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St. Patrick’s Day 2014: Here’s What to Do in Nashville

St. Patrick’s Day is time to wear a little green and discover the luck o’ the Irish, as you join millions around the world celebrating March 17 in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. Begun as a religious feast day, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, and more than a little blarney. Paint the town green, instead of red, and you’re likely to find leprechauns at every turn.

kegsandeggsrunWhether you’re Irish or Irish at heart, you’ll enjoy all the festivities around Nashville the whole weekend surrounding St. Patrick’s Day.

Stretch your legs and support the Special Olympics in the St Patrick’s Day Kegs and Eggs 5K/10K, which starts and finishes at Bar Louie in the Gulch. It promises to be just as craic (Irish for fun) as last year. The race starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, but online registration closes March 13. The craic continues into the wee hours at the official after-party at Bar Louie’s.

Dan McGuiness Irish Pub on Demonbreum Street has an entire weekend of St Patty’s Day celebrations planned, with great music lineup and drink specials, starting Friday night and culminating on Monday, March 17. $5 Paddy Wackers will be on sale all weekend.

St. Puppy's DayDress up your pet and bring the whole family to Music City’s inaugural St. Puppy’s Day on March 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Walk of Fame Park. Renowned zoo and animal photographer, Amiee Stubbs, will be on hand taking pet photos. Make sure you arrive in time for the Puppy Parade at noon, sponsored by Murphy Road Animal Hospital. Your pooch may win the Pet Costume Contest! Better yet, adopt a pet from Teddy’s Wagon manned by the Nashville Humane Society, and bring a little luck o’ the Irish to an orphaned pup. Other festivities include a K9 demonstration at 1:30 p.m., vendor booths, free samples, and music. $5 entry fee, but free for 4-legged companions.

GuinnessSample some brews at the Main Street Brew Fest in downtown Franklin, March 15, 6-9 p.m. Over 70 craft beer tastings at 30 drink stations are a refreshing break from exploring wares for sale both inside and outside along Franklin’s historic Main Street. Wear green and look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Tickets are $40.

Head to the Greenhouse Bar for the Lucky ‘Stache Bash II, a three-day St. Patrick’s Day festival featuring 20 live acts and 12 bars. You’re guaranteed a good time with party favors, drink specials, green beer, rollicking good music and a photo booth to capture the moments.  Single day tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Check their website for other ticket deals.

kelly's steakOne of the Southeast’s grand ole restaurants, Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse is top of the list for a great steak and a generous portion of whisky. The restaurant was established 80 years ago and is operated by a third generation of Kelly’s in a grand Southern mansion in the heart of Music City. Their Irish Coffees are amongst the best in town!

McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant offers the true Irish pub experience. Opened in 2010 by local musician Sean McNamara and his wife Paula, McNamara’s is filled with Irish memorabilia, photographs, Irish music albums and instruments. Enjoy live Irish music all weekend, and all day on St. Patty’s Day, when the pub opens at 10 a.m. with a $15 cover charge for the music venue and upstairs pub.  Experience the best authentic Irish food and drinks, with a choice of 25 Irish whiskeys plus the traditional darts and trivia in the upstairs bar.

Four bars on Demonbreun are participating in the St. Pat’s Pub Crawl on Saturday, March 15, noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include admission to Tin Roof, Dan McGuiness, Two Bits and Dawg House, a drink ticket and drink specials.

Spread a blanket on the grass in East Park, 700 Woodland St, East Nashville and spend a day in the sun listening to Celtic music, featuring Nashville Ceili, Les Kerr, and Nashville Pipes & Drums. East Park’s free St. Patrick’s Day Festival will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with Irish beer and food for sale. The Pub

Wrap up your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at The Pub in the Gulch, a cozy, British-inspired tavern. As well as good Irish fare, a British favorite is the jacket potatoes and pies featured on the menu every Monday after 5pm. And the perfect ending to a meal? An Irish coffee, of course! The Pub will be taking the St. Patty’s Day celebrations to the streets from 3 p.m.-12 a.m. on March 17, so come and enjoy a touch of Irish to the very last drop!

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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