The luck of the Irish is with us this year because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday! Here are just some of the fun-packed, crafty, musical, and family-friendly entertainment events in the Fayetteville area during St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 17 – 19, 2023).


Paddy’s 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash

Friday, March 17

Paddy’s Irish Public House is Fayetteville’s oldest and most well-known Irish pub for a good reason. It throws the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration around. This year looks to be the same, thanks to plenty of live music, dancing, food trucks, and drinks all night. Doors open at 4 p.m.


Paddy's St. Patrick's Day Celebration

The 6th Annual St. Paddy’s Day on Hay Music Festival

Friday, March 17 – Saturday, March 18
Fayetteville’s annual St. Patrick’s Day festival returns with two days of Irish entertainment! This year’s St. Paddy’s Day on Hay Music Festival will include lots of music, food, and of course, green beer, all festival-long. Wilmington band DEKKER ROAD headlines this year’s musical entertainment.


St. Paddy's Day on Hay Festival 2023


Irish You Would: Downtown Fayetteville Bar Crawl

Friday, March 17
Why just visit one bar or pub on St. Patrick’s Day when you can hit them all? The Cool Spring Downtown District is having its Irish You Would: Downtown Fayetteville Bar Crawl from 5 – 10 p.m. Drink and celebrate with friends in the heart of the city. The best part? Free swag and goodies at participating businesses while supplies last!


Irish You Would Bar Crawl Image


St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration at Dirt Bag Ales

Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19
Join Dirtbag Ales for three days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations instead of one. The St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebration starts Friday at 11:30 a.m., with Irish and American food and 80s music beginning at 7 p.m. A Beer Mile, Keg Toss, food trucks, and music by Guy Unger highlight Saturday. Sunday’s events feature Yoga and food trucks.  


Dirtbag Ales St. Paddy's Day Weekend


St. Patrick’s Day Festivities at Gaston Brewing Company

Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19
Gaston Brewing Company will serve up $5 green beer and Irish-themed food and drink specials all weekend during its St. Patrick's Day Festivities. The first 50 people through the downtown brewery’s doors on Friday receive a free Fayetteville Woodpeckers ticket! An extended patio and outdoor bar will be available for weekend crowds. Don’t forget to wear your green gear!


GB St. Patrick's Day Events


The Sassy Lassie Trolley

March 17, 2023
Think you can handle the Sassy Lassie? Test your luck with our very own Katrina Rubiera, who will be bringing the luck of the Irish on the District Trolley. You can catch the trolley at the Cool Spring Downtown District's office at 222 Hay Street.



St. Patrick’s Day Beer Mile at Dirtbag Ales

Saturday, March 18
Get your steps in and enter Saturday’s Dirtbag Ales Beer Mile! Enjoy one 10-ounce beer at a time while rumbling, stumbling, and probably bumbling around the one-mile-ish course. Entrants can run, jog, walk, or crawl—but must be 21 or older. An athletic field, swing sets, and dog playgrounds will be available for young fans and family pets.  


Dirtbag Ales Beer Mile