Posted on February 23, 2019

The Luck of the Irish in North Carolina

Irish dancers and musicians and World Irish Dancing Championship logo
The luck of the Irish comes to North Carolina with some incredible upcoming Irish events. We’ll feature three huge St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, two incredible Irish entertainment performances, and our state is even hosting the 2019 World Irish Dancing Championship! Continue reading for more details.

The Charlotte Goes Green / St. Patrick’s Day Festival (Saturday March 16 from 10 am to 6 pm) happens in Uptown Charlotte on South Tryon Street (from 3rd to Stonewall Street). The festival will feature Irish music and dance performances (including the Irish Folk Band “Mulligans Banned” and the Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dance). More than 60 vendors that include Irish and Celtic items as well as unique arts and crafts and plenty of food and beverages. Last year over 80,000 spectators watched the parade!

The Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival (Saturday March 16 from 9 am to 6 pm) features entertainment on three different stages. The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation is planning on around 30,000 visitors. Music, dancing, food, arts and crafts vendors, and amusement rides. Takes place at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center.

The Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Wearin’ O’ The Green Festival (Saturday March 16 in Downtown Raleigh from 10 am to 5 pm) celebrate the St. Patrick and Irish and Celtic traditions. Almost 20,000 people are expected to attend this celebration.

Rhythm of the Dance (Tuesday March 19 at 7:30 pm) is an exciting 2-hour dance and music extravaganza that relives the epic journey of the Irish Celts throughout history! A talented cast of young performers, combining traditional dance, music, vocals, and costuming (while using the modern technologies). Enjoy this critically acclaimed show at High Point Theatre here in North Carolina.

Experience the Grammy® Nominated and global musical sensation Celtic Woman at the Durham Performing Arts Center (Saturday March 23 at 7:30 pm). Their all-new tour, Ancient Land, in the next chapter of their extraordinary musical journey. Their new album celebrates the centuries-old tradition of telling stories as well as Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage. Featuring some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians in an incredible live performance and epic stage production!

For only its third time ever in the United States, the 2019 World Irish Dancing Championships (April 14 to 21) will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is the largest competition of its kind and sometimes referred to as the “Olympics of Irish Dance.” Some 5,000 competitors and 25,000 spectators come from more than 30 countries. The Championship includes competitions for solo stepdance (such as double jig, hornpipe, slip jig, and reel) and certain traditional and original ceili dances.

Looking for overnight accommodations and incredibly tasty gourmet breakfasts? Choose to stay at any of our elite, inspection-certified North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns members. We offer luxurious accommodations and friendly Southern hospitality. By the way, be sure to check our St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board which has Irish recipes, crafts, and decorating ideas!