With March quickly approaching, thoughts are turning forty shades of green. Maybe you’ve already planned your Irish celebrations. Maybe you’d change those plans if something better came along. Well, here it is: something better. These are all the Irish events going on in Nashville and the surrounding area in March. We’ll probably see you there.
Music City Irish Fest: March 12
This is it—the big show. This is where everyone will be for their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and it’s no wonder. The talent lineup is crazy, featuring Nosey Flynn, Molly Ramone, The Willis Clan, We Banjo 3, Nashville Pipes and Drums, Belfast Songwriters, Fiddle Frenzy, Altan, Beat Root, and Runa.
You’ll also get to visit Celtic jewelers; kilt makers; violin, bodhrán, and Irish whistle craftsmen; and the Irish dance tent. You can even plan your very own Irish vacation with the actual Irish tourism board. No one knows the country better than they do.
And of course, your favorite Irish sports club will be there. The Nashville GAC will man some of the beer tents, and this year we also have our own spot. Stop by to learn about the Irish sports of hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football. We’ll have videos and equipment so you can see what it’s all about.
Irish Step Dancing: March 19 & 20
Where there’s Irish music, there should always be dancing. You’ll see several of the Irish step dancers at the Irish Fest, but what if that’s not enough? Well, the Nashville Irish Step Dancers has their own show Celtic Rhythms on Fire March 19 and 20. You can buy tickets to watch more.
The Nashville Irish Step Dancers aren’t the only Irish dance school in town, either. You can also check out the Southern Academy of Irish Dance or Scott-Ellis School of Irish Dance. If you’re interested in classes for you or the kids, give them a call.
Irish Pubs: Any Time
When it comes to Nashville GAC favorites, we make no secret Kavanagh’s in Mt. Juliet is the spot for real Irish hospitality. Dubliner Tom Kavanagh and his charming wife Ann make everyone welcome with jokes and some of the finest Irish whiskey.
Another club fave, Harp and Fiddle, once called Dan McGuinness, is right in the heart of the Irish Fest celebrations, so you can’t miss it. If you’re planning a trip for another day in March, be sure to check out their Irish fare, including a delicious shepherd’s pie, and look for our photo on the wall under a pair of crossed hurleys!
If you like a quiet pint in a warm Irish environment, McCreary’s in downtown Franklin does the trick. You can also check out McNamara’s in Donelson or Findley’s in the Opryland Hotel.
The Irish Tenors: March 17-19
Let’s get classy now. What better way to celebrate the rich culture and talent of Ireland than an evening with the Irish Tenors? They’re playing three nights at the Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Get your tickets here for an unforgettable evening.
Celtic Woman: March 4&5
The beginning of March brings on the Irish excitement with a couple of nights with Celtic Woman at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. These remarkable singers and fiddle player will give you chills, bring tears to your eyes, and make you proud to be Irish—even if you’re not Irish at all. Want tickets? Go here.
Dropkick Murphys: March 2
Celtic rock legends Dropkick Murphys will start March off with a bang at Marathon Music Works. These tickets will go quickly, so go buy them now or risk missing out on the big night.
East Nashville St. Paddy’s Day Fest: March 12
Not to be outdone, East Nashville is holding their own Irish Festival at East Park on March 12. The festivities will take place from noon to 8 pm, so that gives hardcore revelers plenty of time to find an Uber or Lyft downtown to finish out the evening before the Willis Clan hits the stage.
Conor McGregor Fight at Harp and Fiddle: March 5
Few things have inspired such pride of country as Conor McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion, will fight for the lightweight belt on March 5. You can watch it at home, sure, but why, when Harp and Fiddle will be filled with Irish pride?
Music City Roots at the Factory St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: March 16
If you don’t get enough of the Belfast Songwriters at the Irish Fest, see many of them again at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Music City Roots at the Factory in Franklin. If you head down early, you can enjoy a family-style dinner before the show begins. Tickets for the dinner and show or just the show can be found here.
Kiernan McMullan at The Basement: March 6
Born to an Irish father, Kiernan spent much of his school years in Northern Ireland. He probably won’t play a jig or sing an old drinking tune, but he will blow your mind with his deep lyrics and clever melodies. Kiernan definitely does Ireland proud. Buy your tickets here.
BONUS: Music City Invitational Tournament on April 2
Yeah, so it’s after March, but who cares? It’s us and it’s Irish. We’ll welcome hurling teams from around the Southeast and Midwest for a full day of Irish sports. Whether you’re a longtime fan of hurling and camogie or you’ve never even heard of them, we’d love to see you there. It’s a whole day of fun for FREE. Families are welcome. If you’re excited about what you see, ask anyone holding a hurley and you can get a quick first lesson.