2018 Memphis St. Patrick’s Day Guide
Ed. Note: Aisling put together this handy guide for goin’ green in Memphis for St. Patrick’s Day 2018, which is on March 17. Originally published February 15th, we’ve been updating it. Latest update on 3/13.
It’s time for the annual wearing of the green in Memphis, where the Irish and Irish Americans 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.
So here’s to the Irish….for all their contributions to Memphis. And here’s a list of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the 901.
Overton Square St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, March 16 – 18, TBA, Family Friendly
Details to be announced soon about St. Patrick’s Day events in The Square.
Magevny House Tour, March 16, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free admission, family friendly This small, white clapboard cottage, built in the 1830s and one of the city’s oldest remaining residences,, was home to Irish immigrant, Eugene Magevney, a teacher and entrepreneur who helped establish the city’s school system and found St. Peter’s Catholic Church Downtown.
The Emerald Isle: The Irish (and Scots) of Elmwood, March 16, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., $25, 21 +
After a homemade Irish boiled dinner and beer, wine or water, guests will be treated to a 45-minute seated presentation about the lives of the Irish and the Scots who rest at historic Elmwood Cemetery. Advance registration is required and meal substitutions are not available.
The Brass Door St. Paddy’s Day Festivities, March 17, 8:00 a.m. until late
Downtown’s Irish hub has planned a day jam-packed with festivities, starting with breakfast, followed by Ireland vs. England (Come on ye boys in green!) in Six Nations Rugby, soccer and rugby skills contests for charity, bagpipers, Irish dancers, DJs, and even an official ‘Blessing of the Kegs’ by Fr. Auggie of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, who will give everyone absolution on this Lenten day. A family activities area will be available and children are welcome until 6:00 p.m. Free until noon, $10 cover charge thereafter.
Cooper-Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17, 10 a.m., Family Friendly
This St. Patrick’s Day parade in the heart of Midtown will feature floats, bands, Irish sports demonstrations by the Memphis Gaelic Athletic Association, and various Irish cultural groups, including organizers Memphis Irish Society.
Tin Roof’s All Day St. Paddy’s Day, March 17, 11:00 a.m. – March 18, 5:00 a.m.
Tin Roof will host one of the city’s longest St. Patrick’s Day parties with a big lineup of bands and DJs, as well as beer and games on the patio.
South Main St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, March 17, 11 a.m. – March 18 2 a.m., free to attend, 21+
Four pubs in South Main area will all offer food and drink specials all day and night – Carolina Watershed, Ghost River, Loflin Yard, and Dirty Crow Inn. Get details here.
Saturday Tastings – St. Patrick’s Day Party, March 17, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Great Wines and Spirits on Poplar Avenue will host a special St. Paddy’s Day tasting.
Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17, 3:00 p.m. Free, All Ages
Wear your green and bring the fam to historic Beale Street to enjoy live music, cars, dancers, floats and more at the 45th Annual Silky O’Sullivan Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day.
Green Jello’s St. Paddy’s Day Music & Comedy Fest, March 17, 3:00 p.m., $10-$13, All Ages
This California metal/punk/comedy band brings its act to the High Tone.
Family St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Trolley Stop Market, March 17, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., $5 per kid, all ages/kid-friendly
Reserve your spot at the Trolley Stop’s family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day party. Make themed crafts, see a family-friendly movie and grab $3 beers (for the grownups) and $4 pizza slices. Call 901-526-1361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celtic Double Cross! Mystery Dinner Fundraiser, March 17, 6:30 p.m., $40
Central Christian Church will host this St. Patrick’s Day original interactive mystery by Memphis mystery writer Phyllis Appleby. Includes a three-course pasta dinner, wine and beer for purchase, a silent auction and prizes. Proceeds benefit Compassion Neighborhood Clinic, a nonprofit medical clinic providing free care for uninsured Memphians.
High Cotton Free St. Patrick’s Day Show, March 17, 6:30 p.m.., Free, Family Friendly Cold beers, delicious food at Edge Alley and live music by Brother Oliver, a psychedelic folk rock group.
St. Patrick’s Day at Midtown Crossing, March 17, 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day with beer, pizza and music by local band Bean at this favorite Crosstown hangout.
St. Paddy’s Day at Growlers, March 17, 10:00 p.m., Doors open at 9:00 p.m., $7, 21 +
Rock out to Walking on Landmines, Cassowaries, The Gloryholes and Hardaway.
St. Paddy’s Day Throwdown at Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar & Grille, March 17, 9:00 p.m.
Music by country artist Alex Butler.
Eileen Ivers at GPAC, March 24, 8:00 p.m., ticket prices vary, all ages
Eileen Ivers is considered one of traditional Irish music’s great fiddle players. The Grammy-winning, Emmy nominated, nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion is the the original musical star of Riverdance. As a lifelong fan of traditional Irish music, I can tell you her performances are outstanding and will have you tapping your toes.If you enjoy Celtic music, don’t miss this one.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh, Y’all!
Fun facts about the Irish in Memphis:
– Immigrant Eugene Magevny in the mid-1800s fought to establish local public schools and helped found the city’s first Catholic church.
– Mother Jones, who lost her entire family in the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis’ Pinch District, went on to become one of the most prominent community organizers in American history.
– Modern Irish Memphians DJ Naylor, Seamus Loftus and Patrick and Deni Reilly run the pubs you know and love (Celtic, Majestic, Brass Door).
– FedEx executive and Memphis Gaelic Athletic Association President Dermot Murray is helping to popularize Irish sports in the Bluff City.
– Dr. Mary McGinty brings the traditional dancing of the Emerald Isle to children of all backgrounds when she’s not tending to her pediatric patients.
About the Author
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.