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St. Patrick's Day In Nashville

Parades, Churches, & Green Beer

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While St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of Saint Patrick one of the patron Saints of Ireland, it is also most definitely, the ultimate beer lovers holiday. So no matter whether you're going out to drink green beer, to church, or both you can find plenty to do in Nashville on St. Patrick's Day.

Nashville is home to the St Patrick Catholic Church, located on 2nd Avenue South and was built in the late 1800's. It features one of the few remaining Second Empire style buildings left in Nashville. Make sure that you take a look at their website as they have some spectacular photos galleries of their church.
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East Nashville St. Patrick’s Day Festival at East Park. This free festival features plenty of beer, food and music.

Join the St. Puppy's Day Festival in downtown Nashville at the Walk of Fame Park. Enter a Pet Costume Contest, Dress your pet up and get your Pet Photo done. St. Puppy's Day Parade at noon, Visit Retail Vendors to buy the latest and greatest pet items, Pet Adoption, Food vendors, K9 Demonstration, Live music all day and more. Fun for the whole family $5 at the door. Your four legged pals are FREE!

One of Nashville's favorite Irish Hangouts is, of course, Jimmy Kelly's Steak House. Jimmy Kelly's is a third generation family run business, originally opening it's doors in 1934 and by maintaining it's excellent standards of food and friendly service, it has remained one of Nashville's Favorite Steakhouse's for decades.
Guests also get a special treat as Les Kerr normally performs at Kelly's annually during their St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

LOL Nashville The St. Patrick's Day" show is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday, as 12th and Porter serves both food and drink throughout the show.

The St. Patty’s Day Kegs & Eggs 5K / 10K Run/Walk takes place in the Gulch annually and will, no doubt, be just as fun as last year!

Around Town St. Patrick Fun:
There are several Irish Pubs and other local venues that offer a ton of drinking and dining fun on St Patrick's Day.
  • McFadden's
    McFadden's is 2nd Avenue's newest Irish hangout and it's so hopping that you might even see a "bunny" or two hanging out there.

  • Bailey's Pub
    Bailey is located on Lower Broadway and we think it's a great spot for couples. The second floor is the place to be as their open air second floor can't be beat.

  • Findley's Irish Pub
    Located in Opryland Hotel, Findley's Irish Pub normally offers a welcoming Irish Party for guests and locals who want to get their fill of Celtic Music and Guinness too.

  • Dan McGuinness
    This Irish pub, located on Demonbreun Street, usually has a patio party and live music, not to mention a great front row view of Musica to go along with it. In 2013, they've expanded this Irish Celebration into two days of Irish fun that includes: Irish Band performances on Saturday Night and continuing Sunday morning with Kegs and Eggs (9-11 a.m.) with live Irish music all day and night long

  • McNamara
    Located in the Donelson area and operated by local songwriter Sean Turk McNamara, McNamara's offers a touch of Irish everyday... all year long but on St. Patrick's Day one can expect to see one big ole Irish party happening

  • McCabe's Pub
    McCabe's Pub,located on 4410 Murphy Road, is known for being more of a sports bar but what the heck it's St Patrick's Day and the conversations will tend to expand to other topics a bit more.

  • Mulligan's Pub - closed
    Mulligans is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Irish Pub in Nashville. We think that it must hold some kind of record for the most beers ever downed in a Nashville Pub. It is a must drop by spot, located at 117 Second Avenue, for St. Paddy Day revelers.

  • Seanachie Irish Pub - closed
    Sorry folks, but it looks like the Seanachie Irish Pub is now defunct as well.

Out of Town St. Patrick Fun:
  • Main Street Brew Fest
    Downtown Franklin celebrates St. Patrick's Day every year with the Main Street Brew Fest. The Main Street Brew Fest is an opportunity for beer lovers to taste some of the latest local, national and international additions to an exploding micro-brewery market while exploring Downtown Franklin’s historic retail district.

  • Wearin' of the Green
    Wearin' of the Green Irish Day Parade and Arts and Crafts Festival is an annual event that takes place in the town of Erin, Tennessee which is located just west of Nashville in Houston County. This quaint rural town is your best bet when it comes to day tripping for St. Paddy's Day.

If I've missed your favorite Celebration and you would like to see it added please e-mail me. - Jan

Last Updated - 3/19/2014

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