60 percent of people living in the U.S. plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and $5.9 billion is spent on this holiday every year along with 32.3 million people living in America claiming that they’re of Irish descent. If you’re looking for something to do for the holiday in Charleston, S.C., you’ve come to the right place as there are many different events taking place! Let’s take a look at some of the more popular events in Charleston for St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The free parade takes place every year, and it begins at 10 a.m. The parade contains Irish dancers, military units, bands, fiddlers, firetrucks and local mascots. Pets are allowed, and there will be plenty of food vendors. The parade begins with a celebratory mass at the St. Patrick’s Church with the conclusion taking place at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Night of Traditional Irish Music
The Charleston Music Hall features a traditional Irish musical group every year for the holiday. It only costs between $15 and $25 to enjoy music throughout the evening.
Shamrock the Dock
Red’s Ice House celebrates the holiday with a big party. The restaurant and bar is located in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and there’s live music all day long with an annual visit from some of the Irish playing the bagpipes. Beer ranges from $4 to $6.
Catch the Leprechaun 5K
Catch the Leprechaun 5K is an annual race that begins at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, and tickets cost between $25 and $35 to enter. You’ll be able to enjoy scenic views of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the surrounding nature. Live music, a party, and prizes take place after the race if you finish before the leprechaun.
St. Patty’s Day Block Party
The block party is held at the Triangle Char and Bar in West Ashley, and it only costs $5 to attend. They sell a variety of beer and Irish brews. The block party starts in the afternoon, and it doesn’t end until later in the evening with live music throughout the day.
Irish Fest Block Party
Mount Pleasant’s Wild Wing Cafe on Coleman Boulevard hosts a St. Patrick’s Day celebration every year. It begins at noon, and it lasts throughout the day into the evening. It’s a great place for families to celebrate the holiday because they have activities for children.
How to get around
When it comes to participating in activities that involve possible drinking, it’s good to have a plan of action for how you will be getting around and eventually back home. Uber is the best way to get around the city with quick and convenient rides from event to event at an affordable cost. There are also local taxis in the area to provide transportation if you can’t get an Uber. There is also a DASH bus (Downtown Area Shuttle) that is completely free to ride that takes a specific route around the city. There are many different options for transportation when it comes to getting around in Charleston.
Where to stay in Charleston
Having a method of transportation is important, but where will you stay once the St. Patrick’s Day festivities have come to an end? Charleston has a wide variety of different lodging options depending on the number of people you have with you. If it’s just you and a couple people, take a look at Charleston’s finest boutique hotel, Hotel Bella Grace. If you have a whole group tagging along with you, check out the area’s available places on Airbnb. Regardless of where you stay, you will have a blast enjoying the different St. Patrick’s Day events happening all day long!