1. Check out Galway Hooker’s two-day party
The Lake Norman area’s signature St. Pat’s celebration, a two-day block party outside Galway Hooker in Cornelius, is back for a 16th year Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17. A full lineup of entertainment will be on tap – along with plenty of beer – at the free event. Galway Hooker is at 17044 Kenton Drive. Visit www.galwayhookerpub.com for more information.
2. Experience Celtic traditions at Latta
The seventh annual Historic Latta Plantation Celtic Festival is set for Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The event traditionally attracts more than 3,000 visitors. The living-history farm, within the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, will be transformed into an encampment where costumed Celtic warriors and reenactors, artisans, musicians and history buffs share their heritage and culture with visitors. Latta is at 5225 Sample Road in Huntersville.
3. Stick around for the Outlander After Party
This year’s Latta extends into Saturday night with an Outlander After Party from 6-9 p.m. The event will include a Scottish feast from The Scottish Cottage, local ales, whiskey tastings, a Scottish country dance workshop, live music and a raffle. There will also be a costume contest with prizes for the best Claire, Jamie and other characters from the “Outlander” television series.
4. See whitewater turn green at USNWC
The Green River Revival returns to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for its 10th year Saturday, March 16, with music and, of course, a Kool-Aid-like transformation of the center’s signature whitewater course. While not exactly Irish, New Orleans-based band Dumpstaphunk will bring its blend of funk, jazz and soul to the USNWC at 3:15 p.m. Charlotte funk band Akita will open the live music at 1:15 p.m., just after the center turns the water green. There is no charge other than the standard parking fee. Vendors will be onsite selling food and beverages. The USNWC is at 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., just east of Interstate 485 Exit 12.
5. Head to Charlotte for the parade, festival
The Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, in uptown Charlotte. The 23rd annual event starts at the corner of North Tryon and Ninth streets. The Charlotte Goes Green Festival will run from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. on South Tryon Street, between Third and Stonewall streets. The free event will feature Irish music and dancers, bagpipers, vendors, children’s amusements and plenty of food and beverages.