Tennessee has a special connection to Ireland through the early waves of newcomers to this region, most of whom were English and Scots-Irish. Nashville itself was founded by two Irishmen, and recent census reports reveal that more than 10% of Tennessee residents claim Irish or Scots-Irish ancestry.
Our music and our cuisine reflect and celebrate our Irish influence, perhaps never more so than during the festivities around St. Patrick’s Day! Today, we’re bringing you our guide to the top St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Middle TN, Memphis, and one special event located six miles outside Chattanooga.
May you have a merry week of celebration full of shamrocks, green beer, and excellent company. Sláinte!
1.) St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Various Locations | Nashville
PubCrawls.com is hosting a lively pub crawl event on March 12th, 17th, and 19th throughout Nashville. Visit the Kung Fu Saloon, The Slider House, Live Oak, The Old Line, Dawg House Saloon, and more. Dress in green, bring your best festival zeal, and follow the provided digital map to each destination.
2.) Nashville’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl Irish Stroll
212 Commerce St | Nashville
Join the craic Thursday, March 17th and tour your favorite bars with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl Irish Stroll edition! Register at the Wild Beaver Saloon, don your wristband, then travel worry-free as you follow your map throughout Nashville taking in the festivities at each bar. Stops include Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, Bowie’s Nashville, and Famous.
3.) Dublin Down Broadway
114 2nd Ave S. | Nashville
On Saturday, March 12, Dublin Down Broadway will guide participating bar crawlers from the registration point at “HQ Headquarters Beercade” to festive venues along Broadway. Bar crawlers can expect a commemorative cup, raffles, live music, DJs, and a lively after-party.
Use the promo code BOOTHLIFE5 for a discount. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Crawlers are more than welcome to bring children’s books to donate for extra raffle tickets!
4.) St. Patrick’s DayBar Crawl at Assembly Hall
5055 Broadway Pl. | Nashville
This lucky celebration will take place at Assembly Hall. More than five bars will participate, pouring Jameson, Guinness (some of it green, of course) and hosting live music. Irish-inspired small plates will also be served at the nearly 30 eateries on Level two.
Fish & Chips Taco from Velvet Taco
Green Donut from Donut Distillery
Corned Beef Sandwich from The Philly Special
On Level three’s Skydeck, party attendees can enjoy nonstop Irish entertainment against gorgeous views of Nashville. Don’t forget to try the Irish mule.
12:00 Traditional Irish Tunes
2:00 Irish Dancers + Green Beer Stein Holding Competition
3:30 The Sternwheelers – Irish American Folk Music
4:30 Costume Contest – Winners will receive impressive Hall Pass prizes!
5.) Music City Food Truck Park’s St. Patrick’s Day Feast
400 Davidson St. | Nashville
On St. Patrick’s Day, Music City Food Truck Park is hosting a feast! Join for the food, stay for the drinks, the dazzling views, and the live music. This year’s featured food trucks are Tennessee Tatercakes, Southern Spoon, Tennessee Cobbler Co., and Steaming Goat. Each truck will be serving Irish-inspired meals created just for this event.
Parking is available in the front lot, with overflow parking located farther along Davidson St.
6.) Beer and Hymns
1 Cannery Row | Nashville
On St. Patrick’s Day, Mercy Lounge is hosting a peaceful celebration of Irish music. Live performers will sing hymns, traditional ditties, and your favorite pop songs. Beer, wine, liquor, and soda will be poured by The Black Abbey Brewing Company.
Guests must present a completed COVID-19 vaccine card OR negative PCR/rapid test.
7.) McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant: Live Irish Music
2740 Lebanon Road, Nashville
Motivated by the desire to offer local Nashvillians and visitors alike with authentic Irish cuisine, brews, music, and service as friendly as any you’d find in the Emerald Isle, Sean McNamara opened his Irish Pub & Restaurant in 2010.
This St. Patrick’s Day, you’re invited to join in the pub’s festivities anytime from 10 am to 11 pm. Sean McNamara and Nosey Flynn will play Irish music (drawn from the 13th century to today) from 6pm to 8 pm on the main stage.
Delicious menu offerings include corned beef bites, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, and their famous Guinness Pie.
8.) Shamrock City
1400 Patten Road | GA (6 miles from Chattanooga)
Rock City’s annual Irish festival is back for the 15th year! The whole family is invited to join on March 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th as Rock City presents Irish dancing, Irish cuisine, specialty beer, an interactive Suffolk sheep and Highland cow experience, panning for gold, a scavenger hunt, and the High Falls transformed into a flowing green spectacle.
9.) 49th Annual Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Parade
Beale Street | Downtown Memphis
At 3 pm on Saturday, March 12th, downtown Memphis will host their famous St. Patrick’s Parade on Beale Street! This family-friendly event features twirlers, steppers, floats, marching bands, traditional musicians, and more!
10.) Spider Stacy and Cait O’Riordan with The Lost Bayou Ramblers
925 3rd Ave North | Nashville
Spider Stacy and Cait O’Riordan of the Pogues are performing with The Lost Bayou Ramblers on Saturday, March 19th at Brooklyn Bowl. Traditional Cajun music meets the Irish-influenced stylings of Stacy and O’Riordan in a glorious collaboration celebrated by both fans and critics. Doors open at 6, and the concert begins at 8.
11.) St. Paddy’s 5k and Half-Marathon
2320 2 Rivers Pkwy | Nashville
Are you in the mood for a more active way to celebrate all things Irish? Sign up for Nashville’s St. Paddy’s 5k or half-marathon now! Walkers and runners are both welcome. Race finishers will receive a pint glass, while half-marathon runners will receive a medal. Start and finish at the Wave Country-Wave Pool.