The 15 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tennessee!

It’s time to break out your green gear! St. Patrick’s Day in just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than in Tennessee with some freshly-poured pints of Guinness, parades, and music festivals? If you’re looking for a festive way to honor Irish heritage this St. Patty’s Day, Tennessee has just what you’re looking for. Here are 15 great ways to celebrate. 

1. Music City Irish Fest, Nashville, TN

The Music City Irish Fest is an extremely popular and free event to attend. It provides a variety of St. Patrick’s Day-themed activities. Irish theatrical performances will be available to watch and heritage-tracing activities will help you find out if you have any Irish heritage. Don’t miss this iconic event!

2. Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K, Knoxville, TN

If you’re looking for a healthier way to spend the holiday, then head out to Knoxville for the Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K. The entry fee even includes two beers, a t-shirt and pizza! All proceeds from this event go towards neuroblastoma research. 

3. The Honest Pint, Chattanooga, TN

The Honest Pint Irish kitchen and pub is a fantastic restaurant in Chattanooga to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Their traditional Irish fare and wide variety of beer selections are delicious, so come hungry and thirsty. If you aren’t the adventurous type, don’t worry. There are plenty of traditional American selections as well.

4. Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Memphis, TN

What better way to spend the holiday than attending the annual Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade, that’s been running for over four decades. Don’t forget to wear green and bring all your family members and friends to this free event. While watching the parade you’re sure to see many floats, cars, bands and more!

5. The Brass Door, Memphis, TN

If you’d like to approach this Irish holiday with style and class, then go for a bite to eat at the Brass Door in Memphis. Their unique menu will provide for an authentic yet delicious experience. Make sure to try the shepherd’s pie, a classic favorite, or the Irish Breakfast at this upscale and original restaurant.

6. Main Street Brewfest, Franklin, TN

The annual Main Street Brewfest in Franklin is perfect for anyone hoping to drink a lot of beer this St. Paddy’s Day. With over 80 beers to try, you definitely will satisfy any beer craving! In addition, there will also be food trucks galore and Celtic performances to really get you in the holiday spirit.

7. McNamara’s, Nashville, TN

McNamara’s in Nashville is a restaurant the prides itself in being a true and traditional Irish pub. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a classic Irish experience. On the restaurant’s walls. you’ll find Gaelic memorabilia, historical photos and other Irish décor. Try the Caledonia Scotch eggs or the corned beef bites for an unforgettable dining experience.

8. Titanic Museum’s Annual Irish Celebration, Pigeon Forge, TN

Here’s a fun fact: The Titanic was built in Northern Ireland! The majority of passengers onboard this historical voyage were Irish, too. This museum honors the Irish voyagers that once set sail on this tragic journey by telling their stories and celebrating the entire month of March. The Titanic Museum is a good place to take those interested in history. 

9. Southern Academy of Irish Dance, Brentwood, TN

For those who are serious about this holiday, make a trip to the Southern Academy of Irish Dance in Brentwood. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be experienced to take a lesson. Loosen up and schedule your class today to assure you have a spot.

10. Shamrock Run 5K and 10K, Gallatin, TN

These 5K and 10K races are a great way to exercise while simultaneously celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Remember to come dressed in your favorite green attire, even if you don’t win the race you could still win the costume contest!

11. Greenhouse Bar, Nashville, TN

Maybe you don’t want to do anything too crazy, but still want to subtly celebrate. If so, check out the Greenhouse Bar in Nashville. This spot is as “green” as it gets. You’ll be surrounded by plant life as you sip on your drinks! 

12. St. Paddy’s Party on the Parkway, Chattanooga, TN

This block party in Chattanooga is an awesome place to party this holiday. Between the beer vendors and kid’s activities, attendees of all ages will be pleased. To make this event even better, all net proceeds go to a good cause! Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block and SoundCorps will benefit from what you spend here.

13. Sprock ‘n’ Roll Party Bikes, Memphis, TN

The Sprock ‘n’ Roll party bikes in Memphis are the perfect holiday option for those who can’t decide on just one bar to visit. Gather a group of friends and book one of these pedal taverns to ensure you’ll see it all this St. Patrick’s Day.

14. Luck of the Irish Virtual 5K, Multiple locations

If you’d like to celebrate this holiday but have a pretty busy schedule, sign up for this virtual 5K! This 5K benefits the National Hemophilia Foundation and can be completed anywhere and anytime during the month of March. Like most 5K’s you’ll still receive a completion medal after you report your time!

15. Painting with a Twist, Chattanooga, TN

For a laid-back approach to celebrating St. Paddy’s, go to Painting with a Twist in Chattanooga to learn how to paint a piece of celebratory artwork. Bring your own wine for a little bit of liquid inspiration!

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