St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl, Shamrock Stroll, St. Practice Day Party and more, March 10 to March 13
It's Pub Crawl weekend. Either buy your St. Patrick's Day crawl T-shirt or stay away from Uptown this Saturday.
It’s here. The big kahuna of Charlotte social events, the big daddy of day drinking. You know it, you love it or stay away from it entirely. The St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl (and plenty of other events – we promise!) is here. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: May the odds be ever in your favor. See y’all out there (if we make it out alive)!
Thursday, March 10
Laugh for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Charlotte affiliate celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and it’s throwing a hilarious party to go along with the occasion. The laugh-out-loud event is at the McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., beginning with a pre-reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and include heavy appetizers and access to a live and silent auction. Buy tickets here.
The acronym for this get-together is decidedly less PG than its elementary counterpart. “ABC,” in this instance, stands for “anything but clothes.” Got a trash bag? Throw it on. A box? Yep, that’ll work too. You get the idea. The free (well, where would you plan on storing your wallet?) party begins at 10 p.m. at BAR Charlotte, 300 N. College St.
Friday, March 11
St. Practice Day Party
We actually laughed out loud at the clever name here. Whisky River is throwing a pre-St. Patrick’s Day Party to help your liver prepare for the insanity that descends upon it the following day. This free party is at 210 E. Trade St., and it features $6 Irish car bombs and $2 beers.
This isn’t an ordinary high school competition. Local celebrity-ish chefs, Clark Barlowe and Philip Lloyd, pair with the winners of the high school culinary competition. There’s a locally sourced mystery “grab bag of ingredients” for the “Top Chef”-style competition. The free competition begins at 5 p.m. at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Center City campus, 320 E. Ninth St.
Friday Night Festival
With the sad, sad news last year of Food Truck Friday’s demise at the hands of those evil apartment builders, someone had to step up. The new Friday Night Festival officially kicked off last weekend in the parking lot of the Unknown Brewing Co. and Craft Growler, 1327 Mint St. The event is free and begins at 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Billed as “the world’s largest pub crawl,” you probably know all about this already. Twenty thousand or so Charlotteans (give or take a few, of course) get together to celebrate a long-dead Irishman who escorted the snakes out of the Emerald Isle by frequenting all the Uptown pubs today. If you’re not planning on going to this pub crawl, you should, under no circumstances, plan on going to Uptown. Registration is from noon until 3 p.m. at 219 E. Seventh St. Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the event, and it includes your pub crawl T-shirt, itinerary, giveaways and more. May the odds be ever in your favor, Charlotte. Buy your ticket here.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the sheer insanity that is the St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl in Uptown, here’s a good place to start. The event description even bows down to Kings Rich and Bennett, saying “We are not looking to break any records.” Instead, this pub crawl offers amenities, you know, like bathrooms not guilty of war crimes or lines that aren't long enough they might qualify for their own Guinness World Records. This bar crawl along Montford Drive begins at 2:30 p.m. at Angry Ale’s, 1518 Montford Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Buy them here.
Green River Revival
The U.S. National Whitewater Center channels its inner leprechaun today, as it dyes its whitewater tracks green at 1 p.m. Stick around for the live music and local beer afterward. The event is free save for a $5 charge per car. The river runs green at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.
South End is bringing out the big guns for this one. Meaning, it has two designated trolleys to shuttle you back and forth between the crawl’s 12 locations. Each hour on the hour, a location will tap a special beverage. The free crawl begins at noon. For a list of locations and to register, go here.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
If you’re looking to get far, far away from Uptown today, the Galway Hooker is throwing its annual block party this afternoon. Starting at noon, the Irish pub in Cornelius will have live music, bagpipers, food trucks, raffles and craft booths on site. Admission is free. The party is at 17044 Kenton Drive.
Sunday, March 13
Latta Plantation Celtic Festival
If you’re Irish-ed out by now, the Latta Plantation offers a more traditional Celtic festival today, featuring live music and dance, food and drink, crafts and historical demonstrations. Tickets are $8 for adults. The plantation is at 5225 Sample Road, and the festival runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. today.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
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