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Celebrate St Patricks Day 2018 In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
There are a lot of different ways you might choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Nashville — a city with a multi-cultural foundation like ours always spins up a mix, from chances to explore Irish heritage to opportunities to tick a 5K off your to-accomplish list.
I haven’t yet settled on what I’ll be doing this March 17 — as with many Saturdays and Sundays in the spring, I’ll probably be busy showing and touring Nashville homes for sale (with zero complaints), but we might fit some celebration in there.
Still looking for plans, too? Here are a few things on my list of possibilities (some more probable than others), organized by primary activity. Hope it gives you some inspiration:
Easily the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Nashville, and the one that gives you the deepest access to the appropriate musical accompaniment. Over two days, March 17-18, the stage at Riverfront Park will welcome performers that offer just about any blend of Irish music you could want, from traditional Celtic sounds to folk-rock fusion, spanning generations in both the sounds and players. (One of the acts I’m most looking forward to is Fiddle Frenzy, a crew of Vanderbilt fiddle students ages 6 to 16, dropping bluegrass and old-time sounds and more.) It’s free, too.
For a little pre-St. Patrick’s Day prep, The Hermitage is offering an educational opportunity: The Ulster Historical Foundation is coming our way from Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Monday, March 12, to share about the Irish and Scots-Irish roots of Middle Tennessee. If you’re Irish, and want to learn about your heritage and your family, they’ll be sharing some ways to do so. (Private consults are available too, on Tuesday, March 13.) Tickets are $15, or free for Hermitage members.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has a stocked calendar of educational opportunities geared at music lovers of all ages — it’s a resource that Nashvillians are beyond lucky to have. A good example: this workshop for budding musicians, led by multi-instrumentalist Robin Ruddy, held on St. Patrick’s Day and meant to impart some basic banjo skills and Irish songs to practice at home. It’s meant for ages 7 and up, and included with museum admission. (Workshops at 1 and 1:45 p.m.)
Anyone can dance a jig figuratively, but if you’d like to learn to dance a jig literally, Champion Ballroom Center in Franklin has you covered — at their Friday, March 16 party, you can learn an Irish-themed dance, then kinda just do your thing.
A downtown bar crawl is a pretty classic St. Patrick’s Day option in cities around the country, including Nashville. Among your most thorough choices here: The Saturday, March 17 lineup at HQ Beercade, which includes a morning “Kegs & Eggs” hang (unlimited eggs and beer buffet, starting at 8 a.m.), rolling into a “Shamrock Stumble” bar crawl that starts at their place and hits Whiskey Row, the Valentine and others. You’ll need separate tickets for each, and probably a B-12 shot on Sunday.
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If you prefer a festival setting to a bar crawl, it’ll be hard to beat the 15th Annual Main Street Brewfest, set for Saturday, March 17, right in downtown Franklin. They’re set up with more than 70 different beers for tasting, plus food, shopping, entertainment and ample Irish cheer. The event runs 5 to 8 p.m., and tickets are $45 – $65, available through Eventbrite.
If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to get to know Gallatin, Tennessee, better, this is a great one — the Gallatin Shamrock Run 5k & 10k goes down the second Saturday of every March, right through Historic Downtown Gallatin, full of local shops and restaurants and charming historic architecture. Everyone gets decked out in green and walks/runs and celebrates, and funds raised go to help local education. Registration’s just wrapped for runners, but you can cheer them on this year (and grab a beer nearby), and mark the event down for participation in 2019.
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Any of these options catching your St. Patrick’s Day attention?
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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