Memphis St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2019
Ed. Note: Aisling put together this handy guide for goin’ green in Memphis for St. Patrick’s Day 2019, which is on Sunday, March 17.
It’s time for the annual wearing of the green in Memphis, where the Irish diaspora have played a rich role in the city’s history and growth. You’ll find a list of prominent Irish Memphians in history if you scroll a bit farther.
Magevny House Tour, March 15, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free admission, family friendly
This small, white clapboard cottage, built in the 1830s, is one of Memphis’ oldest remaining residences. It was home to Irish immigrant, Eugene Magevney, a teacher and entrepreneur who helped found St. Peter’s Catholic Church Downtown and establish the city’s public school system. The tour takes about 20 minutes. If you’re unable to make the pre-St. Patrick’s Day tour, Magevny house will offer tours each Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. from March 8 through April 12.
2019 St. Patrick’s Day Ride, March 16, 8:00 a.m. check-in, 9:00 a.m. ride. $10-$40
Cyclists can meet at Central Church to join the Memphis Hightailers for their first club ride of 2019. Routes will be marked.
St. Paddy’s Day Party with Karaoke, The Casual Pint on Highland Row, March 16, 9:00 a.m. – midnight. 21+
Karaoke, food specials, festive photo booth, 28 craft beers on tap and $1 off drafts if you wear green.
Beale Street Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 16 at noon. Free admission, all ages
Wear your green and bring the fam to historic Beale Street to enjoy live music, cars, dancers, floats and more at the 46th Annual Silky O’Sullivan Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day.
Highlander Pub St. Patrick’s Day Party, March 16, 3:00 – 11:00 p.m., 21+
Music, food, drink specials, giveaways, prizes and competitions at this Collierville pub.
St. Paddy’s Day Singalong at Ghost River Brewing, March 16, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Free, 21 +
Gather your friends, grab some pints, and sing along with classic drinking songs from the Emerald Isle. Hosted by PubSing, whose folks will lead you through their songbook. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
St. Paddy’s Day Dessert Tasting at Primas Bakery & Boutique, March 16, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., $12, all ages
Hey sweet-toothed foodies — each ticket includes a flight of four special St. Paddy’s Day pastries.
The Brass Door St. Paddy’s Day Festivities, March 17, TBA
Downtown’s Irish hub traditionally hosts a day jam-packed with festivities, some family friendly. Stay tuned for details.
Celtic Crossing St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, March 17, Times and Price TBA
Celtic Crossing Irish Pub and Restaurant, the heartbeat of Irish culture in Midtown, hosts an annual all-day blowout featuring live music on the patio and in the party tent, specials on Irish fare, and Guinness flowing all day. Family friendly by day, but kids must clear out by evening. Folks begin piling into the pub once the Cooper-Young parade ends. Check their website for the full schedule of events.
TJ Mulligan’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, three locations, all day
Annual celebrations at all three Memphis-area Mulligan’s locations feature Irish food and drink specials, music and other festivities. Check their website for details.
Cooper-Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Free, family friendly
This St. Patrick’s Day parade in the heart of Midtown features floats, bands, cars, leprechauns, pipers and more. The third annual parade, organized by the Memphis Irish Society and Celtic Crossing, kicks off at York, next to Memphis Made Brewery, and travels down Cooper Street to Walker. This year’s parade will honor public servants of Irish heritage, including police, firefighters, clergy, teachers and medical professionals.
Murphy’s 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 17, 1:00 p.m. to midnight. No cover. 21+
Blessing of the Kegs and music by Big Betsy, Earl the Pearl, and more. Please note this is an adults-only event.
The Emerald Isle at Elmwood, March 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., $20, 18+
Enjoy delicious Irish-themed treats and adult beverages for those with ID, followed by a 45-minute presentation focused on the lives of the Irish and Scots who rest at historic Elmwood Cemetery. Advance registration is required.
St. Pawdy’s Day Party at The Casual Pint on Highland Row, March 17, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Dress up your doggos and partake in some interspecies “St Pawdy’s Day” fun on the patio. Prizes for best dressed dog and $1 off pints for humans wearing green.
Rocking St. Paddy’s Day with MusicBoXx at Hadley’s On Whitten, March 17, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. 21+, no cover
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with live music, food and beverages.
Railgarten St. Paddy’s Day Throw-Down, March 17, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Green Jello-shots and Irish spirits, pub crawling without ever leaving the property, and music by Drivin N Cryin.
St. Patrick’s Day at the P & H Cafe, March 17, 8:00 p.m. $7 cover. 21 +
Live music by Jonathan and VOLK. Bring your dancing shoes and wear something green. The event description specifically states “No Dinguses,” so please leave your dingus friends at home.
Fun facts about the Irish in Memphis:
– In the Mid-1800s, teacher Eugene Magevny, an Irish immigrant from County Fermanagh, helped establish Memphis’ public school system, as well as the city’s first Catholic church — St. Peter’s on Adams Avenue. His house is open to the public for tours.
– Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones, immigrated from County Cork. She lost her husband and four children in the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis’ Pinch District, which was a heavily Irish neighborhood at the time. Mother Jones went on to become one of the most prominent labor and community organizers in American history.
-Sarah Hardin Murphy Leath immigrated from Belfast, Ireland and married James Leath. Later in life, she donated nine acres of land that became a home for widows and orphans, and left an additional 20 acres in her will. That organization evolved into the nonprofit you know today as Porter-Leath.
– Modern Irish Memphians DJ Naylor, Seamus Loftus, and Patrick and Deni Reilly run some pubs and restaurants you probably know and love — Celtic Crossing, Majestic Grille, and The Brass Door.
– Memphis Gaelic Athletic Association offers co-ed opportunities to all Memphians interested in playing the traditional Irish sports of hurling and Gaelic football.
–Memphis Irish Society is a group for Irish diaspora and enthusiasts of Irish culture, which offers social and learning opportunities around traditional music, Irish (Gaelic) language and more. It’s open to anyone — Irish or not — with an interest in the Land of Saints and Scholars.
– When she’s not tending to her medical patients, Dr. Mary McGinty, whose family hails from Achill Island in County Mayo, teaches traditional Irish step dancing to local children of all backgrounds at her Inis Acla School of Irish Dance in Cordova.
-You can catch live traditional Irish music at Celtic Crossing twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays. The traditional Irish seisún coincides with two-for-one fish ‘n chips night.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!
About The Contributor
Aisling Maki is a freelance writer, editor, and public and media relations specialist with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America, as well as several awards for fiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries. You can usually find her cheering on the Grizzlies, doing outdoorsy things, or traveling with her daughter, Brídín. They live in Cooper-Young with a dog, a guinea pig and a pair of pet mice.