge kid's zone at St. Patrick's Day on Main!

8th Annual Celtic Festival, March 14 & 15, Huntersville

Celebrate all things Celtic during this two-day event that will take you back in time with music, dancers, bagpipers, historic encampments, warriors and more at the Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville March 14 and 15. Tour the beautiful grounds and watch spinners, blacksmiths, leatherworkers and bakers show off their crafts. The festival is 10 .m.-4 p.m. both days and food trucks and craft beer will be available. Advanced tickets are $9 for ages 13 and older and $8 for kids 6-12 and people 62 and over. Members and kids 5 and under are free! Leashed dogs are welcome. 5225 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078. 704-875-2312.

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Release your inner warrior at the Annual Celtic Festival in Huntersville.

Famous Toastery Shamrock 4 Miler Presented by Novant Health, March 14

Start your St. Patrick's Day weekend the healthy way with a 4 mile run, Kid's Leprechaun Jog, live music, food and lots of family-friendly fun. All races start at 8 a.m. Stollers are welcome, but please leave pets at home. Race registration includes a  t-shirt while supplies last. 

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Kick off St. Patrick's Day weekend with a four-mile loop around South Charlotte. 

Enjoy family time and celebrate all things green!

Courtney McLaughlin is a freelance writer who is determined to finally catch a Leprechaun this year.