How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around Lake Norman

Even with a new name, Pipers at Galway Hooker still goes all out for St. Patrick’s Day. /File photo

Since St. Patrick’s Day falls in the middle of the week, there are options to celebrate the luck of the Irish over two weekends. Two years ago, the holiday was the first to be impacted by the pandemic, and now businesses are looking forward to providing an extra dose of green-themed fellowship.


Shake Your Shamrock 

A full day of festivities presented by Lake Norman Brewery will begin with the first annual Shake Your Shamrock 5K Run at 9 a.m. There’s no cost to participate and runners are asked to begin arriving 30 minutes prior to the event for registration. Treat yourself after a morning workout with cinnamon rolls provided by Sealed With a Kiss Custom Cakes and Cupcakes and then stick around for the one-mile beer run at 11 a.m. with a $20 entry fee. The party will rage through the afternoon and into the evening with music provided by DJ Distance from noon to 4 p.m. before the Sunset Revival Band takes the stage from 7-10 p.m. Food options will include GG’s Dawgs, King of Fire Pizza and Kreyol Flavors. Embrace the holiday spirit for a chance to win the best-dressed contest, with raffle prizes being given away as well.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 12

Where: Lake Norman Brewery, 1753 Triangle Circle, Denver

Details: Lake Norman Brewery Facebook page


St. Paddy’s Daze

Royal Bliss Brewing presents its second annual St. Paddy’s Daze party featuring live music, games, contests and food specials. The entertainment will be provided by OldSkool, a classic rock cover band that also plays blues, dance and disco music scheduled to hit the stage at 7 p.m. 

When: 2-11 p.m. Saturday, March 12

Where: Royal Bliss Brewing, 7532 Royal Bliss Court, Denver

Details: Royal Bliss Brewing Facebook page


Week of Green

Pipers at Galway Hooker is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for an entire week with live music, dancers and a special St. Patty’s menu.

When: March 12-20

Where: Pipers at Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius

Schedule of performers:

Saturday, March 12 – DJ Tookie 2-5 p.m., Faux Reels 7-10 p.m.

Thursday, March 17 – Irish Dancers 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Faux Reels 2-5 p.m., Bagpipers 5-8 p.m., Ghost of Bannockburn 8-11 p.m.

Friday, March 18 – DJ Tookie 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, March 19 – RedMan & Dixie River Rebels 7-10 p.m.

Sunday, March 20 – Sandy The Violinist 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Speciality Irish Menu

The Harp & Crown Pub & Kitchen will serve corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie and the classic fish and chips, as well as specialty desserts including the Jameson & Baileys bread pudding with Guinness Custard. There will be an additional celebration on St. Patrick’s Day.

When: March 13-17

Where: The Harp & Crown, 19930 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius



Make it Green Wednesday

D9 Brewing adds a touch of green to some of its favorite events. Take part in the The Pound and Pour fitness class or Paint ‘N Sip with Alex. Holy Moly Burgers food truck will be onsite from 5-9 p.m. Donations will be accepted for Purple Heart Homes, and visitors can find the Blarney Stone for a prize.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16

Where: D9 Brewing, 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius

Details: D9 Facebook page


Lake Norman Social District

Old Town Public House and Thigs Cocktail Lounge are the anchors of a new social district that launches on St. Patrick’s Day. Patrons of the two establishments will be able to take open drinks outside along the sidewalk to the OTPH outdoor patio and on the north end of Meridian Street. Food trucks will be in front of both locations and there will be entertainment, giveaways and drink specials.

When: Noon to 10 p.m., March 17

Where: Catawba Avenue, Cornelius

Details: OTPH Facebook page


St. Patrick’s Weekend

Primal Brewery holds a four-day St. Patricks Day event featuring live music, food trucks, games, prizes, green beer and more.

When: noon to 10 p.m. March 17-20

Where: Primal Brewery, 16432 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville

Details: Visit the Primal Facebook page


Luck of the Village

Birkdale Village hosts an evening of live music, dancing, festive gear and more in its second annual event. There will be special performances from Connick School of Irish Dance and the Loch Norman Pipe Band, and live music from Groove Nation. This event was rescheduled from March 11.

When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, March 18

Where: The Square near Loft and Banana Republic, Birkdale Commons Parkway


6-7 p.m. – Loch Norman Bagpipe Band performance, followed by Connick School of Irish Dance performance

7-9 p.m. – Dance the night away with Groove Nation



Downtown ‘Shenanigans’

Green may or may not be a color featured in the restoration work, but it will undoubtedly be the dominant color when the downtown area hosts the Shamrocks & Shenanigans Festival and Bar Crawl the day after St. Patrick’s Day.

From 3-8 p.m. Saturday, March 19, the areas of Main and Broad streets between Moore and Center avenues will become festival grounds with a little bit of everything to celebrate the Irish in everyone.

Irish dancers and pipe bands will be featured along with Acrofitness demonstrations, food trucks and refreshment specials. Bar crawl tickets, available at, are $25 in advance ($30 the day of) and include tastings as well as St. Patrick’s Day souvenirs.


Irish Connection

Huntersville’s historic Hugh Torrance House and Store presents “The Irish Connection” with music, dance, performances and information on the Scotch-Irish connection to north Mecklenburg. The event also connects the heritage of many African Americans who share Irish lineage and features a performance by award-winning actor, playwright, professor, and director Michael D. Connor. “Cedar Grove” will feature traditional Irish tunes of the Carolina Thunder Mugs and the Charlotte Folk Society, along with additional guest musicians. Irish dancers from the Connick School of Irish Dance will perform two sets, dancing and sharing history as well.

This is the site’s second event for using the HEARTS mission, sharing experiences to explore local history and the arts. Beer, wine, refreshments and artisan goods will be available. Reservations are recommended.

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, March 19

Where: Hugh Torrance House, 8231 Gilead Road, Huntersville


The Hugh Torance House and Store, on Gilead Road in Huntersville, was built in the late 1700s.

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