Raleigh, N.C. — St. Patrick's day is this weekend, and there are dozens of events around the Triangle to bring out your inner leprechaun. There are all kinds of events, and even if you're not Irish, everyone's invited.
St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival at Fayetteville Street and Moore Square – The parade kicks off on Saturday at noon, followed by the Wearin' O the Green Festival at Moore Square with dancing, music, food and fun.
Glenwood South Block Party outside the Hibernian – This free festival will have food trucks, beer and music all Saturday long.
Block Party at Tir na nOg – Traditional Irish food, music and brews on Saturday afternoon and evening.
Who's Your Paddy? at Big Boss Brewery – Start the celebrations early with live music, special beer releases and The Last Barfighter on Thursday.
State Patty's Day Hike on Hillsborough Street – The St. Patrick's Day-themed Hillsborough Hike will be on Saturday evening.
St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser at Whole Foods in Raleigh – Whole Foods is hosting a family-friendly festival on Saturday with green beer and food. Proceeds benefit the Whole Planet Foundation.
Scavenger Hunt at Yates Mill Historic Park – Bring the kids for a green scavenger hunt for gold coins on Sunday.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Deep South – Live, local music all Saturday evening.
St. Patty's Day Party at World of Beer – Grab some Irish beer and brewery swag on Sunday night.
St. Patrick's Weekend Party at Napper Tandy's – Two days of live Irish music, rugby, drink specials and a full Irish menu.
St. Patrick's Day Bash at Mahoney's Pub – Live music and drink specials on Saturday night.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Western Wake Farmers Market – Buy ingredients for traditional Irish dishes and get entered into a drawing by wearing green.
Shamrockin' Green at Chatham Hill Winery – Sample some Pinot Green-gio this weekend.
St. Paddy's Day Celebration at the Hibernian – Two full days of live music and food and drink specials at the first parking lot party of the year.
St. Patrick's Day Fiesta at Bull McCabe's – An outside bar and live music all Sunday.
St. Patrick's Day Carnival and music video shoot at CCB Plaza – From The Real Laww, the guy who brought you the Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert at Motorco, comes another fun community event. Free music, food and beer while he shoots scenes for his new music video.
Requisite safety message
St. Patrick's Day is commonly associated with drinking and the Governors Highway Safety Program wants you to keep it in checl. The St. Patrick's Day Booze It and Lose It campaign will have checkpoints and stepped up patrols through the weekend.
Officers are trying to cut down the number of deaths and injuries due to drunk driving accidents. During last year's St. Patrick's Day campaign, there were 160 alcohol-related crashes that resulted in 3 fatalities and 141 injuries.