For some, the month of March is about basketball, for others, it’s the beginning of spring, and then there are those that spend the month looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
If luck is on your mind, then you’ve landed in the right place.
Keep reading as we highlight the communities that have mastered St. Patrick’s Day in Tennessee this year.
1. Knox St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Parade
March 12, 2022 | 12:45 p.m. | Downtown Knoxville, TN
Photo: Knox St. Patrick’s Parade
Several of Knoxville’s early founders were Irish immigrants, so St. Patrick’s Day takes on a whole new meaning in this East Tennessee city. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Knoxville dates all the way back to the 1850s, but the tradition eventually faded. More recently, in an effort to acknowledge the role Irish immigrants and their families played in Knoxville’s history, Chandle Turbyville, Josh Turbyville and Christy Watkins reignited the parade tradition to what it is today. This year, the parade is on Saturday, March 12, at 12:45 p.m. Nearly 50 groups, including businesses, school organizations and teams, marching bands, dancers and clubs will be participating. To learn more, click here.
2. 49th Annual Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Parade
March 12, 2022 | 3 p.m. | Memphis, TN
Located on Beale Street in Memphis, Silky O’Sullivan’s treats every day like it is St. Patrick’s Day, making this iconic restaurant and bar the perfect host for a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Guaranteed to attract locals and tourists combined, the 49th annual parade will take place in downtown Memphis this Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m. To learn more, click here.
3. Shamrock City
March 12-13, 19-20, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Chattanooga, TN
Photo: Rock City
Shamrock City is considered Chattanooga’s premier St. Patrick’s Day event. Now in its 14th year, the annual event, which takes place at Tennessee’s iconic Rock City, celebrates Irish culture, featuring Irish food, specialty beer, pop-up Irish dancing performances and more. Join in the fun and see the High Falls flowing green this year on March 12, 13, 19 and 20. To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.
4. Get Lucky in Gatlinburg
March 12-19, 2022 | Gatlinburg, TN
Photo: Visit Gatlinburg
Get your green on at Gatlinburg’s week-long, Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The town will be painted Shamrock green as Irish flags and decorations cover the city. Restaurants, attractions and other businesses are joining in on the fun with special decorations, promotions, concerts and Irish food and beverages. Don’t miss this family-friendly event that will be full of festivities that honor Irish culture. To learn more, click here.
5. St. Patrick’s Music City Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
March 19, 2022 | 8 a.m. Half Marathon Start, 8:05 a.m. 10K Start, 8:10 a.m. 5K Start |
Shelby Park, Nashville, TN
Video: Team Magic
The 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Run is back and includes a half marathon, 10K and 5K on Saturday, March 19. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and kick off your race season in Shelby Park, a scenic and historical greenway in the heart of Nashville along the banks of the Cumberland River. The course is guaranteed to be flat and fast, and the views will not disappoint. To learn more, click here.
6. 60th Annual Wearin’ of the Green Irish Day Parade and Arts & Crafts Festival
March 19, 2022 | Festival begins at 8 a.m. | Erin, TN
Photo: James Gray Studios, in affiliation with the Houston County Arts Council
In 1963, O.S. Luton and Beverly Price conceived the idea to host a celebration, honoring Erin, Tennessee’s rich Irish history and traditions. After petitioning the chamber of commerce and other local leaders and citizens, Luton and Price successfully convinced the community to assist in their endeavor. Sixty years later, what started as a small “Wearing of the Green” event has become an annual, week-long celebration and festival, attracting more interest each year. This year’s Irish Day parade will take place in downtown Erin on March 19, with festivities beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, click here.
7. Jonesborough’s 5th Annual St. Paddy’s Celebration
March 19, 2022 | All Day | Jonesborough, TN
Photo: Town of Jonesborough
Jonesborough, Tennessee, is rich with Irish heritage. This year, Jonesborough’s Celtic culture will be flowing through town as the community celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. From live Irish music to the Highland Games and Highland Cows, there is sure to be something for every member of the family. You won’t want to miss this all-day affair soaking up the Irish roots and culture of Tennessee’s oldest community. To learn more, click here.
8. St. Patrick’s Day – Party on Main
March 19, 2022 | 12 – 7 p.m. | Downtown Dickson, TN
Photo: Downtown Dickson
Located just 45 minutes west of Nashville, Dickson, Tennessee, is the perfect getaway from the city. Join the town on March 19 for its St. Patrick’s Day – Party on Main event. Don’t forget to wear your green as you explore the many vendors, food and beverage stands, kids zone and more. To learn more, click here.