How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Raleigh, N.C.
Thursday, March 07, 2019, 5pm by visitRaleigh
Wear your green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Raleigh area!
Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival
A tradition that first began with just a dozen or so participants in 1983, the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival (Sat., March 16, 10am-5pm) will be celebrating 37 years in 2019. The parade (which runs from 10-11:30am) and the festival that follows celebrate the great St. Patrick as well as Irish and Celtic traditions and culture. Enjoy food and drink, plus activities for kids on Leprechaun Lane. Shop Celtic-inspired jewelry and arts and crafts, and take in live music from the Shamrock ‘n Roll Stage and the Courthouse Steps Stage all afternoon. As a bonus, dogs are welcome (on a leash!) and admission is always free!
Saint Paddy's Day Festival at Hibernian Restaurant & Pub
Headed up by passionate mind Niall Hanley, Hibernian Restaurant & Pub celebrates both the old world flavor and the new vibrancy of Ireland. Enjoy an atmosphere of a traditional Irish social club along with the warmth of a Gaelic home kitchen. Take it from us—the Shepherd's Pie and Guinness chocolate mousse are not to miss!
On Sat., March 16, Hibernian will celebrate Ireland's patron saint with their annual block party outside the restaurant in downtown Raleigh's Glenwood South district. The weekend-long party kicks off at noon Sat. and is free to the public (expect big crowds!). Food and drinks will be served all day, along with live music and Irish dance performances. Bring your green attire, good friends and a plan to get back home safely! For die-hard rugby fans, Hibernian Pub will open at 7:30am on this day to show the 6 Nations Rugby event on television. The celebration continues on Sun. at 11am with brunch, live music and more good beer and good times.
More ways to celebrate
Kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the Saint Patrick's Day Weekend Kick-Start! at Saints & Scholars Irish Pub. The Fri. evening party features live music with the energetic cover band Overdub. And on Sun., St. Patrick’s Day, head back over for an Irish buffet and two great shows from The Leftovers and the Adam Decker Duo.
Head on over to Doherty’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Cary for the Annual St. Patrick's Day Party. The two-day event starts Sat. with an outdoor party featuring live music, great food, Irish dancers and live bag pipes for a celebration the whole family will love.
The favorite, neighborhood O'Malley's Pub & Restaurant has been serving up pints, cocktails and savory meals since 1996. Join in on their St. Patrick's Day Weekend at O'Malley's, with green beer, giveaways, specials and much more! And of course, live music will be a highlight of the pub's celebration. Matt Walsh plays Fri. night; on Sat., the Triggle Irish Dancers perform early and Radio Star plays at night; and on St. Patrick's Day, Chris Overstreet, 9 Times Around and Magic Pipers Band rock the house.
Tra'Li Irish Pub & Restaurant provides a sample of the hospitality you would expect to receive in Ireland—experience that in its locations in Raleigh and Morrisville during their weekend celebrations. The Raleigh location holds parties both Sat. and Sun., with live music from traditional Irish musicians to a DJ and a 90s cover band. Raleigh/Morrisville celebrates with traditional Irish music both Sat. and Sun.
If you love Celtic music, the St. Patricks Day Celebration at Page-Walker Arts & History Center is an opportunity to hear it performed live by one of North Carolina's favorites—Bill Leslie. A beloved (and now retired!) local news anchor, Bill is a gifted Celtic musician (and a former grand marshal of the aforementioned Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade). Light refreshments will be served.
For those who would rather get outside and participate in some fun physical activity, don your best kilt and make your way to the nOg Run Club's 2019 St. Paddy’s Day 4 Miler, a day of running and friendly fun in downtown Raleigh, March 23.