21 Ideas for How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 13, 2018

If you've never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in the greater Fayetteville area, then you’ve been missing out! With the holiday falling on a Saturday, it’s no surprise we have even more events planned this year. We're getting into brewery mischief, good eats, outdoor adventures and much more. I'm sharing 21 ideas for how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the communities of Cumberland County. Get ready to go green for Fayetteville!

st. patricks day things to doCeltic Woman

Family Entertainment

The Crown Complex is Cumberland County’s top entertainment venue, and it’s featuring a full line-up of family-friendly entertainment all weekend long.

Kick off St. Patrick’s Day early, on Thursday, at the Crown Arena with the Celtic Woman: Homecoming Live show. This Grammy-award-winning, platinum-selling group is a one-of-a-kind act, live from Ireland, and they're on a worldwide tour. Celebrating Ireland's rich cultural and musical heritage, these ladies entertain young and old with their musical talents and epic stage production. What better way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than with Celtic Woman?

The Crown Coliseum is where you’ll find more family-friendly entertainment happening in the form of hockey games. Grab tickets to the Fayetteville Marksmen vs. Knoxville Bears game on Friday OR to the St. Patrick’s Day-themed Fayetteville Marksmen vs. Macon Mayhem game on Saturday. Either event offers you the chance to cheer on our minor-league hockey team as they close out their debut season this month.

Tip: For those who love a little pre-game action, Cross Training Fitness Center is setting up an obstacle course for Beer & Burpees at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon; check out what their $20 ticket package will get you here.

st patricks day things to doCape Fear Botanical Garden (PC: Thomas Keever)

Outdoor Adventures

There’s no reason to stay indoors all weekend when our outdoor attractions are hosting so many recreational opportunities and kid-friendly adventures.

On Friday, hit the trails at Lake Rim Park for the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Search. Kids will especially enjoy hunting for hidden snacks and prizes, using a mixture of letter-boxing and orienteering to guide them along the way. If you stick around the park past dark, you may also participate in It’s Not Easy Being Green, when a flashlight hunt for frogs and toads begins.

Yet another type of outdoor hunt is taking place at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Visit this gorgeous oasis during normal business hours on Saturday or Sunday and strike out on a Leprechaun Hunt. Once you and the family have completed the lucky passport, turn it in to earn a prize. If you sign up in advance, you may also participate in the garden’s Pine Needle Basket Making class on Saturday.

Register for the St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, and see if luck is on your side. This annual event takes place at the pristine Ryder Golf Course, located on Fort Bragg, and is open to the public.

Pack up your furry friend and head out to J. Bayard Clark Park for the Lucky Dog 3K, hosted by the Fayetteville Running Club on Saturday. Don’t have a dog of your own? No worries! Participants may borrow one of the onsite shelter dogs as a running companion. Just don’t forget your donation: either one bag of dog food or $10.

Tip: Cumberland County is playing host to two more runs this weekend; read more about those, plus other upcoming races, on “25 Runs/Walks to Tackle This Spring.”

st patricks day things to doMash House Brewing Company

Brewery Mischief

One of the most popular spots to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is, of course, a local watering hole, and there’s no shortage of events happening at many local pubs and bars. However, some of the holiday’s best celebrations will be going down at four Cumberland County breweries.

Start the weekend on Thursday at Bright Light Brewing Company’s (BLBC) Luck of the Irish Trivia Night, when folks will be dressed up in green, chowing down at the R Burger food truck out back and, of course, playing Irish-themed trivia.

Return to BLBC Saturday night to start an epic St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Along with BLBC, Lake Gaston Brewing Company and Huske Hardware House Brewing Company are hosting the crawl. Each brewery will have green beer on tap, live music going and tasty food on the menu. As an added perk, just one purchase at any participating location grants you a free wristband/ride on the “paddy wagon,” or horse-drawn carriage, to the next stop (first come, first served).

Look no further than Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom, in Hope Mills, for another fantastic Saturday event. At St. Patrick’s Day with Dirtbag, Axes & X’s Throwing Range will be onsite, letting folks try their hand at axe-throwing as a team or individually. The Chemical Lizards will be performing live, and Fowler’s Southern Gourmet food truck (formerly known as The Blind Pig NC) will be keeping everyone fed well with some of our locals’ favorite smoked barbecue dishes. Be sure to take advantage of the $3 IPA special, or try the Cask-Aged Porter with Irish Whiskey.

Tip: If you want to experience yet another brewery here, plan a visit to Mash House Brewing Company, Cumberland County’s original brewery. For your first visit, do yourself a favor and order a flight of their beers on tap—to include the Irish Red, Jack’d Up Stout and Patriot Pale Ale.

st patricks day things to doDowntown Fayetteville

Downtown Happenings

In addition to the brewery events, Downtown Fayetteville will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Four Leaf Clover & Pot of Gold Hunt throughout the day on Saturday. Just use the online map to guide to you all the businesses sporting a four-leaf clover, and there you’ll find sweet deals, promotions and maybe even a pot of gold!

Just one of the participating businesses is The Wine Café, a personal favorite of mine. At their Wine & Win!, one purchase entitles you to a shamrock for a chance to win all kinds of discounts and freebies (can you say free beer?).

I also suggest you pop by one of the downtown bakeries, The Sweet Palette, for Buttercream Beer Shots. We’re talking five different beers (from all five of our local breweries), infused with buttercream icing, plus beer-flavored cupcakes and macarons!

Also, if you sign up now, you can participate in the Faerie Gardens DIY Class at Alter Egos Gallery & Studio, one of many galleries here that makes up the Arts & Entertainment District.

Tip: While playing downtown, I suggest you pop into The Coffee Cup (sister store to The Wine Café) for one of their seasonal beverages, like a Nutty Irishman Latte or Shamrock Frappe.

st patricks day things to doFayetteville Pie Company

Good Eats

All our breweries offer visitors good eats from their restaurants or the food trucks they host. However, I can’t talk about this holiday without telling you about another local treasure: Fayetteville Pie Company, given the distinction of “Best Pie in North Carolina” by Tasting Table. For St. Paddy’s Pie Day, on Saturday, FayPieCo will be serving their customers several pies that are only available on this holiday. Take your pick from the Colcannon, Reuben and Green Goddess savory pies. For the sweet pies, we’re talking Crème de Menthe and Guinness Trifle! And what pairs well with all this pastry goodness? A Dirtbag Ales’ beer, now available at FayPieCo.

Tip: Place an order 2 days in advance, and you may go home from FayPieCo with a Pie Bites Box, full of 24 assorted hors d’oeuvre-size portions of either savory or sweet pies.

st patricks day things to doDowntown Breweries (Click for Google Map)

Yet another huge event is taking over the Crown Complex this weekend, and that’s the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo. Read more about that three-day event on “Welcome Spring to Cumberland County.” To track all our holiday events and other happenings, be sure to check out the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events.

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