A celebration of Celtic culture is coming to Tennessee’s Oldest Town for the 4th annual St. Paddy’s Celebration on Saturday, March 14. Discover everything from Highland Games to live Irish music and green beer to a fun run.
Highland Games 12pm – 5pm
Join the Appalachian Highlands Celts in Storytelling Park 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.
Jonesborough Rock Hunt 12pm – 5pm
Embark on a Jonesborough rock hunt throughout downtown during the day. Each rock will have a downtown shop name written on the back, take the rock to that shop and receive anything from a free drink, a tasty treat, $5 off, or a St. Paddy’s surprise. Rocks will be hidden from the Chuckey Depot Museum all the way to the Jonesborough Visitors Center and everywhere in between. Bring your walking shoes and get ready to search high and low! A couple of clues may be given out on Main Street Jonesborough Facebook and Instagram on the 14th, make sure to follow us to stay in the loop!
Sheep, Crafts, Storytelling, and More! 12pm – 5pm
Meet and greet with sheep from Iron Station Farm, hear stories from Judy Butterfly at the Chester Inn Museum, make a craft with the McKinney Center at the Christopher Taylor Cabin, take a town tour with the Heritage Alliance and enjoy other fun activities throughout the day.
12pm – 5pm Meet and greet with sheep and lambs from Iron Station farm in Storytelling Park
1pm – 1:30pm and 2:30pm – 3pm Hear stories from Judy Butterfly in the Chester Inn Museum
12pm – 5pm Make a craft with the McKinney Center in the Christopher Taylor Cabin
1 p.m. Town Tour with check-in at the Chester Inn
Paddy’s Dash: Brew Fun Run 3pm
Take part in Paddy’s Dash: Brew Fun Run at 3 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.
If you plan to enjoy a free small pour please bring your ID. Police will be assisting with traffic control and ensuring pedestrian safety but will be wrapped up by 4 p.m. If you begin the route back after 4 p.m. note that there will be no police assistance.
Food + Drinks 4pm – 7pm
During Shamrockin’ on the Plaza, enjoy a beer garden brought by Main Street Cafe and Catering with beer from Depot Street Brewing. 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. Enjoy drinks from Tennessee Hills Distillery as they offer their spirits crafted using age-old recipes. Tennessee Hills Distillery proceeds will go to the Appalachian Highlands Humane Society.
Live Music 5pm – 7pm
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 5-7 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. Along with their musical performance, enjoy Irish step dancing from Abi Bell.
Dress To Impress
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 Cafe and Catering as well as Jonesborough Area Merchants & Service Association (JAMSA). This event is free and open to the public.