St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, and surely you are planning on attending a Catholic mass that morning to celebrate the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death….or wondering where you could get some Guinness while dressed in that fun, green hat you bought at Party City. I will assume that the latter is more of what you are thinking to do, which is actually also in line with how the Irish celebrated this holiday after they did their time at church.
There are a number of Irish pubs and other bars that will be putting on a night of good Irish cheer, and it will certainly be a great time had by all. But it’s not like the leprechaun will come to these bars the following day and take away all the Guinness that’s on tap until next year’s celebration. So, why not celebrate this fabulous holiday by doing something other than spending ten minutes just to get a parking spot in order to get into these bars? Here are a couple different options for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Nashville.
If you’d like to start the celebration early, then head over just a few miles out of Nashville to Downtown Franklin. Its tenth annual Main Street Brew Fest is back, and it’s bigger than ever (at least as big as they can make it within that quaint area). This year’s festival, which takes place on March 16, will feature over 50 craft beers for you to appreciate the artisanal quality of these beverages, not to mention their amazing taste. And you can also get some mileage out of your celebration gear. The Downtown Franklin Association, the ones who put together the event, did line up Celtic performers to roam the streets during the event, so your shamrock headbands and hats will fit in just fine there.
Franklin’s Main Street Brew Fest is a ticketed event, and they can be purchased in advance. But you better get them soon, since tickets for this event have sold out every year.
Another interesting St. Patrick’s Day option is offered by Nashville Wine Tours. Though their tours generally involve only the local wineries, for this occasion, they have set up tours that include beer, and on some, a little gambling. The shorter afternoon tour includes a round-trip visit through Summer Crest Winery, Long Hollow Winery, and Fat Bottom Brewery, the makers of craft beer that are unfiltered and will bring you unbridled joy. The other planned tour will take you to the same establishments as the other tour, but now that you’re nice and toasty, the event culminates with a stop at Kentucky Downs Casino, where live music and a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage will make you want to really celebrate your Irish heritage, even if you’re not Irish.
The St. Patrick’s Day Beer, Wine, and Casino Tours start in the afternoon at the Nashville Farmers Market, and both tour options are offered both on Saturday and on the actual holiday. Just make sure to make a reservation.
Whichever celebration you decide to attend, just remember to drink responsibly. But more importantly, have a ‘hoppy’ time!