15+ ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Asheville

From music and dancing to food and drink — the Land of the Sky will be channeling Celtic heritage all weekend long.

A dark beer in a Catawba Brewing Co. pint glass next to a green clover plant and a green string of beads

Catawba Brewing Co. will kick off one of the weekend’s pub crawls.

The city is going green — we’re talking the music, parties, food, and drink of St. Patrick’s Day in Asheville. So here are a few ways to sham-rock out this weekend.

If you’re craving a pint + a party

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend | Friday, March 15-Sunday, March 17 | Times vary | Leveller Brewing Co., 25 N. Main St., Weaverville | Free | Two Irish stouts will be on casks while you enjoy an old time jam and delicious pop-ups.

St. Patrick’s Nightmare | Friday, March 15-Sunday, March 17 | Times vary | DSSOLVR, 63 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville | Free | St. Patrick’s Day is getting spooky all weekend long — don your favorite green attire and try emerald brews, Shamrock Shakes, and jello shots.

Stone Cold St. Patrick’s Weekend | Saturday, March 16-Sunday, March 17 | 1-10 p.m. | The Whale West Asheville, 507 Haywood Rd., #10, Asheville | Free | Steve Austin Day and St. Patrick’s Day are coming together for a weekend of Broken Skull Lager, green beer, Guinness, and music.

St. Patty’s Golddigger Party | Saturday, March 16-Sunday, March 17 | 4 p.m. | Pillar Rooftop Bar, 309 College St., Asheville | $5 | The Lads AVL will play the soundtrack to specials on drinks like Guinness, Jameson, and festive cocktails.

The Official Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl | Saturday, March 16 | 4-11:59 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Company South Slope, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville | $10 | Join the party with food + drink specials, custom crawl merch, and an after party at Scandals Nightclub.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration | Sunday, March 17 | 10 a.m.-12 a.m. | Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave., Asheville | $0-$5 | Start the party early with trad music sessions, Irish dishes like corned beef + cabbage, and drink specials like Irish coffees and green beer — a $5 cover starts at 7 p.m.

A crowd of people on St. Patrick's Day at Jack of the Wood

Keep the party going all day (and night) long.

Photo via Jack of the Wood

If you prefer a performance

Irish Nonsense: A Wee Silly St. Patrick’s Day Comedy Show | Friday, March 15 | 9 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Company South Slope, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville | $15 | Raise a pint to a special holiday comedy show, featuring comedians Clay Jones, Ryan Gordon, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Drag Brunch | Sunday, March 17 | Times vary | The Hideaway, 49 Broadway St., Asheville | $25-$60 | Hosted by Natasha Noir-Nightly, the brunch will feature eight dazzling performances and lots of pure Irish delight — proceeds benefit the Tzedek Social Justice Fund.

St. Patty’s Day Stand-Up Comedy Show | Sunday, March 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville | $15 | Comedians Ryan Cox, Jason Webb, Chesney Goodson, and Sarah Love will celebrate with a festive open mic, dinner, and drinks.

One wrestler jumps on top of a second wrestler while people watch outside a ring in the Hi-Wire production area.

Cheer on the high-flying action at Hi-Wire Brewing on Sunday, March 17.

If you want a unique celebration

St. Waggy’s Day | Friday, March 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton St., Asheville | Free | Bring your (leashed) pup for refreshments, giveaways, music, holiday decor, a treat jar guessing game, and the chance for prizes like best dog costume + best trick — registration encouraged.

Irish Chili Cook-Off | Sunday, March 17 | 2-4 p.m. | Sweeten Creek Brewing, 1127 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville | $10-$25 | Music, green beer, an Irish red ale release, and lots of delicious chili — enter a culinary team or attend just to taste.

Lucky You Wrestling | Sunday, March 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing Biltmore Village, 2A Huntsman Pl., Asheville | $10-$15 | Celtic chaos will abound as the stars of Urban Combat Wrestling battle it out on the production floor — viewer discretion is advised.

If you’re ready to jam out

Nordmoe & Crow | Sunday, March 17 | 2-5 p.m. | Taproom at Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Ste. 200, Asheville | Free | Settle in for the sweet sounds of a special St. Patrick’s Day performance.

Roots and Dore Band Annual St. Patrick’s Day Show | Sunday, March 17 | 8 p.m. | Claddagh Restaurant and Pub, 4 College St., Asheville | Free | For the third year, the band will provide the music for a night of food, libations, and Irish fun.

If you need some fresh air

Asheville Catholic School’s 17th Annual Shamrock 5K + 10K and Fun Run | Saturday, March 16 | 8-11 a.m. | Asheville Catholic School, 12 Culvern St., Asheville | Benefitting the O’Brien and William Edward Gibbs Memorial Scholarship Fund, the 5K and 10K are just the start — enjoy food, beer, and a DJ before + after the race.

Asheville St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt | Sunday, March 17 | 3-4 p.m. | DSSOLVR, 63 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville | $12-$20 | Grab your map and follow the St. Patrick’s Day-themed clues, puzzles, and codes to a treasure chest at the end of the rainbow.