8 Things to Do Around Nashville for St. Patrick’s Day
Looking for a little luck o’ the Irish? St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally celebrated around the world with parades, green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and much merriment in uninhibited Irish fashion.
Before we go searching for our own lucky leprechaun, let’s see where this all began…
Surprisingly, the St. Patrick’s Day tradition has religious roots dating back to the fifth century. Born in a small town in Wales, St. Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and sold as a slave to a group of Irish raiders. He escaped several years later and entered a monastery to become a priest. He returned to Ireland as a bishop, and spent the next 30 years evangelizing the Irish. After his death on March 17, 461 C.E., he was hailed as Ireland’s Patron Saint by the Catholic Church.
The Irish have observed this religious feast day for over 1000 years, and today it has become synonymous with celebrating Irish heritage, dancing, drinking and feasting.
Whether or not you have Irish blood, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun time to enjoy some great Celtic music, food and a pint or two of good cheer. You could always start your day with a tour of Nashville’s historic St. Patrick Catholic Church, built in the late 1800s.
Nashville offers plenty of celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day. Numerous Irish Pubs open early, serving kegs and eggs, green beer and live music, as early as 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. Here are a few recommendations, with featured Irish groups:
- Dan McGuiness, on Demonbreun Street, Nashville, begins festivities at 9 a.m. with various groups playing throughout the day until 2 a.m. close. This 10th annual party will spill out on the street with Irish merriment, costume contests, Guinness and good cheer.
- Findley’s Irish Pub, Opryland Hotel, draws guests and locals. In Your Face will play live Celtic music starting at 8 p.m.
- McNamara’s Irish Pub is authentic Irish to the bone. Expect a true St. Patty’s Day experience at this Donelson pub operated by local songwriter Sean Turk McNamara. Live music with Nosey Flynn starts bright and early at 11:00 a.m.
Other great activities include:
Enjoy a half-day excursion on the St. Patrick’s Day Wine & Casino Tour. Package includes roundtrip transportation for wine tasting at two wineries (Long Hollow Winery and Sumner Crest Winery), picnic lunch at the winery, and casino fun at Kentucky Downs. Tour departs Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St, Nashville at 11:30am, returning 5:30pm.
Nashville’s Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse, a third generation local fine dining legend in a charming two-story Victorian mansion, will once again host Les Kerr and the Bayou Band for their St. Patrick’s celebrations beginning at 6 p.m.
For some light-hearted fun, spend the evening drinking, toasting and laughing at the Nashville Comedy Theater’s St. Patrick’s Day Improv Comedy Show.
If this is all too much blarney for you, go green in the truest sense at St. Patty’s Day Spring Fling, where you can glean tips on sustainable landscaping, brew your own beer, and support a cause that is transforming lives.
“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.” - Irish Blessing
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