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St. Patrick's Day on the Outer Banks

Ironically enough, St. Patrick's Day, filled with lots of green and beer drinking, is very much an American holiday. But that doesn't make it any less fun! It's a wonderful day to learn about the history of the Irish in America, find out more about St. Patrick (who wasn't actually Irish, by the way), and enjoy corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread with green beer! And while you're here on the Outer Banks, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holiday. From parades to dinner specials, everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day. So may the road rise up to meet you as you keep reading for all the awesome things to do on the Outer Banks for St. Patrick's Day!

The Outer Banks Beer Mile

If pushing your party limits is a little more your thing, be sure to register for the Outer Banks Beer Mile, hosted by the OBX Running Company and The Outer Banks Brewing Station. Enjoy an outdoor afterparty, chip timing, and a t-shirt as well as classic, bright green beer during the run! This event is usually hosted either the weekend before or after St. Patrick's Day (because nobody wants to choose between this and the parade!) so check your calendars for next year and be sure to book your Outer Banks vacation rental in advance to get the most of your Outer Banks St. Patrick's Day!

Running of the Leprechauns

If you're looking for something exciting to do before the parade, stay fit while you celebrate in your green! Running on the Outer Banks since 2017, join Outer Banks Sporting Events for the Running of the Leprechauns 5K and 10K races! This annual race starts and ends at MP 10 and is considered the kickoff to multiple races throughout the year, including the Flying Pirate Half Marathon, the Outer Banks TRI, and the Outer Banks Marathon! Be sure to stay after the race for the post-race party. Find more information here.

Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade hosted by Kelly Hospitality Group

An Outer Banks staple for more than three decades, Kelly's St. Patrick's Day Parade is a must on St. Patrick's Day weekend. This parade marks the Outer Banks' start to spring and is a brightly colored celebration of all things Irish. Multiple local businesses, clubs, charities, and other organizations all come together to celebrate the Outer Banks community. The parade runs from MP 11.5 north to Driftwood St. on the Beach Road, but you'll see people setting up early, so you'll know where to go. The parade starts at 1pm and is one of the largest in the state, so pack your green and your camera because this is sure to be a day to remember. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updated information!

Irish Eats

Lost Colony Tavern

If you're looking for something a little more traditional to complement your St. Patrick's Day weekend (or month), stop by the Lost Colony Tavern for their take on an Irish-inspired St. Patrick's Day. All month long, they'll be offering live music by the O'Brothers every Friday in March as well as offering a limited-time special menu of traditional Irish fare, including a Full Irish Breakfast, Calcannon, and Coddic. As they say on their Facebook, "Nobody in Ireland drinks green beer or eats corned beef & cabbage for St. Pat’s…and neither will we." So be sure to stop by during March for a real Irish experience.

Swells'a Brewing

After the parade, be sure to head on over to Swells'a Brewing as the party continues! Enjoy live music, fresh oysters, and green beer for an unforgettable weekend.

Jolly Roger

If you're looking for a more traditional Irish experience, head on over to the Jolly Roger where you'll be able to enjoy a Corn Beef & Cabbage special as well as nightly karaoke!

Outer Banks Brewing Station

For another awesome afterparty, head on over to the Outer Banks Brewing Station where the Backyard will be geared up and ready for all your St. Patrick's Day shenanigans. Enjoy live music and the open & pouring beer truck for an afternoon of tasty eats and drinks!


Whether you're going to make it in time for the parade, you want to come during the summer, or you're already planning for next year, you’ll need to find the perfect place to relax and lay your head down at night. There are plenty of great short-term or temporary rentals available for great rates, along with seasonal specials that will make your stay that much more sweet. It's not to early to start looking for the perfect place to spend your next Outer Banks vacation with your family group. 

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