Lucky You! It's The Memphis St. Patrick's Day Guide 2023
Get Lucky! It's The Memphis St. Patrick's Day Guide 2022
It’s time for the annual wearing of the green in Memphis! This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday (woohoo!). That's March 17, fyi. Here's a list of St. Patrick's Day specials in Memphis for 2023.
But First, Did You Know?
The Irish diaspora has played a major role in Memphis history and growth! Keep scrolling for fun facts about Irish peoples' connection to Memphis.
St. Patrick's Day Specials In Memphis
Here’s a list of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2023 in the 901. Sláinte, y’all.
Head on down to Beale Street on March 11th at 2 p.m. and celebrate the 50th year for Silky Sullivan's St. Patrick's Parade. You'll see decorated floats, steppers, marching bands, and more.
Also taking part this year will be the Christian Brothers High School marching band, the “oldest high school marching band in America.” Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the band’s first recorded performance was in the Memphis St. Patrick's Day Parade of 1873.
Tin Roof is partying the day and night away starting at noon on March 11th. DJs and musicians will be at the Tin Roof stage and Green Room for your enjoyment.
Midtown's largest parade with bands, cars, dancers, floats, and more is back! Hit Cooper-Young on St. Patrick's Day to enjoy this Irish celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 17.
Are you really celebrating St. Patty's Day without a bar crawl? Enjoy 2 days of bar crawl adventures including exclusive drink specials, waived cover fees, after parties, and more. Bars include Atomic Rose Bar & Grill, Coyote Ugly, Tin Roof, and many more. Check-in time is 4 pm on March 17th (tickets start at $13.50.)
Overton Square is hosting an all-day long event on March 17th. Celebrate with a free concert by The Memphis Pipe Band in Chimes Square from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and food & drink specials for spots around the Square.
Green pints? Champs BBQ food truck? Memphis Pipe Band? OH yes. Soul & Spirits Brewery is hosting all the fun on March 17th.
Perignons on Winchester is celebrating this lucky holiday with green beer, live entertainment, and more! For tables of 5+, call 901-373-9952. Doors open at 9 p.m. on March 17.
Sip & Savor the night away at Erling Jensen Small Bites on March 15th at 6:30 p.m. They're hosting a unique and fun dining experience featuring Jameson Whiskey, 4-course dinner, and Irish cocktail pairings. Space is limited, so call 901-969-6705 to reserve your spot (credit card required for reservation).
On March 17th, the Blackwater Trio is jamming at the Irish pub in Memphis. Alice Hansen will be doing some solo fiddling' before the band, so come early and grab a Guinness to enjoy the show.
Cerrito Entertainment is hosting a free St. Paddy's trivia at Celtic Crossing on March 15th. Trivia topics will include booze, green things, Ireland, etc. Sit outside and enjoy the friendly competition.
It's the thirstiest and luckiest event of the year. On March 17th and 18th, crawlers will fill the streets in green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Two days of pub crawls = twice the fun. Find out more here.
Cooper-Young will celebrate all things Irish and Memphis with the annual Cooper-Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m. The Parade travels down Cooper Street from Memphis Made Brewing to First Congo.
DJs to go with their specials: $7 Jameson, Jameson IPA, Jameson Orange, car bombs, green teas, and breakfast shots + $6 Guinness drafts, $4 Grind City green beer. They'll also offered corn beef sliders. Deets & more here.
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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 when it's not a pandemic.
- 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 the 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, and Patrick and Deni Reilly run some pubs and restaurants you probably know and love -- Celtic Crossing and Majestic Grille/Cocozza.
- 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.