Jonesborough’s 5th Annual St. Paddy’s Celebration

A celebration of Celtic culture is coming to Tennessee’s Oldest Town on Saturday, March 19. Discover everything from Highland Games to live Irish music and green beer to a fun run.

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Highland Games – 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Join the Appalachian Highlands Celts in Storytelling Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as they bring Highland Games to Jonesborough. Enjoy demonstrations from members of the group and even try your hand to see if you have what it takes to be a Highland games athlete. The Appalachian Highlands Celts will guide you through the safety of performing in the games and show you step-by-step techniques. Visitors can try their hand at the stone throw, weight over bar, archery and spear throwing. Throw on your best kilt and get ready to show your strength.

Highland Cows – 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Meet and greet with Highland calves from Happy Hens and Highlands. You will get a hands-on experience, learn more about the breed, and have a chance to get your photo with a Highland Cow!

Live Irish Music – 5 to 7 P.M.

Get into the St. Paddy’s spirit with the premier Irish traditional band of East Tennessee, Sigean, as they take the stage during Shamrockin’ on the Plaza in front of the Storytelling Center from 5 to 7 p.m. The group’s seven members create a foot-stomping blend of traditional dance tunes and moving ballads through acoustic instruments. Sigean has performed at the Knoxville Irish Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival, Big Stone Celtic Festival, and many others.

Irish Food + Drinks – 4 – 7 P.M.

During Shamrockin’ on the Plaza, enjoy a beer garden brought by Main Street Cafe and Catering with beer from Depot Street Brewing and Tennessee Hills Brewstillery. Main Street Café and Catering will also provide a special menu of Irish foods consisting of bangers and mash with onion gravy and beef stew. Food and drink will begin being served at 4 p.m.

Paddy’s Dash: Brew Fun Run – 4 P.M.

Take part in Paddy’s Dash: Brew Fun Run at 4 p.m. The run will begin at the Storytelling Center and take you down to Depot Street Brewing for a free small pour of beer or root beer, then head back to the Storytelling Center for food, libations, and live Irish music! The Fun Run is for all ages and there is no fee to enter. Participants are welcome to walk/jog/run the route. After the run, stick around for Shamrockin’ on the Plaza.

Help the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter

Help the Washington County, TN Animal Shelter for St. Paddy’s Day! Represent a shelter animal during the St. Paddy’s Day Fun Run!

Participants can make a monetary donation to the shelter, then runners will select a picture of a shelter animal to place on their back. The runner who receives first place will receive a gift basket and the winner’s chosen pet will receive one as well.

The gift baskets are provided by Rob Weber with People’s Home Equity.

If you would like to make a monetary donation while registering for the race you can click the registration link below.

Kids Activities – 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

The kids are sure to enjoy the crafts, face painting, storytelling, and more!

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Face painting by Sweet Face Designs By Jessica in the plaza of the Storytelling Center

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Storytelling and balloon twisting with Judy Butterfly

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kids craft with the McKinney Center

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Make rocks with Jonesborough Rocks

You may even catch the JRT princess throughout the event!


Mini Craft Village – 10 A.M – 4 P.M.

There will be a mini craft village with local artists and craftsmen showcasing a variety of handmade wares beside Storytelling Park in the courtyard. You can enter through Storytelling Park or take the elevator inside of the Storytelling Center to get to the outdoor courtyard. We will also have Bent Tree Spring Farm doing black smith demonstrations from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m..


Guided History Tours – 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.

Step back in time with the Heritage Alliance by taking a Town Tour at 1 p.m. Tour tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Chester Inn Museum located on Main Street, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Dress Up!

Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in kilts, leprechaun outfits, or simply all decked out in green. Shamrockin’ on the Plaza is sponsored by Main Street Café and Catering and JAMSA, Jonesborough Area Merchants Association. This event is free and open to the public.