March 10 - 11, 2017 On Friday the rides will operate from 5:00 PM to 10:00 and on Saturday the activities are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Winter hibernation is halted by this March event, held on the Saturday prior to St. Patrick's Day at Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. A great day full of fun and games for the entire family, the event includes corned beef and cabbage, traditional beverages and music. Green is plentiful when it comes to attire and decorations, so be prepared to join in the fun — and even join in a jig. This year's festival will feature more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, 5 Star Farm Petting Zoo, clowns and static displays as well as amusement rides and live entertainment with 4 EverAll, Port City Pipes & Drums, Hank Bowman & the Outliers, Spare Change and many more. Other attractions include a beer garden hosted by the Emerald Isle Business Association, the festival supports local craftspeople and civic organizations. There is no admission fee.
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