Everything You Must Do in Nashville This Weekend

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Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s weekend in Nashville -- but things aren't exactly business as usual. If you are venturing out, you can still appreciate some flowers, check out the opening of the Nashville Brooklyn Bowl, or experience Metal for Marsupials. Whatever you end up doing, be careful out there!

Stop and smell the flowers at Cheekwood in Bloom

Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15
The botanical gardens at Cheekwood should be starting to emerge into bloom, so it’s the best time of year to make a visit. They’ve planted more than 150,000 bulbs to wash the fields in color, and there will be live music and family activities set up around the grounds to make for a full day of fun.
Cost: $22

Shut down Demonbreun at the My So-Called Stache St. Patty's Party

Saturday, March 14
Tin Roof on Demonbreun Hill is the place for St. Patty’s fun this year thanks to this massive day-long celebration of driving the pedal taverns out of Nashville. Oops, we mean the snakes out of Ireland. Three stages will feature live music from noon until late night including a headlining set of your favorite 1990’s guilty pleasure musical hits by My So Called Band. Add in food and drink specials, and there’s no need to go anywhere else to celebrate.
Cost: $15 and up

Get funky like a cross-eyed monkey at the gala opening of Brooklyn Bowl

Saturday, March 14
In a party they’re calling “Bowlive,” the much-anticipated Brooklyn Bowl entertainment venue will finally open the doors and wax up the lanes in their new venue next to the baseball park. They’ve already released an outstanding upcoming schedule of bands coming to town, and the kick-off will feature acclaimed New Orleans funk master George Porter, Jr. along with Soulive and DJ Logic.
Cost: $25.50 and up

Party like a beast at the Lucky Sasquatch 3.0 at Von Elrod's

Saturday, March 14
The German biergarten at Von Elrod’s will transform into a genuine Irish bash at this massive block party featuring food, drink specials at multiple bars, and a full day and night of live music headlined by the one and only Coolio. If you’re worried about missing out on the SEC hoops games, they’ll be broadcast on huge screens so you won’t have to miss a minute of the action.
Cost: $15 and up

St. Patrick’s Day Music City Half, 10K, 5K, & 1 Mile
St. Patrick’s Day Music City Half, 10K, 5K, & 1 Mile | Team Magic

Run like a snake fleeing a shillelagh at the St. Patrick’s Day Music City Half, 10K, 5K, & 1 Mile

Saturday, March 14
Burn off those green beer calories before you consume them at this series of fun runs around East Nashville and the Music City Greenways. The event benefits the PEDIGREE Foundation that is dedicated to helping good dogs find good homes. In fact, there’s even a one-mile Wag n’ Walk if you want to take your pooch out with you for a little exercise. 
Cost: $25 and up

Bang your head for Australia’s animals at Metal for Marsupials

Saturday, March 14
Who says heavy metal doesn’t have a heart? Current and former members of metal bands like Staind and All That Remains will join forces with local rockers to play iconic metalcore music at this benefit for animals endangered and displaced by the Australian wildfires. Pull a little cash out of your marsupial pocket and toss it in the bucket to help out a koala.
Cost: $10

Crawl your way downtown at Dublin Down Broadway

Saturday, March 14
Nashville’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl kicks off at AJ’s Good Time Bar on Lower Broad and roams from tavern to honky tonk all along the Neon Highway. Your Dublin Down wristband entitles you to drink discounts at multiple venues and will help you identify other like-minded revelers from across the crowded bars so maybe you can experience a little luck of the Irish. There will also be party favors and swag at some of the bars plus an afterparty bash to continue the fun until the wee hours.
Cost: $15

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Chris Chamberlain is a food, drink and travel writer based out of his hometown of Nashville. Find him on Twitter @CeeElCee​