There are many fun family-friendly events happening this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. These are just a few that my family is considering; what are your plans to celebrate St. Patty’s Day?

18th Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day ParadeSaturday 3/15, 11 am, FREE

This fun parade kicks off at 9th & Tryon Streets uptown and will turn onto 3rd St. The parade will feature bands, dancers, floats, animals and more.

Charlotte Goes Green/St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Saturday 3/15, 10 am-6 pm, FREE

The festival will take place uptown on S. Tryon St. between 3rd & Stonewall Streets. Visit the festival before and after the parade for Irish music, dancing, kids’ activities and plenty of food and drink vendors.

Green River R2014_GreenRiver_11x17-300x463evival, Saturday 3/15, 8-5:30, $5 parking fee

Visit the US National Whitewater Center for this all day festival. The river will run green at 1 pm. Live music, a 5K run, a Cornhole tournament and plenty of food and drink for all. The green river will be open for kayaking and rafting after 1 pm. Visit the US National Whitewater Center website for details about what activities are available, including the price of passes and age/weight limits.


Latta Celtic Festival, Saturday 3/15, 10 am-4 pm, $8 adults/$7 seniors/$6 students/free for children under 5
Historic Latta Plantation is located off exit 16 on I77. Live music, Scottish dancers, vendors, and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will be on site for a fun-filled day. There will also be games, storytelling and farm animals for children to enjoy. Make a full day of it and stay for the Celtic Music Night Fundraiser (6-9 pm).