The Scots and the Irish have had a profound influence on the Appalachian area, which includes West Virginia. Known for their strong faith and their spirit of adventure, it's not hard to see why they migrated to the hills of West Virginia. If you listen to authentic Appalachian music, you'll hear the influence in the songs and instruments brought from home. And in mid-March with the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish! Below are best places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in West Virginia where you can raise your glass and get your Irish on!
Known as social gathering spots, pubs have always played an important part of small towns and Meagher's Irish Pub in Bridgeport, West Virginia, is just that and more. Every day visitors can treat themselves to delicious renditions of Irish favorites like corned beef cabbage eggrolls, Irish nachos, or a Guinness float or stay with traditional favorites like bangers mash or shepherd's pie. If you want a buffet breakfast that will wake up your taste buds, attend the annual Kegs Eggs.
Sponsored by the Lewis County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Irish Spring Festival in Ireland, West Virginia, celebrates the return of spring with an official Flag Raising Ceremony, Pot O'Luck Dinner, and parade. Along with the opening events that weekend, there's an Irish Jig Square Dance, a scavenger hunt for kids, Irish Road Bowling, and the coronation of the King and Queen. And if you're interested in unicorns, gremlins and shmoos, you've come to the right place!
Held at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack in Wheeling, West Virginia, this event is the annual fundraiser for CHANGE, Inc., a local community action group that seeks ways to support programs and services to those with financial needs in the area. This year's event features plenty of entertainment, food, and fun. If you want to celebrate St. Paddy's Day and support a worthy cause, this is the event for you.
Promoted as the biggest St. Paddy's Day celebration around, the East End Pub Crawl in Charleston, West Virginia, was named a Top 20 event for 2016. Hear live Celtic music, enjoy free trolley rides, and participate in the Shamrock Challenge while you support the continued improvement of this diverse business neighborhood.
Come to the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in Mount Nebo, West Virginia, and support a great cause. The organizers of this annual event raise money for the community through the parade, festival events, beauty pageant, and the Leprechaun Ball. Since 2006, over $480,000 has been raised to support local services like the fire department, ball teams, and scholarships according to Steve Brown, co-organizer and owner of The Tractor Bar where the parade begins. Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day and support a worthy cause.