St. Patrick's Day takes place Thursday, March 17th. A holiday that celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish, it's a festival known for four-leaf clovers, fun parades, and green-dyed treats. It's also a celebration we love, and not just because Wilmington, NC offers many different ways to experience the luck o' the Irish! Here are some of the local events that we're looking forward to enjoying. We hope to see you there!

St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade
March 12, Downtown Wilmington

The parade starts at 11 AM and is followed by a festival that features live music, dancing, food, and beverages. Admission is free and the fun lasts until 6 PM. Rain or shine, this event offers fun for the whole family. Don't miss it!

Top o'the Mornin' to Ya! 
March 11-12, TheaterNOW

Wilmington's own TheatreNOW puts an Irish twist on their popular dinner theater program, thanks to Penny Kohut's  Top o'the Mornin' to Ya! The show features Faith and Begorrah, morning talk show hosts direct from Ireland. According to TheaterNOW: "This Irish 'Hoda & Kathie Lee' are taking on every last "pun" ditty they can in this hilarious take on the American electoral race. All this is served with a heaping helping of deliciousness from Chef Denise's kitchen for this St. Paddy's Day themed show." Get your tickets now! 

Ironclad Brewery's St. Patrick's Day Celebration
March 12, Ironclad Brewery

Ironclad Brewery, located at 115 N. Second St. in downtown Wilmington, is getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with an Irish Festival starting at noon on Saturday. There will be Irish dancers from the Walsch Kelley School of Irish Dance at 3 PM and live music with the Justin Cody Fox Trio at 8 PM.

Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Lo-Tide Run 
March 12, Carolina Beach Avenue

If you prefer to spend your holiday doing something healthy, then the 12th Annual Lo-Tide Run is for you! Choose between the 5K course or run a 10K. The best part? Your registration fees go toward organizations that seek to aid young people who are uninsured and fighting cancer. The race is held in honor of Steve Haydu, one of the founders, who lost his own battle with cancer in May of 2005.

The Celtic Tenors
March 16, Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Center

We've covered parades, drinking, and fitness. Now it's time for some culture! Get in the mood of the holiday with Ireland’s most successful crossover artists, the Celtic Tenors. These three have charm, wit, and emotion to spare, taking the audience on a personal journey while boasting a repertoire of classical, pop, and Irish songs. Some say that The Celtic Tenors do for Irish music what Riverdance did for Irish dance. Get your tickets now and hear why!

As you can see, Wilmington is very lucky when it comes to our choices for St. Patrick's Day celebrations! Have a great holiday, and here's to hoping we all find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.