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Lake Norman St. Patrick’s Day 2016 Celebrations

Lake Norman St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

It turns out that this year this Saturday the 12th is a big day for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrating this Saturday at the 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Downtown Mooresville: The parade will roll down Main Street at 3 p.m and boasts about 30 entries,with Irish highlights including the Ceol Na Gael Pipe Band, Rince Na h’Eireann Irish Dance School and Irish wolfhounds. Mooresville Fire-Rescue’s Pipe and Drum band will again perform in the parade.   Parade goers are encouraged to wear green and wear St. Patrick’s Day themed items and accessories. An estimated 400 people watched last year’s parade, which lasted about 40 minutes. It travels from Iredell Avenue to Center Avenue.

For the 21+ crowd one event always stands out: Galway Hooker’s 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.  This year they are having a full Week of Green”!  Saturday March 12th is their annual Outdoor Block Party starting at 12:00pm, Free! It claims to be the regions largest St. Patrick’s Day party!

But, while Galway Hooker’s may be the largest, there are so many other ways to celebrate, some of which don’t even involve drinking!


Probably the best way to actually celebrate ON Lake Norman would be Queen’s Landing’s St. Patrick’s Day Cruises on Lake Norman.


Or, for a more historic way to celebrate check out the Latta Celtic Festival.   The Latta Celtic Festival runs March 12th & 13th (10am-4pm) Celebrate all things Celtic in lieu of St. Patrick’s day at the Latta Celtic Festival. Enjoy live music, dance performances, children’s activities, historical demonstrations, arts & crafts vendors, food & beverage vendors, and much more. Admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors/Students, Children 5 & Under FREE Vendors Include: Appalachian Smoke BBQ, St. Andrews Square, Anna’s Sweet Treats, and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery T.


Yet another way to indulge your beer enjoyment: The St. Patrick’s Day-ish Brew Ha Ha Tour  Saturday, March 12, 2016 (1:15 PM – 6:00 PM) Tour departs from the CORNELIUS DRAFTHOUSE (19818 Cove Road, Cornelius, NC 28031) Our Tour Includes: • Travel in a deluxe motor coach • Complimentary PIZZA & WINGS served at the Cornelius Drafthouse from 1:15 PM–2:00 PM • Stops at Three Unique Breweries: D9, Primal & High Branch • One 5 oz glass of beer will be giving away to everyone at the Cornelius Drafthouse • TWO Souvenir Pint Glasses from Primal & D9 Breweries • FOUR Door Prizes: including THREE flights given away to THREE lucky winners ($24.00 value) and TWO FREE TICKETS to a future Brew Ha Ha Tour ($100.00 value) • THREE free beer tastings at each brewery • TWO “Behind the Scene” Brewery Tours • Complimentary bottled water • Bullfrog Moon will be appearing live at the Cornelius Drafthouse from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Looking for celebrations actually on March 17th?

Killington’s St. Patrick Day’s Celebration: Come celebrate St. Patricks Day with Killingtons Restaurant and Pub! We will be featuring Irish favorites, great Jameson and Guinness specials and giveaways. Celtic band Dennis Spring and the Sons of the Full Moon will be preforming from 6-9:30PM.

St. Patrick’s Day, Greenway, Bikeway, Dirtway Party  hosted by Primal Brewing Company: Being part of Huntersville has always been important to us. We have an opportunity to help out the Town in a way never done before. We will be having our regular St Patrick’s Day Party but this time we will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the local Greenway, Bikeway, and Dirtway projects. These projects will add several great trails and walkways to the allready beautiful Huntersville.  Green Beer for the Greenways! and of course all of our not green beer! Food: A special St. Patrick’s day menu by Tim the Brew Chef Schafer! See menu on event page.

Chicago may have their green river but did you know that the U.S Whitewater has an annual Green River Revival and Color Me Green celebration and yes, they do die the water green?  U.S. National Whitewater Center celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a 5K, a green dyed river and live music. Color Me Green 5K at 10 a.m., The Hip Abduction at 12 p.m., green river at 1 p.m., corn hole tournament at 2 p.m, The Last Bison at 2 p.m., Blind Pilot at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

For a comprehensive list of events and celebrations check out:


Creative Loofing’s  BIG LIST for the greater Charlotte and Lake Norman area

Have fun and be safe!!

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