Not sure what to do this St. Patrick’s Day in Wilmington? How about waking up and kegging up with the Carolina Ale House Kegs and Eggs event? Or banging out to your favorite rock classics at Ogden Tap Room with grunge rock cover band The Flannel Rebellion? Or maybe you pick up some traditional Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage at The Dubliner? Whatever you do, you’ll probably somehow end up at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, so here are a few options if you’re in the Wilmington area and still deciding what to do for St. Patrick's Day.
The Ogden Tap Room is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a little early this year on Saturday, March 16with their St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Party. Why, you may ask? Well, you really don’t want to go into work on Monday with a St. Paddy’s hangover, do you? Don’t think so! So, if it’s a Saturday celebration you want to avoid those hangover Monday blues, you’ll want to pay the Ogden Tap Room a visit.
Spend this St. Patrick’s Day enjoying a nice spring breeze under their huge outdoor tent where you will also be listening to the 90’s grunge cover band The Flannel Rebellion play live covering some of the best rock bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Radiohead, and more.
There’s no better to start an entire day full of drinking than, well, drinking! Carolina Ale House is hosting their Keggs and Eggs event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They'll be offering their homemade breakfast plate to get you ready for a long day ahead, and their green beer will get you in the spirit and feeling lucky.
This neighborhood place has an energetic atmosphere that will set the mood for whatever the rest of your day entails, so if you want to start your St. Patrick’s day off right, head on over to the Carolina Ale House on South College Road in Wilmington.
Head to Downtown Wilmington for the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning at Red Cross and Front Street at 11 a.m. and featuring live Irish music and traditional dance performances. There will also be traditional Irish food, beverages, and crafts being sold. You'll be having all the St. Paddy's fun and supporting a good cause, too, as the parade charity this year will be NourishNC.
Claiming to be the Irish Pub in Wilmington, Halligan's Public House is hosting a St. Patrick's Day party you won't want to miss with Irish food and drinks, live music and more! Sai Collins will play 12-2 p.m., and Lunar Tide will play 4-7 p.m. at their Masonboro location. David Stair will be playing at the Lumina Station at 1 p.m.
A few appetizers on their menu include soft pretzels paired with their house-made Guinness mustard sauce and freshly-fried chips with sea salt and ranch dressing. Their delicious food and great atmosphere makes this pub a great choice to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
If it’s an authentic traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day you’re hunting for, you’ll definitely want to check out the huge party at The Dubliner on Carolina Beach Road. Some of the artists performing live include the Traditional Irish Jam 12-2 p.m., the Kilbeggan Irish Band 2:30-4:30 p.m., and Better With Bourbon from 5:30-8 p.m.
Traditional Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage will be served 2-6 p.m. with purchase of a $15 ticket, which also enters you in a raffle for a chance to win a Guinness mirror and a custom Guinness/Dubliner ukulele. The ticket is not mandatory if you want to come in just for a beer and relax, but it will certainly enhance your Irish festivities. There will also be jewelry and merchandise being sold in the back of the pub.
From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., the St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be receiving all leprechaun-dressed, shamrock-wearing parade goers at Riverfront Park on Water Street. Expect live music, lots of dancing, cultural vendors, and, of course, Irish food and beverages.
At 7:30 p.m. at the St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, come hear Irish duo Bracken Band play at the Music on Market: Irish Edition for free. If you aren't familiar with the band, Marian Tomas Griffin sings and plays the guitar while Chris Murphy plays the violin. From small gigs to romantic songs and drinking songs, this pair get you and your friends in the Irish partying mood.
Prepare those green outfits and get your shamrocks ready for these fun St. Patrick's Day events in Wilmington